Published by Zebra Shout on February 28th 2017
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
One San Francisco librarian would rather check out a good romance than dare to experience it herself. Luckily, her own next chapter is full of surprises…
Melissa “Bernie” Bernard isn’t familiar with fame. After all, she works at a college library with hardly any visitors. But when a video of a marriage proposal in her stacks goes viral, it’s not the bride and groom who capture the Internet’s attention. It’s Bernie—caught rolling her eyes. Now, just as she’s ready to go into hiding and permanently bury her nose in a book, a handsome reporter appears with a proposal of his own…
If Colin Rodriguez doesn’t do something big to attract new readers, his boss will hire someone else to dole out dating advice. Determined to prove he’s an expert at romance—despite his own pitiful track record—he pitches a story: He will find dates for the undateable. Specifically, for the now-infamous, love‑hating librarian at Richmond College.
Even though Bernie doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters, she’s not one to resist a good challenge. Yet with one disastrous date after another, she’s ready to give up. Until Colin proves he’ll do anything to find her the perfect match—even if it means putting himself up for the role…
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Undateable is the first book in the Librarians in Love series by Sarah Title.
Melissa Bernard, AKA Bernie, is a librarian. It’s her ideal job and she’s very good at it. Nothing very unusual happens until one day a flash mob are in the building. Bernie isn’t happy about it and unfortunately for her, her disapproving glare was captured for all time in a photograph. That photograph was immediately turned into a meme quoting ‘Disapproving Librarian Disapproves’. Bernie is horrified when she sees the photo, not only because it’s embarrassing to be a meme, but she looks so awful in the photo, not just her expression, but her clothes. Clothes that she never thought twice about normally.
Colin Rodriguez works for an online fashion magazine. He likes the job, and doesn’t want to lose it. Something that might happen if the junior writer of the magazine has her way. There is only room for one writer, which means one of them has to go. The boss of the magazine decides that the two can show their worth, and she will pick who will get the job. She has decided that they have to do a story on Bernie. Colin comes up with the idea that he will prove that the undateable librarian is in fact very dateable. He wants to set her up on one date a day for a month and wants to write about each date. He’s not pleased at all when his boss says that the junior writer, Pia, must take part in the story too.
Bernie at first is horrified at Colin’s idea, but she talks to friends about it, and in the end decides to take part. Not to find a man, she’s an independent woman who doesn’t need a man. But she wants to prove that she can date, and her make over will help to get rid of the old fashioned staid old librarian image she portrays. An image that modern librarians are angry at her about.
What follows is the fabulous story of the dates that Bernie goes on. Some horrendous, some hysterically funny, others perhaps leading to the bedroom?? And all the while Colin and Bernie have all that time to get to know each other, even if they do seem to be arguing more than getting on. Will Bernie find love after the month of dating, she isn’t looking for it, but you know what they say, things come to you when you least expect it. Will the meme ever be forgotten about or will Bernie learn to laugh about it, especially when her month of dating comes to an end.
This was a light hearted read, and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Bernie’s journey of self discovery. There were some lovely romantic moments between her and one particular guy. You will have to read the book to discover who that guy is. All in all, it’s a book that had me smiling practically from beginning to end, the ultimate feel good book. I loved it and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers’ Copy of this book.