First, I'm over at Heroes & Heartbreakers with my most recent Unusual Historicals column. I do this column monthly folks - which means if I see anymore whining on Twitter about "Boohoo I'm so tired of Regency and why don't they publish books that aren't Regencies?" in my feed I will pop up to slap you into next Tuesday.
Second, I'm over at Vassiliki's Shallowreader blog being featured in her latest Sharing the Shallows. Find out what I really think about reading in the bathroom, what romance trope I will loathe with my last dying breath and if I think guys who drive hatchbacks are worthy of being romance heroes.
Arriving just in time for me to celebrate surviving my first full week back in the office, the latest Ever After subscription box showed up. I don't regularly subscribe but when I saw the theme for April, Librarians In Love, I mean how can I be expected to resist that?!
For those who are unfamiliar with the Ever After box, it's roughly the size of a child's size shoe box and typically contains several books (a mix of print and digital downloads), book related swag, and sometimes swag related to the theme at large. This month you can nominate your favorite local library and Ever After will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sale of this box.
So what was in this month's box? Well, I have to be honest - nothing here that really surprised me. However, that being said, I try to keep up with librarian-related romances - so yeah. It would have been more shocking if I had been completely caught unawares.
- Card detailing contents of the box
- Quarterly Mini-Magazine sponsored by All About Romance
- Library themed bookmark and note card from Olivia Dade (I got a set of these at RWA last year and they are super cute!)
- Library check-out card socks
- Book light from Kelly Maher
- Colored pencils in case featuring vintage library poster art
- Coloring card designed by Elizabeth O. Dulemba
- Print copies of The Undateable by Sarah Title and The Librarian and the Spy by Susan Mann
- Download card for Labyrinth of Love by Allie Boniface
For the most part I liked this box and I really liked how they tied together the theme. Besides the featured librarian romances I received, Dade, Maher, Title and Mann have all worked, or still work, as librarians.
The only inclusion to the box that has me scratching my head somewhat is Labyrinth of Love which, as far as I can tell, is about an architect/builder-type hero and a "local historian" heroine who, according to a GoodReads reviewer, works at a tourism center. So....library? Librarian? Anywhere? I guess I'll have to read the book to find out!
Final Verdict = If you're a sucker for librarians in romance novels this is a solid purchase. I'm unlikely to be a regular subscriber, but I have a hard time saying no to Ever After when there's a theme I'm a sucker for - and you have a one-month plan option.
Lord help me if they ever do a Boss/Secretary or Virgin Hero box.