Throughout these posts, I have shared two of my favorite authors, Jennifer Probst and Elizabeth Hoyt. But the truth is, I have a total of three favorite authors right now. The third is Catherine Bybee. I have read just about everything she has published and I have an autographed arc of the book we are going to talk about today.
Heat Level: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 5.5/6 Glass Slippers
This book is the first in the Most Likely To Series, Doing It Over. It follows Melanie as she and her daughter return to her tiny hometown for her high school reunion. She and her two best friends, Jo and Zoey, made a promise that they would all return to the town for the event. Melanie has been going through a rough time. Her daughter’s father isn’t around, she has no money, no job, and no place to stay. That is until Wyatt finds her stranded on the side of the road when her car breaks down.
Melanie initially thinks that Wyatt is a serial killer but soon learns that he is just a nice man trying to help out. At least that’s what he tells himself to keep from lusting after her.
Things seem to be improving for Melanie, she moves into a bed and breakfast run by Mrs. Gina and begins working there, she has the support of her friends, and Wyatt makes for great eye candy. But soon terror strikes. Someone is stalking Melanie and no one knows why. On top of that, something terrible happens to her daughter…
Melanie now must fight for the person she loves most in the world. This small town pulls together to try to help her but can they compete against big city money and dangerous lawyers? Will Melanie’s past come back to bite her? Does a budding relationship with Wyatt ruin her chances at a happily ever after? Melanie was voted most likely to succeed but what if she can’t do it?
One of the best things about this book was Mrs. Gina. She is a feisty old lady whose ‘lemonade’ can fix everything. This woman goes out of her way to help everyone and provides color commentary the entire time. I’d love to grow up to be as brassy and loving as her.
Ok, back to the main characters! I have a special place in my heart for men like Wyatt. He instantly warmed to Melanie and her daughter. It didn’t bother him that she had a past, that she had a baby, or that she didn’t have it all together. He took the time to get to know her at her own pace. Not to mention he is a handy man with muscles everywhere!
Melanie, though struggling, was inspirational. She never let her daughter recognize that things weren’t going their way. But most importantly, she was a single mom by choice. Her boyfriend didn’t treat them right and could have potentially created serious problems. Instead of sticking it out, she did what was best for her daughter and left. It takes a strong woman to go off on your own. I won’t ruin the book for you but it is near impossible not to love Melanie.
You also really get to know Jo and Zoey, who I assume will star in the next books. I almost liked Zoey more than Melanie so I am very excited for the next book.
The sex scenes, per Bybee’s usual style, are beautiful and compelling. They do get a little detailed but not to the erotic point. All I can say is that I wish Wyatt were real… and I weren’t happily married!
You should give Bybee’s series a chance. If you like it, she also writes the Weekday Brides series. There are seven (hello binge reading) and they get better as they go on.