Renee Conoulty: A Love for the Pages by Joy Penny


Saturday, 11 April 2015

A Love for the Pages by Joy Penny

Kiss. Marry. Kill. Nineteen-year-old June Eyermann has always known exactly which of her favorite Byronic heroes goes where. She’d kiss moody and possessive Rochester from Jane Eyre and marry prideful but repentant Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, leaving obsessive and spiteful Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights to be chucked off a cliff—but no. She couldn’t leave any of her heroes behind. She lives for her favorite fictional worlds.

But June is about to get a serious wake up call when she returns home for the summer after her college freshman year. Stuck somewhere between feeling like a kid again under her parents’ roof and being forced to start acting like an adult with worries about her future career, June looks at the library volunteer position offered to her as a way to keep her sanity for the next few months before she can go back to school.

What June doesn’t expect to find at the library is her favorite romantic heroes brought to life—all in the same man. Obstinate, prideful and even a bit rude, Everett Rockford shouldn't exactly be “dating material,” even if June’s heart rate accelerates whenever she’s near him. But after discovering his enigmatic past and witnessing a few fiery moments of tenderness, June can’t help but see Rochester, Darcy and even Heathcliff in Everett. If she’s going to make it through the summer without becoming a tragic heroine in her own story, she has to separate the man from the ideals of fiction in her head. Because if there’s one thing she knows about Byronic love stories, it’s that they don’t always end happily ever after.

Hey! Here's my review.

A clean New Adult romance.

A modern spin on some of the classic romances. The love interest in this book is a combination of the leading men in three of Junes favourite classic romance books, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

I enjoyed that much of the book was set in a library and that the main character loved reading. She never went anywhere without a paperback or her kindle. I loved when she pulled her kindle out of her tiny clutch bag at a formal dinner!

I found the characters likeable and hoped that June would work out what she wanted. I found the romance a bit too "classic" and old fashioned, with declarations of love when they barely knew each other. It seemed to come out of nowhere and I would have liked a bit more tension and build up.

I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator was well spoken and easy to listen to. I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest review.
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