Found at the Library by Christi Snow
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: His entire life, Tommy Garrett has dealt with self-doubts. He thought he’d conquered the majority of them until a chance meeting with an author brought his illiteracy to the forefront...again. Growing up with un-diagnosed dyslexia has left Tommy barely able to read, but books are his Nirvana. Now he spends his life creating art dedicated to the love of those “untouchable” items.
Robert McIntyre, Mac, is a best-selling, highly celebrated author. But his point of view has become a little bit too narrow...until Tommy opens his eyes. That chance meeting has changed everything about his world. He has no idea how to find the beautiful man he met, and offended, at the library book sale. But when he does, Tommy’s life is in crisis-mode. It’s the holidays and Mac can’t just standby when Tommy needs help, whether Tommy wants it or not.
Two artistic men. One shared passion for books.
Review: This book is perfect for fans of m/m romance who are also passionate about all things books. Tommy loves books and he creates his art out of them, but he's dyslexic and can only enjoy a story if it's an audio book. As for Mac, he is a famous author who puts his heart and soul into his writing. He doesn't like the idea of anyone "mutilating" books so when he finds out about the art that Tommy does, he's not a fan. It doesn't take too long for him to realize he's wrong though - that there is more to Tommy than he initially thought.
A big part of Tommy's story in this book revolves around his brother, Ryder, who has been given a tough time in life. Tommy isn't sure how to help him but he's willing to give up his entire studio if it will make his younger brother better. After all, Ryder is the only family Tommy has left.
As for Mac, he falls for Tommy quick, which is unusual for him. Instead of holing up and finishing his next book, he is taking care of Tommy, whether Tommy knows it or not. Some of what Mac does in the beginning is sweet but it also makes sense that Tommy would freak out a bit when he finds out. After all, he doesn't really even know Mac.
I really liked that Found at the Library was very much a story and didn't rely solely on the physical with Mac and Tommy's relationship. There are family and friends involved, both men have their own issues in life, and then there is the passion and understanding that develops when the two come together. I'm curious to read Snow's next novel in this "series" which will feature two characters from Found at the Library (read the book to find out which ones!)
This book has inspired a couple ideas for posts, so be on the lookout next month for those!