Sometimes the best surprises come wrapped in a bow-tie…
Helen Lee has a top-secret dream: to publish a romance novel. There’s just one problem, and her most recent rejection letter doesn’t mince words: Helen can’t write a love scene to save her life. As Head of Reference at Willow Springs, Kentucky’s Pembroke College, Helen is hoping her library research skills will do the trick. But she may have to resort to a far more “hands-on” course of study. Luckily, there’s someone who’s more than happy to instruct her…
History professor Henry Beckham has noticed that his friend, Helen, is behaving strangely. Known for her laser sharp focus—not to mention her snorting laugh—she’s been oddly distracted. He misses that laugh. But it all makes sense when he catches Helen researching erotic writing and discovers her ambition. She seems to think her only option is to die of embarrassment or give up and surrender to spinsterhood in the company of her two basset hounds. Good thing Henry has a much more real-life approach in mind. And his tutorial just might teach them both a thing or two…
Praise for Sarah Title’s Southern Comfort Romance series
“Sexy and made me laugh!” —Smexy Books
“A fast-paced read that provided just as many smiles from the humor as it did sizzles from the romance.” —The Book Divas Reads
“Wild, witty, and wonderful.” --New York Times bestselling author Jo Goodman
“Quite a sexy book.” —USAToday.com
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When a novella leaves you satisfied and smiling, even as you wish there was more to the story, you’ve found a story from Sarah Title. This warm and clever story is full of charm with a touch of the warmth of the south, and is sure to leave readers smiling. Helen Lee has only ever wanted to live with and in books, and her position as a librarian allows her that. But with a secret desire to write her own romance novel, she’s hit a stumbling block. The publishers wants more spice in her sex scenes, and the relationship-less Helen isn’t sure where to turn. Henry Beckham is a history professor, and Helen’s best friend. He’s determined that a grand house in the center of town used to be operating as a brothel, and he’s sure that this discovery will not only make his career but save the house from demolition. Only Henry is privy to Helen’s secret, and he’s stepping up to help. Acting out scenes with GI Joe and Barbie is laugh-out-loud funny, to ‘in person’ demonstrations quickly move these friends into lovers, with both actually denying the chemistry and attraction until it jumps up and demands notice. With the ongoing story of Henry’s research into the house’s origins and history as well as the development of the relationship between the two, there is plenty going on…. S A wonderful novella peek into the lives in this small town, and the taste of a relationship between Henry and Helen is wonderful and supportive. Adding a bit of interest into the story are Helen’s elderly Basset Hounds, always popping in for a moment of lightness. A wonderful afternoon read, sure to have you looking for more from Sarah Title. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I always stop and take a look at books featuring Librarians. I thought long and hard about becoming one, but finally decided that though I enjoy reading books, I personally wasn't professional librarian material. However I still love libraries and those that take care of the books held within. But this book had more than just librarians, it also had basset hounds. I have been in love with basset hounds since watching The Fox and The Hound as a child. Who can resist those sad eyes and that squishy face? Then we top that off with a guy who wears a bow tie. A history professor doing research about a brothel, all while wearing a bow tie. I mean, how adorkable is that? The love story between Helen and Henry was one of friends to lovers. He was so sweet to read romance novels to help figure out how to woo Helen. I couldn't help but develop a bit of a crush on him as well. This was a very nice read and I had a good time with it. Though this is part of a series, it would work fine as a stand alone. Kensington and Netgalley provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is a great novella; this novella is part of the Southern Comfort series written by Sarah Title. Helen Lee’s dream is to publish a romance novel. The latest rejection letter says that she can’t write a love scene to save her life. As Head of Reference at Willow Springs, Kentucky’s Pembroke College, Helen is hoping her library research skills will do the trick. But she may have to resort to a far more “hands-on” course of study. Luckily, there’s someone who’s more than happy to instruct her. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Fun, sweet, cute read that was over way too soon! Helen Lee and Henry Beckham have been friends for ages but their relationship makes a big change when Henry finds out Helen is secretly writing romance novels but needs to upgrade the sizzle they contain. Henry is all about the research and finds he is eager to share his knowledge with Helen anytime she'd like!! With Henry as her inspiration, Helen is sure to have a best seller!! This is one I definitely recommend!
Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Title is a cute and fun novella. The quick-paced story captured my attention from the very first paragraph, and as a result, I finished it in one sitting. Librarian Helen Lee and history professor Henry Beckham have been best friends for a long time. They live and work in the sometimes gossipy small town of Willow Springs, Kentucky. Helen is on the verge of publishing her first romance novel, however, according to her publisher, the sex scenes need some spicing up. Henry is on the cusp of proving that the big old house is the middle of town used to be a brothel, which many of the townsfolk want demolished. With his remarkable sexual prowess, Henry becomes Helen's muse, which enables her to experience and subsequently craft spiciness. At the same time, Helen accidentally discovers a piece of documentation that may save the historic brothel. While all this is going on, Helen's two elderly basset hounds provide some much needed companionship. I really enjoyed this well-written novella. The characters are entertaining and the plot is chock full of originality. Who would of thought that Henry, a nerdy, bow-tie wearing history professor would be buff and talented in the bedroom? Who would have thought that Helen, the leading research librarian at Pembroke College, would satisfy her dream of writing successful erotic novels? Helen and Henry are perfect for each other, and Ms. Title does a wonderful job of exploring their talents and inhibitions. Overall, a solid read. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.