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Broken Resolutions

(Lovestruck Librarians #1)

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3.04  ·  Rating details ·  508 ratings  ·  136 reviews
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Romance has never had a happy ending for librarian Penny Callahan, who could write the book on cheating, heartbreaking liars. So she’s made a resolution: no men for the next twelve months. If she can just get through the library’s New Year’s Eve singles night, she can return home to her pajamas and a good book. But when she finds herself checking o
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ebook, 85 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Lyrical Shine
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Nicole P
This was so darn cute! I want a library like Battlefield library, where they host sexy single's night with interesting and fun games. And added bonus was the male MCs Mom, Brenda. What a hoot! She was just thee best! A quick and fun read that I totally enjoyed.
Danielle
Oct 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I loved the blurb and it sounded like it had promise but at the end I asked myself when did I bother?

So the book starts off cute. Penny is at home in her pjs and eating a cheeseburger and fries when he her friend Angie asks to take over the New Years single thing at the library.

She agrees and meets Jack. They talk and do the fun games that were planned. They have sex in the library and then Penny finds out he is one of her favorite authors. Since she was lied to in the past this doesn't sit wel
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Maria Rose
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Penny's New Year's Resolution is to stay away from men for a year, after enough heartbreak from cheating exes to ruin any notion of romance. Yet somehow her dreams of a quiet evening ringing in the New Year in pajamas and with a good book have been replaced by an assortment of amorous singles at her library's New Year's Eve event, looking for love or at least to ring in the New Year with a kiss. Somehow roped into the borderline shocking games with Jack, a reluctant son who accompanied his widow ...more
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Ivy Deluca
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I really liked this quick little read. I’d recently reviewed the latest in this series, but I decided to start from the beginning and I was NOT disappointed. I loved Penny and Jack and the writing was sexy and funny. Even if their romance happened at warp speed (which, hey it’s a novella), the emotional development was there and it made all the difference. Also loved seeing Clarence has been there all along, that crazy pirate. Glad I picked up this series and I definitely recomme
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Kate Forest
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I never enjoyed the library this much

This short story is heart-wrenchingly sweet and blazing spicy hot at the same time. Penny the recluse librarian wants nothing to do with men, until a hunky accountant comes into her life on New Year’s Eve. And when slightly mysterious Jack says, “By the end of the night, I mean to convince you I’m that man. I’m the man for you” I fell in love. The chemistry between the characters sets the page on fire. But both of them have sad sweet stories that leave you ro
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Swanangel15's Book Review
When reading this book, I was having a blast. Naughty things were happening in one of my most favorite places in the world. Then all of a sudden, the book makes a complete 180 on me and the amazing book turned to a confusion of emotions.

Penny Callahan has made a New Year's resolution of staying away from men. Her love life is a book filled with heartache and deception and Penny is fed up with it.

She hopes her time of staying away from men will make her understand herself better and why she keeps
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Kate (kate_reads_)
DNF at 48%. I liked the premise and there are parts I liked - but unfortunately there was more that didn’t work for me so I’m stopping here.

What I liked:
I liked the idea of librarian (and reader) paired with reclusive writer. I enjoyed the setting of it taking place in a library.

What I didn’t:

I didn’t appreciate the way women’s bodies were described and referenced - for example only referring to a character as Skintight Dress or describing how Penny’s body was great and she “didn’t flaunt it”
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Deborah
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Penny Callahan has had a bad year with men. After being lied to and cheated on once again, she makes a New Year's resolution. No men for the next year! Now she just has to get through the singles mixer at the library where she works. When she meets a hot, hunky man that oozes sex, her night just became a little more interesting!

Jack Williamson brought his mother to the library New Year's singles mixer. He gets hoodwinked into staying by her. He doesn't want to be recognized, but she guilts him i
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Synergy_Quest
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Broken Resolutions is a cute, easy, sexy read. It reads like a novella to me, complete but condensed.

Jack is a semi-reclusive, best selling writer who is more concerned with his daughter having a press-free existence than he is about finding Ms. Right. Penelope is a shy, librarian who has sworn off men for the new year. Fortunately for both of them, Jack's frisky mom and Penelope's erotica-obsessed friend have other plans for them.

The story is done well, but because I'm inquisitive by nature, I
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Lynn
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
This was a cute read, I laughed and cringed as Penny is forced out of her "comfort zone" on new years eve to host a singles mixer at her library. She is coming off two bad prior relationships and this years new years resolution is NO MEN for a year.

Jack is a celebrity author, who is more or less hiding in town. He has a 4 year old daughter from a previous marriage and they share custody. He has come to the library to "drop off his mom" who is a hoot, she is looking for a man. She also would not
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Maggie Hesseling
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This novella is hilarious. I loved the characters, especially Jack's mom who finagles the entire situation to begin with. I was a little disappointed by the ending, or rather, what led up to it. It didn't seem all that realistic to me, but hey, I had a great time reading this novella, so it's easily overlooked. Though, I can't imagine an event like this ever happening in any of my local bookstores (or the one I work in) this is a real gem and I can't wait to read the others in the series.
Rebecca
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
You guys, I should have known this wouldn't be awesome based on the cover art of the series, but it's about librarians!! So I was holding out hope that it would surprise me! It did not. But the librarian connection is actually the only reason this has two stars instead of one.

