Where Was This Guy When I Was In College?

Overwhelm Me (Callahan, #1)Overwhelm Me by A.C. Marchman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had this book sitting on my Kindle shelf for what must have been years. I was between audiobooks and saw that it was being offered for a special price of $1.99 on Audible, so I figured I’d finally give it a shot. It had been so long since I’d read the blurb, that I wasn’t even sure what I was in store for.

At just over 5 hrs long, it is a relatively short audiobook. That being said, the story held my attention and kept me entertained. With so little time to cover so much ground, there was never a dull moment. Sometimes I felt like I needed to stop to catch my breath, as there was very little “filler”. Everything happened so fast that it was kind of a blur.

Allie Marshall is a studious college-aged girl. She’s the stereotypical “smart girl”. She’s got straight A’s. She’s also beautiful, but conveniently oblivious to her appeal. We all know the type.

Allie meets Donovan Callahan when she literally runs into him on campus one day. After their sidewalk collision, they see each other again at a club. He’s older, rich, incredibly handsome and more “worldly” than Allie.

The attraction between the two is immediate. I thought it worked well for this story. However, if insta-love is a turn-off for you, this one won’t hold much appeal. They go from strangers to practically attached at the hip overnight.

It doesn’t take long for the cracks to show up though. Both of them have things, or people, in their past that may be problematic. While Donovan’s past mistakes were very public and impossible for him to hide from, Allie’s past is far more secretive.

Eventually, everything is brought to light. I have to say that I was not surprised by one of Allie’s secrets, but completely taken aback by another one. It isn’t very often that an author will write something like that into the past of a character that they’ve cast as the “good girl”. Hats off to the author for that! (Sorry to be so vague, but I don’t want to spoil it for those that haven’t read it yet.)

Overall, I thought ‘Overwhelm Me’ was a great read. The narration was well-done and engaging. I liked both of the main characters and found their love story to be sweet and entertaining. This is a good choice for a day when you’re looking for something rather straightforward and cheerful. It is a perfect choice for those days when you’re suffering from a book hangover and aren’t quite ready to dive into anything too deep yet.

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