Release Date: August 27, 2013
Title: Love Overdue
Author: Pamela Morsi
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
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From the Publisher: 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.
Of course I had to read this one – it’s about a librarian!
There were two things I didn’t love about this book – how DJ’s character personified the stereotype of the boring, drab, librarian and how the ending wrapped up entirely too quickly. Another scene was necessary before the cut to the prologue.
Other than that, it was a light and fun read. DJ was great at what she did as the new head librarian at the small town librarian, and she found ways to rise above small town gossip and fit into the town.
Scott was a good man who loved his family and had some baggage from the past but he was the kind of man any woman should be happy to end up with.
But as should happen in any good romance, there was miscommunication and assumption that caused hijinx. It was somewhat frustrating to read because I just wanted the two of them to get their HEA and I could see why it wasn’t happening, but I couldn’t just reach into the book and talk some sense into DJ or Scott. Of course, what that meant for the two of them is that they had ample opportunity to learn to trust each other and build up a lot of sexual chemistry until the end of the book. That part was fun too.
And on top of the romance, the supporting characters were just awesome. Scott’s mom, Viv, played a huge role – and her story was heartbreaking but needed to be told. Her bond with DJ’s dog Dew (or Melvil Dewey, Jr.) was too cute for words. Amos and Jeannie’s secondary romance was fun to see play out. Suzy and James at the library were fun to get to know as well.
Overall, it was exactly what I wanted a Harlequin romance to be.