I received this book for free from Author, Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Overdue by Miranda Elaine
on October 5, 2020
Cover Design: Jay Aheer, Simply Defined Art
Cover Photographer: Lindee Robinson Photography
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Friends-to-Lovers, Small Town
Format: ARC, digital e-book
Source: Author, Social Butterfly PR
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Growing up, Griffin Thorne was the most annoying, adorable, and infuriating boy I’d ever met. I told myself I wanted nothing to do with him, but no matter how much I tried to hate him, that crazy boy somehow became my best friend.
As teenagers, we were inseparable. Despite the high school rumors, we never crossed any lines. Friends forever. That was our motto.
Griffin grew up to become a smoking hot firefighter and I got my dream job as the town librarian. Life was perfect. However, when tragedy strikes and we’re forced to move in together, our friendship is put to the biggest test yet.
Do I risk everything for the chance at an epic love? If I follow my heart, I could lose my best friend. But if it works, we could finally get our very own Happily Ever After.
Adult, Contemporary Romance, Friends-to-Lovers, Small Town
First Person, Dual-POV
This is a standalone book with HEA.
This was a sweet, good feelings romance with extremely lovable characters in a cute small town setting.
Yes, firefighters is definitely a key word for me. I see it, I want to read it! Here, the firefighter didn’t disappoint at all, but I don’t even know if he was my favorite character. The heroine was also very easy to love and her grandmother stole the show. She was the best secondary character ever. Yeah!
In fact, even though this says standalone, I can name a few others secondary characters that should probably get their own story. My matchmaker brain, even have paired up some.
31/35 STARS – 4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 3.5 Plot: 4 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 4.5
Action 2/5 Angst 2/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 3/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? Yes, for all readers of cute, small town romance!!!
Would I re-read this book/series? I think so!
Would I read more from the author? Yes.
Addictiveness: 5/5 These characters were so easy to love and connect that I became invested in their happiness really early in the story. This was a fast, easy read that I’ve finished in one sitting! As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Very complex characters with amazing background stories and great personal growth during the book.
Leni was a great heroine. She was shy and sweet, a great friend and a wonderful granddaughter. As a huge bookworm, she was very easy to connect to. She did have a few hangups that felt a bit juvenile, but I also no that traumas that haven’t been treated may stop maturity growth in some people.
Griffin was book boyfriend material!!! I swear I’m not saying this because he was a firefighter, even though that helps on the hotness level. He just was an amazing guy, that every mother wishes for their daughter. He was a wonderful best friend, an even better boyfriend, a good son, good worker and hot as hell!
Secondary characters they were all relevant to the story, each having there one moment to shine here. In fact, Leni’s grandmother was the best! She was fun, good and the type of support that everyone should have in their lives. There were a few others good ones and even a pair that I would love to matchmake. I mean, I think Parker and Jack could be a good couple. 🙂
Villain/antagonists even though one of the subplots has a clear villain, I don’t think was the main conflict here. Mostly, they had to overcome personal problems to mature into a healthy relationship.
They were all easy to love, to connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 4/5, subtitle 0/5, background 5/5 buy 4/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I always try to be true to myself, I buy so many books because of the cover and I have skipped many because of not very appealing art. Covers are part of the experience for me and I do like to understand them. This one was a great one. Even though at first, I would say, that I was unsure about the colors and I also missed a subtitle that added a bit more of the story, after reading I must say it totally fits. It doesn’t feel generic, as I can totally see Leni and Griffin here and the background with hints to a library is also really good. Oh, I love the title!!! I would easily buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 3.5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 4/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 3/5, twists 2/5 Good opening with an incredible ending. Solid plot, with well written dialogues and perfect pace. Superb setting, a few subplots without any major twist. Good level of enjoyment!
This was a cohesive, good plot with a lovable setting, the small town of Scott’s Bay in North Carolina.
I missed a bigger conflict moment, maybe a big twist of sorts, but at the same time, the psychologist in me, love internal struggles and maturity growth and the author made Leni’s personal journey believable and very relatable.
