Aug 27, 2013

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Review: Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi

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Contemporary Romance
August 27 2013
Mass Market Paperback
400 pages
Harlequin MIRA
Received from publisher via NetGalley

Yummy Man – Scott Sanderson
Kick Ass Chick – Dorothy Jarrod (DJ)

From Goodreads –
Meet Dorothy Jarrod: devotedly unsexy librarian

Buttoned-up book lover DJ is all sensible shoes, drab skirts and studious glasses. After an ill-advised spring-break-fueled fling left her mortified, she’s committed to her prim and proper look. When she’s hired by a rural library in middle-of-nowhere Kansas, she finally has the lifestyle to match-and she can’t wait to get her admin on.

But it’s clear from day one that the small-town library is more interested in circulating rumors than books. DJ has to organize her unloved library, win over oddball employees and avoid her flamboyant landlady’s attempts to set her up with the town pharmacist. Especially that last part-because it turns out handsome Scott Sanderson is her old vacation fling! She is not sure whether to be relieved or offended when he doesn’t seem to recognize her. But with every meeting, DJ finds herself secretly wondering what it would be like to take off her glasses, unpin her bun and reveal the inner vixen she’s been hiding from everyone-including herself.

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Something odd happened to me with this book.  While reading, I could not put it down!  I can’t say it’s because it was the best book ever but I was curious to know how everything would turn out – even though I already knew because most of it was quite predictable.  But still, I found myself feeling sad when I had to put the book down to go make supper or wake the kids.  That in itself isn’t the odd thing.  This is:  I was all excited about this book but as soon as I finished it and started thinking about it, I suddenly found myself a little bummed out by it.  I knew while reading it that it was not perfect but that fact hit me harder during my ‘after-reading-glow’.  Now I find myself frustrated by some of what happened in the story.  And now that I said all that, let me explain what was good and what was not so good about this book.

What I liked about the book –

Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi is about DJ, the new librarian in a small and tiny town, and Scott, the town’s pharmacist.  DJ is very excited to start a new life even though she is more of a big city gal than a small and tiny town girl.  I liked DJ’s enthusiasm.  She was cute and I didn’t mind her character at all.  I didn’t mind Scott either.  He was nice and yummy.  Both were well written.

The book was well paced and hard to put down (as I mentioned above).

James.  I loved James’ character. He is severely autistic, an older gentleman, who works at the library.  I found him to be well written and for some reason he always put a smile on my face.

Amos.  Another character I quite enjoyed reading.  A big heart in that one and I hope he finds a HEA with the woman he is interested in because they would make a great couple.

Scott and DJ have great chemistry.  And I’m not just talking ‘in the sac’ chemistry but in their dialogue and their banter too.

The town itself is wonderful.  I do love small town based contemporary romance books and this town was one of the good ones.

It’s set in a library!  Do I really need to explain this one further?

What I didn’t love about this book –

There is a suicide subplot that I absolutely didn’t understand the point of.  When I started reading the book, the author started hinting that Scott’s mom was contemplating suicide.  I was really hoping I was reading things wrong because I didn’t like that as a direction for her storyline.  But alas, I ended up being right.  I understand that some people who lose their long time spouse have trouble moving forward but I didn’t feel enough despair from her to think her idea of suicide was, for lack of a better term, acceptable.  It didn’t suit her.  She planned it all in private and Scott never even found out about it!  So this storyline was just her planning and chatting about it to a dog.  It added a heaviness to the story that was absolutely not necessary and I feel it did not progress the plot at all either.  I just didn’t get it.  Why bum people out for no reason other than to add some heaviness to the story.

DJ and Scott met years ago and had a hot one night stand.  DJ sometimes refers to this night of wild passion as “a mistake”.  I never understood why she would do that.  It showed both Scott and DJ what could be had. They were both consenting adults and no one got hurt/pregnant/sick or any such thing by it.  So why was it really such a big mistake when it was not to go anywhere anyways?  They were young!  I found that a little disjointed.  Also, Scott didn’t realize that DJ was the woman he slept with (and has been pining over) all those years ago.  When he finally finds out, his reaction is not described.  It all happens off the page!  I would have loved to see his reaction because I bet it was good.

You can tell that the author tried to add elements of surprise to her story but things were really quite predictable.  It was still entertaining because even though I knew what was going to happen I still was not positive how the characters were going to react once the surprises were revealed.  So that is not a total point against this book but a small one.

So all of this to say that overall, this was not a horrible book.  It captivated me while I read it.  I just found that there were a few things that were added that didn’t advance the story and when I got to those scenes, I just wanted the book to go back to Scott and DJ.  I don’t like feeling that while I read; I want to enjoy the whole of the book.  But the setting was good and the characters were solid.  Not a bad read, just not my favorite.

3 stars

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  1. Strange those books that keep you reading, while not being awesome at the same time. I do know what you mean. When you start thinking about it, you start criticizing things you did not see while reading.

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