Blog Tour: Love in Due Time by L.B. Dunbar

October 26, 2019 Book Reviews, Book Tour, Excerpt 0

by L.B. Dunbar
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Naomi Winters will be forty—soon-ish—and she’s only been with one man. One night. One time. Long ago. She believes everything happens for a reason, and the universe spoke about Nathan Ryder.

 

Nathan Ryder isn’t the same man who hightailed his bike out of Green Valley eighteen years ago. As a rule breaker, women are one area he acts a fool. Case in point…the local librarian. He can’t get a read on her, but she’s one risk he’s willing to take. Again.

What do an eccentric librarian and a sexy silver biker have in common? More than you think.

The due date on their love might not be expired after all.

‘Love in Due Time’ is a full-length, contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Green Valley Library series.

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MY REVIEW

 

 

Imagine having a romantic encounter in your youth that still haunted you as you are approaching forty. For Naomi Winters – one night with a man that still haunts her dreams was all it took to make her swear off any other man. That one moment is seared in her brain…….the good, the bad, and the confusion that clouds her thoughts today. Naomi believes everything happens for a reason, and maybe being with a man again just isn’t in the cards.

Nathan Ryder finds himself settling into Green Valley once again, after a hiatus that kept him away for years. Now that Nathan is determined to be the role model that his girls can look up to, Green Valley is once again the place he calls home. Women aren’t exactly Nathan’s strong suit, as is evident by the strange way Nathan finds himself drawn to Naomi Winters.

The quirky librarian is a part of Nathan’s past that he hasn’t forgotten. That night that Nathan shared with Naomi so long ago is seared into his brain. Determined to be the father that his girls need, Nathan finds his life crashing into Naomi’s even if it wasn’t planned. Time has passed but the feelings that Nathan still possesses for the girl with the uncontrollable curls has not faltered. With secrets swirling around Naomi and Nathan, only time and a little bit of witchery will tell if they will find a way back into each other’s arms in the end.

Love in Due Time is the FIRST book in the Green Valley Library series. While the characters are centered around the Penny Reid universe – you do NOT need to read books from Reid to enjoy Love in Due Time. Naomi is not your ‘typical’ heroine. She is a bit eccentric and hasn’t had a relationship with a man during her adulthood. With the study of the Wiccan lifestyle as her guide, Naomi is definitely a unique and quirky character.

Nathan was once a prospect for the Iron Wraiths, a local biker gang in Green Valley. A series of events led Nathan to flee his hometown for many years. Now the father of two has returned with a bit more wisdom and grey hair to boot. Crossing paths with Naomi has brought back so many memories that Nathan hasn’t quite dealt with over the years. Now that the opportunity has presented itself, Nathan is determined to capture the romance that was once shared with Naomi.

These two characters were EVERYTHING!!! I loved that the two were more mature, and had already gone through major life experiences. The fact that Naomi shared her life in the library was icing on the cake. Love in Due Time is the PERFECT example of what experiencing characters in another author’s world should be. The connection to the Winston world was absolutely amazing!! Bethany, Cletus, and the Iron Wraiths all play a part in this captivating romance set in the Pennyverse!! I simply couldn’t get enough!

 

 

 

 

EXCERPT

 

“Naomi?” My hands cover her shoulders, holding her steady.

“This is all my fault.” Her eyes widen, the widest I’ve ever seen. Panic fills them.

“What do you mean?”

“I … I can’t believe this happened again.” Her hands come to my chest, and she gently pushes at me. “You have to get out of here.”

“What?” My brows pinch at the harsh tone.

“You need to go. I can’t be near you.” Her voice struggles to stay level.

Ouch. That stings a little.

“Why?” I take one step back under the force of her hands.

“I can’t be around you. This can’t happen.”

“Lady, what are you talking about?” My voice roughens.

“Bad things always happen after I’m with you.”

I stiffen, straightening to my full height. My arms cross and I glare down at her. Saying such a thing is just downright mean. Her head shakes as her fingers curl along the open edges of my work jacket. Suddenly, I feel like she’s tugging me to her instead of pressing me away.

What the …

“When I’m with you, something happens. Something bad.” Her breath catches. “Because we kissed, the library is closing.”

I stare at her. She can’t be serious, but I see the hysteria in her eyes, like a rabid, trapped animal. She actually believes what she says.

“Well, we didn’t kiss,” I remind her, my tone stern and condescending. “I kissed you, remember? And you didn’t kiss me back, so I don’t think it counts.”

She glares up at me, her fingers still gripping my open jacket. Her shoulders fall, her head lowers, and it’s as if I can visibly see her relax, like water cascading down a building, washing over her.

Exhale. Settle.

Exhale. Calm.

“I didn’t kiss you back?” she questions and then her head pops up again. She nearly shrieks with the hesitant realization. Commence inhaling, like she’s winding up again. Full steam ahead.

“I didn’t kiss you back,” she repeats, her excitement growing. Another exaggerated inhale.

“I didn’t kiss you back!” Now, she’s just downright gloating, and the engine’s ready to blow.

“You don’t have to sound so pleased,” I murmur. I glance up and notice Mrs. MacIntyre watching us through the window of the librarian’s office behind the check-out counter. Her eyes narrow and I’m certain we’re making too much noise for her liking.

“I … I’m so relieved,” Naomi admits, her head falling forward, her fingers loosening on my jacket. Then her face turns up again. Her lids lift, slow and lazy. Her mouth curls in sweet relief, and she pulls herself up on her toes by the open edge of my jacket and does the damnedest thing. She kisses me.

 

 

 

 

About L.B. Dunbar

L.B. Dunbar loves the sweeter things in life: cookies, Coca-Cola, and romance. Her reading journey began with a deep love of fairy tales, medieval knights, Regency debauchery, and alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack Russell terrier. Accused—yes, that’s the correct word—of having an overactive imagination, to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over two dozen novels, she’s created sweet, small town worlds; rock star mayhem; MMA chaos; sexy rom-coms for the over 40; and intrigue on an island of redemption. In addition, she is earning a title as the “myth and legend lady” for her modernizations of mythology as elda lore. Her other duties in life include mother to four children and wife to the one and only.

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