Author: Miranda Elaine
Publication Date: October 8, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
This review is harder for me to write than I was expecting. Expectations are truly the issue here. I am a big fan of Miranda Elaine’s Fixing series. That is a contemporary romance series filled with some big emotions. I went into Overdue expecting the same type of story, and that’s not what it was. Overdue was a contemporary romance with a romantic comedy vibe. There were emotions, but it didn’t feel as emotional overall. It wasn’t what I was expecting, so I had to switch gears. That being said…
Miranda Elaine is a writer who knows how to pull me into a story. She makes me fall in love with her characters quickly. Firefighting, best friend Griffin was a sweetheart. I loved that he knew Leni enough to know when the time was right. He let her grow and that was swoon worthy. As for Leni, she could have been a token “special snowflake” character with her quirky dressing and love of books. She didn’t come off like that way. Leni came off as someone who built walls around herself that was just waiting for the right person to knock them down. Obviously, her best friend was the person to do that. What I loved most about their relationship was that the friendship always came first and developed naturally.
Leni and Griffin were joined by some other special characters. Leni’s grandmother was a hoot. I’m enjoying the trend of crazy, amazing grandmothers in books lately. Her new neighbors were a fun addition, too. I’m hoping Parker gets a book.
I only had one issue with Overdue. I didn’t find Miranda Elaine’s writing quite as seamless as I did in the Fixing series. Some of the words and sentenced felt a little awkward to me. Maybe that was just a minor editing issue or a sentence structure preference on my part. The story also didn’t flow quite as elegantly as I wanted. I’m going to blame it on the flashbacks. The flashbacks were cute and gave some insight into the past of the characters, but I am not big on flashbacks in a romance in general. They might have worked better all combined in a prologue or Part 1 for me. That’s a personal preference, though. It’s not like they took away from the romance or story. They enhanced it. I just preferred the present story line more.
So, yeah, not quite what I was expecting. That’s okay because I ended up enjoying Leni and Griffin’s sweet and slightly funny romance anyways. The time I invested with them was time well spent. Overdue is a romance I would recommend to readers who are looking for a sweet, upbeat contemporary romance.
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Miranda is a loving wife and barely surviving mother of three occasionally good kids. Her hobbies include lying to herself about the calories in donuts and banana pudding, as well as running out of excuses when procrastinating. She’s been an avid reader since she was a young girl. Whether she’s by the pool, curled up in bed, or hiding in the closet, as long as she has a book in her hands she’s happy.
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