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Kiss. Marry. Kill. Nineteen-year-old June Eyermann has always known exactly which of her favorite Byronic heroes goes where. She’d kiss moody and possessive Rochester from Jane Eyre and marry prideful but repentant Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, leaving obsessive and spiteful Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights to be chucked off a cliff—but no. She couldn’t leave any of her heroes behind. She lives for her favorite fictional worlds.
But June is about to get a serious wake up call when she returns home for the summer after her college freshman year. Stuck somewhere between feeling like a kid again under her parents’ roof and being forced to start acting like an adult with worries about her future career, June looks at the library volunteer position offered to her as a way to keep her sanity for the next few months before she can go back to school.
What June doesn’t expect to find at the library is her favorite romantic heroes brought to life—all in the same man.
Obstinate, prideful and even a bit rude, Everett Rockford shouldn’t exactly be “dating material,” even if June’s heart rate accelerates whenever she’s near him. But after discovering his enigmatic past and witnessing a few fiery moments of tenderness, June can’t help but see Rochester, Darcy and even Heathcliff in Everett. If she’s going to make it through the summer without becoming a tragic heroine in her own story, she has to separate the man from the ideals of fiction in her head. Because if there’s one thing she knows about Byronic love stories, it’s that they don’t always end happily ever after.
I am an Austen lover. Always have been, always will be. Now does that mean I totally hate the Bronte sisters? No, I don’t. I am just not into so much tormented-love. So out of the three I would say my order of favorites goes Pride and Prejudice ALL the way. Then I would go with Jane Eyre. Last would be Wuthering Heights. You don’t have to care what my favorite classic books are. The only reason I am telling you which ones I prefer one over the others, so you get a since of why I liked this book. Now in the story, June loves each of these books equally. She has read them more times then she could count. She has a bit of a Jane, from Austenland obsession thing going on.
Now one reason I was excited about reading this book was because it took place in a Library, and as many of you out there know, I too work in a Library. I already felt a connection to the book just for that purpose. June is a romantic-at-heart, and has a difficult time standing up to those that have authority over her. She is still coming-of-age in this book. Recognizing that she is no longer a child and needs to start making her own choices.
I think that is a big one for many that go off to college and come back that first year. You lived on your own for the past 9 months and then you are right back under your parent’s roof for the summer. It is difficult going from semi-independence to complete-dependence. I remember having that problem when I returned from my first year in college.
Our male character, Everett Rockford, who is supposed to be the embodiment of – Darcy, Rochester, and Heathcliff – is having his own external forces pressure him into a specific lifestyle. He is prideful, arrogant, rude, and snobbish. All the best parts of our Classic Byronic heroes. This story is a little different. He has some Heathcliff and Rochester up bring and then has a Mother and step-sister similar to Lady Catherine De Berg. Then to top it off we have a gay best friend whose sister is the complete package of our favorite ‘love-to-loath’ Miss. Caroline Bingley.
This book takes your favorite parts from your favorite books and puts them all together in a modern-day-twist.
Over all if you want to read a book that is similar to P&P, JE, & WH then this is your book. I truly enjoyed it.
This book is a Clean Read! It was very sweet and well done.
To all my classic romantics out there, this book is up your alley.