Great to read an older couples 2nd chance story. Love this return to green valley as part of the smarty pants books and the main characters were truly likeable. Can’t wait for more side characters to get their hea.
I am a fan of L.B. Dunbar’s romances featuring main characters in their 40s, so there was no way I was going to miss out on reading LOVE IN DUE TIME. It’s part of Penny Reid’s Smartypants Romance world and is set in Green Valley, the place where we first met Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers.
This book can definitely be read as a standalone but I urge Penny Reid fans who are familiar with Green Valley and its inhabitants to read this as soon as you can get your mitts on it. The revelations will BLOW. YOUR. MIND!!! That’s all I am saying, because it’s back to the main feature.
LOVE IN DUE TIME is a second chance romance for Naomi Winters and Nathan Ryder. These star-crossed lovers meet again after 18 years. They’re somewhat greyer but the embers of attraction are still warm and it doesn’t take much for these two to catch fire. Their continued attraction is undeniable, but it’s paired with the excitement and awkwardness of a new love. And the at-times awkwardness between these two is delightful. I had a good laugh at some of the unintended scrapes they got themselves into.
This romance does not come without troubles, though. Nathan’s decision to return to Green Valley causes friction with members of the Iron Wraiths Motorcycle Club. There are reasons for his departure all those years ago and those reasons remain. Naomi may have stayed in Green Valley but she’s been battling her own demons as she carries the guilt of an event that split her family apart many years ago. Her salvation has been her long-standing job at the local library but even this is under threat as government budgetary cuts may signal the end of the library altogether. And if that’s not enough, as a long-practising Wiccan, she’s been the ideal target for intimidation by the town’s less accepting residents.
I am not familiar with Wiccan practises, and its inclusion in the storyline was informative rather than irritating to me; I typically avoid romance books where established religions and belief systems are a running theme. On a lighter note, as important as Wicca is to Naomi, she’s able to joke about it, especially when it involves her cauldron and Nathan’s wand. *snort*
LOVE IN DUE TIME is romantic, funny, informative and entertaining. Highly recommended.
I don’t want any second-guesses about my intentions. Only second chances.
This captivating tale was unusually cast and singularly crafted. It featured a second chance romance for a tenderhearted small-town Wiccan librarian that was circling forty, socially awkward, peculiarly clad, and practically a virgin - how more original or creative could a premise be? Written in my favorite dual POV, the writing was thoughtfully observant, painstakingly insightful, and fraught with angst, interpersonal and familial conflicts, throbbing loins, sexual tension, and decades of regret as well as unexpected slivers of amusing and smirk-worthy levity amidst all that other stuff. The wily Ms. Dunbar has brought her uniquely gifted skill set to Smartypants Romance for an engaging, somewhat arduous, highly evocative, and uncommonly satisfying fusion of synergy.
Love in Due Time by L.B. Dunbar is the sixth book in the Smartypants Romance series - a set of interconnected standalones set in the Penny Reid multiverse of awesome romance - and is the first book in the Green Valley Library series.
This was a slow build for me. Naomi is one of the sweeter heroines I've come across lately and while Nathan sounds like he should be surly and gruff he is actually kind of a big sweetheart too. Not that he doesn't have his alpha moments, but between his girls, his reaction to the iron Wraiths and his patience with Naomi he is a silver fox hunk of love! I feel like this book was well and truly ensconced in Green Valley and the occasional sighting or naming of familiar characters was smooth. A wonderful read, told in dual POV with a happy ever after. It made the heartache worth the ride! Enjoy!
“Reaching for my cheek, he cups loose hair around my ear. “I’m all tangled up inside over you. I’m ... I’m stuck on you”, he says, his smoky voice dropping.”
Love in Due Time is a Smartypants Romance, Book 1 in the Green Valley Library series, written by L.B Dunbar. Taken from Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series, the Fall 2019 Smartypants Romance collection, encompasses Penny’s world, extends on it and brings new characters and stories to life. Love in Due Time does exactly this and is wonderful in introducing Naomi Winters and Nathan Ryder to us, with a combination of the Green Valley we all love, and some familiar faces intertwined. I enjoyed discovering the Wiccan ways and Naomi’s thinking, beliefs and rituals, which despite some tough situations she didn’t back down from. I enjoyed meeting Nathan and his family, his two daughters Dahlia and Clementine and the relationship that ensues with Naomi and Clem touches my heart. But mostly, what I liked best about this book, is the second-chance love story that the swoon-worthy Nathan and Naomi bring to each page. Ms Dunbar writes so smoothly and entices her readers in with her well-researched storyline and captivating side character tidbits. We discover the interwoven relationships of other town folk - in particular one of Naomi’s sisters, and hope that these characters have their own story to follow in the future! I recommend this 4.5 star read to all lovers of contemporary romance, to those who enjoy expanding their knowledge, and to readers who know that love doesn’t stop and is sexy after the age of 40. Thanks L.B Dunbar for an amazing and heartfelt read in Love in Due Time.
You know when you stumble across a book just when you need it. That’s this story. I have been dealing with some heavy family stuff of late & needed an escape read. Something different, something special enough to hold my attention and get me out of my own head.
This beautiful slow burn, quirky second chance romance was just what I needed. It’s such a fresh style. A story packed with genuine characters, emotional honesty and fantastic dialogue. I adored every single thing about it.
L.B. Dunbar has me hooked from the start, I mean a story set in a library, with an opposites attract second chance romance I was in.
Naomi is a quirky local librarian who is as strong as she is sweet and Nathan is the silver fox biker with a heart of gold. Together they made for a wonderful read.
✅Fantastic storyline ✅Second Chance Romance ✅Winston Brothers ✅Opposites Attract ✅Libraries What more do you need? Did I mention silver fox biker and librarian because this combination was perfect! Also Winston Brothers!?
A unique second chance story, unlike any others I’ve read. I really enjoyed Nathan and Naomi. I especially loved how Nathan accepted Naomi’s beliefs and didn’t ridicule or mock her. A bit of suspense, some angst and a sweet second chance at love.