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Hearts on Hold: A Librarian Romance

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  90 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 didnt see coming? The wildly hot librarian who makes it clear books arent the
Published February 3rd 2020 by Carina Press
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Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*A special thanks to the author for this review copy. This freely supplied copy does not affect my opinion.*Also, please ignore any typos, I don't have the patience to grammar check myself on this here day.*

This book was so effortlessly good. I want to' sign up for a class for the key to the spell of this writing sorcery.

Victoria is tightly wound, but her knack for planning even the smallest of details has served her well. She wants to implement an internship with the local library, but the
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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. Im inordinately happy to report that Charish Reids 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.
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
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! 💖
Charish Reid
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed writing this one, y'all.
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3.5 stars

For the last several years, Ive 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 heros family dynamics, I loved the heroines friends who set her straight and keep her sane, and I very much appreciated the message the
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-favorites
4.5 Stars

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

Ah! Book jail! Who hasnt 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 its 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
Lynn Spencer
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 childrens librarian finding love is one of the more romantic novels Ive 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 Reeses intelligence and competence come shining through in a faculty meeting.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Things I have confirmed from reading Hearts on Hold:

1. Hot children's librarian with a man-bun (John) meets uptight English Professor dealing with gendered racism (Victoria) gives me all the nerdy romance with deeper themes that I love.

2. People having sex in public or semi-public places gives me SO MUCH ANXIETY!!! I mean, you are professional, grown adults in your 30's who could lose your jobs, so tell me why you are getting it on in the University greenhouse and the library cleaning closet?!
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounding up

The ways in which each carry their baggage into their burgeoning relationship shows Reids writing strengths. Victoria is using strict rules, schedules, and tamping down her emotions to get through the difficulties in life and as she and John become closer she is slowly letting the masks fall partly because he recognizes that they are in fact just that. John struggles with feelings of inadequacy as he must work twice as hard often to accomplish basic, expected tasks due to his
DNF at 45%

Im not enjoying anything about this book.

Its reading as textbook African American to me with all of these attendant heavy tropes that arent integrated well into the story and actually have me questioning the authors background.

While romance doesnt need to be cotton candy, it also doesnt need to be anchored in oppressive marginalisation that readers turn to books to escape. Also, theres no plot here. Theres just a Black instructor who quotes African American philosophers with her
Feb 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
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 her ...more
I know a lot of people love this novel, but I just couldn't get into it. The premise should be charming, but setting up some internships between a private university and the local library should be simple. Not some long drawn-out, politically charged process. And I just didn't feel any chemistry between the H & h. Normally I really like bluestocking heroines, but not so in this case. And without chemistry, the book just fell flat.

And the author/editor should've lost the man bun in final
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty good for a contemporary! ;)

I really enjoyed the university/library settings, and the depiction of routine sexist/racist microagressions Victoria encountered on the job. I also liked that there wasn't really any huge drama, just grownups learning to live with each other.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. Shes smart,
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review will be run on Goodreads on December 20th, 2019

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
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmm, I enjoyed some bits, was annoyed by others.

This was my first book by that author and was drawn to the premise of a romance between a female academic and a male librarian. There were things I enjoyed in the story but also quite a few things in it left me annoyed and disappointed.

The heroine is a Black professor in an elite private college with the all the struggles and hard work and fighting discrimination this entails. I enjoyed that aspect of the story very much. Her professional life made
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Y'all... Charish Reid GETS academia. The tension between implicit and explicit bias against women and scholars of color (especially WOC). The idea that her main character needs to hide behind her "professional" mask at the office and doesn't let people really know her.

"But you're a professor, same as he." Victoria exhaled. "Not exactly. I'm an assistant professor while he's been an associate for 30 yrs. He's still my boss& one of the people who will sit on my tenure review. That man, and a
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
I'd give this one a 3.5. It was adorable and sweet, while balancing a struggle between the two MCs that felt real and well-handled. I just wish the premise hadn't felt so rushed at the beginning - I would have loved more flirting and push-pull. I also felt like their story needed a less compressed timeline. That said, John is a peach.
This was ok. Hammered the Buy Now button on Amazon when I read the plot detail about a hunky Viking librarian, but sadly there wasnt quite enough library in it for me. Lots about working at the uni though, which was interesting and frustrating. Felt similarly about Victoria as a character. I definitely liked the Dukes Convenience thing, that was v cute. 😀 ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I was loving this one up until about 40% in. Then I hit a wall and had to start skimming. I liked both leads, but Victoria's lack of swearing bothered me. I know not everyone swears, and she specifically had mommy issues that pervaded every part of her life, including swearing. However, preferences are preferences and the way she kept saying "G.D." bothered the shit out of me.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was fine and inoffensive although WOW she did a good job at showing some of the worst parts of academia.
Victoria (Latte Nights Reviews)
This was such a fun book! I can't wait to read more of Charish Reid soon.
Bonnie Brandburg
Loved this book. It was nice to be able to see viewpoint of both characters. I was rooting for them both, and it didn't disappoint. Great characters, good fun. Would recommend reading this book.
✅ Fantastic secondary characters
✅ On point academia
✅ 🔥🔥🔥

But loses a star because no decent librarian would look up / tease you about your patron record.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lets 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. Its 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, organized
Feb 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Chapter 12 or 27% DNF.

Our professor is unreal. She plotted out their affair. Then there was the make out session in the library. In the stacks and he hit on her before he met her in person in writing and it was his first reply.

I have tried to read it for days.... I give up.
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When Charish Reid isnt writing romance, shes watching 1970s disaster films, reading smut, and hastily preparing lectures for tomorrows 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.


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