I usually don't like "rock star" heroes and I abhor the man-whore hero; so put them together and the only reason I read the book was because I was sort of hooked in having already read Tear Asunder Book 1. Imagine my surprise when Ream was one of my favorite characters. He was not at all your typical man-whore. He was severely traumatized and I felt really bad for the guy.
Kat, the heroine I did not like much at all. Especially in the beginning where she came off as completely self absorbed, self important and unreasonable. The conflict starts when Kat and Ream have a "big misunderstanding". Ream freaks...and OK...acts like a crazy person. But he comes back a few days later and explains that he just needed to process things and this is the point where any normal person would have realized that something was up and do the whole "Hey, noticed you really over reacted and I'm wondering....did anything BAD ever happen to you?" But not Kat. She just tells him she doesn't do "second chances", his loss, don't really care what kind of trauma you may or may not have had because, well this is all about me...so shove off and let me stick my tongue down this random guy's throat in front of you so you get the message. I really thought she was a raving witch with a "b".
At about 50% on my kindle edition Kat started talking about her other issues and it made her emotional reactions make more sense, and I did start to develop some empathy towards her. (But in my defense none of this came out until about 50%, up until that point she was spouting her "second chance" philosophy like a spoiled 5 year old).
I also felt this was the point at which the story seemed to drag and I honestly considered briefly not finishing because I was bored. There was ALLOT of back and forth on Kat's side "I want you, I don't want you, I'm afraid, I want something else, my body wants you, I don't know what I want". I felt so bad for Ream, all his issues and he finally commits and THIS is what he gets????? He spent all his time being supportive of Kat and her issues and she barely even asked about his. No wait...I don't think she asked at all. She'd notice something was off...but she never asked or encouraged him to talk in a genuinely interested, loving and supportive manner. Oh well, that would be expecting allot from her because she has her own issues.
Then at 70% the action picks up and things get a little crazy. Ream's past comes back to bite him on the butt before everything is neatly tied up in a happily ever after. I'm still interested in reading Crisis's story and I like the character of Haven. I didn't particularly like the path taken with Georgie's character and think I will likely pass on her story. (My eccentrically wild and crazy free spirited Georgie is apparently all talk and no action which makes her more pathetic than anything). Overall, I was kind of underwhelmed by Overwhelmed.