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What the Librarian Did (Harlequin Superromance, #1622)

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Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn't know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel's refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention. Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll." Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged betwee ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2010)
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This review can also be found on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell-blog.

I may or may not have found my new favourite author.

There’s a reason Harlequin Superromances sell so well in Finland, better than Blaze or any other kinky ultra hot sex series or imprint. The impact of naked skin kind of evens out when you get used to seeing it regularly in the sauna. And we have those long winter nights and comfy blankets in our beds… anyway, it’s all about the story.

Here, two adults in their thirties meet at a
May 17, 2011 willaful rated it really liked it
Shelves: bye
3.5 stars. I can sort of see why this got so much positive buzz; the characters are complex and interesting and there’s a richness to the story I’m not used to seeing in category romance. (Though possibly that’s just because I usually choose them looking for bat-shit crazy rather than thoughtful realism.)

This is a story about three characters, Rachel, Devin, and Mark, all of whom are paying the price for decisions made 17 years ago. As Rachel the seemingly starchy librarian and Devin the former
Feb 02, 2015 Kristiej rated it really liked it
I just finished a reread of this book as preparation for reading karina Bliss' newest book Rise. Rise is Zander's story and i really want to how Ms. Bliss redeems him as he's quite the jerk in this book. Im downgrading it to 4 1/2 stars, not because i enjoyed it any less, i still really enjoyed it, but more because im trying to tighten up grades a bit more and saving the 5 star ratings forbthe upper of the upper books. But the review below i wrote in 2012 still stands.

First off, it takes place i
Apr 03, 2010 Stacy rated it liked it
I had high expectations after reading Dear Author's review, and that sadly set me up for disappointment. I liked the story but didn't think it was that outstanding. I really enjoyed the beginning & all the banter between Rachel & Devin, loved how Rachel held her own and showed she was a smart, independent woman, but then it started to go off-track and there were a lot of misunderstandings & overracting.

Part of the problem is you have too much going on. If it would have focused on Rac
Susan Gottfried
Mar 24, 2010 Susan Gottfried rated it really liked it
Shelves: rock-fiction

Karina Bliss' What the Librarian Did is one of those books EVERYONE is talking about right now. It's getting quite a bit of positive buzz. That was enough to pique my interest. But then something else popped up and I had to read this book.

The male hero is a rock star. Therefore, I had to pick up a copy via and see if this rock star dude meets MY standards. Does What The Librarian Did qualify for inclusion my list of Best Rock Books?

Devin does
This book frustrated me. I felt like the premise involving the heroine's long-lost son, whom she had put up for adoption when she was a teenager, was an intrusion on the romance. It dominated the story, turning the relationship between Rachel and Devin into a sub-plot. The addition of an angsty 17-year-old boy cannot be considered an improvement to any romance novel, especially one about two adults who are already acting like teenagers.

Rachel and Devin both lack emotional maturity. Each of them
Devin Freedman is at a crossroads in his life, the former rock star has lived life to his fullest partying and enjoying all that life had to offer on the way. His cavalier lifestyle though has finally caught up to him, forcing him to explore another path. Enrolling in a University in New Zealand seems like the best shot at something new.

Worried he is going to be lonely and bored, Devin is pleasantly surprised when he meets feisty librarian Rachel Robinson, something about the temperamental woma
Book 1 of the TBR Challenge 2011

The story had some very good moments, and the overall plot wasn't bad, but the writing and pacing was uneven and the attempts at humor fell flat. Additionally, it would have been helpful to have an intimate moment between the leads once their feelings had finally been sorted out. It didn't have to be descriptive, fade-to-black would have been fine, but some sort of encounter would've been more satisfying. As it was, the book
What a boring book. There were so many plots going on that none of them had a real shot. As a librarian, I don't see how Rachel wad defying librarian stereotypes as some reviews state. Because she owns a mountain bike? Wears vintage clothes? Got knocked up as a teen? I guess that's true if people assume librarians just live in the library like hermits but really Rachel did have enough personality to confirm to or buck any stereotypes.
Devin's love for her was very sudden and not totally believab
Angela James
I didn't love this book as much as Jane from Dear Author did (got it on her recommendation). I thought the writing was well done, there was witty dialogue and banter, but I just could not warm up to the heroine. A big portion of this book is about the heroine and the son she put up for adoption when she was 17. Not my favorite trope. I thought the heroine came off as fairly self-absorbed--throughout the book the focus seems to be on her emotions, what she's feeling and how emotionally damaged sh ...more
Manda Collins
What a wonderful, sexy, fun, tender story. I chose it because of the librarian heroine (I'm an academic librarian like her) but ended up enjoying the book for more than just its rocker/librarian match up. The chemistry between the hero and heroine is palpable and their verbal sparring had me laughing out loud. Rachel's backstory, which could have seemed cliched, is realistically woven together with Devin's struggle to create a new life for himself, and their conflict makes for a poignant, but be ...more
Sheila Melo
Feb 16, 2015 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep Complex Story That Struggles in the Shorter Format

