BROKEN RESOLUTIONS by Olivia Dade: Review

Posted December 28, 2015 in Reviews / 0 Comments

BROKEN RESOLUTIONS by Olivia Dade: ReviewBroken Resolutions by Olivia Dade
Series: Lovestruck Librarians #1
Published by Lyrical Shine
Publication Date: December 8th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 85
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.


Romance has never had a happy ending for librarian Penny Callahan, who could write the book on cheating, heartbreaking liars. So she’s made a resolution: no men for the next twelve months. If she can just get through the library’s New Year’s Eve singles night, she can return home to her pajamas and a good book. But when she finds herself checking out a hot hunk with an irresistible smile, an evening in the stacks becomes a lot more tempting…

Reclusive author Jack Williamson never should have trusted his mother. Even though he’s trying to avoid being recognized, she guilts him into attending a dating meet-and-greet—where an adorable librarian makes him question his lonely lifestyle. Is this just a fleeting, flirty scene? Or could love be the next chapter for them both?



The synopsis of this book promised to be fun. The shy, reserved librarian and the reclusive author, a dating event and an unexpected connection, secrets and broken resolutions all seem like the perfect elements of an entertaining read.

Penny Callahan has been cheated on one too many times and for the coming year has resolved to stay man-free. Well, that resolution lasts all of five minutes when she finds her attention snared by the hot guy at the New Year’s Eve singles mixer.

Jack Williamson knows better than to trust his mother but he finds himself roped into a singles event against his will and the only upside is the sweet and attractive hostess who seems to like being there even less. Throw in some adult-themed games and entertainment and some heated exchanges between them and Penny finds herself discarding her resolution even before it begins for the temptation of some sexy downtime with Jack. Only Jack’s keeping secrets of his own that will definitely tank their relationship before it even begins.

I enjoyed the start of this book and was looking forward to a fun and hilarious book and it actually was, but the second part was very different, like it was on fast-forward and it felt like the entire book was missing something to connect both parts. As the clothes came off, Penny morphed from sweet to naughty with absolutely no build up and nothing to indicate that she had that in her. Jack went from take charge to sappy and mushy. Also, within hours they were professing their love for each other, which by itself was not a bad thing, but when coupled with the speed of everything between them, it made everything a little too unbelievable.

The premise of the story was a great one and I enjoyed bits of it, but I think that the entire story would have been better if it had a little more detail and didn’t feel so rushed. I would love to try the next book in the series as the blurb seems very interesting and I hope it lives up to its promise.



About Olivia Dade

While I was growing up, my mother kept a stack of books hidden in her closet. She told me I couldn’t read them. So, naturally, whenever she left me alone for any length of time, I took them out and flipped through them. Those books raised quite a few questions in my prepubescent brain. Namely: 1) Why were there so many pirates? 2) Where did all the throbbing come from? 3) What was a “manhood”? 4) And why did the hero and heroine seem overcome by images of waves and fireworks every few pages, especially after an episode of mysterious throbbing in the hero’s manhood?

Thirty or so years later, I have a few answers. 1) Because my mom apparently fancied pirates at that time. Now she hoards romances involving cowboys and babies. If a book cover features a shirtless man in a Stetson cradling an infant, her ovaries basically explode and her credit card emerges. I have a similar reaction to romances involving spinsters, governesses, and librarians. 2) His manhood. Also, her womanhood. 3) It’s his “hard length,” sometimes compared in terms of rigidity to iron. I prefer to use other names for it in my own writing. However, I am not picky when it comes to descriptions of iron-hard lengths. At least in romances. 4) Because explaining how an orgasm feels can prove difficult. Or maybe the couples all had sex on New Year’s Eve at Cancun.

During those thirty years, I accomplished a few things. I graduated from Wake Forest University and earned my M.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I worked at a variety of jobs that required me to bury my bawdiness and potty mouth under a demure exterior: costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, high school teacher, and librarian. But I always, always read romances. Funny, filthy, sweet—it didn’t matter. I loved them all.

Now, with the encouragement of my husband and daughter, I’m writing contemporary romantic comedies as Olivia Dade and futuristic romances as Olivia Dart. I found a kick-ass agent: Jessica Alvarez from Bookends, LLC. I have my own stack of books in my closet that I’d rather my daughter not read, at least not for a few years. I can swear whenever I want, except around said daughter. And I get to spend all day writing about love and iron-hard lengths.

So thank you, Mom, for perving so hard on pirates during my childhood. I owe you.

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