Thursday, 26 April 2018
New Release Book Review: Love On Hold by Mia Miller
We both put love on hold until now. How long will love wait for us?
Three-forty-five 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?
Love, On Hold is a solid debut from Mia Miller. The book could have veered onto much darker paths but I appreciated that the author kept the tone light and upbeat for the most part.
This is Leonie and Joel’s story. Leonie is driven, focused on the future and likes when everything goes to plan. Joel has spent years observing his domineering father’s numerous relationships which is why he runs from anything resembling a relationship. Joel is not part of Leonie’s plan. Leonie might be the person Joel doesn’t want to run away from.
This felt like a coming of age story. Even having lived through significant traumatic life events, there’s a naiveté to Leonie and Joel that fits their age group; they had moments of great clarity mixed in with moments of foolishness.
I enjoyed the writing but I did feel the pacing was somewhat off. For the first half, communication between Leonie and Joel occurs via text messaging and phone calls. I thought these barriers kept them from getting to know one another. We get the banter and sexual innuendos but I was missing that deeper connection. When they do meet, the opportunity to delve deeper is set aside for more dramatic plot lines that I felt took the focus away from Leonie and Joel.
I enjoyed the addition of Amaya (Leonie’s nutty BFF) and Levi (Joel’s housemate). I would be interested in reading more about Levi, who I thought was quite an interesting character.
I look forward to reading future books by Mia Miller. There was a teaser for her upcoming book Truly Yours which definitely piqued my interest.
Mia Miller started writing as a getaway from a taxing day job in a multinational corp.
A lover of all things romance since forever, Mia tries to find a little bit of a love story even in zombie movies.
She likes her book boyfriends Alpha and her novels naughty.
Nowadays Mia can be constantly found typing away, with her Dogo Argentino at her feet. Mia brings to her readers books in the New Adult and Contemporary Romance genre.
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