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Paper Love

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan in this lesbian romance from best-selling author Jae.

Susanne Wolff isn’t thrilled when her mother sends her all the way across the country to Freiburg to save her uncle’s stationery store from bankruptcy. Freiburg is too provincial for her taste, and besides, pen and paper are outdated anyway.

Anja Lamm, Paper Love’s only full-time em
Audible Audio, 9 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published August 15th 2018)
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Lex Kent
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most people I’m a huge Jae fan. I thought this book was good and I would recommend it. However, I do have to note that I struggled a bit with this. Usually I fall in love with Jae’s books almost instantly, but that was not the case here. It really wasn’t until the second half of the book that I started clicking with the story. The second half really improved my enjoyment and is why I can still rate this 4 stars instead of the 3 or 3.5 I thought the book started out as.

This book takes place
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a well structured romance, in which one of the protagonists, Susanne, is an executive, urbanite and focused on her work before anything else and the other protagonist, Anja, is an employee in a stationery shop, born and raised in a rather small city, somewhat insecure in her personal life and passionate about her work. Both must work together because the owner of the store where Anja works is Susanne's uncle. And since Susanne is between jobs and the store needs help so that it does not
I'll admit that the last batch of books by Jae I haven't been too taken with and I think I'd have a similar feeling towards this one EXCEPT it was helped by the fact that I consumed the audiobook version read by Abby Craden.

As books go, this is a straight forward, slow burn romance that is more of a gentle journey. The conflicts are created by one of the mains being an ice queen and an ongoing battle of city mouse vs country mouse between our leads. Angst comes in the form of wondering if the be
Lexxi Kitty
I received an ARC of this book from Ylva Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

While not a favorite book by one of my favorite authors, the book is still quite enjoyable – for many reasons. Possibly largely due to just what it sets out to do: tell a female-female romance set in Germany involving only Germans. It was quite fun to bump into the unknown (to me).

While I did, for the most part, like both of the main characters, neither really ‘clicked’ for me. Unfortunate, but that happens.

Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Paper Love” is a wonderful, feel-good story of two thirty-somethings finding unexpected love.

Fresh off quitting her job as a business restructuring consultant, 38yo MC Susanne is pressed by her mother into helping an uncle with his failing stationary store: Paper Love. She storms in rather imperiously, determined to do what ever is necessary, including firing long-term employee, the cute 36yo Anja, or even shutting the store down. After all, who uses 2,000€ fountain pens and fancy paper in the
Gaby LezReviewBooks
This book is in my recommended books of the month

This is a slow-burn romance between Susanne Wolff, a business consultant, and her uncle's stationary shop employee Anja Lamm. When Susanne is urged to try to save 'Paper love', a small shop located in Freiburg, her relationship with Anja gets off to a rocky start. Can they learn to trust each other to keep away 'Paper love' from bankruptcy? Will their budding friendship develop into something more?

This love
Highly-driven business consultant, Susanne Wolff, walks out of her job she realizes the bigotry isn’t going to change. Fortunately, her mother has a job for her and not one she’s thrilled with. Her uncle Norbert’s stationery shop, Paper Love, is failing in the face of new technology and her mother thinks Susanne’s business skills could turn it around. The challenge of turning around the business looks less complicated than dealing with her uncle’s assistant, Anja Lamm, who seems to be entrenched ...more
I usually enjoy Jae’s books so I don’t know what the hell went wrong with this one because I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, the characters were nice enough, I just found myself getting bored, there’s nothing particularly wrong that I can point out I just lost total interest and only stuck with it because I was given a free copy, I’m very disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this :(
The sex scenes were just ok for me, just an average sweet romance I suppose...
Recommended to romance fans
3.5 Stars.

As I've come to expect, Jae has put out another well written book. I loved the setting, because I love Paper & Pens. At the iconic Pasadena, CA bookstore Vroman's, they had a separate Stationary and Pen store next door to the main bookstore (largest in So. Cal). I pictured Paper Love to look like Vroman's store - in the center were dark wood and glass cases filled with pens and fountain pens - sorta like jewelry cases. Around the rest of the store was various stationary and other g
I am a huge fan of Jae’s work, she is an author that I will read automatically without even looking at the synopsis of the book. Her work is always good. As I have said over and over again she is an author you can count on to deliver you a quality read time every single time. Paper Lover, her latest novel is a good book, not my favorite of Jae's work but I did enjoy my time with it.

