Hearts on Hold – ARC Review

Synopsis – Goodreads

What happens in the stacks stays in the stacks…

Professor Victoria Reese knows an uphill battle when she sees one. Convincing her narrow-minded colleagues at the elite Pembroke University to back a partnership with the local library is a fight she saw coming and already has a plan for. What she didn’t see coming? The wildly hot librarian who makes it clear books aren’t the only thing he’d like to handle.

When a tightly wound, sexy-as-hell professor proposes a partnership between his library and her university, children’s department head John Donovan is all for it. He knows his tattoos and easygoing attitude aren’t quite what she expected, but the unmistakable heat between them is difficult to resist.

And then there’s the intriguing late fee on her record. For the Duke’s Convenience… A late fee and a sexy romance novel? There’s more to Dr. Reese than she’s letting on.

John might like to tease her about her late fee, but when he teases her in other ways, Victoria is helpless to resist. Mixing business with pleasure—and oh, it is pleasure—always comes with risks, but maybe a little casual fun between the sheets is just what Victoria needs.

Okay, you know it’s coming! Charish Reid’s first book, The Write Escape is literally my number one book of 2019. Would you expect any less than gushing praise to come your way regarding Hearts on Hold? You have been warned! 

The Great: Once again, relatable characters! And not just relatable main characters either. Some of the side characters were absolutely picture perfect replicas of friends I have in real life as well as images of myself. But our main character, Dr. Victoria Reese is maybe the queen of order after my own heart. She’s smart, driven, witty, and likes things to be planned and executed in a certain fashion. Victoria’s interaction with the world around her as a black woman in academia, pulled on every single one of my heart strings. Now let’s bring in prince charming, Johnny Donovan. Oh my the swoon lol Johnny warmed my heart from the very beginning. He’s a doting uncle, loving brother and maybe the hottest head children’s librarian for a public library that I’ve ever read about. Seriously, it’s not fair that he’s a fictional character because I need him in my life. NOW

Which leads me to my next favorite point, the romance. Oh My Swoon! How badly did I want Victoria and Johnny to be together? Let’s just say I needed all the sexual tension to begin from the first page of the book. Because ya’ll, the chemistry was just shooting out of my iPad. Their interactions were authentic, the witty banter laced with literary innuendos was just fantastic and the steam? Lets also just say I needed a cold shower after a few scenes lol I absolutely rooted for this couple throughout the story and I may or may not have a new romance bae now. 

The Good: Reid’s writing style is once again bar none in regards to pulling you into the story effortlessly. I read this book in two days and a majority of the time, I was in my living room with my family and a million other things was happening around me. While I was, in the midwest with Victoria and Johnny the entire time. 

I also enjoyed the character development. Specifically, Victoria’s character development. Her transformation throughout the story felt authentic and well-thought out. And the best part, is that I can see Veronica’s growth well past this story. If we’re lucky to get a sequel, I look forward to reading how she’s progressed.

Overall, a great way to end last year and start the new year. I recommend Hearts on Hold to romance lovers who are looking for a twist on common romance tropes, wanting to connect effortlessly with characters and fall in love with a beautiful story.

Publication Date: February 3, 2020 

Author: Charish Reid

Genre: Romance

Special thanks to the author, Charish Reid and Netgalley for sending me an E-ARC of Hearts on Hold in exchange for an honest review.

Receiving this ARC did not affect my rating or review!

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