Hi there! Today I”m sharing a sweet contemporary M/M romance from Christi Snow. FOUND AT THE LIBRARY is a sexy and sweet story about growing past ones misconceptions and being true to your passion. It features a best-selling author and a man who “destroys” his books.
About the book:
His entire life, Tommy Garrett has dealt with self-doubts. He thought he’d conquered the majority of them until a chance meeting with an author brought his illiteracy to the forefront…again. Growing up with un-diagnosed dyslexia has left Tommy barely able to read, but books are his Nirvana. Now he spends his life creating art dedicated to the love of those “untouchable” items.
Robert McIntyre, Mac, is a best-selling, highly celebrated author. But his point of view has become a little bit too narrow…until Tommy opens his eyes. That chance meeting has changed everything about his world. He has no idea how to find the beautiful man he met, and offended, at the library book sale. But when he does, Tommy’s life is in crisis-mode. It’s the holidays and Mac can’t just standby when Tommy needs help, whether Tommy wants it or not.
Two artistic men. One shared passion for books.
Life is hard, and sometimes when conflict arises you have to write your own plot twist to pull yourself out of the fray.
Robert “Mac” MacIntyre is a best-selling sci-fi writer who helps out at Denver’s library rummage sale, well, because he loves books. He loves writing them, reading them, selling them, smelling them. He’s called in to assist a man move the several boxes of hardcovers he purchased out to his car. Mac’s attracted to Tommy, and wants to put some moves on him, but they have an immediate problem. When Mac comments how he’ll surely have a great time reading them, Tommy tells him he doesn’t read at all, he turns the books into art. The horror!
Mac is dumbfounded and furious, but he can’t get the intriguing man out of his head. Their brief encounter becomes a bit obsessive, for both men. Mac begins writing a book that’s completely outside his genre (Male/Male romance!!) Meanwhile, Tommy takes a Rob MacIntyre book and transforms it into a centerpiece of his gallery showing. I received a review copy via NetGalley.
Mac’s unhappy to be entering his ex’s (Stig’s) art gallery a couple months later, only to find the new showing his agent dragged him to is of Tommy’s book art. He’s captivated and vexed to learn that the piece made from his own book is not for sale. He can’t find the artist anywhere, and hasn’t learned that Tommy is the artist, but he needs to buy his piece, and he cons his way into getting Tommy’s info. Their second meeting is even more revealing than their first…
This is a well-told love story. Tommy is a mystery that Mac is desperate to unravel. He becomes an unacknowledged hero to Tommy, making it possible for Tommy to provide important medical care to his brother and also to keep his business running, all at Mac’s great expense. There are some consequences to Mac’s (dubious) knightly behavior, in that he’s overstepped and needs to be brushed back, and that seemed reasonable, and also the reconnection seemed reasonable. I think the second separation was a bit abrupt, and without the same logic.
There are some nice sexytimes, and real emotion here. The book-within-a-book thing is a trope I can occasionally appreciate, and the vignettes were not so long to be terribly distracting. I liked the reasoning behind Tommy’s art, and I liked that Mac adored it, once he understood. I did find that some of the language felt stilted to me, and I was stunned to learn this is an American author, as the formal diction, at times, was akin to Queen’s English. I also wondered about the “Federal pension” business, and the weird “State Hospital” scenario, because, again, these seemed to be something outside of American experience. (I do know that there are state-run facilities for the criminally insane, but this is not the place a suicidal patient would be sent, even if he was completely broke, nor would a physician at one of these places attempt to cover-up a patient assault. That’s grounds for dismissal and license suspension, so it troubled me…)
That said, I did like the book, and found it entertaining. I wanted Mac and Tommy to get together, for real, and I appreciated their HEA. Also, there was great character set-up for the sequel which will feature two secondary characters finding a match. So, something to look forward to reading!
About the Author:
When I turned 41, I decided it was time to go after my dream and started writing. Within four months, I’d written over 150,000 words and haven’t stopped since. I’ve found my passion by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. I’m truly living the dream and loving every minute of it.
My tagline is…
Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. I have to admit, I am loving this adventure!
Thanks for popping in and keep reading my friends!