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New Release Review! HE’S A KEEPER by Stacy Travis

This bad boy needs an image makeover.
Can the quirky librarian get the job done?

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He’s a Keeper, an all-new opposites-attract, grumpy-sunshine romance full of heat and heart from bestselling author Stacy Travis is out now!

Drunk-texting a grumpy soccer star?
Best worst decision of my life.

Especially when the player is the sinfully handsome, foul-mouthed Holden Sanders… my new library assistant.

The benched bad boy needed an image makeover, I needed to save my job, and his star status was just what the library ordered to raise awareness for our fundraising campaign. The press can’t get enough of Mr. Growly reading to kids.

It’s win-win and completely platonic.

Until I need a shoulder to cry on after drowning my heartbreak in too many margaritas. I only typed that invitation to his brawny biceps and perfect pectorals for fun–I never meant to hit send. Holden isn’t the kind of guy to care about tears and feelings, least of all mine. He’s made it clear good girls aren’t his type.

But he shows up–with his strapping shoulder, a box of tissues and a supersized bag of Doritos.

That’s when I realize there’s more to him than meets the eye.

One soulful, smoldering mistake of a kiss has me craving more, and the heat between us quickly builds to a blaze neither of us can control.

But I’m not the only one guarding secrets, and Holden’s might push us to the breaking point.

Even if I’m surrounded by books, I know better than to believe in storybook endings.

And yet, I want to believe… Because I know he’s a keeper.

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This was a really cute super-hot soccer player falls for a quiet-ish librarian (opposites attract/grumpy-sunshine-ish, if you want to get technical) story!

I’m always a fan of a librarian main character, and throw in a sports star too? I’m so there! The blurb is a little misleading, though–Holden’s sidelined for an injury, not because of his bad behavior. (He was on a bit of a spiral between the prologue and the story’s start, but he’s mostly cleaned up his image since then and gets roped into the “library assistant” thing for a different reason.) And though Molly’s not 100% believable as an actual librarian (no librarian I know would EVER say “I get paid to read all day” because no, we don’t; way more work goes into storytime at the library beyond just grabbing a few books off the shelf minutes before it starts; and if she finds something of value in EVERY book she’s ever read–especially with all of the self-pubbing going on these days–I’d argue she hasn’t read enough) but still, it was hard not to love and root for her to find her HEA with Holden.

And Holden? I mean, just seeing him with his niece and with his cat was enough to make this reader a fan. Then he started reading to the kids, and… 🙂

The drunk texting of Holden’s body parts was a real standout for me. I LOLed when his abs texted her later on–trust me, it’s cuter than what you’re probably thinking 😉 but still pretty sexy.

This was my first from this author, but since book 2 was heavily teased here I’ll probably be keeping an eye out for that one too. Second chance romances are my jam!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

It’s a rough world out there, and we all sometimes need a good, romantic beach read, even if we can’t make it to the beach. I’ve spent many lazy days walking the streets of Paris and other gorgeous European cities, and if I’m doing it right, I’m bringing you a dash of romance and a vacay fantasy.

I can’t sit still, so when I’m not hiking, biking or running, I’m playing a very average game of tennis. Background music for writing undoubtedly features some U2, Lizzo, Billy Joel, Pink, Taylor Swift, and Led Zeppelin. Not necessarily in that order. And if I could only eat one food group, it would be cheese. Or wine. Or bread. Are those food groups? Whatever.

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