Grumps, Emotions, and Love in Jenn McKinlay's Love at First Book

The sequel to Summer Reading, even though it’s not listed as a series, Love at First Book follows librarian Emily as she escapes her narcissistic mother and heads to Ireland for a dream job helping her favorite author, Siobhan Riordan, and working in a bookshop.

Siobhan’s son, Kieran, immediately sends major enemy vibes to Emily, hoping she’ll quit and leave him and his mother alone. Talk about a grump! We learn later (of course in a grumpy/enemies-to-lovers romance) that he has solid reasons for wishing her away. But Emily’s learned to push back and persevere, and there’s no way she’s letting Kieran drive her out of town.

The chemistry simmers beneath the surface for a while and grows, as do the stakes as deeper feelings develop. Stolen bookstore kisses become much more, but then Siobhan begs Emily to keep a painful secret that could drive them all apart and destroy what Emily and Kieran have. Love at First Book has much more than just the romance; you get beautiful settings, family secrets and dysfunction, self-discovery, personal growth, grief, just a lot of emotions. Worth it!

Plus, if you love a fabulous (if maybe a little cheesy) grand romantic gesture, this is for you!

Rating: 4.5
Steam: Low 
Themes and Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Grumpy Sunshine, Slow Burn, Secrets, Single POV, Illness, Sweet Grand Gesture
Pair With: Guinness or Irish Whiskey

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