Top critical review
A wonderful read, but not my favorite series of hers.
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2019
Valentine's Day is on the way and Jane Steward is gearing up for her second book themed event- Romancing the Reader. Sadly it won't be known for it's Regency Fashion show, male cover model contest, or any of the wonderful events.... not when a highly celebrated author is discovered dead.
Rosamund York has garnered a large number of enemies- not just with fellow writers, but with several fans over the content of her newest book. Who wanted her dead? And can Jane and the Finns find the culprit before more lives are lost?
The whole premise of a secret library and a team of super agents to defend it while using the premises as a book themed hotel still stretches the limit of my acceptance.... but I kind of love it anyway. Who wouldn't want to spend a week in a gorgeous manor house, with delicious food and more books than you could read in a lifetime? It's the bad-ass security team and secret society stuff that has me torn. I mean, I know there has to be some action, some mystery... but really? That said, I adore the characters here. Adams has always been able to create loveable and relatable characters where opening the spine of a book is like returning to a dear friend. Fitz, Hem, and Jane have all grown a lot and I adore their little family unit. I also love the Cover Girls and the way everyone at the hotel interact with one another.
The premise is completely outlandish, but also intriguing. I felt like it was fairly well done, all in all, and found myself enjoying this book more than the last book in this series. For me, it's a three and a half star book. I still prefer The Secrets, Book & Scone Society, or the Books by the Bay; but this one is still really good. I would probably like it more if I hadn't found the other two series' first.
On the adult content scale, there's language and some violence, but nothing too over the top. I give it a three.