Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
I said this with her A Bridge Between Us, but I have to say it again. K.K. Allen can write the heck out of an extended metaphor. Like, truly. For people who simply want to know about Allen’s newest book, Over the Moon, this story is a beautiful romance about two people who simply need love in their lives. Isolated, alone, they’ve survived their worlds by shoring up emotional walls and imaginary Rottweilers to attack anything that could torpedo their ability to move forward without attachments. When the professional defensive end and the camp nurse meet, this ability becomes more and more difficult, making vulnerability look $exy even when there is no $ex on the page. Over and over again, Allen’s book is an apt reminder of her giftedness at storytelling, as she grabs your heart, churning it through the trials of her hero, Kingston, and her heroine, Silver/Sylvia. Using the metaphor of the moon, Allen drives her story forward, showing the development of Kingston and Silver, not just as a couple, but also their growth as individuals, and it’s delectable in its presentation.
The level of detail that Allen pours into her stories makes them special. From the distinct titles of the parts of her book to the graphics at each story’s new moment, you find yourself lost to her craftsmanship.
Her hero, Kingston, is my favorite type of hero. At the book’s beginning, he is not very likable. He makes choices in his life that are driven by his ID, and they find trouble for him. However, as he encounters Coach Reynolds, a beloved character from Allen’s BelleCurve stories, his journey begins, and it isn’t an easy one. Through meeting Silver, Kingston is humanized, moving away from being only a football god with high emotional walls set in place to a man who loves deeply that he wants to save Silver from herself. When a hero journeys this path, it is like my own personal catnip, and Allen has crafted him so well.
Now, I will say – my only criticism for this book – lies in Silver’s revelation. I won’t add it here, but in my opinion, it was underwhelming. I would have liked for Allen to spend more time developing the emotional impact of that moment, but she gave that space over to the chronology of her story, which I understand given all the elements of this book. However, I wanted more emotional pop during the moment when she reveals her secret. Silver is a special character given her circumstances. I would love to speak to all that makes her special, but it’s her ability to see Kingston’s true self that makes her the most special. Allen has drawn her beautifully in Over the Moon.
Needless to say here, but I couldn’t put K.K. Allen’s book down. This is not unusual. She writes characters that pull at your heart and make you fall madly for their story, and her ability to craft a book that is nuanced and detailed is her superpower. This should be on your Kindle, and it is the PERFECT read for this coming weekend.
In love and romance,