Title: Bookmarked (Heartsville)
Author: Piper Vaughn
Pages/Word Count: 82 Pages
At a Glance: The writing is tight, the pacing is great, the dialogue sharp, and I really enjoyed the characters.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing.
After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally discovered the sexy stranger he’d been flirting with for months, aka “Tall-Dark-and-Grumpy,” was also his fanboy obsession.
But desperate times call for desperate measures. If Mark can convince Shepherd, it’ll be a major coup in the book world and might just save Bookmarked from sinking. Too bad Shepherd won’t reply to his e-mails. Yet Mark didn’t earn the reputation of having a “sunshine-and-rainbow-fart” personality for nothing. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his man… and hopefully not make a fool of himself in the process.
Review: Welcome to the gayborhood! Haha I love it. Bookmarked, by Piper Vaughn, is the first release in the Heartsville series – a group of five short stories by five lovely authors – and was a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Honestly, I could spend a couple of hours just looking at this cover. How cute is the storefront? And, how adorable is Mark? All five covers are fun, but this one gets an A-plus!
The story is fairly simple…Mark’s bookstore is in trouble, and he needs to pull out the big guns to save it. Namely, swallowing his pride and contacting a hugely famous author who is also a local, and with whom Mark had an embarrassing encounter some time ago, to ask him to do a book signing at the store. Shepherd Knight, the aforementioned author, is not the jerk Mark originally took him for, though it takes a bit of time to warm up to him and learn why he acted the way he did initially. I liked both Mark and Shep, and really enjoyed the setting of the bookstore as well as all of the writing references and nods to being an author. Especially this bit from a little speech Shep gives to a group gathered at the store for a NaNoWriMo event:
“Even if I never got paid for it, I’d feel compelled to do it. And, that’s what makes a true writer. It’s not how many readers you have or how many publishing contracts. Do you love to write? Then you’re an author. No one can take that from you.”
Though it’s not a complicated plotline, it was very well executed. The writing is tight, the pacing is great, the dialogue sharp, and I really enjoyed the characters. Also, we were introduced to the guys who we’ll get to know better in the other books, which is fun. Bookmarked was a good little romance, with lots of charm, very little drama, and the perfect amount of sex. I have a feeling I’ll be enjoying the other books in this series as well! Go check it out, folks!
I’ll leave you with my favorite line from the book…
Not only had he screwed around in his bookstore, which was unprecedented, he’d come while sniffing a Stephen King novel and being dry-humped by his favorite author. There had to be a joke in there, something about loving his books but not loving his books.
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