Romancing the Stacks: Not Quite Over You

Welcome to Romancing the Stacks. This is a series of reviews featuring one of my favorite genres: Romance Novels! Nothing is better than curling up with a good romance. This review will explore Not Quite Over You by Susan Mallery.

I was moving some books when I noticed this one. I recently read the third book in the Happily Inc. Series, but I have read the summary of this book before and was not a fan. I decided to try this one out though and see if it will end my streak of loving one Susan Mallery book than hating the next. After all sometimes a book might surprise you. A terrible summary does not have to mean that the book is terrible.


Silver Tesdal has a head for business and a mouth made for kissing, and banker Drew Lovato has his eye on both. But ever since he was dumb enough to let her go, she’s kept him at a distance. When the bank turns her down for a loan, Drew sees a double opportunity—he can finance her brilliant, unique idea to rock Happily Inc’s wedding industry and win back her trust.

Despite her reputation, Silver’s not as tough as she seems. Losing Drew nearly destroyed her. Still, his kisses are as tempting as his offer to invest in her business. If she can’t quite get over him, maybe she should get under him and knock him out of her system once and for all.

But her best laid plans begin to unravel as Silver finds herself falling even harder than when they were high school sweethearts. Which means that she’ll have to come clean about the secret she’s been hiding from him for years—and risk losing him forever.

Book Review:

Turns out sometimes first impressions are right and patterns will continue. I hated this book. I hated the characters, the romance, the weird side plot, and so much more. Silver and Drew were high school sweethearts who ended their relationship when Drew went to college. Turns out Silver got pregnant and gave the baby up for adoption. She also stayed in touch with the family that adopted her daughter and her daughter knows who she is. The family got divorced with the mom retaining custody. The relationship with the adopted mom and Silver is weird. What is weirder is Drew wanting to be involved in the daughter’s life and the adopted mom who just got remarried is okay with that. That is not how adoption works. I am all for alternative families, but no roles were given. The kid refers to Drew as her dad. So she has three dads (her adopted dad, her step-dad, and Drew) and three moms (Adopted Mom, Step-mom (adopted dad remarried too), and Silver) and there are zero issues with that. It would have been so much better if Drew had issues with the way the kid was being raised or didn’t know how to fit or any issues arise so that places are defined. You can’t have six adults be a part of a kids life and not have any conflict. Silver was awful. She always wanted Drew to make a grand gesture for her. She said no to marrying him when he asked after he found out she was pregnant, but she wanted him to want to marry her. That is messed up. She gets upset when finding out he went to dinner with a women that Drew’s parents approve as a possible future wife. He literally just took her to the airport and had a quick bite. But she says he never chooses her. Not to mention Silver says she will never risk her heart with Drew again only immediately to sleep with Drew. There is nothing wrong with immediately sleeping with a guy, but Silver keeps saying one thing and doing another. Drew was nice, but it felt like he never got over Silver which is weird. It was like he was always in love with her, but that can’t be the case. No one is the same person they were in high school. Instead of feeling like they were falling in love with each other as they were this book went to reawaken a love that was always there which I hate. I thought this book might be okay as there was a side love plot. I love a good side love plot as you get two romances in one book, but that plot was awful. The couple breaks up with the guy saying he won’t miss her and she won’t miss him. 1/3 of the book is devoted to a plot where these characters just break up in the worst way and they will not be getting back together as the girl in that relationship hooks up with another dude by the end of the book. If this was happening in the background and we heard tidbits through conversation it would have been fine, but that is not what happened. I think this is one of the worst romance books I have ever read. Two terrible romances for the price of one. I think I am done with Susan Mallery for now. I never know though her next book could be a masterpiece.

Happy Inc.:

  1. You Say It First
  2. Second Chance Girl
  3. Why Not Tonight
  4. Not Quite Over You

Fool’s Gold:

  1. Chasing Perfect
  2. Almost Perfect
  3. Finding Perfect
  4. Only Mine
  5. Only Yours
  6. Only His
  7. Summer Days
  8. Summer Nights
  9. All Summer Long
  10. Just One Kiss
  11. Two of Kind
  12. Three Little Words
  13. When We Met
  14. Before We Kiss
  15. Until We Touch
  16. Hold Me
  17. Kiss Me
  18. Thrill Me
  19. Marry Me at Christmas
  20. Best of My Love


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