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The Queen's Librarian (A Lucas & Alex Adventure #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  133 ratings  ·  39 reviews
All Lucas Tripp wants is prosperity for the tenants of his family’s estate; good weather for the harvest; suitable matches for his sisters; a little money left over at the end of the month; and more quality time with his boyfriend, Alex Booker. That’s not so much to ask for, right?

Wrong. When his sister’s new suitor suddenly disappears, Lucas is drawn into an adventure of
ebook, 224 pages
Published July 26th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 25th 2013)
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Kaje Harper
This book is just a fun, light, amusing read with a sweet, lovely, established relationship at its heart. Lucas is adorable - distracted, a little awkward, so busy taking care of everyone else that he can't see his own needs or his own worth. Thank goodness he has Alex, who found him, seduced him and somehow moved into his life as his lover and partner, although Lucas still seems a bit confused about how that miracle happened. (And Carole, if you ever feel inclined to write us that story - the o ...more
Ulysses Dietz
I still don't understand why women write these books. Or why women read them. And I've asked the women, on both sides of that equation.

But I know why I like them and why I read them, although it makes me the scandal of my entire professional and social circle.

This is the sort of book that J.K. Rowling could have written if she'd had the guts and hadn't been afraid about losing some of her audience (and hence all that lovely money). Imagine Book 6, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," when
Deja Dei
I thought this book was amazingly, wonderfully great. It kept me smiling from begining to end. There's no formulaic romance here, but more a comedy, fantasy, action-adventure story, which is fine by me. I can get a formulaic romance anywhere so it was great to read something different, and this was so sweet, charming, quirky and funny it just made me happy. The fantasy plot is a little simplistic, but its how the characters react to the challenges that makes it gold. They're so human--they get d ...more
2.5 stars. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book. It was due to the MC, Lucas Tripp, an anxious, accident-prone, scatterbrained, TSTL librarian. He talked so much, in endless circles that never got to the point. His train of thought would be interrupted by something then it would all start again. The story never held my attention for longer than a few minutes at a time. Took ages to slog through.

It's not a romance, more a fantasy adventure with an established gay couple as the heroes.

That was a fun read. Characters did tend to get lost in their thoughts every once in a while, right to the point where a paragraph or two needed to be re-read to follow the events, but on the whole it was adorable, funny and very engaging :D
Hope book 2 comes out soon.

4.5 stars.

Cassandra, thank so much for recommending this one! :D
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.

Lucas Tripp has a problem… or make that several problems. Not only does he have to worry himself to death about his family, his money and his responsibilities but now he has to worry about where his sister’s smitten suitor has disappeared to and forced to find the missing man. His only help is his gigantic dog and his boyfriend, Alex Booker. But, before he knows it, Lucas is sucked into an adventure that has him talking to strange men who speak a
I'm not sure how I feel about this story, or even whether I liked it or not. I knew what I was getting into, a fun, light-hearted fantasy with an established couple. I thought I was in the mood the three, four times I picked it up and put aside with a "maybe later" after a Chapter or two. It took me about a month to finally get through it.

Scatterbrained Lucas kept getting in the way and he overshadowed everything else. His thoughts, his inner musings and rambles, while sometimes amusing, were a
Eric Westfall
I am a laugh-out-loud person at movies or stage plays. (In my younger years, a local theatre company enjoyed having me in the audience for comedies, because for all my education I have a very plebeian sense of humor, catch things quickly and get the audience laughing along.) For some reason, I only laugh out loud with a book if something is so outrageous that it startles me into a burst of laughter.

I don't think "LOL" happened here, but damn! Ms. Cummings, you are one funny lady.

It's been a long
I'm a huge Carole Cummings fan. I didn't think this was going to be anything like her Wolf's-own or Aisling series, which are packed full of Demons and Gods, death and destruction, and it wasn't. I didn't think it was outstanding, but I really enjoyed it and there seems to be room for more. It was fun!
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

4.5 stars

Oh Carole… I just had so much fun reading that. You know, Carole has said several times that she thanks Fen for this book. Fen, for those of you who might not know, is her main character from the Wolf's-own series and his head is just a mess of angst. It's all for good reason because Fen lives in a really messed up world, but back to Carole. She has said that she needed to go somewhere happy, somewhere carefree after spending so much time (4 novels!)
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
5 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Lucas has many things on his plate with worrying about his tenants, the harvest, his sisters’ prospects and money, but he has one thing that makes him truly happy he loves spending time with his boyfriend Alex. What he doesn’t need is anything else to crop up and certainly not his sister’s suitor disappearing or a nutter who thinks he is a Daimin. Lucas is drawn into an adventure when he attempts to discover just where the suitor has disappeared to
Lucas Tripp is Master of Rolling Green, favorite cousin of the Queen and also the Queen’s librarian. Lucas is described as a small man with red hair, glasses and a mind that seems to be in a state of constant motion. He is responsible for keeping Rolling Green prosperous, the tenants happy and finding proper husbands for his yet to be married sisters, all the while trying to keep financially solvent and find time to spend with Alex, the love of his life. Alex Booker is Lucas’ boyfriend. He comes ...more
If you’ve read any Carole Cummings before you’re probably expecting anguished MCs and meddling Gods. She’s written 7 books about those (The Aisling series and Wolf’s Own) and written them well. I enjoyed the hell out of those, anyway. But apparently her heroes are so tortured, even Carole Cummings herself needs a break from them, at least that what it says in the acknowledgments: ‘And I suppose a (grudging) thanks to Fen, because if it hadn’t been for the bleak despair that is his headspace, I w ...more
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4 Stars
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

