No matter how hard you try to protect your heart…


Paige wants two things: to land a full time librarian job and find the man of her dreams. On the cusp of thirty, she finds herself suddenly single and working part-time in a Michigan library. A handsome patron with a delicious accent appears at the reference desk, inadvertently sparking an idea that might help her land the promotion she so desperately needs. But that’s not the only thing he sparks.

James is in town from Glasgow, Scotland, on a summer artist residency. Luckily, the trip got him away from the pressure he feels to take over his uncle’s river tour business. He only wanted to clear his head and make his art in peace, but he wasn’t counting on finding an attractive librarian to fill his days.

With only eight weeks before James goes home to Scotland, Paige knows she should protect her heart. After all, she already wasted years with her commitmentphobe ex. But the more she gets to know James, the less she can stick to her plan to just be friends. Is she just wasting her time again, or can they bridge the ocean between them to find a happily ever after of their own?

My review

Paige loves books, so her working in the Michigan library is just perfect for her. Even if it’s part – time only, she hopes to get the promotion ahead and change her position into a fulltime job.
However, her hopes that her boyfriend would put a ring on her finger are crushed as she finds herself single…
When Scotsman James on his visit in the library gives Paige a lovely idea to help her get the promotion, it’s not only her interest in Scotland that suddenly sparks.
But James is only on a summer artist residency, thus his days in Michigan are counted. With only eight weeks, James knows better than finding himself attracted to a lovely librarian, while at home so much is going on.
And Paige surely isn’t looking for a summer fling, after having just had her heart broken.
But is staying ‘just friends’ really that easy?

Tips for authors about how to get me hooked to a book:

·         Main character loves books as much I do

·         Male love interest has a lovely accent too hard to resist

·         For love, fears are getting overcome (a little bit)

·         No matter how hard main characters try, attraction is impossible to resist

·         Artistic protagonist

·         Sightseeing

So this book ticked all the above boxes, thus it got me hooked!

There isn’t any way that I could possibly dislike Paige. Every decision (with the exception of keeping James initially at distance 😊) she made, was just the right thing to do.
If it is breaking up with her boyfriend, putting the extra effort for getting the promotion,… I could all agree with each decision!
And even on some level, I could comprehend her when she wanted to keep things with James just friendly.

But how can someone resist James??? I have to say, I found it an lovely extra addition that the author wrote whatever James said phonetically, having a better idea of his lovely accent!
But there is so much more to James than just his accent.
He is just a nice guy in every sense! He helps Paige out with her ideas, respects her decision to keep things platonic, and gives her the much needed reassurance when she is doing something that terrifies her.

What I liked about this story is the kindness of the main characters. There isn’t a real reason why Paige would allow James to use her library card, but she is just that kind of kind person. And why should she take James on a trip discovering Michigan? Again, because she is that kind of person.
Why should James bother with helping Paige with her ideas? Because he was raised the right way! And when required, he didn’t hesitate to do the right thing. And showing Paige what he is working on, and eventually turning her into her muse? Can I already melt???

And the issue of the distance and both of them not really looking for love, those are only minor problems that can be overcome with the right incentives.

I can understand why some people may say they didn’t like this story, as they didn’t feel the attraction between Paige and James (but I totally did) or that this wasn’t the story they expected.
But I liked it, as this was just about two nice persons, finding each other and having no other desire to be together. There are a few minor hiccups, but sometimes we don’t need a story with a major tragedy taking place, but we need an easy story which we can enjoy by sitting comfortably and enjoying a blooming love.

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