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.
I can’t even begin to describe the ways I want to fuck you.
Seriously, Miss Hunting? SERIOUSLY? Do you even understand what you do to people when you put in a line like this? Do you?
I don’t think you do.
Allow me to enlighten you.
When you go ahead and let your fingers type in something like that, especially coming from Ryder fucking Whitehall, you cause us girl readers a lot of distress. For real.
The Librarian Principle, to me, was a complete surprise. I was expecting BDSM a la Christian Grey and (thankfully) there was none. Thank God. Bless the Lord for small miracles.
Annaliese Harper, librarian at FAHL, is intensely attracted to Ryder Whitehall. The problem is, he’s the Principle of FAHL and dating your co-workers is a strict no-no. The bigger problem is, he’s found her porn stash (on her personal computer) and a lot of photo shopped pictures and gifs (of him). And she’s screwed.
Did I mention Liese also has a very, very kickass girlfriend? Marissa is awesome! She’s the perfect counterpart to Liese and the reason for the whole photoshopped image fiasco too! Another great character? Blake Stone. Ryder’s nemesis and Liese’s friend at their place of work. Blake is the stereo-typical drama teacher with the flailing arms and the over-reactions. He’s absolutely perfect ❤
Now, Liese is a character I didn’t always like. She’s funny, sure, but she’s also a bit of a whino. She’s all woe-is-me, why-god-why, shaking fists at the heavens and that’s kind of a bummer. But, she’s also stuck in quite the sticky situation so I suppose I could let it go, but no, seriously. Whino. She’s obviously very attracted to Ryder, so it was funny when she got all flustered when it just overwhelmed her.
Ryder, I absolutely adored. He’s like a perfect contradiction. He’s all alpha male and a dirty talker, but he also blushes and rambles and it’s so cute! He’s not always perfect and he accepts when he’s messed up and he’s so genuinely good…I loved him so much!
Another character I liked: Sean. Now Sean is kind of a spoiler so I won’t talk about him much, but I’d have loved to see more of him. I felt like there was no closure with his character and so that was a bit of a turn off.
Liese and Ryder together are hawt! At first, there is a lot of sexual tension between these two. Working with her ManCrushEveryday everyday closely, especially since he was her advisor was constantly driving Liese to the edge. But as much as they both tried to keep everything professional…nope. Especially after the porn reveal. Yeah. Didn’t happen.
I had just one complain with the book: Plot development. There was slim to none. Most of the book was just kind of filled with sex and secret sex and bedroom sex and office-table sex (which was my favorite FYI). I’d have liked to see more romance. It was said that they got to know more about each other; I’d have liked to see that. Meeting Ryder’s parents would have been awesome too! So there’s that, but the banter between Ryder and Liese was so, so good, it kind of makes up for a lot.
Miss Hunting definitely made a lasting impression on me with her sexy, playful, forbidden romance and it was great and I really, really liked it 🙂
Ryder stared at the phone wide-eyed; Liese didn’t want to imagine who could be waiting for him in the front office. It had to be someone important to make him look so frantic.
He covered the mouth piece and turned his head to the side to clear his throat. At the same time he furtively tucked himself back into his pants. “Pardon me?” He shot Liese a worried glance as she shimmied her panties up her legs and smoothed her skirt down. She surveyed his reaction, gauging her own unease based on his body language.
His rigid posture relaxed, albeit minutely, his eyes reflecting a new kind of disquiet. “I thought she wasn’t going to be here until the end of the day,” he bit out irritably. “Tell her I’ll be with her in a minute.”
He hung up and met Liese’s petrified gaze. She hastily buttoned her navy blazer, thankful she’d worn it, seeing the rumpled mess her blouse had become.
“My sister is early,” Ryder said through gritted teeth. He tightened his tie and fastened his own suit jacket to cover the majority of his dishevelment.
“Oh, God! That’s not good.” She ran her fingers through her hair, trying to tame it.
“It could be a hell of a lot worse.” Ryder stepped forward and brushed her hands away from her hair, smoothing it out for her. His fingers caught in a tangled section, and he had to work to free them.
“It smells like sex in here.” She straightened his tie and stepped back, looking around the room for a secret exit; there wasn’t one.
Ryder opened the top drawer of his desk. Wielding a can of room deodorizer, he released a spray of overpowering scent into the room. “Better?”
Liese grabbed the can, covering her mouth and nose so she didn’t breathe in the fumes. “Now it smells like sex in a flowerbed. This stuff is horrible. Where did you get it?”
“It was in there when I took the job.” He motioned to the drawer. “It’s better than my office smelling like sex. Isn’t it?”
“Well, does it even mask it at all?”
“I think so. It’s hard to tell though.” Liese sniffed the lapel of her blouse. “I’m saturated in the smell of you.”
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.