Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Digital Review: Bettie Page Presents The Librarian
I knew a couple of things going into Bettie Page Presents: The Librarian. One, Logan Belle worked with the Page estate while researching this book and two, I was going to have to slog through some BDSM. Yes, even though I've publicly declared that I am beyond "over" BDSM. So color me surprised that, for the most part, the BDSM elements didn't annoy me too much. Well, that is until the ending. But more on that in a moment.
Regina Finch is fresh out of library school and starting her dream job at the main branch of the New York Public Library (you know, the one with the lions in the front). While Regina has gone through college, she's lived a very sheltered life. She's fairly prudish, having zero experience with men, and is wound so tight it's amazing she doesn't crap out diamonds. Normally I loathe the shorthand of librarian = repressed heroine, but Belle at least lays groundwork for why Regina is the way she is. She's not this way because she's a librarian. She could easily be a bus driver, waitress or lawyer and be wound this tight.
Anyhoodle, while at work one day she enters a special collection room to discover Sebastian Barnes getting his groove thang on with a willing blonde. Regina is one part shocked (Seriously, in a library?!?! How DARE they!), while the other part of her starts feeling all tingly for Sebastian. Turns out the feeling is mutual. Sebastian is a major library benefactor and soon ropes in Regina to help him with a project. And that's not all he ropes her into. Naturally he's a Dom and naturally he thinks Regina will be the perfect sub. BDSM ahoy!
If you've read even one BDSM erotica novel you pretty much know where this is going. I will say that while Sebastian is a bit of a condescending jackass - he's not quite as annoying as other heroes of this ilk I've slogged through over the years. I also really appreciated that Regina doesn't turn into Super Sub over night. She pushes back a bit. She doesn't jump whole hog into the scene. Sebastian has to coax her along, and even if she whimpers and simpers when something makes her uncomfortable, he at least goes through the motions of listening to her.
Yeah, the ending.
I'm going to try to be vague, but there's really no way for me to foam at the mouth without giving away some spoilers. Let's just say my feminist underpants got in a serious wad. There isn't enough fabric softener on the planet to make me overlook this ending.
So where does that leave us? I really tend to enjoy Logan Belle's writing, and this book continues with that. I wasn't overly annoyed by the BDSM elements, which is a tall order these days considering my current prejudice for the trend. But that ending? I just.....can't get past the ending. It reinforces a lot of elements that I tend to hate in BDSM fiction and it also reinforces elements that I've slogged through over the years while reading really bad romance novels. May be worth a look for you if you're not "over" BDSM, just don't say I didn't warn you about that ending.....
Final Grade = D