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Hearts on Hold

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  56 reviews
What happens in the stacks stays in the stacks…

Professor Victoria Reese knows an uphill battle when she sees one. Convincing her narrow-minded colleagues at the elite Pembroke University to back a partnership with the local library is a fight she saw coming and already has a plan for. What she didn’t see coming? The wildly hot librarian who makes it clear books aren’t
Kindle Edition, 371 pages
Published February 3rd 2020 by Carina Press
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This is fun read between two big book nerds- so really, what more can you ask for? For me, the parts of this book that were definitely the most successful were the main characters-- I really liked them & their dynamic. They made a really lovely couple by the end. Pretty much everything else here was just kind of fine to me. I am likely biased here, as I worked for a university for a few years so I know how that sausage gets made (this wasn't wholly implausible or anything, but a few details ...more
My last read of 2019 was this swoony and sexy Professor and Librarian romance, forthcoming from Charish Reid!

Dr. Victoria Reese is tightly wound and trying to make her mark at her prestigious and mostly white University. Being a Black woman in academia brings her both fulfillment and stress.

One of her new initiatives brings the sexy head Children's librarian and maybe a Viking John Donovan into her life.

Wildly attracted to John, Victoria attempts to plan via spreadsheet a torrid affair with the
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-favorites
4.5 Stars

“Let me know if I need to bail you out of book jail.”

Ah! Book jail! Who hasn’t owed a fine to the library? While for most people it may only be a dime or two, Victoria owes almost $30 for a steamy romance novel and it’s the catalyst for a meeting with the local librarian.

It was an absolute joy reading about Victoria and John. She is an English Professor dealing with micro aggressions at work and an overbearing mother and John is a Librarian with ADD and is caring for his niece while his
Carole V Bell
Full, updated review published at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books:

Having more multicultural representation in romance is not the same as having better, more inclusive representation. I’m inordinately happy to report that Charish Reid’s Hearts on Hold is definitely the latter, a complex interracial romance rendered with authenticity, insight and humor. I enjoyed reading this book. A lot. Both main characters are great— interesting, specific and very human. Dr.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounding up

There is so much to enjoy here in Charish Reid's new release, and in so many ways this book really speaks to me as a romance reader and as an academic who felt that Reid truly captured the culture of academia today. And yet, there were enough drawbacks that I can't wholeheartedly recommend it as much as I wish I could. Before I touch on the flaws that eroded some of my enjoyment, I'll point out the many favorable elements that make this book enjoyable and romantic.

Foremost, John
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Special thanks to the author, Charish Reid and Netgalley for sending me an E-ARC of Hearts on Hold in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC did not affect my rating or review!

The Great: Relatable characters! And not just relatable main characters either. Some of the side characters were absolutely picture-perfect replicas of friends I have in real life as well as images of myself. But our main character, Dr. Victoria Reese is maybe the queen of order after my own heart. She’s smart,
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to destiny ♡⚔♡ by: Elley Murray
That was pretty cute. I had some minor issues with it but nothing that was a dealbreaker and they're issues that probably wouldn't bother a lot of other readers. Full review coming soon!

buddy read with Elley!
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The tl;dr: Buy This Book!

The story of Victoria and John is more than a story about falling in love. It is a story about DuBois' double consciousness, family, and finding yourself. Victoria is a Black professor at a prestigious White university who wears so many masks she can't find herself anymore. She feels like she doesn't belong and is wearing herself ragged trying to prove she does. She has two great friends (who I would love to see
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two words: swoony librarian. This is the love interest that every bookish person lusts for (and sadly does not seem to exist). Hearts on Hold took me a while to read through unlike Reid’s first book. The protagonist, Dr. Victoria Reese is extremely responsible - although her overdue romance book might suggest otherwise - and when she starts a sordid affair with the local librarian, things become steamy fast. Some of her traits felt a bit exaggerated, she’s tirelessly type A and wears multiple ...more
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
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3.5 stars

For the last several years, I’ve made it a habit to seek out at least one or two new to me authors a month, this year I pledged to myself to add more diversity into my reading. So, I was happy to pick up Hearts of Hold by Charish Reid for review. I loved the way the characters met (actually the email before they meet was pretty priceless), I loved the hero’s family dynamics, I loved the heroine’s friends who set her straight and keep her sane, and I very much appreciated the message the
I adored this.

