Monday, April 25, 2016

Doing it Over by Catherine Bybee

Most Likely To Series, Book One
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
April 19, 2016, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle

One small town. Three close friends. True love to last a lifetime.

Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.

Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?

Praise for Doing It Over
“The romance between fiercely independent Melanie and charming Wyatt heats up even as outsiders threaten to derail their newfound happiness. This novel will hook readers with its warm, inviting characters and the promise for similar future installments.” –Publishers Weekly
 “This brand-new trilogy, Most Likely To, based on yearbook superlatives, kicks off with a novel that will encourage you to root for the incredibly likable Melanie. Her friends are hilarious and readers will swoon over Wyatt, who is charming and strong. Even Melanie’s daughter, Hope, is a hoot! This romance is jam-packed with animated characters, and Bybee displays her creative writing talent wonderfully.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


Jewelz Review~
How many times in our lives do we wish we could hit the REWIND button and do things over? In life, we don't really get that opportunity in the truest sense. Even Mel, in Catherine Bybee's newest book Doing It Over, doesn't truly get to hit REWIND, but she does get a chance at a fresh start - and that's the next best thing to a do-over.

Mel was supposedly "most likely to succeed," but when her parents divorce as she graduates college, and then both decide her expensive college education isn't worth their investment, her perfect future begins to crumble. Days away from her ten-year high school reunion where she promised to reunite with her two best friends, Mel finds herself as a single mom stranded eighteen miles out of her hometown. Her beater car has died, it's pouring rain, and her funds are seriously depleted. So much for success.

Enter Wyatt Gibson.

Wyatt didn't grow up in the small town of River Bend, but he quickly found himself at home amongst the locals. Every year the high school reunion brought in a group of former residents who usually only stayed for the festivities then headed back to their new lives away from the small town. So, despite his immediate attraction to and curiosity about Mel, he was hesitant to pursue any kind of relaitonship. But rules are made to be broken, are they not?

Doing It Over is one of those books that make you want to curl up beneath a blanket with a cup of cocoa and settle in for a few hours. It's what I'd call a feel-good story. There are ups and downs, there are moments of stress, fear, frustration, tenderness, and passion. Mel and Wyatt's story isn't an easy path to true love - there are plenty of obstacles and detours along the way. But, over all it's a story of survival, of making the best of the situation you find yourself in, of fighting back when you've been wronged, and allowing your friends and family help carry you through those difficult times. It's a story about second chances and realizing you don't have to do it all on your own.

I loved going on this journey with Mel and look forward to more stories about the residents of River Bend.

Honest Disclosure ~ A review copy was provided
FYI ~ language and open door intimate scenes


New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.


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