Title: Driven to Distraction
Author: Olivia Dade
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lovestruck Librarians #5
Main Characters: Con and Sam
Release Date: January 2017
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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 . . .
Con and Sam have been working together for a while. She's best friends with the sister he's just reconnected with. They have incredible chemistry, but Con doesn't do relationships, something that has meant more than a few broken hearts along the way. So they can't do anything about their attraction...so they fight...constantly. In their library their contentious relationship is infamous.
Enemies to lovers is a great trope. Con is a tough, take charge gal. The middle child in a group of nine siblings, she basically raised her younger brothers and sisters who all live in California. They're all adults now, but she's still their go-to for every single little thing...driving her a bit batty. She resents that she had so much responsibility for her younger siblings and that has affected every other relationship she has. She's done. She doesn't want to take care of anyone else. Even though her siblings are a country away, they still drain her completely. There's no room in her life for anyone else who 'needs' her. She doesn't have anything left for anyone but herself, so she's shut herself off from developing relationships.
Sam is the opposite. He doesn't have anyone else in his life, but his sister who's basically a stranger. He's trying desperately to develop connections with people so that someone wants and needs him around. In that aspect these two could not relate at all. Sam looks at Con's life with envy. He wishes he had a big, boisterous family.
I've loved the few books I've read from this series, because this group of librarians are awesome and so far out of the normal stereotype that most people have for librarians. Con is in charge of the bookmobile. She wears combat boots and is constantly getting in trouble for cursing like a sailor.
In this story, it's Sam convincing her to give them a chance. As a result, it seems like Con is in charge most of the time. But I loved him for managing to wriggle his way into her heart. Their relationship is a slow build emotionally. It takes a while for Sam to figure her out and then it takes a while for her to let him in. Warning...there was a point after all that happens where the book seems to stall out, but keep reading because right after that the author takes the reader on a huge roller coaster ride of emotional trauma that was so good.
I liked this one a lot. The series is all tied together by the characters that work in this library, but any of the books can be read alone. There are a lot of geek-love quips in here about Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice that kept me giggling. This is a great series for romance readers and I recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.