Review: The Librarian and her Beast
Welcome to Middleton Prep, a place where fairy tales and modern day collide. Where fair maidens spend their time developing lesson plans and valiant knights do battle with unreliable wifi signals; all in the hopes of finding True Love. Librarian Piper Belmont’s world turns topsy turvy when new football coach Nash Wilde joins the staff at her school. Tall, dark and handsome, he’s every girl’s dream...until Piper realizes he only speaks in grunts and nods. Determined not to judge a book by its cover, Piper agrees to go out with him. Just as they are getting to know each other, a family emergency forces Piper to leave town. Will she ever get the chance learn the secrets behind Nash’s silence? Or will the staff’s reigning beauty queen catch Nash’s interest before Piper gets back? The Librarian and Her Beast is the first book in the Middleton Prep series. Each book is a stand alone story, but the series is best read in order. Every installment is a loosely based, contemporary retelling of a favorite fairy tale, full of swoon worthy kisses and, of course, a Happily Ever After.
This novella follows the hapless adventures of Pippa and Nash as they find true love. The romance is told as a farce, full of silly adventures and extreme circumstances. Pippa is plucky but plain. Nash is hot but not. It’s all the makings you expect for a screwball romance.
I did care about Nash and Pippa. I felt the characterization depended a little too heavily on caricature. Nash is the ultimate strong, silent type. Ridiculously so. Pippa is studious, to the point that her fake swear words are quippy references to literary romantic heroes. I wanted more. Much more. But that’s not really the point of this romantic comedy.
I admit that I love with my brain so Nash didn’t work for me. I couldn’t imagine a word-lover being happy with a grunter once his biceps fade away. Plus, the final scene tries to sell me on a “looks don’t matter” theme despite the fact that Pippa’s primary attraction to Nash has been his looks.
Yet I digress. The novella is a fun, easy read that will delight fans of farce looking for a book that takes them away from their cares.