Football season is over, and in the wake of a tumultuous year, Lee and Dev decide to take this quiet time to think about their relationship. But as their friends and family draw the couple into their own issues, the offseason becomes anything but quiet.
Watching the failures and successes of the relationships close to them gives fox and tiger a lot to think about, but they must decide for themselves whether their love is strong enough to overcome the obstacles in their way—namely, each other.
Cover and interior illustrations are by Rukis and Kenket.
Published by Sofawolf Press
First of all, let us take a minute to appreciate the use of a very clever title. Over Time is a football term of course, but a lot can also happen “over time”, which is basically what this final installment deals with. The book deals with all the things that Dev and Lee have experienced in the past few months. It makes this title very ambiguous, which just tickles me in the right way. Moving on!
Over Time is a somewhat slower book compared to the other four, which is mainly to blame for the lack of football action. They are in the off-season now, which means there won’t by any games to be played in the book. I didn’t expect to miss that as much as I did. I have nothing with American Football personally, but the way Gold wrote those scenes was so incredibly dynamic and entertaining, that I thoroughly miss those moments in this book.
Instead, the book is all about Dev and Lee’s relationship, and the relationships of those around them, which leads to very funny, but also very sad moments. I especially loved following Dev again, who is my favourite of the two main characters, because he actually tackles his problems head-on and knows what he wants. This is a sharp contrast to Lee, who keeps asking himself the same damn questions throughout the entire book, even though we know the answer already. This is in no way bad storytelling though. It is just the way Lee is.
I love that the book ties up a lot of loose ends one by one, but still manages to reveal new details about characters we already know, to keep them interesting, and to keep us wondering about them. The book has a half-open ending, which is to be expected, as their lives don’t suddenly end. The ending was very satisfying, and it didn’t give me a feeling of farewell. Instead, it was more as if Gold wanted to leave us with a feeling of “until we meet again”.
And we will…