NLW Special: Rule Breaker

Rule Breaker
Boswell
1990

In honor of National Library Week 2021, ALB is presenting some library and library-themed books. We are kicking off our week with a romance!

Our man of the hour, Rand Marshall, heard there was a children’s librarian named Jamie who turned down all the cool guys for dates. Rand was up for the challenge. Rand also has a secret identity as Brick Lawson, a best selling author of action thrillers that are wildly popular, but universally panned by the highbrow literary types.

Our meet cute starts with Rand hitting on our librarian by asking for a book by Brick Lawson. Of course, Jamie is all about quality literature and rolls her eyes at his request. (Very bad librarianship, Jamie – we don’t comment on customer choices).

Rand continues to chit chat and then starts badgering her for a phone number. It moved from meet cute to icky territory in about two paragraphs, and continued for many, many pages! Evidently Rand doesn’t want to take no for an answer. Inner Jamie struggles with her resolve since Rand is super handsome and manly.

As a romance fan, I actually despise some of the older books because of this. I can predict where this is going. He is going to continue and work all the angles. She is going to find out his identity and have a problem with “lying” about who he is. (In a real scenario of a librarian, she should be excited that he is a best selling author and book him for a library program – and insist he do it for free.)

Happy National Library Week!national library week 2021

Mary

6 comments

  1. …..(In a real scenario of a librarian, she should be excited that he is a best selling author and book him for a library program – and insist he do it for free.)…LOL!

  2. I read the title as calling out Barbara Boswell for being a rule breaker!

  3. “. . . .he could barely manage to suppress his groan of arousal”? Yuck! Maybe I’m just an old fuddy-duddy, but the thought of people barely suppressing aroused groans in the library grosses me out.

  4. I’m a romance editor, and I still struggle with these types of male protagonists, both in books I work on and books I read. I always advocate for a less jerkish hero, but some people are really into a guy who comes on strong and steamrolls their love interest’s agency.

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