Where to start...I guess it's the insta love thing for me. It only works sometimes, and it's not my favorite anyway. But WOW. It just wasn't set up well enough. Their characters seemed to change quite a bit very very quick
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Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Lovestruck Librarians #1
Rating: 3 stars - it was goo

One Sentence Summary: When librarian Penny Callahan is talked into working her branch's New Years Eve Singles Night she's determined to avoid another romantic entanglement, but she doesn't count on reclusive author Jack Williamson.

I couldn't resist a librarian themed romance since, you know, that's my job too and I found Broken Resolutions to be a quick, cute, and easy read. It's not very long and most of the story takes place on New Ye
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Katie
Most of my problems with this can be summed up with . . . it's a novella. (view spoiler) ...more
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A free copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


I have been going through a romance fiction dry spell recently. Nothing is really impressing me much lately. I keep waiting for a romance book to sweep me off my feet but nothing is getting the job done. For a moment I thought Broken Resolutions was going to be that book. It came very close but it didn't quite make it.

I really enjoyed Broken Resolutions. It was a hell of a lot
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Edel
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story is about a group of people who are all going to a party on New Years Eve at the public library where the theme is all about love. Penelope is hosting the party where a group of singles are all hoping to have someone to kiss when the bells chime midnight. There are plenty of party games for everyone to get to know each other and some people are clicking more then others but the story keeps you guessing about how the night will end. Not everyone at the party is who they seem to be , but ...more
Philippa Lodge
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got an advance copy from NetGalley because I sort of know the author on Twitter. And I am all over hot librarians....so to speak.

I loved the Jane Eyre references (though the hero was described as too handsome, which Rochester certainly wasn't). I thought the main character, Penny, was really great. Both shy and solemn, but with a fun (and bossy) aspect that came out when she got comfortable.

The library singles night for New Year's Eve sounded like fun, though it felt like it went on too long.
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Olivia
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mushy, geek
Short and sweet story.
Penelope is a shy librarian who is in charge of the singles' night that the library where she works. Jack is coerced into attending by his mother. Despite both their reluctances, they have a good time together and decide to get to know each other better. But Jack is keeping a secret that can put in danger their growing relationship.
Both characters are well developed. I absolutely loved Penelope and would have liked to see her take a more dominating role in the bedroom. But
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EmpK
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is a shocker insofaras.. the first 15% is one of the more interesting starts to a book I've read (and I've been plowing through a lot lately). Then it's all downhill!

So the first 15% is about a librarian who got stuck working a New Year's Eve Speed-dating fundraiser at the library. She meets a man who is the son of one of the library's patrons-- he got stuck attending this speed-dating event because his mother wanted to attend and the group is short by one man.He claims he's an accoun
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Faye
May 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Cori R.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very meh for me. (view spoiler) ...more
Taryn
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction
Snortingly funny!
Tiffany Reads It All
Broken Resolutions is a fun novella that kicks off a new series, Lovestruck Librarians. It takes place during New Year's Eve and introduces an entertaining set of characters. Since I work in a public library, I appreciated all the library references and jokes and sympathized with the characters appropriately.

Penelope (aka Penny) is a librarian in a rural Maryland branch. While her character comes across as a bit cliche at first--she's the shy, introverted librarian type--the cause of her hesitan
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Alison
I received a free copy of this novella from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

This was my first book by Olivia Dade, I find it hard to classify this novella which may reflect my rating.

Penelope is a librarian. Her wacky, sex-mad colleague has arranged a New Year's Eve singles party at the library complete with 'Adult' themed games. At the last minute her colleague has to cry off and asks Penelope to host. Penelope has had a bad year, both of the men (not simultaneously)
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Jessi
Being a librarian, it can be hard to read a book that has one as the main character because the setting/people are often so far off what a professional librarian would be/do. However, Olivia Dade was a librarian (assuming in a public library since that's where she set her book) so this rings a bit more true. Although few librarians I know would have been able to run as many "risque" programs as Angie. Although she didn't really run the New Year's program this is centered around. She tricks her f ...more
Terri
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review also found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...

** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is December 8th, 2015**

Ok, I am not the kind of person who believes in love at first sight or even eternal love after a few hours. In that sense this book fails. Then again, most of this genre would also fail so I can say that I had fair warning going in to it.

I do however believe in lust at fir
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Marta Kule
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Oh god... Does anyone know any good romances? I fell for Kobo's Valentine's Day sale: buy two romances, get one free. Unfortunately, the titles on sale were limited to these leftovers. This thing is bad even for a romance. It goes like this: A skinny, shy female librarian; a male bestselling writer with a six pack. Cliche; cliche. "He stifled a groan." Cliche; cliche. This blushed; that throbbed. "He stifled a groan." Cliche; cliche. A crisis; an anticipated happy ending.
The next one in my sale
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Bette Hansen
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A quick fun read about two lonely people finding each but both afraid to take a chance. The somewhat shy librarian Penny Callahan finds herself in some hilarious situations thanks to her outrageous coworker. Meeting Jack Williamson may be the best thing to come out of one of those situations though. He's very tempting.... to bad she has this no men for 12 months thing going. Could this be the one man she can trust or is he more than he seems????

I enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend i
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⚜️Trea
I found this to be a really short and sweet romantic novella! I was rooting for Penelope and Jack the entire time I read it, and it is a great story to read at New Year's! The cast of characters was quirky and interesting as well, but what really got to me was the fact that there wasn't a lot of resolution at the end of this story. Never mind the fact that they fell in love entirely too quickly to be believable! It's a good story, and one I would recommend to others if they're looking for a quic ...more
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