Saturday, April 30, 2016

Review: Doing It Over (Most Likely To #1) by Catherine Bybee

"Name's Jack... Jack the Ripper. I'm on a work release program out of Sing Sing. Save little girls to keep my parole officer happy." - Wyatt Gibson

Doing It Over
Series: Most Likely To #1
Author: Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Montlake
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review

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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?

In the first book in Catherine Bybee's new Most Likely To series, readers are introduced to three friends - Melanie, Jo, and Zoe - that were each voted to their graduating class's "Most Likely To..." As their 10 year reunion approaches, they realize that they haven't quite lived up to their high school reputations. Melanie is the first to come home to face the music, or so she thinks. Although she is somewhat ashamed that she was unable to accomplish her dreams, Melanie is still an incredibly strong woman that is determined to make things better for her and her daughter, Hope. She's embarrassed, but still holds her head up high when faced with her fellow classmates. Wyatt doesn't quite know what to think of Melanie. All he knows is that he's attracted to her and wants to do best by her. Mel grounds him and gives him a reason to look at the world with a different set of eyes. And in return, Wyatt stands by Mel when she needs him the most. He welcomes her home and gives Mel a reason to stay where she's loved.

There is a lot happening in Doing It Over and I think that is why I liked it so much. Never a dull moment in this book... What I found most interesting about this one (and something I don't recall from Catherine's previous series) was that while we're being introduced to a fabulous new cast of characters, readers are also treated to brief glimpses into each of their perspectives. Yes, this book is mainly Wyatt and Mel's story, we also get moments from almost every other character. I loved that! Catherine hooked me with those small moments and now I'm chomping at the bit for Jo and Zoe's books. I loved the suspense Catherine wove throughout story. It was just enough to add a new dimension to the story without overtaking the romance. Doing It Over was a fantastic first book for a new series. It had me hooked from the first chapter and it left me counting down the days until the next book in the series.  

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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