Saturday, April 30, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW... Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee + GIVEAWAY!

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?

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

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


This Book Nerd Says: 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This was a story that was chock full of action from beginning to end. The prologue set up the book nicely introducing a core set of characters that I'm assuming we'll see more of in the rest of the series. 

When the story really picks up we meet Melanie as a single mom hoping to catch a break as she returns home for a class reunion. I really enjoyed the premise of the story and found that I loved the tie in with the name of series (which becomes apparent right away in the prologue). Before she even makes it across the town line she crosses path with Wyatt. 

Wyatt is what I like to describe as deliciously alpha. He isn't arrogant or controlling... rather I found him to be direct in his pursuit, emotionally steady, and a mature leading man. Wyatt proves to be a safe haven in the turbulence that is Mel's life. Besides, I'm a sucker for a guy falling for a kid that isn't his bio-kid --- so yeah. Me=Wyatt's fan. 

I thought the story had real 4 star potential for me but as I read I felt like the intro to supporting characters and their voices clouded my focus a bit more than I would like. I realize that it does serve to set up interest in their future storylines but for me personally it got to be a little much all in one book. However the twist that came along towards the end was definitely a bit of surprise to me and I think it did serve as a good test of Wyatt and Melanie's emerging relationship. 

Overall I'd give this book a very solid three stars and would note that I definitely would check out the future books in the series to see what may come up in the rest of the class.

About The Author

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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