Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’ll be honest here – the cover to Love Overdue is what drew me in! Look how cute that is!
Dorothy Jarrod keeps her life on the straight and narrow – When she’s offered a job she has dreamed of, running her own library, she picks up her life to move to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere Kansas. She’s also hoping to make roots somewhere and this small-town might just be perfect for her. That is if she can get past the small-town gossip and rumors!
DJ’s past has been shaped by parents who weren’t involved in her life, and a one-time spring break fling. She’s committed to being proper at all times – and that means shapeless clothes and sensible shoes, keeping to herself … and not noticing the handsome pharmacist.
But that pharmacist shows up at her landlady’s home for dinner one night, she finds out that might not be possible. Because he just happens to be her one-night stand from that fateful Spring Break …only he doesn’t seem to recognize her all these years later.
Love Overdue is a sweet, romance. I don’t know how else to describe it. Not only do we get DJ and Scott’s story, we learn about all the characters in this small town – which made the story drag a bit for me.
Here’s the thing. I struggled to connect with DJ. I didn’t understand why she was the way she was. Why couldn’t she let go? Why did this fling during Spring Break impact how she continued on with her life? I don’t believe one thing defines you, and it wasn’t like they weren’t safe or anything when she went all crazy. I just really felt the explanations to why she was the way she was were a little underdeveloped.
Also, while I understand that she had this impression of Scott that probably impacted why she didn’t spill to him who she really was, did she really think that he would never find out? Especially if they were both going to be living in this tiny town? Especially when you find out how that spring break really impacted him.
Scott was everything that you would want in a hero… he grew up in a house where his parents were very much in love and the recent loss of his father has made him realize that he wants that kind of love, but he isn’t sure he’s going to find it in Verdant. He’s inexplicably attracted to DJ upon her arrival though, and he can’t explain it because she’s done nothing but give him the cold shoulder… which really irritated me at times. She was so cold up until the very end and I found that hard to like.
My thoughts on this story were this… there was a lot of dancing around each other. A lot of drawn out scenes and some stilted conversation that made the story sort of drag for me. I also didn’t get that gratifying ending that I wanted. I wanted the conversation where these two hash out the first time they met, what happened and where they go from there.
I also struggled with the situation with Scott’s mom. I get that she was unhappy after losing her husband, but the extreme that she was thinking of going to, especially after something else that happened in the small town was just a little strange to me.
I will say this. I really liked how the author incorporated the flashbacks to Spring Break so we get to experience a bit of the attraction they had for each other. I just wish some of that had been brought into the present a bit more.
Overall this was a really well written romance. If you’re looking for a sweet summer read I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with Love Overdue.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for the advance copy for review.
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Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi