Thank you to Kat Mizera, Sarina Bowen, and the rest of the World of True North for the advance reader copy of Overtime, the fifth story in the Moo U series.
The hot hockey player needs a tutor, so enter the shy girl ready to live her life more out loud. I could not ask for a better trope for Patrick’s story. I have been dying to get in his head after his role in his twin Pax’s story, Gametime.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“Hotshot hockey star Patrick Graham has been groomed for the pros since before he could walk. Fast forward to his junior year of college, and he’s having the time of his life. What could be better than pucks, partying, and having his pick of campus women? But if Patrick doesn’t buckle down and get his grades up, he could find himself benched for the championships. Could a beautiful brainiac be the solution to his problems?
Nineteen-year-old Master’s student Ellie McGinn could do so many things with her biology degree, but her mother is pushing her toward a future she doesn’t want. Tutoring a hockey hottie seems like the perfect opportunity to start making her own choices and living life on her own terms.
When learning turns to yearning, will they be ready to face the heat and heartache that love can bring?”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Patrick has a bit of a reputation as a player on campus and I don’t just mean on the ice. But really its Patrick’s overwhelming need for companionship, except for his twin Pax no one has really been there for him in a consistent manner. He has a big heart and a determination that should make up for any lack of book smarts. But he still needs decent grades to play so Pax hooks him up with a tutor. Enter Ellie, the nineteen-year-old science whiz kid who is already onto her Master’s degree. Now Ellie has an overbearing mother whom she has been deferential to mos of her life. She is on the shy side and less likely to stand up for herself and what she wants in life. Yet all of that changes when Patrick enters her orbit. Ellie goes through an immense character development in which her confidence and self-worth grow.
- Setting: The story is set on the campus of Burlington University in Vermont, nicknamed Moo U. As I have mentioned I love how this setting brings a bountiful of side characters from past Moo U stories and past Sarina Bowen novels. I love how much time we got to spend with Dylan and Chastity from Heartland, and that this time Chastity was not made out to be the villainous boyfriend stealer, because it all depends on perspective.
- Pacing: This story is quite fast-paced. Ellie and Patrick fall hard and fast, so it does not take too long to have them moving from casual dating to booed up. It is really a six-week process which may seem to many as too fast or insta love. But to quote Pax, “when you know, you know.”
- Romance: Patrick is such a gentleman and so respectful of Ellie. As she graduated high school and her undergrad so early she was not dating age. So Ellie is a virgin and inexperienced. Patrick brings out a saucy side of her and she could not keep her hands off him. This installment really made me cry in parts because I fell in love with this couple as quickly as they fell in love with each other. Whenever things got rocky and they sure did at times I never stopped rooting for these two. Another phenomenal installment in the Moo U series.
Overtime receives five out of five stars.
You can pick up the story below…
Thank you again to Kat, Sarina, and the rest of TWOTN team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!