Title: Doing It Over
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?
Author: Catherine Bybee
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Seduced by Sunday, Not Quite Perfect (Not Quite Series, #5)
Series: Most Likely To Series
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: April 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Living in a small town has its perks but for a trio of freshly out of high school seniors, it is too small. Melanie is the first to leave as she was accepted to USC but thanks to her parent’s divorce she could not afford to stay in school. Alone in a big city, she turns to a man she believed was the one. 10 years later, she is back for her high school reunion yet she feels like she finally is home.
This contemporary romance was a light read and was entertaining. The beginning did not capture my attention but as I continued to push on I fell in love with little River Bend. Having grown up in a big city, I have never understood small town dynamics where everyone gossips yet looks out for their own. I loved the camaraderie between the town folk and how they welcomed each other back into the fold.
Melanie was not a favorite of mine as she was more worried about what people thought of her than embracing the young, head strong woman she was of her youth. She also did not press Wyatt about who he is which left me wanting to know more about who he was and how he became the man he is today. We see a little bit of his past, as his father comes into town to help with Hope and the problems that arise when Melanie’s ex comes back into the picture.
For it being a light read I think a certain character was pretty dark for it. I understand why he was in the book but it did not fit with the rest of the story really. Another thing that bothered me was how the POV changed between characters. There was no real distinction between them and sometimes I had to guess. I hope the series continues because I would love to see what happens with Luke, Zoe, Jo, and even Buddy and Zane. Overall, a good contemporary romance read that could have been great.
I was gifted a copy of this book from the JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and ratings are my own and I was in no way compensated.