Susanne Wolff is an all work no play kind of lady. She grinds away for a boss that treats her less than because she
This is my 28th book by Jae. I've not been too much of a fan of her '18 releases though. Her first was a fake dating rom, which never really works for me. This one is an Ice Queen as well as a transitory MC. I know that Ice Queen's are loved by many folks out there. Although I'm not sure why, as they're usually not pleasant to be around, but it is what it is. They're popular. Just not by this reader. Couple that with the transitory plot device and it really gives me the 'whatevers' when the rom ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received from YLVA in return for an honest review.

I’m a big Jae fan, she writes well, her characters interact and get to know each other, and her setttings are interesting. That said, this isn’t my favourite of hers.

The story is set in Germany, where Anja works at a stationery store owned by Suzanne’s uncle Nobby.. It’s not doing well so Suzanne comes to help out. Anja is lovely, sweet, and kind, but Suzanne is standoffish, and cold. For the first 1/4 of the book she insists that she and A
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, simple, drama free, very low angst, no bad communication frustrating us, tender romance. There is nothing special, but still there is nothing bad about it either. I don't actually know how to describe it, but it's not really a hard core romance either where we are made to feel serious chemistry and impossible gestures(or more likely things happening to bump the two protagonist unexpectedly). It's just day to day stuff happening in a stationary shop in a quiet city and slowly falling in ...more
Susanne normally advises large international companies but when she quits her job in frustration her mother sees an opportunity. She sends her to Freiburg to save her uncle's struggling stationery business.

In Freiburg she immediately butts heads with Anja, her uncle's one full time employee and resident expert on fountain pens.

Paper Love is a sweet, charming love story about two women who on the surface are very different. But it's more than just a love story. Freiburg is a character in this b
Corporate Slave
Let me start by saying I’m a big fan of Jae.

Unfortunately I didn’t feel that this is her work! I was so bored throughout the book, didn’t feel any chemistry between the characters or the supporting characters. The ending was so predictable and rushed. From a business standpoint since this is a big part of the story, it was very poorly researched and executed! Issue: You have a suffering business? Solution: create an online store! Seriously ?
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jae, romance
A slow burn romance, where a digital aficionado business consultant, Susanne Wolff, meets the stationery geek Anja Lamm. After walking out of her last job in Berlin, where she lives, Susanne's mother urges her to help her uncle Norbert to save his stationery shop in Freiburg. Only reluctantly she agrees. There she has to work with the employee Anja, and their start was everything then promising. Ice queen meets passionate stationery lover. I had to smile over the choosing of the names Wolff (in ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ARC received from YLVA for a fair review.

I've read almost all full-length novels by Jae with one or two exceptions. I generally like her work a lot, but I couldn't finish this book. The characters are extremely formulaic and bland, and the setting doesn't interest me. So I leave this with two stars. There wasn't anything that bad here to warrant a single star rating, but there's nothing good about this read either. Definitely not for me.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love books by Jae but I have to be honest and say that the reason I have waited so long to review this book is that I just didn't connect with it. I don't normally take so long to read this authors book but this time I had to put the book down a few times and read other books before I could get back into it.

I felt that the first half of this book was a bit too slow paced and I didn't connect with the characters. The second half of the book is much better but by then I had lost interest
Rach (Les Rêveur)
As a stationary enthusiast, I knew this book was right up my street.

Anja works for her boss and friend at a local stationary shop in Freiburg. Unfortunately, she isn’t aware the shop is failing and only finds out the truth when her boss’ niece, Susanne arrives to make some very tough decisions about the shop. Anja is instantly attracted to Susanne but isn’t so crazy about how she views the community of Freiburg, as well as the shop itself.