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam 3/5 This is a true romance. From the first chapter we could feel their love for each other and were never in doubt if it really existed. Also, as much as I love a turmoil romance, the slow burn and pace here made it all believable. This was a sexy, but sweet romance. Everlasting romance!!!
Writing Style: 4.5/5 My first time reading the author and definitely not my last. Adorable characters, cohesive plot, enchanting romance, in a solid writing style. Great writing!!!
Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…
Freshness: 3.5/5 This was a sweet, small town romance and it had all the usual clichés. That is not bad, at least for me, because I love a well written romance and I’m always able to fall in love all over again with each story. But I have to mention that there was no wow moment, no major twist that had me saying,.. oh, unexpected! As fresh as mint mentos at a movie theater.
I also have to say the subplot with the villain, felt a bit unnecessary for me. I don’t know, it didn’t really grow for me during the story, so it didn’t feel like a climatic moment.
Art was taken from the author's Facebook page.
It doesn’t take long to get to Jack’s place. Griffin and he have been working together for years. Jack has always been the biggest flirt and serial dater up until he met Shelby. But in the span of the eighteen months, he met her, got married in Vegas, and had a kid.
It was a quick courtship.
Shelby works as an interior designer on the island. She fixes up huge houses for the rich people who will only use them for a couple of months a year. The cookout this weekend was her idea since starting Monday she’s finally back at work since having their baby, Ava, two months ago. She doesn’t really have any coworkers other than her assistant, Sarah, so Jack invited all the other firefighters and their families over too.
We park on the street along with a half dozen other trucks and a few minivans from the family men. He’s out of the truck and over on my side before I can even get my things together.
“Hand it over,” he demands, his palm up waiting for me to comply.
I play dumb, wide eyes and innocence on my face. “What are you talking about?” I climb down the too big truck, trying desperately not to fall over . . . again.
“The book that’s hiding in your bag, Leni.” He points to the tote bag hanging to my side. “Come on now, give it to me. Easiest way for you not to give in to the desire to hide and read is to remove the temptation.”
“I left my book at home. Remember, you saw me set it down.” I play dumb.
“I’ve known you since we were nine. If you think I don’t know that you have a backup book in that bag, then you’re dead wrong.”
“Ugh!” I sigh dramatically as I pull out my well-loved copy of Emma and place it in his hand. He gently tosses it onto my seat, and I smack his shoulder as he does. He knows better than to throw around my books.
“Great, now the Kindle.” His voice is stern, and I know he means it.
“Seriously? Griffin, this is not cool. I’m a grown woman. I can go a few hours without reading.”
“Sure, you can. But I know you’ll get overwhelmed by the chaos that is definitely happening in there and you’ll retreat to a quiet corner.” He leans in close enough to me that I can smell his subtle cologne and shoves his hand deep into the tote, pulling my Kindle out in one fast swipe.
“Don’t you firefighters take obeying the law seriously?” I snark at him. “Seems to me you’re stealing my possessions and my lifeline.”
“Sue me. Hell, march downtown and file a report with any cop there. Good luck getting them to pursue it. I think they have much bigger fish to fry than me holding onto your electronics while we are at a social gathering. Don’t you think?”
“Grrr,” I growl at him before stomping off toward the gate with him on my heels. Before I can even acknowledge what is happening, he’s caught up to me and has me caged between him and the gate. I work hard to steady my breath, refusing to let him see how his closeness affects me. I feel his hand slide into the back pocket of my overalls. As quick as it’s there, it’s gone, along with my cell phone. The backup to my backup plan.
“I told you, Leni, I know you. You can have this with your Kindle app back on the way home!” he yells out to me as I let the gate behind me slam in front of him.
With a huff, I turn, open the gate, and storm angrily through it. Caught in a fit of laughter, he stands there watching me leave him behind. With the loud sound of the metal gate slamming behind me mixed with the booming laughter coming from Griffin, the party seems to come to a complete standstill.
Great . . . everyone is looking my way and my first instinct is to turn and run. But to prove to him I can do this, I stand tall, throw my long red hair over my shoulder, and march myself over to Shelby.