Starting Over

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 agrSingle 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 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 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 b

  • Title: Starting Over
  • Author: Barbie Bohrman
  • ISBN: 9781503952065
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. 4 stars! 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 bo [...]

    2. 3.5 STARS”Are you really happy, Mom?”I love this cover and was excited to head to the beach and/or have a beach date. Sadly there isn’t a beach scene in this book (boo). There is however, a story about a mother of a tween daughter who for the past thirteen years been using her daughter as an excuse not to date and/or have any type of relationships outside of her family. You see, Vanessa’s ex ran out on her when he found that she was pregnant with Josie. ”I don’t have friends. But I h [...]

    3. Title: Starting OverSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Barbie BohrmanRelease date:January 19, 2015Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]I became a fan of Barbie Bohrman after reading Playing It Safe. It was one of those new-to-me author experiments that worked out even better than I could have imagined. Sexy, sweet, surprisingly addictive rolled into one, I was ready to sign up for any future releases she had to offer. I'm going to be honest and tell you that I didn't even read the synopsis [...]

    4. I first met Vanessa and Josie in Starting Over and instantly feel in love. I was so excited to see that Vanessa would be getting a story and finding her happily ever after. Vanessa is a single mother to her thirteen year old daughter, Josie. Josie and her have always been this perfect little duo, but now that Josie is getting older she wants to do more things independently or with her friends. Vanessa really struggles with Josie growing up and sort of leaving her behind. Cameron Thomas is Josie [...]

    5. 3.5 starsThis is a short and sweet romance that loosely ties to the wonderful Playing It Safe (my review), but can also easily be read as a standalone. Vanessa is the older sister of the luscious Alex from Playing it Safe. She has been a single mother since her boyfriend left her while she was pregnant, and since then she has dedicated her life to raising her daughter, Josie, who has been her entire life, but who is now 12 and is starting to get a life of her own. At an open school night Vanessa [...]

    6. 3.5 Stars What would you do if the father of your child decides that he finally wants to have a relationship with her, even though he walked out on both of you while you were pregnant 12 years ago.That's the premise of this story, as well as the fact that Vanessa has dedicated the last 12 years of putting Josie first. She has never dated, and spent every moment putting her daughter first. So much so, that she's forgotten how to 'live'. Until she meets Cameron, Josie 's science teacher (who just [...]

    7. 3.5 starsStarting Over was an enjoyable read.The story was well written, the characters Vanessa and Cameron were likable and very relatable.Overall this was a sweet read that held my interest from start to finish. I recommend this book.Thank you Montlake Romance for the advance copy via Netgalley.

    8. 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 singl [...]

    9. Vanessa is a single mother of a twelve year old daughter Josie. She dedicates most of her time to raising her daughter, working and her art love on the sideline. Her family pressure her into dating but this is still one thing she’s not so sure about. After promising her daughter she would try to date, she gets an offer from her daughter’s science teacher. There is definitely sparks between them but Vanessa is scared of the consequences of dating her daughter’s teacher. After reading the de [...]

    10. Book Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥This is a sweet romance novel about a single mum with an ordinary life. Her world centres on her family, her daughter Josie in particular. She keeps herself busy with her Art and her soon to be teenage daughter’s life. Being a single parent has its good and bad days and after many years of departure Josie's dad wants to be a big part of her life again.Vanessa is not looking for love and probably would not even notice a man’s flirtatious advances. You could say she [...]

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    12. ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review.4 Cautious StarsVanessa is Alex's sister from Playing It Safe, and this story takes place two years after that book. Precocious and adorable Josie is on the cusp of turning into a teenager and becoming more independent from her mother. With Josie's encouragement and that of her family, Vanessa begins to explore the possibility getting her own life independent of being a mother, and starts dating the cute Science Teacher, Cameron, from Josie's s [...]

    13. 3.5-4 starsWe met Vanessa and her daughter Josie in Playing It Safe as they are Alex's sister and niece. Vanessa is a single mom whose life revolves around work, part time art, and her twelve year old daughter, Josie. She has not dated in years and her social life is relegated to family time. But she is beginning to realize something is missing.Then she meets her daughter's adorable, nerdy but sexy Science teacher. They begin a somewhat awkward dance of flirtation and dating. I adored Cameron. H [...]

    14. My MusingsI love, loved the daughter. I love, loved Cameron. The heroine not so much. She took way to long to see the truth. Still glad I read this one. Happy ☺reading 📚!

    15. 4 "Professor Indiana Jones" Stars *** ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***This was such a sweet quick read! This was my first read from Bohrman and I completely enjoyed the whole thing. The story line and all the characters throughout read and flowed well. There were a few situations that didn't quite make sense, but of all I really enjoyed the whole thing. It has always been just Vanessa and Josie since her boyfriend and father of her child walked out on them whe [...]

