Love at First Book (Paperback)

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Love at First Book (Paperback)


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When a librarian moves to a quaint Irish village where her favorite novelist lives, the last thing she expects is to fall for the author’s prickly son… until their story becomes one for the books, from the New York Times bestselling author of Summer Reading.

Emily Allen, a librarian on Martha’s Vineyard, has always dreamed of a life of travel and adventure. So when her favorite author, Siobhan Riordan, offers her a job in the Emerald Isle, Emily jumps at the opportunity. After all, Siobhan’s novels got Em through some of the darkest days of her existence.

Helping Siobhan write the final book in her acclaimed series—after a ten-year hiatus due to a scorching case of writer’s block—is a dream come true for Emily. If only she didn’t have to deal with Siobhan’s son, Kieran Murphy. He manages Siobhan’s bookstore, and the grouchy bookworm clearly doesn’t want Em around.

Emily persists, and spending her days bantering with the annoyingly handsome mercurial Irishman only makes her fall more deeply in love with the new life she’s built – and for the man who seems to soften toward her with every quip she throws at him. But when she discovers the reason for Kieran's initial resistance, Em finds herself torn between helping Siobhan find closure with her series and her now undeniable feelings for Kier. As Siobhan's novel progresses, Emily will have to decide if she’s truly ready to turn a new page and figure out what lies in the next chapter.
Jenn McKinlay is the award-winning New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance series. Her work has been translated into multiple languages in countries all over the world. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets, and her husband’s guitars.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593545744
ISBN-10: 0593545745
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English
"Hilarious, deeply emotional, and brimming with swoon-worthy passion, this is an enemies-to-lovers tale that every romance reader should have the pleasure of enjoying at least once in their lives. Dazzlingly fabulous!”
—Holly Cassidy, author of The Christmas Wager

"Whimsically wonderful and wryly witty…. This is a swoon-worthy romance that has not only a great deal to say about self-love, forgiveness, and the importance of living in the moment but also celebrates the undeniable magic of books and the important place they hold in a reader’s life."
Booklist (starred review)

"A cleverly written forced proximity romance for book lovers."
Kirkus Reviews

"The ultimate bookish romance! With the endlessly charming backdrop of a cozy bookshop in the idyllic Irish countryside, a wholly lovable supporting cast, and several heartstring-pulling subplots, Love at First Book is the perfect escape for any romance fan."
—Nicolas DiDomizio, author of Nearlywed

"Love at First Book is so tender-hearted, and I couldn’t help but root for Kier and Red! A delight for book lovers and anyone who loves to armchair travel, I couldn’t love this novel more! The setting in Ireland was an escapist dream. I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down!"
—Jamie Varon, author of Main Character Energy

Praise for Jenn McKinlay's romance novels

"With the light touch of a whisk-you-away rom com, Summer Reading explores some of the most important relationships in our lives. The characters are fresh and beautifully drawn, and the chemistry is magic. It’s the perfect summer vacation." 
—Annabel Monaghan, author of Same Time Next Summer

"Jenn McKinlay writes sexy, funny romances that will leave you begging for more!"
Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author of Almost Just Friends

"Summer Reading is a pure delight! Has all the elements of a perfect story: small island setting, a feisty yet vulnerable heroine, and a nerdy hero who stole my heart."
—Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of Our Italian Summer

“A playful breezy read that I couldn't put down!”­
Abby Jimenez, New York Times bestselling author of Yours Truly

Eat Pray Love meets Mamma Mia! I devoured this clever novel in one sitting!"
Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

“In turns poignant and amusing, Summer Reading belies its title to tackle serious issues with aplomb, exploring essential definitions of self, friendship, family, and love while maintaining a breezy wit and pleasing pace. McKinlay’s writing is sure to charm.”
—Shana Abe, New York Times bestselling author of The Second Mrs. Astor

"McKinlay's fresh spin on a favorite trope is as frothy and pleasing as a piña colada, delivering both laughs and poignant tugs on the heartstrings. Perfect summer beach read."
—Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author of The Moonglow Sisters

"With lovable characters and swoon-worthy moments, this heartwarming tale has it all."
—Woman's World

“A delightful romance with characters I adored! Jenn McKinlay takes readers along on a fun and charming adventure in Paris Is Always a Good Idea.
Emily March, New York Times bestselling author of Teardrop Lane

"Humor wrapped up in late nights are involved in Jenn McKinlay's new book. Trust me, from page one to the end, this one is a keeper."
—Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Bride For A Day

"Everything felt real with the emotions relatable, and yet it was loads of fun, too… Summer Reading is a winner all the way around!”
—Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author of The Honeymoon Cottage

"McKinlay writes with compassion and heart-breaking bravery, and with a truly unique voice—captivating, hilarious, and supremely romantic. This is exactly what we dream of in a summer read—an instant relationship with the characters, a propulsive plot, a tumultuous series of decisions, and the perfect ending that brings tears to our eyes."
Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The House Guest

"[A]n opposites-attract summertime fling that will quite literally have you flinging around with joyous glee."
The Everygirl

“With a picturesque setting and plenty of entertaining storylines and well-developed characters, this fast-paced, steamy rom-com from McKinlay will enchant book lovers and foodies looking for an upbeat beach read.”
Library Journal (Starred Review)

“McKinlay’s charming latest opens with a meet-cute no reader will forget and blooms into a multifaceted story replete with lovable characters, mouthwatering descriptions of food, and a vicarious vacation to Martha’s Vineyard…. The well-developed emotional growth between the protagonists makes their connection feel real. This is a keeper.”
Publishers Weekly

"Jenn McKinlay's writing sparkles in this wonderfully beachy summer romance. A tale of family, self-discovery and love, Summer Reading is one literary escape you don't want to miss!"
Kate Bromley, author of Here for the Drama and Talk Bookish to Me

"Pairing a snarky dyslexic chef with a sunshiny 'hot librarian guy', Summer Reading is the perfect blend of sweet, heat, and just pure fun."
Cathy Yardley, author of Ex Appeal

“[An] immensely enjoyable rom-com… Is it possible to identify, retrieve, and restore missing pieces in life? And if so, how do such discoveries change relationships? McKinlay's breezy, pleasure-filled escape probes these questions and more, while happily entertaining romance readers along the way.”
Shelf Awareness

“McKinlay spins a funny yet poignant tale.”
Jen DeLuca, author of Well Met

“A funny and charming romp of self-discovery…. You’ll feel like you’ve been on a European vacation even if you didn’t make it out of your own back yard.”
Kwana Jackson, USA Today bestselling author of Real Men Knit

"Sparkles with wit yet is profoundly humane at its core. You will be rooting for Chelsea through all her travels."
Jenny Holiday, USA Today bestselling author of Mermaid Inn

“Paris Is Always a Good Idea made me smile, cry, swoon, and cheer. It's a beautiful, funny, and relatable story about finding yourself.”
Sarah Smith, author of Faker

“This book ticked so many of my boxes: a perfectly imperfect protagonist on a bittersweet journey of self-discovery, relatable family tensions, vividly portrayed international settings, and an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers subplot that made me smile from ear to ear. A thoroughly satisfying read that tugged at my heart and made me happy-sigh when I reached the end!"
Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man

Paris Is Always A Good Idea is the must-have summer read of the year.”
Fresh Fiction

“An entertaining romance along with a story with ever changing scenery makes this the perfect summer read.”
Parkersburg News