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Falling for Trouble

(Librarians in Love #2)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  99 reviews
The riot grrrl and the bookworm--just the pair to get the whole town talking...
Liam Byrd loves Halikarnassus, New York. He loves its friendliness, its nosiness, the vibrant library at the center of it all. And now that Joanna Green is home, the whole town sizzles. A rebel like her stirs up excitement, action, desire--at least in Liam.
Joanna never thought she'd have t
Paperback, 293 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Zebra Shout
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Sara the Librarian
We interrupt this regularly scheduled review for a public service announcement on the importance of cover art! I invite you all to spend a few minutes, before you read this review, perusing the cover art for Falling for Trouble.

Here are my thoughts on why the utterly insanely awful cover to this book is actually DETRIMENTAL to the reading experience itself. That's right, the cover of this book is so bad it made me like the book less.

1.) "Shave and a Hair Cut for the Love of Christ"

We'll begin w
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
And here goes my last read of the year and it was a nice one, wooho!! 2017 was a good reading year for me after a two year reading slump that started in 2014 and finally ended in 2017. I found new to me authors and series I enjoyed tremendously and gave up on some never-ending series as well.

This book has a librarian hero and the heroine who is sassy and confident and a nice small-town back-drop.
Sam (AMNReader)
These books are cute, but VERY chick-litty. I'm going to continue to read them because they make me feel warm & fuzzy. Recommend? eh, not necessarily.
Good town and cast of characters
Weaker on the relationship between MCs-although chemistry was certainly was there.
Lisa Mandina
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

So, I loved the first book in the series, The Undateable, and this one was pretty good as well. It was a quick read, and hard to put down. While I didn't necessarily connect with the female in this one, I did connect with all the stuff about the library funding that the male character was dealing with. The small town was funny, and I loved how all the women would have to go outside and watch the new hot librarian, Liam, when he was jogging in the morning. The storyline behind Joanna's band, as w
well, that was a charmer with a solid Bechdel test pass and a sanitized but hilariously accurate depiction of small town public library romance. I laughed a lot while reading it and even rec'd it before finishing.

the epilogue threw me for a loop, though. .. really came out of nowhere!
Enjoyable storytelling, but ultimately too conventionally 2-D for me.

Bad girl returns home in disgrace, falls for cinnamon roll librarian. Showdown between bully mayor and librarian: will the budget be spent on footballs or books?

I mean, there is nothing wrong with this, and Sarah Title (come for the name, stay for the books) does a very decent job indeed of characterising Joanna's visceral reluctance to return to the town where she was bullied as a teenager. Liam the librarian is little short
Trigger warnings: near car accident, public humiliation??

Was this a great book? No, not especially. Was it memorable? I suspect not. Did I get my $1.42's investment worth of enjoyment out of it? Absolutely.

There's a male librarian dealing with budget cuts (and it was all too real) and a woman who's just quit her band and moved home in shame after they made it big and she didn't like the terms of their contract so she walked out in the middle of a concert. There's a delightful supporting cast of
This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print.

I’m sad to say that FALLING FOR TROUBLE was a very disappointing read. I was expecting a cute, opposites attract romance between a small-town librarian and a slightly-reformed bad girl punk rocker. What I got was a disjointed, extremely slow-paced story that failed to conjure any chemistry at all between the lead characters. Title’s writing style didn’t work for me, but maybe people who appreciate her writing will enjoy this book more.

Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I didn't care for either of the main characters. I only kept reading because I had to know if the library kept its funding. ...more
Dawn West
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 3.5

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

When good boy and bad girl collide...

Joanna is going home even though it's the last place she wants to be. Her hometown has never been her favorite part of childhood and the people in her town feel the same way about her, the troublemaker. Her Granny's accident provides a good excuse for being there but soon the truth spreads like wildfire and everyone knows that Joanna's days of being a rock star are over.

Liam is a f
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

Joanna Green, the guitarist in an up and coming band called Bunny Slippers, returns to her small home town having thrown away the chance to tour supporting a more famous band. Fortunately, but unbeknownst to her, the grandmother who raised her has just got out of hospital and Joanna is able to use this as a partial excuse for her return. Peggy, the grandmother, broke her leg while (slightly disturbingly) watching the town librarian
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review also found at

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  It is expected to be released later this month.

While this is the second story in a series, and I had not read the first, I did not feel that I was missing anything.  In fact, normally when this happens I can usually tell who the first story may have been about yet in this case I could not.  It is safe to say that thi
Kate Olson
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LIBRARIAN LOVE = AMAZING! I really just can't get enough of this series. This latest title totally brings on the perfect mix of hot male librarian + tough rocker chick to create a smart, funny and socially relevant steamy romance. As a librarian, I have SO MUCH appreciation for the librarian details that Title adds to this book - from Elephant and Piggie references to shelf reading to door counts, they all create a wonderfully authentic librarian romance. The fact that the librarian is a guy tur ...more
Sarah Johnson
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This was better than the first one.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hmm, the first book was better, but this was still a solid read.

"I don't think the library needs to be a quiet place anymore, you know? The noise means people are using it"

I liked that I didn't really like or empathize with the heroine at first. Liam the librarian was fabulous though - is this an accurate description of working in a rural library? Fascinating.

Jun 12, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
DNF @30%
I was really excited to read this book. The synopsis was pretty alluring. But the story wasn't gripping at all. And I found that I lost interest in the characters and their stories from the very beginning. I couldn't stand Joanna's punk rock i-don't-give-a-shit, wait-were-you-talking-to-me, I'm-too-cool-for-you attitude. It was getting on my nerves.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
3.5-star read

I always enjoy reading Ms. Title's books and FALLING FOR TROUBLE is another hit in my opinion. (I'm somewhat biased as I know the author, but the books are pretty darn good despite my bias...IJS!) Absolutely adored this incarnation of Starr, the lovable poodle.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is an easy read—a good choice for the beach this summer.

