Small Town Romance + Second Chances // Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee {Blog Tour}

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Welcome to my stop on the Doing It Over blog tour! Doing it Over is the first book in a series by Catherine Bybee. Below, read my thoughts on the book and enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Small Town Romance + Second Chances // Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee {Blog Tour}Doing it Over
by Catherine Bybee
Series: Most Likely To #1
Published by Montlake Romance
Release date : April 19th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: The Author | Format: eARC
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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?

Also by this author: Not Quite Perfect, Staying For Good
Also in this series: Staying For Good

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts

I’ve always held a soft spot for small town romances. I love the vibe, the gossip just everything about it. Other than that, and the second chance aspect, I had no idea what to expect from Doing it Over. Which is a good thing, too, because there was a lot that took me by surprise!

We meet Melanie on her way to her 10-year high school reunion, her child Hope, and beat up car in tow. After arriving, she decides to stay and work with Ms. Gina and the inn, and of course, there’s the budding romance with Wyatt! However, things don’t go as planned and soon, her past catches up to her.

There are many things I adored about this book! I loved the romance. It was slow building, but their chemistry is instant. Both had their own reasons for not wanting a relationship, but the more time spent with each other, the closer they get. I especially loved how Wyatt was a solid rock for Melanie when things really started to hit the fan with Hope’s father popping up in the picture.

Besides the romance, I loved all the characters. While the story is primarily Melanie’s, we get chapters with Jo and Zoey as well. Both Jo and Zoey plan a huge part of Melanie’s life, being her best friends from high school. I can only assume that their stories are next, which was why we got chapters from their POV. Ms. Gina, too, was a hilarious addition.

The mystery aspect was the main thing I wasn’t expecting. There were several different things happening to, and around Melanie, and we slowly get the pieces to figure out who was behind them all. My first guess was right, it was fun to see how the characters handled it all.

All in all – I quite enjoyed Doing it Over. It was such a fun, sweet and romantic small town romance. I’m excited for the other books in the series. It will be fun to revisit all the characters. I recommend it!

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Writing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Pacing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 4.1

About Catherine Bybee

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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2 responses to “Small Town Romance + Second Chances // Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee {Blog Tour}

  1. Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    It’s been such a loooooong time since I’ve read a cute adult story like this. I used to read them constantly and I miss them. I need to start paying attention to them so I can read them and get back into this amazing genre. I love second-chance romance! It’s one of my favorite tropes! The romance never feels rushed because you just know the feelings have been there for a while so if the romance starts early, it’s pretty understandable and it’s always so cute and fun and obviously, swooning moments especially with small town stories. I’m adding this right now! Lovely review <3
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