Thursday, April 26, 2018

Review: Love, On Hold by Mia Miller

Title: Love, On Hold
Author: Mia Miller
Genre/Age: Romance/NA
Series: None
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisWe both put love on hold until now. How long will love wait for us?

3:45 in the morning: unknown number calling. 
Send the stranger on their way and go back to sleep, right? Except – his gruff voice made me think twice. 
I was a small girl with big dreams. I juggled college, charity, and a job, while dodging an annoying ex. Getting to know a guy? That was way down on my list. So I had every intention of ignoring sexy Joel Thomas when he woke me up. 
But he wouldn’t let me. When did texting and calling turn into feelings? We kept our identities a secret, and didn’t see each other. Yet, we fell in love.

Will our chemistry stand the test of reality?


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Falling in love with a man's... voice?

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Leonie is working hard to make her career dreams come true. Her love life has sort of fallen to the side while she finishes her degree and prepares for her future. And then she gets a strange phone call in the early morning hours. An interesting conversation with a complete stranger, which leaves her replaying that deep voice in her head and wondering if she will ever hear from him again. And she does.

Joel didn't intend for these phone calls to turn into anything serious. Yet, he finds himself intrigued by the mysterious woman who always seems to know exactly what to say to brighten his day. And he could really use a pick-me-up after his father continues to hound him about moving back home. Somehow, the texts and phone calls turn into something deeper. A romance that neither of them want to end. But will their connection be the same in person?

This book was an easy read. And it impressed me in a few different ways. The characters were both well-developed and relatable. The dialogue was realistic and the couple's behavior was believable. The story flowed smoothly and nothing felt forced to me. It was like watching a movie playing at times, the way it all seamlessly came together. So the actual writing of the story was on point.

The plot was probably my favorite part. Yes, the heroine had a good head on her shoulders, which is something I appreciate. And our hero was both thoughtful and charming at the same time. Also, the romance was a roller coaster of sweet and steamy. But it was the whole meeting via the telephone which drew me in and made me fall in love with these two. They were already smitten before laying eyes on each other. I think that made their love story all the more real.

One thing that particularly stood out to me was the way our characters spoke to each other. This was a pair of intelligent young adults. And while there were a few silly moments, mostly when talk of sex was involved, their dialogue was pleasantly mature. If the heroine had a question for the hero, she asked it. And the other way around too. The author didn't draw things out for the sake of having conflict. One of my pet peeves in romance is when the characters just don't communicate their feelings. Thankfully, this isn't one of those stories. 

In closing...
A surprisingly refreshing read! I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next. Four suns!