Joanna grew up as the bad girl in a small town and left as soon as she could to pursue her dreams of playing the guitar professionally. With she creates an incident onstage on her band’s first major tour, though, she winds up going back to her hometown to lick her wounds. Her timing is good, because her grandmother Peggy just injured her leg and could use someone to look after her. Joanna isn’t pleased to be back, but when she mee
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Sarah Title’s Falling in Trouble, published in 2017. It was reviewed by All About Romance (AAR) here and was given an “A” :

Although AAR described this story well, I will encapsulate it. A rock n’ roll gal from a small town in New York State returns to stay with her grandmother after she walks away from her band — on stage — during one of their first big concerts. Joanna never really liked living in Halik
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it

After Joanna Green froze during a performance with the all-girl rock band she was a part of, she lost her chance at fame and fortune and the chance of securing a record deal. Returning home to Halikarnassus, New York, is the only option left for her, and it's a good thing too, because her granny needs her after breaking her leg. Joanna may hate the small town, but there's one thing that's making her stay better -- Liam, the town's new hot librarian. Will she give Liam a chance, or is her desire
the librarians in love series continues with falling for trouble. the nice thing about this series is that the theme of librarians is what links the books, but they are total standalones, as this book has a completely different setting and set of characters from the first book in the series. this is totally fine with me, but if you like linked series, it might be a let down.

joanna green returns home after a meltdown of rockstar proportions. it's on youtube, y'all. meanwhile, liam byrd is the sex
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Joanna is headed home after her Granny has an accident.  It's the last place she wants to be because she never liked the town or people where she grew up.  She was considered a troublemaker and when she left town to pursue touring with her band, the townspeople were glad she was gone. Now that she is back, she's still being treated like an outcast.

Liam, a librarian, is a fan of Joanna.  He likes her music and is excited to meet her.  All she shows him is disdain. Her behavior makes him want to g
Kate Vale
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the Librarians in Love series, this book introduces us to Liam Byrd and really hot librarian in the little town of Halikarnassus, NY. It's where Joanna Green was raised by her grandmother, the town she hated and left as soon as possible to be a girl punk rocker in a band that hit it big until she couldn't stand the changes made by their new manager. So she quits, just walks off stage and doesn't return. Where does she go? Back home, ostensibly to take care of her grandmother after she fal ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Falling for Trouble won me over! I usually can't get into romance novels, but a friend who knows what I like to read gave me a copy to use as a distraction during an upcoming flight. As a nervous flier, I have this strategy where and I start reading books before a trip so that when I get on the plane I'm already hooked and therefore theoretically too engrossed to notice disturbing engine sounds and turbulence, but I ended up reading the whole book a week before taking off.

The writing is tight,
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.

I love this series! I liked this book possibly more than the first in the series. There were some slightly exaggerated plot points, but overall it felt extremely realistic to me, which I liked. In the first book in the series, I felt that the plot was not true to the heroine, but in this case both the hero and heroine were much more realistic and their situations were true to them. All of the small-town public library issues and situations
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Liam is the head librarian in a small town. Joanna is the black sheep of the town who can't escape her wild reputation from high school. When Joanna returns home after a failed rock band venture, she arrives in time to take care of her grandma who had taken a fall while oogling the librarian.

The town is quirky and amusing and an accurate picture of small town life. Liam is stressed about his budget being cut for a new stadium for the losing football team. Joanna isn't sure where she fits into to
Bette Hansen
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Joanna Greene is headed back to Halikarnassus, New York. The last place she ever thought she'd be but Granny needs her so what can she do. There's also the fact that she has no where else to go after her life outside Halikarnassus implodes spectacularly. Never would she expect to be attracted to the nerdy but sexy town librarian but Liam Byrd is the one she's pulled to. How could anything work with them considering he loves this little town and she still can't wait to get out of it.

Good read but
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Sarah Title's contemporary romances feature authentic, engaging, fun and flirty librarians! The characters are not your grandma's romantic librarian heroines who are simply waiting for Mr. Right to come along so she can take off her glasses, release her hair from its too-tight twist, and get married. Mr. Right is the library director, in volume two of "Librarians in Love." His love interest is the town's bad girl, punk rock, lead guitar player of Delicious Lies (or Bunny Slippers). He does battl ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I was pretty disappointed to conclude this, but the book just didn't work for me. I think it doesn't help that punk rock isn't my thing AND the heroine kept reminding me of an acquaintance whom I find irritating. The beta hero however is very sweet! But it just felt so mismatched. It maybe doesn't help that I have zero interest in librarian-and-rock star stories in the first place (I take umbrage at the idea that librarians need rock stars to make their lives interesting), though many kudos to t ...more
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I quite liked this one. After having read the first book, I did not have high expectations but this was loads better than her first in the series. There was actual librarianing involved! Liam is the library director and he was at the circ desk, ran book club, discussed budgets and attended town council mtgs, did shelf reading, talked about buying new books . . . and he's super sweet and funny. Oh I loved him. Wasn't sure about Joanna at first, but she definitely grew on me. Seeing her realize th ...more
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Sarah Title has worked as a barista, a secretary, a furniture painter, and once managed a team of giant walking beans. She currently leads a much more normal life as a librarian in West Virginia. Kentucky Home is her first novel.

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