DOING IT OVER (A Most Likely To Novel, Book 1)
by Catherine Bybee
release date: April 19, 2016
length: 334 pages
published by Montlake Romance
*I purchased this e-book via Kindle Unlimited*
☆☆☆☆☆5 STAR - AMAZING, couldn't put it down, highly recommend (emotions bursting at the seams)
Three friends, attached at the hip raised in a small town. Melanie Bartlett was voted most likely to succeed. Jo was voted most likely to end up in jail. Zoe was voted most likely to never leave River Bend.
Fast forward ten years... Melanie is anything but successful, Jo became town Sheriff and Zoe left River Bend and becomes a famous -"ish" chef. Nothing panned out the way anyone thought.
Melanie is road tripping back to her small town for their ten years reunion with Hope. Hope is Melanie's 7 year old daughter. While in college, Mel got pregnant. With a Baby Daddy who clearly didn't have ideal priorities, Mel is raising her daughter on her own. With a run down car that breaks down just shy of getting to River Bend, no job and little money - Mel isn't sure what to do. After receiving help and genuine support of friends and her small town neighbors, Mel decides that this is where she should remain, giving Hope a small town childhood like she had. Staying at the Inn and working for Miss Gina, Mel is happy with coming back home to the people she loves.
Wyatt Gibson is a man (maybe a year younger than Mel) that seems to be keen on Melanie and her daughter. Wyatt is loved by her friends and those he has grown to know and help in River Bend in the past 5 years while Mel was away. Clearly, Mel and Wyatt have an instant connection that draws each in.
Just as things start to seem to be settling for Melanie, Nathan (her ex) shows up. Why now after all this time? What does he want? Nathan becomes sneaky and starts causing red flags to go up throughout the town.
First a bar fight with her "now" boyfriend, Wyatt and friend Luke against bikers. Second, her daughter is missing... Where is Hope? What happened to her? Could Nathan have hurt her? Can a new guest at the Inn have something to do with this? As pieces start to connect, everything starts spiraling into a giant web of confusion, hurt, pain and anger. Will Hope be okay? Is this Melanie's do over in life? In love?
I applaud Catherine Bybee for this well written story. I instantly fell in love with the characters. I found myself laughing out loud at some parts and waiting anxiously at parts that left you feeling unsettled. She grasped the reader from the very beginning. This author does a phenomenal job with adding in characters, yet not making it overwhelming to remember each person's story. This novel is filled with friendship, bonds, heat, sacrifice, suspense and love.
I can't wait to read Staying For Good, book #2 that is due to be released January 24, 2017. Ahh, can't wait for the stories to continue!! I can't wait to dive into Zoe's story and more!
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-five books that have collectively sold more than two million copies and have been translated into twelve languages. Raised in Washington State, 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 popular Not Quite and Weekday Brides series, as well as the Most Likely To series.
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