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Starting Over by [Shriver, Michele]
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Length: 303 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Liz Matthews agrees to a blind date for her daughter’s wedding with only one goal in mind- making her ex-husband jealous. The plan works, but also backfires as she finds herself enjoying the company of her younger date.

Widower Bennett Grayson has his hands full enough adapting to single parenthood of a teenage son and has no intention of falling in love again. When a friend arranges a blind date, Ben reluctantly accepts as a favor to his friend, but gets more than he bargained as the funny and charming divorcee catches his eye.

Brandt Matthews has much to atone for in life, starting with his daughter and his ex-wife. In spite of their troubled marriage, the one constant for Brandt has been Liz, until a new man in her life makes him realize how much he stands to lose- or has already lost.

As Liz and Ben embark on a new adventure called dating, they are faced with a host of challenges, including the ghosts of the past and Ben’s son Landon, who wants nothing to do with his father’s new girlfriend. Can they overcome the obstacles and start a new life together, or will Liz succumb to Brandt’s charms again?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1711 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1505300460
  • Publisher: SMC Publishing (9 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OFLKXE8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #353,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By bluebird TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 December 2014
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A Truly heartfelt second chance story. I think people forget that more mature people want to find love again, another soulmate, another chance at life & YES still have sex. What's even better the unlikelihood of getting pregnant. Huge odds there esp. in this age bracket. Of course there's STDs but seriously?

So onto the story. I can totally relate to Liz well rounded (not size wise) all except for that tie to her ex ew ew can't stand those older, "think I'm gods gift to every woman" type male. You got what you deserved big time mister. All those self doubts later surfacing, something you screwed up thanks to not keeping it in yr pants. Sorry I hate these type of men. I've had my rant.

Ben oh Ben what can I say wish there was more men like you out there. Ok maybe the instant sex thing was a bit much but hey it's a story. Glad Landon came round & Chelsea a mini mum there. Great friends too making this a good all round story.

Yeah give it go maybe this review is a bit confusing but I liked I wanted to get my feelings out there. Reviews aren't always about telling the whole story, to me it's how you relate to it. I found it inspiring giving this age group a go, not your younger 30 something & below age group, not that I mind those stories can be great however 50+ is the new 30 wait till you get to,this age group & see how you feel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True love is worth fighting for. 29 December 2014
By Sarah Reads - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second book I have read from Michele Shriver. The first book I read of hers was The Art of Love. I absolutely adored it. And now Michele gives us another fantastic story. She wrote Liz Matthews’s story, Chelsea’s mom from The Art of Love. I loved Liz in the first book and was thrilled she wrote another book that happens right after The Art of Love.
Liz has everything she’s ever wanted. Well... everything except love. She divorced her ex when her daughter was a small child and threw herself into work. Only problem is she still has feelings for her playboy ex Brandt Matthews after all these years.

So, what happens when your only child is getting married? You let your friends set you up on a blind date of course.

I absolutely loved the chemistry between Liz and Ben from the first moment they met. They both kept the other at arm’s length and played the hot and heavy couple to a tee.

Liz Matthews is a very strong willed woman who didn’t realize how much she missed being spoiled and fussed over by a man. And the fact the man was seven years younger than her bothered her at first. Watching Liz work though if she could handle a relationship was great. What would any of us do if the person who wants to date us recently lost his wife and has a 16 year old son who does not like us that much?

Bennett ‘Ben’ Grayson is one sexy man. He is successful, sweet, and knows how to treat a won. The only problem is he recently lost his wife and doesn’t want to move on past her death. He feels he cannot love again after her. And his son keeps reminding him of that.

That is until he meets Liz and she throws his entire world for a loop. Ben realizes he has been living in a fog and wants to be with the person who makes him feel whole again, Liz.

This story is well written and filled with love, loss, and finding true love again. It had my heart swelling as I read. Yes, there are bumps along the way but what good story doesn’t. You can tell Michele put her heart into this book.

It is a must read.

I cannot wait to read Landon's story, though I think this next book my have me sniffling some.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit! 10 December 2014
By CR - Published on Amazon.com
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The thing I love about this author is the way she takes real issues that I feel like could happen to any person I know and turns them into a compelling story. Liz is a character that I really enjoyed. She might be over 50, but that doesn’t mean she’s out of the dating market or doesn’t deserve true love! Now, if only her new beau’s son would be just as happy about the budding relationship as Liz’s daughter, Chelsea is.

I loved watching the relationship develop from a simple blind date into something that may help Liz get over her ex-husband (who she’s always loved, even if he didn’t deserve it) and help Ben realize there is life after love. Now, if the two of them can just work out the details and learn to trust, we might have something to celebrate.

I cheered for these two throughout, hoping they could both overcome their problems to find the happily ever after they so deserve! Another great story! 5 stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liz+Ben=Heartwarming 11 December 2014
By Elizabeth Clinton - Published on Amazon.com
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The only place to start this review is to say Simply Fantastic. I was impressed with Liz's character in The Art of Love but this being her story totally sealed the deal. What an incredible strong female character Liz was. A successful woman a great parent looking for someone to love. Even though her first meeting with Ben was unconventional it was perfect. What can you even say about Ben he was awesome a man who has been through tough times just trying to be happy and give his son a Happy Iife. If you are looking for a book that is heartwarming will maybe bring a tear to your eye but will have you smiling by the end this is definitely one you don't want to miss
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After reading The Art of Love, I couldn't wait to get my hands on ... 18 December 2014
By LivingOnBooksAndCoffee - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading The Art of Love, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book!! And I was right to be excited! Right from the start, I was glued to my kindle, unable to put it down unless I absolutely had to! I thoroughly enjoyed the roller-coaster ride of emotions Michele Shriver took me on via Liz and the men in her world, causing me to fly through this story in one afternoon. By the time I reached the happy ever after Liz so greatly deserved, my need for a 'romance fix' was perfectly satisfied!

The only thing I'm now craving is a slice of cheesecake ;-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 1 June 2015
By NayNay007 - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my first read from this author and will say I'm a new fan! I love that this could be read as "stand alone" I look forward to reading the other books that do go along with these characters.