Broken Resolutions

Broken Resolutions

by Olivia Dade

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616509392
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Series: Lovestruck Librarians
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 85
Sales rank: 625,384
File size: 249 KB

About the Author

Olivia Dade grew up an undeniable—and proud—nerd, prone to ignoring the world around her as she read any book she could find. Her favorite stories, though, were always romances. As an adult, she earned an M.A. in American history and worked in a variety of jobs that required her to hide her bawdy interior under a demure exterior: Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, high school teacher, academic tutor, and (of course) librarian. Finally, though, she realized the call of the hussy could no longer be denied. So now she writes contemporary romantic comedy with plenty of sex, banter, and nerdery. When not writing, she cooks alongside her husband, dabbles in photography, and tries to hide her collection of throbbing-intensive romances from her curious daughter. Visit her on the web at

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Broken Resolutions 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GoddessPhD1 More than 1 year ago
“Broken Resolutions” is book #1 in the Lovestruck Librarians series by Olivia Dade. After reading the description about Penny – the Librarian – vowing to give up men for a year, being bribed to take care of a singles night at her local library, I had to read it! What a fun and unique premise! Who cares about hot firemen and cops, when you can read about shy, yet naughty, librarians? Our hero, Jack, is also there against his will. Although Jack’s mother has decided to join the singles scene again at the library, the snowy roads (and questionable event) make him go with her. What a loving son! At first Jack intends on sitting in the corner sulking, but the unusual book/singles activities and Penny’s uncomfortableness, reveal Jack’s chivalrous side. This story was over too soon for me, but it’s a lovely novella with quick pacing, dialogue and wonderful minor characters. Ms. Dade has a wonderful sense of humor and her talent clearly shines through with this debut story. I love the idea of Lovestruck Librarians and think this will be a wonderful new series for any romance reader who likes their stories wickedly humorous. This story taught me a lot about using minor characters. Even when they weren’t given names, Dade certainly gave them all unique personalities.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
When Penny gets wrangled into hosting the singles' night event at the library she works for, she hadn't counted on meeting a man who sent her world into a tailspin. Of course, she hadn't planned on meeting a man at all. Her New Year's resolution, after all, was to avoid men for a year. A singles' event wasn't exactly conducive to that goal, you know? But she meets Jack, who was tricked into attending said event by his enterprising mother. He's divorced, a father to a little girl, a writer who has no desire to be recognized by anyone at this event. Meeting Penny brightens his evening and the attraction he feels for her certainly rocks him to his core. Now, there are two things that may deter people from reading this story. I hope you're willing to overlook them because this really is an enjoyable read. A bit quirky with amusing characters makes it a fun read. But those two things... The first is the feeling of insta-lust/insta-love. This, I know, isn't for every reader out there. In the span of a few hours, Jack and Penny give into the attraction they feel. Bad? Depends on you, the reader. It didn't bother me because, well, it worked. The second is the lie. Penny's reason for her resolution is because she's been lied to and cheated on. It makes sense that she kicked up such a fuss over Jack's omission of truth. But, and here's why it wasn't such a big deal to me, is that it eventually got resolved. His decision to keep his profession from her made me roll my eyes but it's not one I haven't seen in a story before. Truthfully, it gave this otherwise formulaic story a much needed break for me. Everything to that point was expected. It was what Jack and Penny did after that point that would solidify if they were meant to be together or not. Overall, I liked and enjoyed this story. It isn't heavy, dark, or angsty, but lighthearted, a little bit thought-provoking, fast and fun. 3.5* Received from NetGalley via Pump Up Your Book for an honest review
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
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. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
LiveLaughandLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
Broken Resolutions is a cute, easy, sexy book! I haven’t been finding many good romantic fictions lately, so being able to say that I loved this book is great! Everything I’ve come across lately is all kind of sounding the same and it’s getting a bit tiresome to be bored with the genre. This book however kept me interested and had me laughing quite a bit! The most funny parts happen in the first half of the book though, and the second half is where things kind of went a little flat for me. Penelope is a great female lead and I could totally picture myself as her but I wish I had more of a backstory on her previous relationship though, just to get a better feel for her. I LOVE the fact that she is a Librarian though! Super great! I also think that Jack could have used a bit more info as well…I guess I’m just a curious person and I just feel that I couldn’t completely connect with them as I should. I didn’t like that the romance was built around a lie either, like…why did it have to be that way? The characters were good though and I think that Olivia did have more substance when she was being funny with it. When the romance started it just didn’t seem like it was meshing well. It was a good book though! A nice short little read to pass some time when you need a book fix! I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future. I think that when she is totally capable of writing a great romance, with the right plot and people it could be super awesome! So I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more! *I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Broken resolution is the story how Penny the librarian got shanghied into attending/help run a New Years Singles event at her branch of the library. Once in attendance, she meets Jack, an loyal son who has been drug to the event by his mother. They meet and sparks fly. Penny has decided not to date for the next year and Jack is a single father who also isn't looking for romance. Can Jack convince Penny to give him a chance? How will she react when she learns he is one of her favorite authors. This is a cute book that is a fun, light romance that features a strong heorine and a great leading male. I loved the storyline, but my favorite part were the supporting characters like Jack's mom, and Penny's best friend Angie. I look forward to reading her story and am happy I read this one. I was given a free copy for an honest review by
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A quick fun read about two lonely people finding each but both afraid to take a chance. The somewhat shy librarian Penny Callahan finds herself in some hilarious situations thanks to her outrageous coworker. Meeting Jack Williamson may be the best thing to come out of one of those situations though. He's very tempting.... to bad she has this no men for 12 months thing going. Could this be the one man she can trust or is he more than he seems???? I enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend it.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Penny's New Year's Resolution is to stay away from men for a year, after enough heartbreak from cheating exes to ruin any notion of romance. Yet somehow her dreams of a quiet evening ringing in the New Year in pajamas and with a good book have been replaced by an assortment of amorous singles at her library's New Year's Eve event, looking for love or at least to ring in the New Year with a kiss. Somehow roped into the borderline shocking games with Jack, a reluctant son who accompanied his widowed mother to the event, their connection seems too good to be true. When the New Year's day hangover kicks in, will her resolution be all for naught? What a fun premise! To take a shy, reserved librarian and make her responsible for a singles night planned by her much more adventurous (and way less reserved!) co-worker is a recipe for laughs and they abound here as Penny tries to pull the evening off without appearing to be totally out of her element. Jack is equally at odds with the whole affair too, obviously coerced into it by his mother who's on the make, and trying his best to stay out of the limelight. But his chivalrous nature shines through and he's quick to aid Penny in the icebreaker games her friend had planned, finding that something about her strikes a chord with him. I loved their banter and their attraction to each other is easy to believe. They do share some heated scenes (once the rest of the patrons have either found a partner or found a bar to drown their sorrows in) but it's trust that is the key to any relationship, and Jack hasn't been completely honest with Penny. I liked how the story evolved and Jack's patience and perseverance in trying to prove to her that he's worth breaking her resolution for. Very enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series! 4 stars.