BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Love in Due Time by L.B. Dunbar


Love in Due Time, an all-new second chance romantic comedy from L.B. Dunbar is available now!

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Naomi Winters will be forty—soon-ish—and she’s only been with one man. One night. One time. Long ago. She believes everything happens for a reason, and the universe spoke about Nathan Ryder.

Nathan Ryder isn’t the same man who hightailed his bike out of Green Valley eighteen years ago. As a rule breaker, women are one area he acts a fool. Case in point…the local librarian. He can’t get a read on her, but she’s one risk he’s willing to take. Again.

What do an eccentric librarian and a sexy silver biker have in common? More than you think.

The due date on their love might not be expired after all.

‘Love in Due Time’ is a full-length, contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Green Valley Library series.

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My Review

Any chance I get to head back to Green Valley, I’m all for, and the fact that I get to meet some of its other residents with several mentions of the Winston family in the midst of the storyline is an added bonus.

I’m no stranger to L.B. Dunbar’s writing, so I was excited to hear that she was a part of the PennyVerse and then when I read the blurb and the ages of the hero and heroine, I knew there was no other author for Love in Due Time.

Imagine how much your fine would be for a library book that was 18 years overdue. How about the loneliness that you would feel when the person you thought could be your everything, even after one night, left without a word, and comes back 18 years later wanting the chance that he couldn’t take back then due to extenuating circumstances? While this comparison may not make any sense to most, Naomi Winters equates her life according to these two ideas as a Green Valley librarian and as an almost 40 year old woman who gave herself fully to a man she didn’t know well but is still hoping for his return. 

I’m all about a silver fox biker, and while Nathan Ryder has made a litany of bad decisions, when he reconnects with Naomi, he makes it his mission to prove himself to her and even though she’s not the girl he remembers from all those years ago and is quite a bit more closed off and afraid, there’s something about her that still calls to him even after all this time, and despite her hesitances, a past he needs to make amends for, two daughters he needs to do right by, and a previous mistakes that threatens the very relationship he desperately wants, Nathan proves the kind of man he is and why, even though their chance for love is long overdue, it’s worth the risk.

I love how unique L.B. Dunbar made her female lead; Naomi’s eccentricities are endearing and while other townspeople don’t understand her or judge her based on some of her beliefs, she’s worthy of everything her heart desires and more. The Naomi Nathan knew and the one he reacquaints himself with may not be identical, but the connection he felt to her 18 years ago is still present, even if Naomi’s not as carefree or rebellious as she used to be. 

I really enjoyed Love in Due Time; there’s a great connection to the Winston family and their matriarch; the bond that Naomi shared with Bethany was a driving force of good in her life amidst the mistreatment of her by her parents. And, Nathan’s purpose in being back in Green Valley and what he hopes to build with Naomi makes him the perfect silver fox biker for his perfectly amazing librarian.

4 Poison Apples


“Naomi?” My hands cover her shoulders, holding her steady.

“This is all my fault.” Her eyes widen, the widest I’ve ever seen. Panic fills them.

“What do you mean?”

“I … I can’t believe this happened again.” Her hands come to my chest, and she gently pushes at me. “You have to get out of here.”

“What?” My brows pinch at the harsh tone.

“You need to go. I can’t be near you.” Her voice struggles to stay level.

Ouch. That stings a little.

“Why?” I take one step back under the force of her hands.

“I can’t be around you. This can’t happen.”

“Lady, what are you talking about?” My voice roughens.

“Bad things always happen after I’m with you.”

I stiffen, straightening to my full height. My arms cross and I glare down at her. Saying such a thing is just downright mean. Her head shakes as her fingers curl along the open edges of my work jacket. Suddenly, I feel like she’s tugging me to her instead of pressing me away.

What the …

“When I’m with you, something happens. Something bad.” Her breath catches. “Because we kissed, the library is closing.”

I stare at her. She can’t be serious, but I see the hysteria in her eyes, like a rabid, trapped animal. She actually believes what she says.

“Well, we didn’t kiss,” I remind her, my tone stern and condescending. “I kissed you, remember? And you didn’t kiss me back, so I don’t think it counts.”

She glares up at me, her fingers still gripping my open jacket. Her shoulders fall, her head lowers, and it’s as if I can visibly see her relax, like water cascading down a building, washing over her.

Exhale. Settle.

Exhale. Calm.

“I didn’t kiss you back?” she questions and then her head pops up again. She nearly shrieks with the hesitant realization. Commence inhaling, like she’s winding up again. Full steam ahead.

“I didn’t kiss you back,” she repeats, her excitement growing. Another exaggerated inhale.

“I didn’t kiss you back!” Now, she’s just downright gloating, and the engine’s ready to blow.

“You don’t have to sound so pleased,” I murmur. I glance up and notice Mrs. MacIntyre watching us through the window of the librarian’s office behind the check-out counter. Her eyes narrow and I’m certain we’re making too much noise for her liking.

“I … I’m so relieved,” Naomi admits, her head falling forward, her fingers loosening on my jacket. Then her face turns up again. Her lids lift, slow and lazy. Her mouth curls in sweet relief, and she pulls herself up on her toes by the open edge of my jacket and does the damnedest thing. She kisses me.

About L.B. Dunbar

L.B. Dunbar loves the sweeter things in life: cookies, Coca-Cola, and romance. Her reading journey began with a deep love of fairy tales, medieval knights, Regency debauchery, and alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack Russell terrier. Accused—yes, that’s the correct word—of having an overactive imagination, to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over two dozen novels, she’s created sweet, small town worlds; rock star mayhem; MMA chaos; sexy rom-coms for the over 40; and intrigue on an island of redemption. In addition, she is earning a title as the “myth and legend lady” for her modernizations of mythology as elda lore. Her other duties in life include mother to four children and wife to the one and only.

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