    16. ARC provided via netgalley in exchange for an honest review3 keep calm and drink mango smoothies- stars Starting Over was one of those feel good books, perfect for a cozy day, wrapped up in a blanket on your sofa. It started out as a fluffy, fun read with an adoringly beautiful mother-daughter-duo in the center of the story- it almost had a Gilmore Girls vibe which- considering I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan- was a huge plus.It also had Professor Indiana Jones aka Cameron Thomas as the H. And eve [...]

    17. Starting Over is a heartfelt story about finding the courage to let go of the past and live in the moment. Sweetness and comfort abound with likeable characters in this cute story with fun family dynamics.I went into this book expecting a romance but what I got was chick lit with romantic undertones. Vanessa’s personal issues seemed to be at the forefront of the story while the budding relationship seemed like an afterthought. As a result, I never felt the chemistry between Vanessa and Cameron [...]

    18. We met Vanessa Holt and her spunky daughter Josie in Playing it Safe. And I absolutely loved these girls and am so happy to get their story. Plus we get to see more of Vanessa's sexy brother Alex!From the beginning, its always been just Josie and Vanessa. Vanessa has always shied away from relationships, not wanting to bring guys in and out of Josie's life. Besides she has her Uncle Alex as a father figure, she doesn't need anyone else.But when Vanessa goes to a parent night at the school, spark [...]

    19. This was my first time reading from this author and I really enjoyed STARTING OVER.Throughout the book, Bohram mixed up the humour, angst, and swoon in just the right balance. The story was fresh and real but also gives the reader the escape they're looking for. The characters are well written that even the secondary characters are memorable. Vanessa and Josie's mother/daughter relationship was strong, endearing and the type of bond any mother hopes to have with their daughter. I absolutely ador [...]

    20. Got this book from Netgalley for an honest review:This was a great story about Vanessa and the trials she faced as a single mother. All things happen at the same time which seems crazy but it generally does happen that way in life sometimes. I love the relationship she has with her whole family including the sister in law who constantly cracked me up with her little tid bits with their own daughter Violet. Josie is a typical teenage girl on the brink of becoming a full blown teenager and woman. [...]

    21. I loved this read! The story of Vanessa and her daughter who have a great family bond, they have always been there for each other but as her daughter gets older and wants to spend more time with her friends Vanessa doesn’t know what to do with herself. Her daughter encourages her to date and after much disagreeing, she finally agrees to finally put herself out there.Vanessa finds a great connection with her daughter's science teacher and the rest is well history. Of course, there are a few bum [...]

    22. Received this book from NetGallery in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book. It had me hooked right from the start. Vanessa is a single mom of a teenager Josie who hasn't had a man in her life in a long time and has focused on her daughter. Vanessa and Josie have a very strong relationship. Josie is such a sweet funny girls you can tell she just wants her mom to be happy. Then comes in Cameron, he was super sweet and romantic and was not giving up. He knew what he wanted and [...]

    23. This is my third book from Barbie and the third time she's left me feeling happy and satisfied. I met Vanessa in Playing it Safe and had been looking forward to her story. The writing was fun and light. I love Barbie's humor; her characters think and speak the way I do so they're easily relatable to me. In Starting Over, I feel like Barbie captured the honest, every day internal struggle a single mom goes through as she ventures back into the dating world after being a single parent for so long. [...]

    24. An excellent read that tells the story of a single mother who for the past 13 years has put romance at the bottom of the needs list. When she meets Cameron Thomas, her daughters new science teacher a spark of interest begins to flame. Though she tries to fight it, the attraction grows and his kind and caring ways soon have her walls crumbling. Soon though her fear of being rejected again comes to the surface and she is soon running using her daughter as a shield. Will she really just walk away f [...]

    25. This is my first Barbie Bohrman book and I really enjoyed it! I totally enjoyed the hero & the heroine. I felt they were totally believable! The chemistry was great. I really fell in love with Cameron! I understood Vanessa's situation, though not dating or being someone for 13 years is completely foreign to me. Great story and I look forward to reading more from this author!

    26. I love Cameron, “when can I see you again?” he asks, then presses another quick kiss to my lips. “I need to see you again.” Vanessa is a strong woman and always does what's best for her daughter I loved her character. Cameron was sweet, and patient great qualities in a man but I wish he was a tad bit bossy

    27. So I received a free copy of this, and I had never read anything by this author before, but I loved it!The storyline is very sweet, and had a lot of funny moments. I dig a nerdy guy, so this was right up my alley! I loved it.

    28. I enjoy the writing of BB, but I couldn't love this book. The male protagonist was not really jumping off the page to me at all- and therefore, their relationship felt muggy to me. While I loved the mother daughter relationship, the romance was just lacking to me.

    29. Vanessa is hot for teacher! Cameron is just what the single mom needs. This is more internal conflict than her ex coming back. What's more is that she uses her daughter as a shield from moving forward in love and letting someone in. Good readC received in exchange for an honest review.

    30. Arc copy for an honest review. I read this in one sitting. Loved it so much. It's funny, sad, and it had me angry in some parts. Over all it's a very cute romance story. Love all the characters especially Cameron and Vanessa. I so wish that I could read more of Cameron and Vanessa!

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