"The librarian didn't want to date him any more than he wanted to date her."

THE STORY: Devin Freedman is the ex-guitarist for a rock band. After seventeen years, he has ruined his health and made so many mistakes that he doesn't know who he is anymore. He has returned to university and ends up meeting Rachel Robinson who is the librarian. She is thirty-four years old and believes herself a heartbreaker because she has run from relationships
Katie Pierce
Jan 20, 2015 Katie Pierce rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I have not read many Harlequin romances at all, and I have to admit I was inclined to think that they were all kind of sappy formulaic stories with no real meat to them, the main point being to get the main characters into bed together. This book actually had a well-developed plot with some interesting aspects that lay outside of the simple "opposites attract" story trope I had expected. In addition to the happy surprise of a fairly engrossing plot ...more
This wasn't really the book I was expecting. I remember when this first came out and reading really great reviews, and wanting to read it very badly, only to be thwarted by my library system. So when the option to read it via Scribd came up, I was very happy.

But maybe I never really read the summary or didn't read the reviews closely enough, but I just flat out did not like the adoption part of the book (which is a major part of the book) and I never fully believed in the romance either. It was
Oct 06, 2014 Lyuda rated it really liked it
Shelves: hp, contemporary
Very good story with surprising depth. The characters feel realistic with enduring qualities and flows. Devin is a former world-famous rock band player whose carrier ended in collapse on stage and doctor’s giving him not much chance to live if he continued with his hard partying ways. He decided to leave the world stage behind. He flew to New Zealand, home of his mother, and enrolled in college at the age of 34. Mark, 16 years old student, is enrolled in the same college for reasons of his own. ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Rebeca Willis-Conger
Rebeca aka Renegade listed this book as one of her picks in her Romance 101 post on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves. And I can see why she likes it so much: both of the main characters defy the stereotypes of their professions (rock star and librarian, respectively). They both are smart and have issues they need to work through, so there's a satisfying level of angst. However, I had a couple of issues with this book:

1) The two main characters seemed like they were becoming best friends rather than roma
Mar 08, 2010 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
It looks like I'll be hunting down another author's back list. If What the Librarian Did is any indication, then Karina Bliss is an author who can give the reader a well developed plot and characters in the shorter format. I've come to treasure that ability since I started reading Harlequins with any frequency about a year ago.

The librarian and the rock star, a case of opposites attract. Our librarian, Rachel, is a single, 34 year old college librarian with a couple of ex-boyfriends but not much
May 12, 2010 Tina rated it it was amazing
If more Harlequins were like this, I'd read them all the time. At first sight, the idea of a washed up rock star who goes back to school and a repressed Librarian who seems disapproving of him seems cliche and very been-there and done-that. This story is none of that. The first thing that sets this story apart is that the dialogue simply snaps. The zingers the two trade from almost the moment they meet are witty and plentiful. Devin and Rachel have such a crackling chemistry that I found myself ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Kerry rated it liked it
Shelves: library, romance, 7, 2012
I saw this one recommended on Dear Author some time last year. The fact is was written by a New Zealander and set it New Zealand attracted me, as did the librarian/ex-rock star pairing. All the same, I never got around to reading it.

I don't remember what made me decide to request it just before Christmas, but I did and it turned up at the library for me. Again, I didn't get around to reading it. I was going to take it back, but something made me renew it instead.

So on Sunday, I finally got aroun
Liz De Coster
Sep 28, 2011 Liz De Coster rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lis, kindle
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Im very glad to say that i enjoyed this book for what it was worth! Haven`t you sometimes feel like you want to read a story that has some real issues in it, but its not overbearing in the angsty side? Well, i think this book can do just that.

