Dewey Belong Together, an all-new enemies to lovers small-town romance from Ann Whynot, is available now in Kindle Unlimited!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dewey Belong Together (Green Valley Library, #7) by Ann Whynot
Series: Green Valley Library #7
Published by Smartypants Romance on February 18, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Librarian Maxine Peters lives her life behind the scenes. By day, she’s a buttoned-up cataloguing whiz in the basement of the Green Valley Public Library. By night, she’s secretly dominating in an online role playing game as the legendary Maximus_Damage. Her in-game persona has the skills to back up the hype. But every hero has an enemy; every saga,a villain. And by her own invitation, Maximus’ arch nemesis, Wrath, has just landed in Green Valley.
Jonathan Owen is not at all who Maxine expects when she meets Wrath face to face. Eager to leave the past in the game, Jonathan takes this golden opportunity to win Maxine’s heart. There’s just one wrench in that plan: he may have, on a few occasions, acted like a bit of a jerk online. And to his puzzlement, she has taken their fun rivalry to the level of epic dislike.
When Jonathan and Maxine are unexpectedly alone for a weekend, secrets are revealed that make love hard and hatred even harder. Jonathan quickly learns fighting his own demons will take more than one elite gamer. And Maxine, who is busy rebooting her life in Green Valley, might not be up to the task.
When real life starts to override the game, can Maxine and Jonathan find a way to make it work? Or will it be game over for this player versus player adventure?
‘Dewey Belong Together’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #7 in the Green Valley Library series, Green Valley Chronicles, Penny Reid Book Universe.
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After the group sang and twanged through a ton of damn fine bluegrass, the crowd began to thin a bit, and the banjo player declared the quartet was retiring for the evening. Max grabbed my arm and gracelessly hauled me through the audience toward the banjo player.
Our arms still linked, and with a megawatt smile on her face, she shouted, “Cletus! That was incredible tonight.”
“It was, man. You’ve got a great sound,” I offered.
Cletus looked from Max, to our joined arms, again at me, and then back at Max. I didn’t want to engage in stereotypical jealous guy behavior, but I did want to sniff out who this Cletus was to her. What had he done to earn her smiles and respect?
“Thank you,” he replied, then looked pointedly behind us. “Maxine, you seem to have misplaced the rest of your guests from your game. I suspect you noticed this, which is why you’re hanging onto this one so tightly.”
“Oh!” Max said in surprise and dropped my arm like it was a hot potato. I instantly disliked Cletus. “All the others couldn’t make it. Just him. Cletus, meet Wrath—er, Jonathan Owen from Florida. Jonathan, this is my friend Cletus Winston.”
Not one to let my manners fail me when needed, I stuck out my hand and Cletus gave it a firm shake. “Jonathan Owen, would you happen to be the same gentleman who enjoys harrying Maxine at every available turn?”
I spun to face Maxine. “You told people that about me? What else did you say, that I like to hunt people for sport?” I felt my face redden in embarrassment as I recalled the time I had also besmirched her good name to the other guild officers. I wasn’t sure what to do with the information that she was talking unfavorably about me to her friends. I felt like every time we made some progress and I got to show her more of who I really was, something popped up to remind me of her animosity.
“Wrath, calm down. Of course not. I was telling Cletus about the game, that’s all.”
“Oh, I see. That’s all,” I said sarcastically.
“It would seem to me,” Cletus said, inserting himself into our fight, “that you two need to have a tête-à-tête, but allow me to suggest not tonight. We’re fixing to take things back to my brother’s place up on Bandit Lake. Scarlet and Billy will be there singing, and I’ll have my banjo and a dulcimer. If you can sit in your own stew for the rest of the evening, you can imbibe and listen to more fine music.”
And with that, he packed up his banjo and gave Max a little salute as he left the room.
“So, feel like hitting up a party?” Max asked, almost cautiously.
I thought about it. I was mad as hell that not only did Max hate me, she had told her offline friends I was some kind of dastardly character. That being said, I didn’t want to piss her off by saying no when she probably wanted to go. Plan Seduction would suggest that I be pliable to her wishes, even if I thought she was a jerk at the moment. I hoped that this wasn’t some big rager we were headed to because being the only sober person at a party is about as much fun as watching paint dry, only the wall sometimes vomits and tries to get into your pants.
“Fine,” I answered. “Party it is, princess.” I couldn’t help poking the bear, just a little. Her eyes flashed fire, and I smiled, gesturing with my arm that she should lead the way.
I just have to say wow with this book. It blew me away! This is a debut author, even though she says she’s been writing her whole life basically. I loved this one so much. It was funny, it was real, and it had so much depth as well. While the steamy scenes were a bit awkward and maybe abrupt or not seamless, that didn’t detract at all for me, in fact, it might kind of be perfect for the story itself, even if I think it was more to do with the writing than the story itself.
While I’ve never been a big video gamer myself, other than the years of being obsessed with The Sims, I kind of want to join one of those gaming groups now. But there were a lot of other things about Max that I totally connected with. I went through a stage a few years ago when I was buying all the special editions of board games for my favorite shows, like Supernatural Monopoly or The Big Bang Theory Clue. There are other games, like Carcassonne, that I wanted to buy, but never did, because I finally figured out I just didn’t have anyone to play them with. I am also a librarian like Max. And while I do work with kids, since I am a high school librarian, I wish I had more classes with cataloging, because I think I would enjoy that.
And I did fall in love with Jonathan, or Wrath as he was known in the game. Except for the long hair thing. I’ve never been a fan of guys with long hair. And there were some bits in the story, like talking about his hair fanned out on the pillow or something like that and that just made me cringe a bit. But there was so much more to him than the long hair. I mean he was tattooed, so that’s hot.
Even more than what I’ve just talked about, this story had so much depth! The secret or issues that Jonathan had were so much more and handled with so much knowledge and reality based on the author’s own personal experiences that it really hit so hard when I was reading both from his point of view as well as those around him.
And then, the part that sealed the deal on how much the author of this is a Penny Reid fan was the line that was so like something Cletus Winston might say. “I could respect a man who knew how to handle his meat.” And I think it was something that was even thought about Cletus, so that made it even more perfect!
Loved this book so much, and a little part of me hopes that Maxine’s friend Lois might get a story from this author in a future SmartyPants Romance book, maybe let’s set her up with Norman?
About the Author:
Ann Whynot has been writing stories since she was five, and always dreamed of one day being a published author. She is a voracious reader and book collector, and used book stores are her kryptonite. She also is passionate about video games, crafting, baking, laughing, and travel.
She lives with her family, dog, and two cats on the Canadian east coast, and is inspired by both the forest and sea.
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