Book Review: The Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting

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Book Review: The Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting Title: The Librarian Principle
Author: Helena Hunting
Publisher by: Ink and Cupcakes Inc.
Published on: December 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Humor, Romance
Format: eARC
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Annaliese Harper knows that one tiny mistake can jeopardize a career before it's even begun. Letting your boss find the extensive collection of porn on your personal laptop is one way. Sleeping with him is another. Liese manages to do both.

As the new librarian at a prestigious small-town private high school, Liese is drawn to her sexy, charismatic principal, Ryder Whitehall--an attraction she refuses to acknowledge given their relationship and her recent liberation from a delusional ex-boyfriend.

Liese is certain Ryder's flirtation is the product of her sex-deprived imagination--until he discovers her digital porn stash during working hours and demands a private meeting. Behind closed doors, their attraction explodes into a dangerous, passionate affair that not only threatens their jobs and reputations, but most of all, their hearts.

*This is a STANDALONE novel.*

This book was an unexpected treat. Few books have held my attention lately but The Librarian Principle happened to do just that. I spent most of the night (until my kindle hit my face) and majority of my morning wrapped up in this book! With the witty dialogue, characters that I genuinely liked, and some fun, hilarious moments, I truly enjoyed this book.

“Having a good-looking boss was one thing; crushing on him was entirely another.”

After breaking up with her overzealous ex, Leise Harper takes a new job, in a new city. Liese is smart, gorgeous, and loves her new position as head librarian at Fullerton Academy (FAHL). One of the perks of working at FAHL, is her attractive boss, principal Ryder Whitehall. He’s gorgeous and intelligent and he and Liese have a great working relationship. He comes off as a bit rough and moody with others, but with Liese he’s sweet and attentive. When he becomes her professional advisor, they end up spending more and more time together and their attraction for each other  begins to grow.

“His voice was luscious caramel, wrapped in dark chocolate and rolled in sugar. She had the unconscionable craving to lick him and find out if he tasted as good as he sounded.”

Faculty members at FAHL aren’t supposed to date but there is no denying the underlying attraction between Liese and Ryder. The thing is Liese has a bit of a kinky side. She has an extensive porn collection on her computer, including the photo-shopped photos that her best friend Marissa made of her and Ryder together. When she inadvertently shows her collection to Ryder, things between them change drastically.

“Don’t misunderstand me. While I am very aware this is a dangerous path to take, I seem to have lost my ability to give a f*ck.”

I really enjoyed this story. One of the things I loved about this book was that the characters were in their late twenties/early thirties and they had the own lives and careers. It was a refreshing change from what I’ve read lately. The sexual tension and chemistry between these two was scorching hot. The banter among the characters was so much fun to read. I did wonder how they would deal with their budding romance and the drama of a crazy ex, their careers possibly being on the line, and a suspicious coworker. The characters were fun and realistic and I would have loved for them to be my friends! Helena’s writing was fantastic and she used humor and wit to keep me engaged. This book was fun, sweet, and sexy romance, and I definitely recommend it.



“I’m sorry, sir.” Liese uncrossed her legs, smoothing her skirt over her thighs. He followed the movement with his eyes. She prayed he wasn’t propositioning her as a means to sink the final nail into the coffin of her career, but that the months of pretending the attraction between them didn’t exist had finally come to an end. “I’m not sure I understand.” God, she hoped they were done pretending.

“You’re an intelligent woman, Liese. I’m sure you can figure it out.”

She remained silent, trying to ascertain her position. Tucking her chin in, she looked up at him demurely. “So, to paraphrase,” she began in a conspiratorial whisper, “you’d like to have dinner with me so I can tell you about my masturbation habits? Would that be accurate, sir?”

Ryder’s eyes widened, evidently not expecting her to be quite so forthright. “When you put it that way—”

“It sounds inappropriate?”

“Everything that’s happened between us today has been inappropriate.”


Ryder raised his hand to cut her off. “Don’t misunderstand me. While I am very aware this is a dangerous path to take, I seem to have lost my ability to give a fuck. And after finding this—” He rose from the chair, gesturing to the laptop. “—I admit I would like to procure several of the other items available on this site. But I have to assume some may already be in your possession, rendering such purchases unnecessary. Again, we could discuss the items you do have as well, if you’d like.”

Liese blinked dumbly at him.

“Sorry, I ramble when I get excited. Of course, you already know that.” He leaned forward, his hands flat on the desk, the tick below his left eye belying his nervousness.

“I really don’t know what to say,” Liese replied. Her initial response was to jump at the opportunity, considering she’d been thinking about doing that very thing for ages. But the potential repercussions gave her pause. “Do you often proposition women this way?”

“Do you often doctor pornographic images of your superiors?” he shot back.

Liese rose from her chair, her eyes narrowed as she processed his body language. “Are you trying to blackmail me into fucking you?”

“Do you want to fuck me?”

The question sent a wave of heat through her body. “Do you want to fuck me?” she retorted, because she’d be damned if she was going to admit it first. The time she’d spent dissecting his every glance and touch had driven her insane. The connection between them wasn’t in her head, and he should be the one to confirm it.

“Yes, very much, actually.”

About Helena Hunting

Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.​