ARC Review: Driven to Distraction by Olivia Dade

30363225Title: Driven to Distraction (Lovestruck Librarians, #5)

Author: Olivia Dade

Publisher: Lyrical Shine, Kensington Books

Expected Publishing Date: January 17, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 228

Rating: 3.75 Stars




Constance Chen is not the demure kind of librarian. Sure, her high-horsepower ride is Big Bertha the Bookmobile, but Con swears a blue streak, does her own home improvement, and wears steel-toed boots. She has a tight circle of friends, a demanding, beloved sprawl of a Chinese-American family, and a strict hookups-only policy when it comes to men. Her life is just how she wants it. Except for one maddeningly sexy footnote.

Sam Wolcott, her friend’s baby brother and the library’s IT star, has been throwing sparks with Con since he moved to town. To everybody else, he’s a thoughtful, sensitive sweetheart. To Con, he’s a cantankerous pedant, because if they don’t fight nonstop their clothes will spontaneously combust. Sam needs a commitment Con won’t—can’t—give. And neither of them will chance their hard-won bonds for pure lust.

Too bad Con and Sam have a whole week in a very tiny, very private space to sustain their dumb arguments. Alone. What happens in the Bookmobile might take their resistance right out of circulation . . .


♦ Personal Thought ♦

Driven to Distraction is a delightfully funny romance with endearing characters. This is only my second time reading Olivia Dade‘s books and the story really picked me up from the gloomy mood.

Constance Marie Chen is one tough yet kind-hearted librarian, who comes from a family with nine children. Sam Wolcott, the IT guy who fend off Con’s complaints, comes from broken family with a half-sister he desperately want to get close to. Theirs is a long suppressed attraction that finally combust. And boy, do the steam they generate when it combust… It fogs the Bookmobile something heavy! XD

The back and forth bickering and innuendos between these two are some of the most hilarious things I ever read. Their reluctant to act on the attractions and what drove them to finally did it are believable. I love how the author could spin funny story without being comedic. That saying, it’s not all laugh and rosy in their life, what’s with such opposite backgrounds. Which made the turn of the event on the few last chapters quite heartbreaking though – again – without being dramatic about it.

While part of an ongoing Lovestruck Librarians series, this book could be read as a standalone. There are recurring characters from previous books here, but even I – who only read one installment prior to this one – could follow the story without problem.

The conclusion of the story might feel too easy and rushed after the lengthy wooing and sexing we read throughout the pages. But as pick me up read with guaranteed HEA this book serves its purpose for me. Miss Dade’s writing style certainly clicks with me and I’ll be looking for more of her rom com books to read.

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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