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Imagine living a quiet life as a college librarian. One day you go into work, a flash mob descends on your workplace, a co-worker is proposed to, and the only thing that comes out of this (other than the co-worker becoming engaged) is an internet meme featuring your face. That's exactly what has happened to Melissa "Bernie" Bernard. Her quiet and somewhat reserved, and yes, somewhat stereotypical life as a librarian has been destroyed. She is now the butt of librarian jokes due to the viral "disapproving librarian" meme. If that's not bad enough, her boss has made bookmarks and other promotional items featuring the meme to take advantage of the free publicity. The only thing left for Bernie is to take a few days off work. Happy to stay at home with her elderly neighbors and their adorable poodle, Starr, Bernie is then asked to take part in a makeover and dating project for a local online magazine. Colin Rodriguez is a journalist at women's interest online magazine. His role is to provide the man's point-of-view on all things female. Now Colin's job might be on the line as the online magazine seems to want only one reporter and there's a young journalist on staff vying for Colin's job. Unbeknownst (great word) to most, Colin also operates an online advice blog as his alter-ego "Dear Maria." Colin's younger sister knows Bernie from college and before you know it, Bernie has committed to 30 dates in 30 days, a radical makeover (so long comfortable shoes), and a nosy journalist, Colin Rodriguez, tagging along documenting everything. Is it possible for Colin to find the perfect date for Bernie? Will this experience cause Bernie to turn her back on dating? Will Colin's career be saved? Can Colin take his own advice when it comes to work, life, and love?

The Undateable is the first book in a new series, Librarians in Love, by Sarah Title. Bernie enjoys wearing comfortable clothing and shoes and doesn't feel that women have to wear makeup in order to be considered attractive. Unfortunately, the online magazine doesn't agree. Bernie is pushed outside of her comfort zone with a new wardrobe, new lingerie, new shoes (that she can't walk in without falling), a new hairstyle, and makeup. You probably know this whole dating thing isn't going to go well, but reading about the dates and the date prep is often laugh-out-loud hilarious. Both Bernie and Colin are at turning points in their lives and it's fascinating reading about what happens next. (No, I'm not going to tell you what happens next. Read the book!) I enjoy reading romance as much as I enjoy reading mysteries and thrillers, and The Undateable was a fast-paced, engaging, and wholly enjoyable read. It's also pretty cool that Ms. Title included her poodle Starr as a character in the novel (trust me, read the book!). I've said it before and I'll say it again, Ms. Title provides stories that are smart, sassy, and sexy. Her female characters are unapologetic (and rightfully so) in their desire to live their lives on their own terms. Her characters are easy to relate to, the stories are plausible, and the settings are the perfect complement to the storylines. Yes, the books have HEA endings, but isn't that how romance stories are supposed to end?! If you've read any of Ms. Title's previous stories, you'll definitely want to grab a copy of The Undateable to read as soon as possible. If you haven't read any of Ms. Title's previous stories what are you waiting for? Seriously, I've recommended them to you repeatedly. Go, grab a copy of The Undateable, and spend a few hours smiling, laughing, and falling in love with her characters and story. I look forward to reading more in the Librarians in Love series. ( )
  BookDivasReads | Feb 28, 2017 |
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

Bernie is a college librarian whose face reveals her every emotion. When an assistant librarian receives a marriage proposal via flash mob in her library, Bernie disapproves, thinking her friend too young. A photo of the proposal, with Bernie frowning in the background, goes viral and becomes a meme: Disapproving Librarian. Given a month of overdue holiday time to allow things to die down, Bernie is approached by Colin, a writer for an online fashion magazine, and asked to participate in a makeover article.

Turning this down with a resounding "no", Bernie finds herself instead agreeing to undertake a month of nightly dates to prove she is not "undateable". (It is best not to think too hard about the logic of her agreeing). Colin arranges her dates and hovers in the background each night so he can write up the stories and he and Bernie argue about whether a woman needs a man to complete her, to what extent a woman should be made over/dress up in a way she would not normally to be attractive to prospective dates etc etc.

The accounts of the various dates are amusing and the whole story is told with a light touch. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which is intelligently written and consistently entertaining. Both Bernie and Colin were likeable characters and the story alternated between their respective viewpoints. Also interspersed throughout are online advice column letters written by Colin in the name of his alter ego, "Maria". I found the romance convincing and realistically paced. I would be keen to read further novels in this series. ( )
  pgchuis | Jan 20, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 142014183X, Mass Market Paperback)

One San Francisco librarian would rather check out a good romance than dare to experience it herself. Luckily, her own next chapter is full of surprises…
 
Melissa “Bernie” Bernard isn’t familiar with fame. After all, she works at a college library with hardly any visitors. But when a video of a marriage proposal in her stacks goes viral, it’s not the bride and groom who capture the Internet’s attention. It’s Bernie—caught rolling her eyes. Now, just as she’s ready to go into hiding and permanently bury her nose in a book, a handsome reporter appears with a proposal of his own…
 
If Colin Rodriguez doesn’t do something big to attract new readers, his boss will hire someone else to dole out dating advice. Determined to prove he’s an expert at romance—despite his own pitiful track record—he pitches a story: He will find dates for the undateable. Specifically, for the
now-infamous, love‑hating librarian at Richmond College.
 
Even though Bernie doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters, she’s not one to resist a good challenge. Yet with one disastrous date after another, she’s ready to give up. Until Colin proves he’ll do anything to find her the perfect match—even if it means putting himself up for the role…
 
Praise for Sarah Title’s Southern Comfort Romance series

“Sexy and made me laugh!” —Smexy Books

“A fast-paced read that provided just as many smiles from the humor as it did sizzles from the romance.” —The Book Divas Reads

“Wild, witty, and wonderful.”  --New York Times bestselling author Jo Goodman

“Quite a sexy book.”  —USAToday.com

(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:27:00 -0500)

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