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Starting Over by [Bohrman, Barbie]
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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 go on a date with the next 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2843 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (19 January 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0142IHZQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great family dynamics and fun 20 January 2016
By Christy Baldwin BBU - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Starting Over is the third Barbie Bohrman book I’ve read and it’s safe to say I’m a fan. Barbie knows how to write lovable characters, great family dynamics and fun, yet heartwarming stories. Playing it Safe is by far my favorite of hers. I’m not sure if anyone could top Julia and Alex. But guess what- you get some Julia and Alex in this story. It’s Vanessa’s book, and Vanessa is Alex’s older sister.

I remember Vanessa and Josie fondly from Playing it Safe. I loved them both and their dynamic as a mother daughter duo. It’s been just Josie and Vanessa for so long, Vanessa doesn’t remember any other way. Josie always comes first.

When Vanessa meets Josie’s science teacher, she is instantly attracted and having feelings and thinking things she hasn’t felt or thought in a long time. Josie is totally on board with her dating. Especially if it’s Mr. Cameron Thomas. Vanessa wants to try, but she still has her reservations. Cameron is understanding and patient with her, but at the same time knows when to say something and when to push.

Just as Vanessa starts to realize starting over might be okay, something (or someone) re-enters her life and shakes everything right of her axis.

Starting Over is a tale of just that- Vanessa starting her life over. I found this story sweet, heartwarming and lovable. I do wish that we got more scenes with this couple. I wanted more Cameron and Vanessa scenes!I like how much Barbie’s books focus on family, and this family is fantastic. Overall, I enjoyed this one. 4 stars!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to punch the protagonist in the mouth 4 March 2016
By NQT - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm the voice of the minority here, but I seriously hated this book. Oh, not at first. The first few pages were really promising. Great writing, in fact. But nothing happened. There was a lot of pretty writing, but the characters weren't doing anything. So I hung in there. The main character, Vanessa, still didn't do anything a ways in, and the writing wasn't as great. I was thinking of giving up, but finally Vanessa saw a cute guy. The chemistry was nice for a tiny bit, but nothing happened. Nothing happened for a LONG time, then the plot got a little interesting. I kept reading because I thought something good had to happen. But I was really disappointed.

Okay, without making this too personal and without giving away too many spoilers, I'll admit that I REALLY wanted to like this story because it's parallel to my life. I thought Vanessa and I would have a lot in common. But we don't. This is billed as a comedy romance, but it's not funny. Not even a little bit. And Vanessa started to annoy me from the very beginning because she had so many internal snarky comments about her sister-in-law. Some of those snarky comments were over the line for me. Vanessa seems like the kind of characters who's nice, but in reality she's a narcissistic Mean Girl. So, yeah, I got really frustrated with her. Cameron, her love interest, is amazing. But because he's so great I really wondered what he saw in her. Plus she's skittish and scared of everything. Granted, I understand why she's this way. But I don't want to read about it. I want to read about people eventually overcoming their fears. Vanessa was too narcissistic.

THEN there were a few minor details that a family attorney would never approve of and never say. Making it difficult to keep reading. THEN there was a small matter about child support, where Vanessa was just WAY too prideful and narcissistic, that drove me crazy. Vanessa laughed at Cameron in a patronizing way. Nearly to the end, Vanessa does something so selfish, so narcissistic I nearly threw my Kindle at the wall. Seriously. I started to hate the book by then. I'd wasted how many hours on Vanessa when she did that horrible thing?

So I stopped reading. Sorry, but, yeah, I didn't finish this book. Only a few more pages until the end, but I can't read one more effing word. I started to realize that if Cameron and Vanessa have a happily ever after, then I wouldn't respect Cameron. I might hate Cameron more than I was hating Vanessa, and I seriously wanted to punch her in the mouth. Plus I wouldn't believe the ending if it was a happily ever after. So I'm done.

Goodness, but I hated this book. Where have all the good books gone?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and sweet! 23 January 2016
By Beckymmoe - Published on
I so enjoyed reading Starting Over by Barbie Bohrman. The characters and storyline were refreshingly different--a single mother of an eighth grade girl, starting to date for the first time since her boyfriend dumped her while pregnant, a bit unsure if she should start off doing so with her daughter's science teacher.

But he's got a whole "Professor Indiana Jones" vibe going on, and she has a really hard time resisting. As well she should--I mean, Professor Jones! Plus, he wears absolutely adorkable science-themed t-shirts in his downtime. And loves Star Wars. Really, how could any woman resist?

Though Vanessa tries. And tries. And tries some more. It did get a bit frustrating at times--honestly, Cameron's a saint to have persevered. Vanessa has all kinds of reasons why she can't give her burgeoning relationship with Cameron a fighting chance--fortunately, he manages to counter most of them, refusing to give up, and Vanessa herself does take one giant step forward at one point, which results in a memorable night together.

Unfortunately, it's at this point that her ex decides to try and get to know his daughter--finally. Vanessa doesn't take the stress of the situation well, and in fact hides the whole thing from her daughter Josie, Cameron, and even her own parents. Clearly, this method isn't going to be effective, but Vanessa just can't see it until it all blows up in her face, and her new relationship ends up being a casualty. Fortunately, she does finally find the strength to deal with what's going on and start making choices for herself as a woman and not just as a parent--it was a long time coming, to be sure.

It all leads to an HEA at last, and an adorable epilogue, which goes a far way toward making up for any aggravation that went before :)

This was my first book from this author, but I'll definitely be reading more from her in the future.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy inn exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 1 April 2016
By des reads lots - Published on
I could relate to this book on a real level. I mean this will be my life in a few years, trying to date as a single mom. the feelings Vanessa had, her thought processes, they were very realistic to me. I related to the character, the storyline, and almost everything about this- minus my daughters age. so I really liked that about this book. it may be fiction, but it was still so strongly rooted in reality.

the one thing I tended to struggle with is that we spent alot, A LOT, of time in Vanessas head. and while most of the time, it doesn't hurt the story, I found myself skimming some of these parts. the woman is a rambler, her words not mine, but it's true and not just when she's around people. when we got in her head, some of the internal monologues seemed to just drag and drag. and most of the time, they were about, revolved around, or linked to her ex in some way. and I get why, but lord by 80% of the book it started to feel a little like beating a dead horse.

the finally, finally, someone breaks the cycle and it wasn't who I thought it would be. so yay for that.

it was cute to read about a regular middle aged woman dating. most romance novels are young women, and these billionaire men. but this book kept with its realistic roots and we have a school teacher and a single mom.

i really liked the writing and story, just think a little less internal monologue would've been best.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Cameron 20 January 2016
By Shandi1015 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Copy provided through Netgalley in exchange for review

2.5 stars

Starting Over is a light, sweet, quick read. It is the story of Vanessa, a single mother to 13 year old Josie. I could relate pretty well to Vanessa’s situation and I liked her relationship with her daughter. Where this went wrong was Vanessa’s constant back and forth as to moving forward in the dating world. She meets Josie’s new science teacher Cameron and is immediately attracted to him. Her daughter is okay with her dating and she feels like her mom is using her as an excuse to not move on.

Vanessa was hard for me to like. Unfortunately this story fell flat in the romance because Cameron’s character was left on the sidelines. This is because Vanessa would start and stop with him a lot so he was left in the cold. I did really like what I knew of him and he was a really good guy but honestly I think he deserved a better heroine.
This was a nice read but sadly overall it didn’t work for me.