Title: Bookmarked (Heartsville)
Author Name & Publisher: Piper Vaughn (Piping Hot Books)
Publication Date & Length: October 28, 2015 – 82 pgs
To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing.
After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally discovered the sexy stranger he’d been flirting with for months, aka “Tall-Dark-and-Grumpy,” was also his fanboy obsession.
But desperate times call for desperate measures. If Mark can convince Shepherd, it’ll be a major coup in the book world and might just save Bookmarked from sinking. Too bad Shepherd won’t reply to his e-mails. Yet Mark didn’t earn the reputation of having a “sunshine-and-rainbow-fart” personality for nothing. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his man… and hopefully not make a fool of himself in the process.
What first drew me into this book was the setting of the story: a bookstore. I’ve loved bookstores ever since I was little and the thought of a story being set in a bookstore was an automatic “I’ve got to check this out”.
I’m so glad I checked this book out because I loved it. The author has such a way with words that the story grabbed me immediately and I felt like I was right there with Mark, feeling his pain, at the thought of losing his bookstore and feeling his hurt and humiliation afflicted on him by Shepherd.
I felt sympathetic towards Shepard though. Sure, in the beginning he was this brooding, intense, grumpy guy. One of Mark’s friends, upon meeting him, told Mark this (a quote from the book):
“He’s got that whole broody thing going on, sure, but…. Well, he looks pained, like he hasn’t taken a crap in five days. Maybe what he needs is a laxative.”
Upon hearing Shepherd’s personal story, you can’t help but feel sorry for the poor guy. The battles he has to fight, but now with Mark’s support and love he will make it through.
Mark and Shepherd are a sweet couple who endured life’s challenges and made it through to their HEA.
This is the first of the Heartsville series and what a great way to start the series with this fantastic book. If you’re looking for a good book with an HEA ending or if you’re looking for a feel good, puts-a-smile-on-your-face, wonderful series this is the one for you.
I love Piper Vaughn books and this book is no exception. This book is the first in the series and if you like a love story with Piper Vaughn’s since of humor. Mark A.K.A. the man with a personality of “sunshine-and rainbow farts” well you get my meaning. You will love this book too.
This was a very sweet story that just fits in with the holidays. The writing was very appealing and smooth and I just loved it. I’ve only read a couple of books by this author and I will definitely look for more of her books. The secondary characters just made me want to jump in and read the rest of the stories. What I liked most about this series it the town these men live in is very LBGT friendly.