January 21, 2016

Review - Starting Over by Barbie Bohrman

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Synopsis
Single mom Vanessa Holt has a daughter she loves, a supportive family, and her art. Having given up on finding true love—if that even exists, which she doubts—she’s content to put romance on the back burner. But not everyone agrees. Those nearest and dearest are ready to see Vanessa let down her long blonde hair and have some fun.
To put their grumbling to rest, Vanessa agrees to date the first man who asks. Luckily for her, that man is Cameron Thomas, her daughter’s extremely handsome science teacher. She’d felt a spark of chemistry the first time she’d laid eyes on him. Now she’s ready to lay a whole lot more on the sexy bachelor.
But just as things get hot, they also get heavy. When the man who broke Vanessa’s heart reappears, her old doubts and fears about love rush to the surface. Will her fresh start with Cameron be over before it’s barely begun?
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MY REVIEW

I first met Vanessa and Josie in Starting Over and instantly feel in love. I was so excited to see that Vanessa would be getting a story and finding her happily ever after. 



Vanessa is a single mother to her thirteen year old daughter, Josie. Josie and her have always been this perfect little duo, but now that Josie is getting older she wants to do more things independently or with her friends. Vanessa really struggles with Josie growing up and sort of leaving her behind. Cameron Thomas is Josie’s teacher and is attracted to Vanessa. He begins pursuing her, but Josie doesn’t feel like the relationship is appropriate. After some convincing Vanessa decides to go out with Cameron. 

I absolutely love this concept. It’s fun, fresh and a little bit forbidden, but not over the top. I wanted to love this story more, but I never felt invested in the characters or their relationship. I wanted to feel more. I think that’s where I have struggled with this review, because there is nothing wrong with this book, the plot or the writing. I think others may definitely love this story, I was just hoping for more feels. 

Starting Over is a fun, light reads very quickly. I really enjoy reads like this, but in this case I just kept waiting for more. However, I think this story may be perfect for others. I know my friends have really enjoyed it, so this may definitely be a case of it’s me, not the story. 

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 
Excerpt
True love’s kiss . . . It sounds so innocent and hopeful, and taken at face value it’s a chaste promise of romance and never ending, undying love brought on by a simple kiss between two people. However, when you think about, at least as much as I have, when exactly would you know with all the certainty in your heart that a kiss is the true love’s kiss? Does it exist merely in fairy tales? Or, if the right man comes along, does his love for you and all the passion in his heart somehow flow through that barely there brush of lips against yours, until your own heart is overflowing with an emotion that you’ve never felt before? And as a result of this one little kiss, will you fall head over heels and madly in love with this person, forsaking all others for the rest of your life and vice versa? The dreamer in me loves the allure of the fantasy. However, the realist in me has a hard time wrapping my head around the whole idea because, really? One kiss could have that much power? I highly doubt it.   AboutTheAuthor BarbieAuthor Pic
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Barbie Bohrman dreamed of becoming an author. Long after she had given up, a book club's prologue contest enticed her to give it one more go. What emerged were the beginnings of her debut novel, Promise Me. Now she's living her dream and writing stories that entice readers to escape and break away from reality. When she's not writing, you can find her trying to get through the books on her Kindle (more than a thousand at last count) or watching Lost or Seinfeld. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
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