Blog Tour Review: Prose Before Bros (Green Valley Library #3) by Cathy Yardley

Posted November 11, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in Blog Tour, Review / 6 Comments

Fans of swoony love stories with strong female leads putting alpha males in their place will adore this book!”- Katie Ashley, New York Times bestselling author

Prose Before Bros, an all-new opposites attract romance from Cathy Yardley, is available now!

Book info:

TitleProse Before Bros
Author:  Cathy Yardley
SeriesGreen Valley Library #3
Genre:  Adult romantic comedy
Release Date:  November 5th, 2019

Publisher:  SmartyPants Romance
Source: E-galley from Social Butterfly PR which did not influence my opinion
My rating:  4.5 stars


Nothing about being a librarian prepared Thuy Nguyen for such a wide variety of casseroles. Or life in a small town. Or becoming a farmer.
But what can she do when her catastrophe-prone best friend begs her for help? After all, Maddy has always been there for Thuy. It’s time to return the favor.
It’s simple really, all she has to do is: learn everything about farming ASAP, save her BBF’s family business from disaster, and avoid being caught staring at Maddy’s biker brother, and his muscles, and his smile, and his soulful, sexy eyes.
Oh yeah, and she should definitely not fall in love with him.
Easy, right? . . . Right.
‘Prose Before Bros’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#3 in the Green Valley Library series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

My Review:
I’m totally loving all of these books set not only in the fictional world of Green Valley that I love, but also with some awesome librarians!  This book had some amazingly true parts about how it is to be a librarian, as well as so many real things that go on in the book world.  Like authors banding together to donate and help out libraries in need, or anyone in need.  And the fight between the last generation of librarians to save everything and keep it traditional compared to the newer generation of librarians who want to get the library to meet the needs of all of its patrons.  I am not normally a fan or a reader of actual motorcycle club romances, so that is probably what kept this from being a full 5 stars here on my blog, even though I will give it the full 5 stars on every other site instead of rounding down to 4.  It was my love of the perfect picture of librarians of all ages, along with the whole Green Valley scene and some of the characters we already know and love that keeps me rounding it up.  The story was good, and in the end, I loved the way that Thuy saved the day.  I mean all that pain and suffering in her early life definitely deserved to pay off in some way, and it did in the perfect way to save Drill.  

I’ll once again reiterate how much I’m loving this series and all the ways we get to go back into the Green Valley world and be a part of it.  To meet all these new characters and see them interacting with the main characters from other books in the series is fun as well.  As much as I say I don’t like MC romances, I did actually enjoy a bit of seeing Drill try to find his way out of the Wraiths and getting a little bit of a peek into that organization now that all the big names we know from the Winston Brothers series have made their exits.  Now, hand over the next book in the series please, I’m ready for it!
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“Tell me: what kind of books do the men you sleep with read?”

She blinked. Not what she expected him to say. She felt herself smile, slowly. “It’s not like I have a required reading list,” she said, then paused. “Although now that you mention it, that’s not a bad idea.”


He chuckled. “Probably classics, or ‘literature’, or whatever smart people read,” he said, and there was a note of self-deprecation that somehow broke Thuy’s heart. She quickly shook her head.


“I don’t read a lot of lit fic — nothing too snobby,” she said. “I mean, I don’t just read literature or classics, although I appreciate them. I read lots of genre fiction, too. Romance, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, thrillers. I think it’s important to read outside of your comfort zone: different authors, different experiences. I have comfort reads, too, but I… well, if you hadn’t guessed, I read all the time,” she finally said, as she realized she was rambling.


He was staring at her like she was something brand new, something he’d never experienced before. She felt embarrassed, and quickly finished her drink.

“You know,” he said, his voice tinged with amused surprise, “I don’t think I’m as passionate about anything as you are about books.”


She let out a half-laugh. “They are my favorite thing ever. They gave me a place to go when my life was shitty, and they have continually given me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. I read every single day. They’re my lifeline.”


“Now I envy you,” he said, and she got the feeling he wasn’t just bullshitting her — he sounded like he meant it. “What do you think a guy like me should read?”


She felt warmth, and it had nothing to do with the amaretto she’d consumed. This was the sort of challenge she loved. She scooted a little closer, so they could talk over the music without yelling. “What kind of movies do you like? What kind of stories?”


By the end of their talk, nearly two hours had gone by. She found out he liked adventure stories, and that he liked stories with justice and questionable heroes and things that had puzzles. She could think of several books, across several genres, and started to list them all.


“Whoa, whoa,” he said, holding up a hand. “I’m not going to be able to remember all of them. Which one of those is your favorite?”


She paused, thinking about it. “For a true book junkie,” she said slowly, “that’s like asking ‘which one is your favorite child?’ or ‘what appendage would you like to keep?’”


He laughed, and she smiled back at him.

“But, based on what you’ve told me,” she said, “I’d say The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss.”

“Okay.” He nodded. “I’ll read it.”


She must’ve looked skeptical, because he chuckled.


“I mean it. I’ll give it a try.”


“It’s like seven hundred pages long,” she warned him.


His eyes widened, then he shrugged. “Okay, it may take a little while. But hell, I’m game.”




He was silent for a long moment, staring into her eyes. She squirmed as the heat from his gaze seemed to seep into her very bones.


“Do you really not know?” he asked, so matter-of-factly that she felt like an idiot.


He’s volunteering to read a book for you.


She felt heat suffuse her cheeks. That might be the single sexiest thing a guy had ever offered to do for her. 


About Cathy Yardley
Cathy Yardley is an award-winning author of romance, chick lit, and urban fantasy, who has sold over 1.2 million copies worldwide. She writes fun, geeky, and diverse characters who believe that underdogs can make good and sometimes being a little wrong is just right. She spends her time writing in the wilds of East Seattle, riding herd on her two dogs, one son, and one husband. 
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6 responses to “Blog Tour Review: Prose Before Bros (Green Valley Library #3) by Cathy Yardley

  1. I enjoy books with characters who love books, work with books, and love a guy who reads. Excellent review and I happy you still enjoyed it even though it wasn't your normal pick.

  2. I love that these romances also feature librarians! I have read a Cathy Yardley novel before and I remember loving it and reading it all in one sitting. I need to pick up another one of her books soon, because clearly they are great romances 😀

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