They battle with feelings but the spark is there and they
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paper Love is another addition to Jae’s “Love in the Workplace” series. Out of work business consultant Susanne Wolff is sent by her mother to the quaint city of Freiburg Germany to help her Uncle Norbert save the family stationary store aptly named Paper Love. Susanne is reluctant to leave her home of Berlin but agrees to help for three months only.
Susanne meets Norbert’s employee Anja Lamm and a series of miscues and misunderstandings takes place. This becomes a slow boil romance with a tickin
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That feeling when you finished a book but you can’t think of anything to write in a review, like nothing at all.. i am feeling it right now 😑 it also make it hard for me to rate the book as well.

Well, I enjoyed the book. I like both main characters and support characters. Surprisingly, there seem to be no conflict between MC. Or was there? Oh yeah there was. But the lvl of it seem low. I enjoyed how their relationship progressed. And they both did have chemistry. They are such a sweet couple, es
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a few authors in this genre that consistently, time and time again, write stories of substance. By that I mean there’s a level of depth to the plot and the characters. They both evolve over the course of the story in a realistic and timely manner. It’s like watching the metamorphosis of a butterfly…and the end result is beautiful. Jae does this with her stories. She allows her characters to gradually…slowly… go through stages, with each step progressing, maturing, evolving, until a rel ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book shortly after it came out (!). I always like Jae’s books, though some a little bit more than others and her earlier books moist. I always buy her books as soon as they are published. This one was a 4 star for me, good but not one of my favourite books by Jae. Still, I’ll read it again sometime. Recommend.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I am a steadfast fan of Jae's stories, and Paper Love is no exception. Unlike her other stories that seem to be almost exclusively set in the USA, Paper Love is set in Freiburg, Germany. I am so happy that she set this charming romance in her home country. The relationship developed somewhat slowly between Susanne, an ice queen and no nonsense business consultant, and the romantic fountain pen and stationary-loving Anja, but
Jane Shambler
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-place, ylva-pub
So I am officially gobsmacked. Jae has not only done it again but she even managed to make stationary sound sexy. Come on who does that????

After I read this book I have started to take more notice of stationary. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. I guess having one of the lead characters a total stationary geek really helps. Well she managed to get me interested in stationary. That gets 5 stars on it's own.

It's a really good read. It keeps you interested throughout. Something so easy can liter
Brooklyn Graham
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely charming! This is the first novel I have read by Jae, but let me assure it will most definitely not be the last. I was enchanted by the authors ability to place me in a scene so realistically that every sense was illuminated by her writing. I of course fell in love with both of the main characters, and each for very different reasons. Anja was simply lovely, and I imagined exactly what she looked like simply through Jae's descriptive writing, and I still have that image in my mind. Su ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
I love Jae’s books. She is in my top 5 favorite authors. She did write my favorite book. While this one wasn’t a favorite within her books, it is still a really good romance. As always her books are well written and flow well. I enjoyed that the book took place in Germany instead of the USA. It was evident that Jae loves the city, based on the descriptions. I really enjoyed that portion of the book.
The characters were likeable but not favorites. I really loved Anja and thought she was a bit too
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was enjoyable. I love the way Jae just picks you up and sets you down somewhere new. You are immersed in the story and characters and the descriptive writing lets you see it all. Always a joy....The narrator was good as well. All in all a really enjoyable listen!
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-words
Detailed score: 4.0

Mmmm. Yum yum yummy. *satisfied sigh*

This is your typical - just enough angst to make it not completely treacley - HEA romance.

Another reviewer mentioned that the rural German town this novel is set in is a character in and of itself. I love Germany so I really enjoyed this aspect...but I can see that it might start to grate on some readers after awhile.

My father owned a stationery company so I also loved all the stationery references - but again, non fans will probably get a
What can I say? I love Jae's books. So, of course, I loved her newest story. And if like me you also like sweet love stories, you'll love this one.
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Jae is the author of sixteen award-winning lesbian romances. She lives in the sunniest city of Germany, near the French and Swiss borders. The writing bug bit her at the age of eleven.

She used to work as a psychologist but gave up her day job in 2013 to become a full-time writer and a part-time editor. As far as she’s concerned, it’s the best job in the world.

When she’s not writing, she is an avid
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