I requested this ARC from Netgalley because the cover looked so warm and cosy, just like something you'd like to read by an open fire on a cold winter day. Alas, I don't have an open fire, but I do have a comfy couch and a warm blanket, and this book did the rest. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.

Both Victoria and Johnny were extremely likable characters. Victoria is a stressed Literature Professor suffering from Anxiety. Johnny is a Librarian with ADD who has to
DNF at 45%

I’m not enjoying anything about this book.

It’s reading as textbook African American to me with all of these attendant heavy tropes that aren’t integrated well into the story and actually have me questioning the author’s background.

While romance doesn’t need to be cotton candy, it also doesn’t need to be anchored in oppressive marginalisation that readers turn to books to escape. Also, there’s no plot here. There’s just a Black instructor who quotes African American philosophers with
I really enjoyed Charish Reid’s debut novel The Write Escape. I was so excited to get a copy of Hearts on Hold from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have been busier and more stressed than usual, so it took a couple of days before I was really able to sit down and read this book. As I was starting and stopping and getting distracted, I was having a hard time investing in the characters. Once I had a little breathing room, Reid drew me right in. I completely fell in love with Victoria
Lynn Spencer
Sometimes I find myself slowing down as I read a book because I truly want to savor it, and Hearts on Hold is definitely a book to savor. This tale of a literature professor and a children’s librarian finding love is one of the more romantic novels I’ve read in a long time. By turns sweet and sexy, this story is a delight.

The beginning of this book introduces the heroine and her work world very well. We see Dr. Victoria Reese’s intelligence and competence come shining through in a faculty
Jessica (the naptime writer)
In 2016 I left academia after deciding that the PhD path and teaching (?) wasn’t for me. Charish Reid’s Hearts on Hold—featuring an African American Literature professor and a Children’s Lit. librarian and department head—takes me back to those days and offers an exciting combo I haven’t really seen in a romance novel before: allusions to various African American writers (Zora!) + academia politics and learning goals and student meetings (!) + absolutely scintillating sexytimes (!). It’s ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let’s preface this review by saying Charish and I have been friends for about five years and writing pals for about 3. So, this review is positive, but not just because Charish my dear friend. It’s because I bloody love her books.

The premise of Hearts on Hold:

Victoria is an African American literature professor struggling against the patriarchy at her university. She is tasked, as so many university profs are these days, with boosting enrollment without any funds. So, like the brilliant,
Okay, let me preface this by saying it's a bit iffy of John to look up Victoria in the library (they havent even met at this point) and send her an email about her overdue book. The overdue book is a running joke between them throughout but apart from that this was a fabulous read for me.

I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between John and Victoria. Victoria is so uptight, and must have things super scheduled and planned out to the point where she scheduled their "sordid affair" lol and John is so
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I was kindly provided a digital ARC of this book by the publisher on NetGalley.

Full preemptive disclosure: I am an academic - an early career one without tenure. My field is classical literature, classical philology to be overly specific, where, as a woman, I am very much the minority.

HEARTS ON HOLD was a delightful read. I saw someone talking about it on Twitter - it had a hot, MALE librarian! and I knew I had to try my luck to read it immediately. It did not disappoint. It is the sort of
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemporary romance readers; romance readers seeking diversity and inclusion in romance
BRILLIANT. This charming romance with just enough delicious heat offers readers a gift with many parts:
• Intellectually compatible couple
• Empathetic characters you’d actually enjoy knowing off the page
• No big misunderstanding: the couple acknowledge mutual attraction , scheduling fling meetups that blossom into something marvelous for both of them
• Engaged, supportive friends and extended family as secondary characters
• Realistic work life that drives plot forward without overshadowing the
I was so looking forward to reading this story: sexy Viking Librarian and a University Prof- wow. However awkward flirting and innuendo started at their first meeting and it felt a bit icky to me – it felt too soon as they had just met minutes before, and it was inappropriate in an initial work meeting. Then what was supposed to be sexy flirtation at their next encounter while she was job shadowing him, became squicky for me. She had just shown up to begin the work activity and he asked about ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charish Reid, the author of The Write Escape (Harlequin-Carina, 2019), has written another fantastic contemporary romance. The story features a literature professor named Victoria Reese and a children’s librarian named John Donovan. The premise of this story is so fun, and the characters are well-developed. Victoria is hard-working and successful, but struggles with perfectionism and has a difficult time functioning without a schedule…for absolutely everything. Her personal growth throughout the ...more
Adrienne Bross
I love that I was able to put this on my librarianship shelf. I mean, it MIGHT be a little bit of a stretch, but ask me if I care. Cause I don't. At all.

