Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee
Series: Most Likely To #1
Published by Montlake Romance on April 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Doing It Over turned out to be a totally different book from what I was expecting. Melanie, most likely to succeed according to her high school yearbook, is coming back to her hometown for the 10 year HS reunion. A college dropout, a single mother and practically broke with her car dying 20 miles from town was so not the way she had pictured this comeback.
But a promise to her two best friends, Jo and Zoe, and life kicking her butt in California forced her to make the decision of coming home. Now with the help of her friends, and pretty much everyone in town, Mel and Hope (her almost 8 year old) got a place to stay at the town’s B&B where Mel is now working.
Wyatt the town’s general contractor, has been living there for the past five years and had a strict rule of not dallying with the local talent. He wants to settle there and bumping into past lovers in a town that small is never a good thing.
One look at Mel will have him changing his rules, and soon enough he is going all out to get her attention. Mel has one thing on her mind, getting back on her feet and giving Hope a good life. Having a love life is the last thing in her priority list. But one very charming handyman will make her re-think things.
So far, so good. Yes? Well, the first part of the story was the setting of the romance so it was all mostly sweet and happy, with everyone getting to meet each other and feelings to start developing. Out of the blue, Hope’s Daddy, who is a serious contester for douche of the century award, suddenly comes back. And you can just smell the fishiness coming off of him. Now weird and dangerous things start to happen and they’ll have to figure out what’s going on if there’s a chance of them getting an HEA.
Doing It Over was an entertaining enough read. Mel was a good mom, a good friend, a good person all around. Wyatt was a cutie beside ruggedly handsome, sexy and hot. I loved how their relationship developed. The mystery was good too, I just felt, in the end, the reason behind it was incredibly farfetched… and the resolution just all around too neat.
The pace of the story was adequate, I loved the town and it inhabitants. The sprinkle of Jo’s and Zoe’s PoV to set up for the coming books didn’t really work for me though. It didn’t feel like it gave much info into the current story as much as being the starting point to their own.
All in all, still a good story that I enjoyed reading and overall liked.
Sparkles Rating: 3 “hot for the handyman” Stars
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