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.)