During the first chapter of this book, I was momentarily regretting my choice to pick it up. I say that as someone who functions in the world of academia, the scene was all too familiar. I was glad when it let up a bit, and the reader got their first real look at Victoria Reese. Let me tell you, "buttoned up" doesn't even begin to describe the
Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
It all started with a tweet...

No really! I was minding my business and scrolling through my Twitter feed when I saw a tweet from the author promoting the book and I proceeded to drop everything (aka: my previously scheduled TBR) to read this book and I'm quite happy that I did. It started off a bit slow for me but I think that was my fault; I went in thinking that this was a novella and so I expected the heat to come at me quick. Once I realized it was a full length novel, I settled in and truly
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free eARC of this book from Netgalley.

There was a lot happening in this book. I went in thinking it was about a professor (Victoria) and a librarian (Johnny) getting together and while that was the main story line, there were a lot of other side story lines as well.

I struggled with this book - instead of smaller plot lines being woven into Victoria and Johnny's story, it seemed more of one story line, then adding another, then another, then circling around briefly to re-touch on
Sharonda Isadora
Take two book nerds, get them to work together and you have Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid.

This was the sweet steamy read I needed. John and Victoria had me in stitches during their "deal" to have an "sordid affair" while their working together to put a program in place between Victoria's school and John's library.

Things I loved most about Hearts on Hold:
Victoria's relationship with her good girlfriends. Black women need friends that's gonna tell them when they doing too much or too little...
I expected to love this recent release based on its premise and gushing reviews, but found it seriously underwhelming. There were lots of things to like, but they all seemed to be in the wrong order, like the jumbled contents of a dropped box of assorted candies. I felt the story could have been much more streamlined: there was a lot of time spent on A LOT of secondary characters--the hero's niece's storyline was almost its own YA novel--and the heroine's work struggles with fellow academic ...more
Catherine Heloise
I loved this book so much! It's sweet and funny and sexy and charming and just delightful. My full review can be found at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, but here are a few reasons to one-click:

1. The hero is a children’s librarian who looks like a Viking. He is charming and sexy and kind. (He is also the kind of uncle who lets his niece and her friends hold a slumber party at his house where they play Alanis Morisette and paint his nails.)
2. The heroine is a Black professor of literature who kicks
Felicia Grossman
I adored this book so much. Victoria is one of my favorite heroine's ever. She's brilliant and fabulous and has wonderful friends and a mother who cares about her (just is sometimes a bit misguided in her attempts at making her daughter happy). She's a college professor whose hard work and brilliance is under constant assault because she's both a woman and black, and the system was deliberately made to thwart her at every turn while making things easier for people like Kenneth, who are allowed ...more
Lucy Hudson
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Donovan is my new book boyfriend.

I might be biased, as a children's librarian myself and someone who gets big heart eyes over any man who is good with children, but I adored this hero.

Victoria Reese is AMAZING. Her drive and ambition are enviable and I absolutely loved her as the heroine.

Charish Reid has done it again - she's written a beautiful book that swept me up into the romance. The relationship was believable/swoon-worthy, the sex was fire, and the minor characters were fantastic. I
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When Charish Reid isn’t writing romance, she’s watching 1970’s disaster films, reading smut, and hastily preparing lectures for tomorrow’s class. She is a traveling chatterbox who enjoys talking to new people in new places. In Bangkok, Charish saw a Thai royal princess in a shopping mall. In Helsinki, she karaoked Alanis Morissette. And in Galway, she found inspiration for her first novel.