Even at its length, there was a nice pace to the story and its characters. they developed quite nicely. Im not going to say that there werent times where the H/h didnt get on my nerves with their stupid rebukes, but i think Karina was able to redeem the cha
Jan 06, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I enjoyed this a good bit. Devin, the hero, is a retired rock star. It's a forced retirement because he's damaged his organs with alcohol so much the doctor told him another drink will kill him. He's decided to leave the L.A. music scene and return home to New Zealand to attend school and be near his mother (who recently suffered heart problems). Devin is not quite a part of the normal world. He's used to fan adoration. He longs to be unrecognized, but doesn't really know what to do when someone ...more
Lea Bourg'
Feb 05, 2015 Lea Bourg' rated it really liked it
A really nice romance =D
What there might be between a librarian and an ex-rocker ?? Sparks, anyway that's what Devin Freedman thinks and perhaps even more. Except that even if Rachel doesn't hesitate to flirt (and maybe more x)), she has dark secrets that threaten to make it inaccessible forever ...
I was very intrigued to meet Zander's brother (and seeing him before Elizabeth =)) and I wasn't disappointed =) Apparently, sassy comments run in the family =D
If I still liked the story and the author
Aug 15, 2015 Sunny rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Far better book than its hokey cover. I hated the descriptions of his clothing and jewelry - just tacky. Just because you're a retired rock and roller doesn't mean you have to dress in silk shirts, purple boots and tons of bling. However, the relationships they have with their friends and families feel honest, not fictional. And I love her weekend dinners for homesick stray students, complete with "ask me about" name tags.

It's also nice to read a novel firmly set in New Zealand, complete with ne
Feb 18, 2015 Holly rated it liked it
I admit it. I am a sucker for a romance novel that includes a bad boy, or a former bad boy. (Can you say living vicariously?) And of course, a novel that includes a hot librarian is something I almost *have* to read. (Although the cover has her dressing as a schoolmarm from long ago--but that's explained in the book.)

Look, it's formulaic and very sappy in spots, sometimes ridiculous, not enough sex, but honestly? This was a very enjoyable read. The librarian is an intelligent woman "with a past
This is normally not my bag, and although it had some pluses, I was mostly put off by various things.

Good things--
Fairly realistic depiction of librarianship, although this was sparse
The interfamily drama was realistic-ish and not OTT
Low stakes
Vintage wardrobe
I like the rockstar's mother

The hot rock star sounds pretty fug, like a mix of Guy Fieri and some professional wrestler, although I think he wasn't blond.
The librarian veered into creeper territory, hard and fast.
Lots of Not S
Feb 04, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I decided to read this book after one of my favorite authors, Nalini Singh, mentioned Karina Bliss's new book Rise. After reading the excerpt for Rise, I knew that I needed to try out one of Bliss's earlier books.

I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this book. There were a few times that I wanted to skip around because I got a little bored, but overall the story was great. I really liked Devin in the beginning of the book but as time went on, he became a little boring for me. Same with R
Jul 15, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3.5 stars
I forgot I had this on my shelf...though the cover image is terrible, it manages to not fall into old stereotypes for the librarian main character. (In fact, the author deliberately chose two professions she thought were often stereotyped: rock stars and librarians.) Rachel rocks as a fairly realistic academic librarian--also into 50s vintage wear, of course (*new* librarian stereotypes... ;-) ). The characters are more complex and a little deeper than some in series fiction lines. I fo
Anais Torres
Dirty Librarian happiness

A relief to read something written before the 50 Shades of Gray era. This is a classic venture of Sex, Drugs, Rockin Roll and even some old school nylon bondage!

Rachel's character development throughout this story is fascinating. Polar opposite ends of the personality spectrum untie in this classic rendition of when a good girl meets a bad boy.

I recommend this book for anyone who wants a good old fashion story about rockstars falling in love with librarians who are sm
Ann Marie
Oct 10, 2015 Ann Marie rated it liked it
Seems majorly based on Duff McKagan's life, author must be a Guns N' Roses fan - burst pancreas from alcoholism where another drink will kill him. Leaving LA to recover. Two marriages, one wedding he can't even remember due to being blackout drunk. Going back to college to study accounting/finance, after being curious about his finances after sobering up. Even little details added in like wearing a chain necklace with padlock (though not worn by him in the book). Though Duff McKagan ended up mar ...more
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“Her expression shut faster than a poked clam. 'I'll just get a cardigan.'
He might not be a hellraiser anymore but Devin valued his reputation. 'Haven't you got anything sexy?'
'Yes,' said Rachel, 'my mind.”
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