Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi

Love Overdue
Pamela Morsi
August 27, 2013
432 pages
Harlequin MIRA


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.


Review: This book was great - except for the little fact that it was missing it's ending. Seriously, it was like someone ripped out the last 30 pages of the book, leaving just the epilogue. I actually got a little angry when I saw that I was at "98%" completed and realized there was no way everything could get dealt with in that short bit of time. My favorite part of a romance novel is a good tension filled confrontation - which this one definitely should have had because everything led up to it, and then it just ended. No conversation about how they first met or why she kept it a secret. We don't even get to see the moment when all those fireworks that they had initially get reignited, so to speak. Really a big let down. If the author needed more room, she could have edited out some of the too-long section on wheat harvesting - it was nice to see the details of that, but not at the expense of the more important parts of the book. Up until the end, it was a nice book with sweet mis-communicating characters and a meddlesome mother (which I normally would find super-irritating, but she really didn't bother me here). I would have given this book 3.5 or even 4 stars if it actually had an ending. Based on some of the other reviews I have read, I think the author might want to seriously consider a big rewrite on that. Otherwise, she might not get any repeat readers. I certainly won't be one if this is what I can expect from her.

Love Overdue: 2/5 stars (3.5/5 for the first 95% of the book)
Cover: 4/5 stars
Rating: PG-13

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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