Author: Barbie Bohrman
Publisher by: Montlake Romance
Published on: January 19, 2016
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
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Related Books: Playing It Safe
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 date the first 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?
Starting Over was a short and sweet read about finding love again. This is the third book that I’ve read from Barbie Bohrman. Though this is a complete standalone, I enjoyed seeing some familiar characters from her previous novel, Playing It Safe. I liked the story and the characters and I enjoyed the connection and banter between them. While I did like this story, it was not my favorite of Barbie’s books.
Vanessa Holt is the older sister of Alex from Barbie’s previous novel. She is a single mom of a 12 year daughter named Josie. Since Josie’s father left when she while she was pregnant, she’s has raised Josie on her own. Her daughter is her world and they had a great mother-daughter connection.
Being a single mom has left her little time to date . She’s never been interested in finding anyone until she meets and falls for Cameron Thomas, her daughter’s science teacher. Cameron was sweet, caring, and a little bit nerdy. He was also a truly patient person. Dating was something completely new for Vanessa and she had many insecurities about it. He gave Vanessa as much space and time as she needed. I liked Vanessa but her insecurities and doubts frustrated me. I wanted her to be more confident.
While this was a sweet story, it just did not have as much romance as I had hoped. It dealt more with Vanessa’s issues and family drama. Don’t get me wrong, Vanessa and Cameron were cute together and there was even a steamy scene or two, I enjoyed them. I just did not feel that their romance was fully developed. I wanted to see more of their connection and them as a couple. Although I wanted more from this story it was still a quick and enjoyable read.
The next few moments are kind of a blur and kind of an out of body experience, because I’m not absolutely sure, but it feels as if I’m being carried up the stairs by Cameron; either that or I somehow
picked up the superpower of flying when I got this case of strep throat. Even stranger is when I’m placed in my bed, then reach out to grab a fistful of Cameron’s T-shirt and pull him down into my bed with me. More odd still is when I snuggle into his arms and sniff all the sunshine goodness that is his signature scent while burrowing into his warmth.
During the course of my broken sleep, I’m slightly aware that I’m sharing my bed with a man for the first time in many, many years. I’m cognizant of the fact that it’s Cameron, which brings a smile to my face even as I’m semi-restless. And that he’s holding me so close to him, like a prized treasure, and running his fingers through my hair with tenderness while my fever breaks and the dreams finally come.