CdnMrs ARC Reviews: Bettie Page Presents: The Librarian by Logan Belle

Inspired by the story of the iconic Bettie Page, Logan Belle’s sizzling erotic novel explores the transformation of Regina Finch from shy librarian to the object of one powerful man’s all-consuming desire.

Regina Finch, brilliant and bookish, has worked her way up to her dream job as a librarian at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library. But her discovery of the sordid sexual adventures of a rakish, young scion among the hallowed halls and sacred stacks of the library unleashes a confusing blend of repulsion and desire that threatens to consume her. It is only through her discovery of Bettie Page—the world’s most popular ingenue-turned-fetish-model—and Page’s own sexual awakening that Regina can hope to discover her sexual prowess and seduce the man she loves.

  • ISBN9781476704159
  • Price 2.99
  • EditionEbook
  • Simon & Schuster – Pocket Star
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2012
  • Buy at: Amazon

The Librarian is a ridiculous book that clearly takes it’s cue from Fifty Shades of Grey. There are so many similarities between Regina and Sebastian (The Librarian) and Ana and Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey), including the fact that their names rhyme, that I developed a chart. Here you go!

Similarities between The Librarian and Fifty Shades of Grey
The Librarian Fifty Shades of Grey
The Heroine
Just done/finishing College x x
Moves to the Big City x x
Raised Predominately by a Single Parent x x
Virgin x x
Doesn’t eat when she’s Nervous x x
Has to be “saved” at a bar x x
Has wealthy, roommate who offers support and clothes x x
Makes enemies at new job b/c of hero x x
Socially awkward/behind others her own age x x
Hero
Has mommy issues x x
Had inappropriate sexual relationship as a teen x x
Meddles w/ heroine’s job x x
Jealous x x
Likes to spank x x
Has never been in love except now x x
Stalks heroine x x
Buys heroine expensive electronic device x x
Reached success at an early age x x

 

I could probably get past all the Fifty Shades of Grey-ness if it wasn’t for the story itself. I mean, I get that publishers are dying to get their hands on the next E.L. James or Sylvia Day, but I just don`t think Logan Belle is it.

Heroine Regina Filch is an initially likable albeit naive and socially awkward character. She`s just landed her dream job in a the New York Public Library, a place she visited often with her, now deceased father. Here she meets Sebastian who sees potential in her and finds himself sexual drawn to her. And so begins a Pygmalion play of sorts that very loosely mirrors the life of famed pin-up Bettie Page -the changing of a young, virginal, ingenue into a powerful, sex kitten. Bla. Bla. Bla.

The Librarian is essentially the story of an overbearing, alpha male who picks out a young woman who he wants to dominate. He doesn’t tell her the rules, he doesn’t care about her feelings, career, burgeoning sexuality or social life and he is not, initially, in it for the long haul. Sebastian is for all intents and purposes a spoiled brat, who wants a pretty new thing and will mold her into exactly what he wants without so much as consulting or considering her. Regina pretty much let’s him because she’s a doormat. She allows herself to be changed because she wants to try new things and she believes she loves Sebastian. She is a naive  doormat who has gone from one overbearing relationship (her mother) to another (her roommate) to another (Sebastian). In the end, over the course of maybe several months, she looses her job, has cut all ties with her mother and is on her way to moving in with Sebastian.

The sexual relationship between Regina and Sebastian, particularly the BDSM or D/s aspect of their relationship is beyond ridiculous. I mean, take all of the things BDSM practitioners hated about Fifty Shades of Grey (lack of research by author, lack of communication within couple, blanket assumptions about the lifestyle, not seeing the lifestyle as anything more than sexual, etc) and multiply that by a really large number. Sebastian assumes Regina’s sexual experience, is unclear about his intentions, punishes her for rules he’s never explained, allows her no room for personal or professional growth and just generally puts a tremendous amount of pressure on her at all times. Regina lays down and takes it all. When she finally does grow a pair and confronts Sebastian it’s too little too late. Honestly, I’ve read PNR sex scenes/relationships that are more believable than the stuff that’s in the Librarian.

The one thing I will admit to enjoying about the book is the Logan Belle’s clear knowledge about art, design, fashion and architecture. She beautifully describes buildings and places in New York City with enough accuracy that you feel like you’re there. Unfortunately, Belle’s ability to describe her setting is pretty much like putting lipstick on a pig. The story is lame, the characters irredeemable and the ending anti-climactic, not to mention full of loose ends. No amount of beautiful locations or architectural description is going to help salvage this wreck.

ARC provided by NetGalley

 

Comments
  • Wicked Lil Pixie November 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I really think we should use this flow chart for every single erotica we review!

    • CdnMrs November 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      LOL!
      It’s too bad really. There are some very talented Erotica authors who’ve been plying their trade for years and now thanks to market trends drek like this keeps getting published.

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