Wrapped up Amber By Night (Silhouette Desire 1495) by Sharon Sala on my lunch break yesterday and am still pondering my enjoyment of it.
Technically this book should have insulted my intelligence - but dang if I didn't enjoy parts of it. Let me explain:
The heroine is a frumpy, dumpy librarian by day (the clincher being she lives with two elderly, spinster aunts) and by night she's a sexy cocktail waitress. The hero is the town bad boy who the heroine has pined after for years - but as the dumpy librarian he doesn't know she exists. But as va-va-va-voom waitress, his tongue is dragging on the floor and he's thinking unpure thoughts.
Is it any wonder that I might be insulted by this? The heroine has no life. She feels obligated to her aunts, so she dresses like a spinster (I swear to you, she wears "shirtwaists"). So instead of having her own life, she looses her identity altogether.
So what works about this story? Well the heroine originally takes the job of cocktail waitress to save up money to buy a car. That's right - her librarian job pays her dick. I could relate to this in a big way - as can many underpaid librarians.
Keep in mind that librarians have Master's degrees. That's right - many of us carry at least 2 degrees (if not more in the academic field), and have the student loans to prove it. Yet, I often see jobs like the following: Library Director wanted. MLS degree preferred. 5+ years experience. $28,000-$36,000.
How's that for insulting?
So it's totally plausible that the poor heroine would need to take a second job to buy a car - especially if her meager salary was helping to support a family of 3 (her and the 2 aunts).
Also, the hero finds out rather quickly that the heroine is leading a double-life, so he plays along. It's actually rather fun.
Will I read Sala again? Sure. I have several of her romantic suspense titles in the TBR. Am I still looking for a convincing librarian heroine in series romance? Yep.