Starting Over – Barbie Bohrman

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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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***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***

We meet Vanessa and her daughter Josie, doing what mom and daughter do best. Vanessa remembered what it was like to be an emotionally high strung tween. It was just the two of them, since before Josie was born and Vanessa did the best that she could to bring her daughter up knowing how it was to be a responsible adult by example, not just by words. Vanessa is also really close to her family, working for her dad and her brother stepping in as a surrogate father for Josie when she needed the male role model. And then one day at parent day at school she meets Josie’s science teacher, Mr. Thomas. The attraction was instant, but Vanessa wasn’t the only one who felt it. Other single moms did as well, but Vanessa being the super responsible mom that she was, put it all behind her and focused on her daughter.

Thing is, she really wasn’t the only one who was attracted that day. Mr. Thomas’ attention was on her as well. And this began their story. Cameron (Mr. Thomas) is one of those adorably, sweet heroes. He was gentle and kind and thoughtful and sweetly geeky. He had a shyness to him that made him non-threatening. He was exactly what this gun-shy mom needed. He was her compliment in every way. Where she needed the methodical approach to life, she needed to predict every single outcome, he was willing to wing it and see where things led them. Where she was creative and allowed colours and sights dictate to her, he loved facts and knowledge. I really liked these characters. I loved the side characters too, including Josie.

Ms. Bohrman wrote a second chance love story that felt as fresh as a new love. She tells a tale of bravery, in the face of deep seated personal fears. She writes a hero of such gentleness and sweetness that if I had a daughter THAT is the man I’d want her to meet and fall in love with. I’m half tempted to gift a copy of this book to my niece and have her read it so she can get an idea of the best kind of guy. Because nice guys don’t have to finish last. So, would I recommend this book? Yes, I would, especially if you’d like a break from those domineering alpha type/bad boy type books, where the good guy gets the girl and gentleness and compassion are sexy.

 

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Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Barbie Bohrman dreamed of becoming an author. Long after she had given up, a book club’s prologue contest enticed her to give it one more go. What emerged were the beginnings of her debut novel, Promise Me. Now she’s living her dream and writing stories that entice readers to escape and break away from reality. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to get through the books on her Kindle (more than a thousand at last count) or watching Lost or Seinfeld. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

 

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