Lucas Tripp is Master of Rolling Green, favorite cousin of the Queen and also the Queen’s librarian. Lucas is described as a small man with red hair, glasses and a mind that seems to be in a state of constant motion. He is responsible for keeping Rolling Green prosperous, the tenants happy and finding proper husbands for his yet to be married sisters, all the while trying to keep financially solvent and find time to spend with Alex, the love of his l
Oct 13, 2013 SueM rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to SueM by: Aislinn
This is not my favorite book by this author, probably because it's a major departure in style from the other books I have read from her. That said, although it's not quite what I expected, I still enjoyed reading about Lucas (the Librarian), Alex (his lover/partner), and Lucas's cousin Laurie (the Prince) in their rather madcap and seemingly bumbling adventures.
Oh YEA !!! I've enjoyed the two freebies with these MC's on her site forever. Sooo looking forward to this! ...more
Julia ♥Duncan♥
Jan 18, 2014 Julia ♥Duncan♥ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julia ♥Duncan♥ by: Lily
I'm really struggling to rate this. The vast majority of this book drove me crazy. I found it a very frustrating read. At the beginning I felt like I'd been tossed into the middle of a series - I actually went hunting for a "book 1" - but nope, this is the beginning apparently. There were so many characters and so much stuff going on, it was insanely confusing. I was annoyed, because Alex and Lucas seemed cute together, but Lucas' incessant internal rambling overshadowed everything. Never have I ...more
This was a lot of fun. The comedic tone was a nice respite from the heavy angst of her Aisling and Wolf's-own series. The opening scene where a very drunk Lucas encounters a strange man speaking nonsense is hysterical!

This is not a romance in the sense that here we have an established couple and the focus is clearly on the mystery of just what that strange man wants, but Lucas and Alex are together - as in physically in the same place - for much of the book and the love between them is quite cl
This is a fast, funny, and sometimes frenetic little frippery about a mild-mannered librarian-slash-nearly-impoverished-noble who happens to be a cousin of the Queen, and the trouble he can get into.

It is decidedly NOT a romance.

Our main character starts out with a devoted partner, he ends up with the same devoted partner, and although their relationship is prominent throughout the story it has little to do with the progression of the plot. Instead, this is a humorous little fantasy set in an
This was a fun light read that I stayed up way to late to finish. I really liked Lucas and Alex, although Lucas's naivety began to irk me a little towards the end. It did feel like the mystery was a bit of a macguffin, as people disappearing and no one remembering anything about them within a couple generations seems a little farfetched, but the dialogue was snappy and had me laughing out loud a few times, the secondary characters were well developed and the world-building was pretty solid. I'd ...more
I luffled this book. Seriously. A light read that had me chuckling most of way through. All sex was off page so I didn't have to wade through/skim a bunch of needless porn (not that I don't like porn, don't get me wrong). The MCs are already an established couple and I wasn't sure how I would like that as one of my favorite things is to read about the MCs getting to know each other. I ended up being very happy about it, though. It was obvious that they cared about each other very much, but that ...more
Lillian Francis
Would have been a 4* read if not for Lucas' rambling and slightly hard to follow mental tangents, which resulted in some seriously long sentences. Apart from that I enjoyed following the adventure along with an established couple, and I felt that the sex happening off the page fit perfectly with the general tone of the book.

Would happily read a sequel with these characters, I'd especially like to read something from Alex's POV.
Rhys Ford
I actually had a very good time with this book. It was light and playful with a bit of supernatural that made things pop. I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes if it is a series. Well done. :D
I've adored every Carole Cummings book ever written, so when this came out I was very excited. I was disappointed at first because it was so unlike any of her other books, very little angst, that it was hard for me to get into. It was a dnf for me, then one day because I had forgotten that I had started it already,I gave it another chance. Boy am I glad I did! It was great, funny, exciting, and just an all around enjoyable read. The way the two main characters got together was hilarious,I don't ...more
I adore Carole Cummings’ work, and to find a full length novel where she’d taken a light tone is a new treat! She describes this book as her antidote to living in a much darker character’s head for three books, and she’s brought us along for the diversion.

Comedy is much harder than it looks, and sustaining it for this long a work is a skill. The author isn’t going for a laugh a minute, but she takes a gentle tone that pokes fun at everything from the Jane-Austen-ish issues the main character, Lu
First the good:

The characters. The characters were adorable, eccentric, funny, and well worth getting to know. From the titular main character Lucas Tripp, a somewhat ditzy (in a most endearing way), scholarly, much put upon master of his estate and nephew (or really distant cousin) of the Queen, to his absolute precious lover Alex, and to his cousin Prince Laurie, an eccentric and hilarious character. The dialog was witty and fun to read. The story was interesting enough once I made it through.
Feb 12, 2014 Kira rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars because the beginning is rather confusing.

i love the characters, the world building is great, the story is fun.

the major problem is that the story opening feels like you've stepped into an ongoing series. i had to go back & re-read the first chapter because i thought i'd missed something.

there are 3 short stories on the author's webpage, which i enjoyed...but i still feel like i missed a vital introduction somewhere.
Not a romance, in the traditional sense, the narrator and his boyfriend are an established couple from the start. Both members of the nobility, one rich and one poorer, they're Nick and Nora in a steampunk world without the steam. A world where magic exists, same sex couples are casually accepted by all as first class members of society, and portals between their world and a dimension of powerful magic users existed, but have been closed for last 150 years.

The story is surprising, fast paced ye
I haven't enjoyed a book this much in quite a long time. I truly had a great time reading it, laughing almost nonstop from beginning to end. I absolutely adored Lucas, a nerd after my own heart, whose hilarious inner monologue and vivid imagination had me cackling out loud. His lover Alex was a dream, dedicated to Lucas as only a soul-mate would be. They made a great couple/team, making me wish a prequel was available so I could get their back-story (would so love to read that tale let me tell y ...more
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