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What the Librarian Did (Harlequin Superromance, #1622)

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  633 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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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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
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
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
First off, it takes place in New Zealand. How cool is that? At first Rachel comes across as rather uptight. But boy can she hand out the zingers. And her main focus of her zinger flings is Devin. As mentioned in the blurb, Devin was a member of a famous rock band formed by his older brother. But having suffered a breakdown brought on by too much wild living, he heads back to the country of his birth and without much else to do, and a desire to see if his older brother has been screwing him out o ...more
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
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
Susan Gottfried

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
Nov 24, 2012 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarah by: Rebeca
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
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
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
Mar 08, 2010 Leslie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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 DeCoster
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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
There was a lot of buzz and rave reviews about this book and although I had never read Karina Bliss before and the title and cover of this book would not have originally inspired me to purchase this book, I did based on past success reading Harlequin Super Romances and the good reviews.

I should have known right off the bat that I wouldn’t like the character of Rachel (based solely on how she looks on the cover - much to prissy for me) and then to discover on page one she doesn’t like the color
Devin, 33 Jahre alt und der Star einer Rockband zieht sich nach Neuseeland, dem Heimatland seiner Mutter, zurück, um zu studieren und ein neues Leben zu beginnen.
Durch andauernde Alkohol- und Drogenexzesse ist seine Gesundheit angeschlagen und er mußte aussteigen, denn seine Lebenserwartung tendierte gegen Null.
Als Devin an seinem ersten Tag auf dem Campus auftaucht, wird er von allen umschwärmt, nur Rachel, Bibliothekarin in der Unibibliothek, hat keine Ahnung wer der arrogante Typ mit den auff
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Feb 01, 2012 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Estara by: A review at, I think
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Could'a, Should'a Been Great Book But Robbed By Weak Ending

This book had SO much going for it. Overall, I did enjoy this book. It fit right along w/my mentality. Here's what I liked:

* Main characters 34+ in ages vs the YA/NA ones currently inundating contemporary reads.
* Very strong H&h. They know who they were as individuals. Both had made mistakes in their past, but acknowledged them as mistakes & were willing to accept consequences of those mistakes head on w/o running from them. (A r
The UHQ Nasanta
3 stars

This was a sweet romance. I liked the "bad boy falls in love with good girl" romance, and I was happy to see a couple NOT in their twenties or with an age gap. I liked the interaction between Rachel and Devin even if I was a bit disappointed by Rachel's initial motives - and subsequent actions (view spoiler). The scene where Rachel first meets De
When Rachel meets Devin she has no idea who he is. She develops a friendship with him that quickly becomes more as mutual attraction flares between both adults. However, Devin's friendship and mentor ship of young musician and fellow student Mark threatens to keep the two possible lovers apart.

Mark confides to Devin that he is looking for his birth mother, whom he has never seen but knows works at the Aukland University. He only knows she was a teenager when she put him up for adoption, and want
Rachel Robinson is a librarian at a university. She's sensible, smart and seems very much to me like the stereotypical librarian: helpful and a little uptight. That is, until she meets Devin Freedman. Devin comes into the library dressed in a very "rock star" kind of way. He's preternaturally good looking, tattooed, wearing trendy clothes (including purple boots - bold choice), and he spends that first encounter with Rachel teasing her and poking at her to get a rise. He's intrigued by the smart ...more
I was browsing through My Media Mall for a new book to download, and I just couldn't resist a librarian heroine, even though the cover image is totally tragic.

Thankfully, the librarian is not as dowdy or buttoned-up as the cover would imply - she just has a taste for vintage clothes and the cover artist captured that in the worst way possible. She's an academic librarian, and though we don't spend much time with her at work, author Karina Bliss has still gotten the details right. Rachel is a sub
This is definitely a book that I would recommend to anyone who thinks Harlequin books are poorly written bodice rippers. Karina Bliss knows how to write an enjoyable, grown-up love story.

What the Librarian Did is the story of Devin and Rachel--a former rock star and a librarian, respectively. Devin, 34, has given up his life as a rock star after almost drinking himself to death (quite literally, he has almost killed his liver). He decides to go to university in his nation of birth, New Zealand,
Maria Wella
All in all, I enjoyed reading this book, but after that last page was finished and I closed the book, a few things bothered me. So Rachel Robinson is a librarian at a university in Australia. She's kind of a mother-hen type who cooks Sunday dinner for students that need a home cooked meal (exchange students, freshmen, etc) and she's a nice person. She likes to wear vintage clothing (think Dita Von Teese but less sexy) and she looks younger than her 34 years. Then there's Devin Freedman. He was a ...more
Hmm, a tough review to write.

There are a lot of good points in the book, the relationship is rather good & believable the h/h don't fall in love after 5 minutes), I could sympathize with the characters, I love hero's mother, and the hero himself (although he didn't have that much trouble with leaving his old life behind, but hey, this is fiction), and there were a few LOL scenes. The book just sucked me in, but there were some slightly irritating parts.

I could understand Rachel's fears and i
I read this for class. The characters were too stereotypical and the plot too predictable, which really is a characteristic of romances so I wasn't surprised. The librarian is this prim and proper young woman who wears high neck blouses, pencil skirts, and a bun in her hair who is apparently overcompensating for a "mistake" she made in her past. Her love interest is a rock star with tattoos and a chip on his shoulder that just happens to be able to help her with her troubles (but of course, she' ...more
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I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was twelve but then I forgot and did a lot of other things instead. These included getting an arts degree in English and Political Studies at Auckland University (New Zealand), a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism at the University of London, travelling, having my heart broken a couple of times, meeting the right guy, building a house, having a baby - t ...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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