When given the opportunity to review The Dating Do-Over, I thought: why not… I love to read, I’m almost done with my current book, and HEY…this one looks interesting! Forget for a minute that it was slightly outside my usual favorite genre (mystery/psychological thriller/suspense). Um, okay. Pretty far outside… But that’s where Cathy Spencer nailed it with her fabulous preview for this book.
I was intrigued by the plot and curious to know whether Viv (NOT Viviane, as her mother is wont to call her…) would find her true love. Besides that, The Dating Do-Over did look like it would offer some funny exploits and interesting twists and turns along the way to Viv’s end goal.
I’m not sure Viv’s taste in men is so horrible; rather, she’s just been kissing some pretty icky frogs for a time.
One such frog, the catalyst for Viviane’s whole decision (or rather her well-meaning friends) to do over the dating, is a guy named Kyle. Let’s get to know this peach a bit better, shall we?
He shook his head. “We’ve been together a long time, Viviane.”
“I know. Six years.”
“Yeah. It’s time we decided where this relationship is heading. I think it would be best if we spent some time apart to really think things through. We were awfully young when we got together, you know. Just kids starting out after school.”
Viv’s bottom lip started trembling. “You mean, you don’t want to get married?”
“Not now. This job comes with a whole lot more responsibility. I’m going to have to focus one hundred percent to be on top of my game. I can’t be worrying about anyone else. You want me to be a success, don’t you, Viv?”
“Well sure, Kyle.”
He nodded and flashed her one of his dazzling smiles. “I knew you would. You always want what’s best for me.” He started to rise from the couch, but she snatched his arm and tugged him back down again.
“But maybe I can come visit you in a couple of months, after you get settled.” Her eyes searched his face for reassurance. It couldn’t be over between them. “We could talk then, see where we are.”
He paused, one knee on the couch. “I think it best if we made a clean break, don’t you? You’re young, Viv. You want marriage and kids. I can’t do that now, but I wouldn’t want to hold you back if you found someone else. It wouldn’t be fair to you.”
He raised her hand to his lips and kissed it before standing. “Let’s make this as painless as possible, shall we? I’ll come by tomorrow to pick up my clothes while you’re at work.” He glanced around the room. “Most of this stuff is junk, anyway, so you can keep it or donate it to charity. I don’t want it.”
He threw on his things and picked up the briefcase and overnight bag. “I’ll put my apartment key through the mail slot when I’m finished. Take care of yourself, Sugar Lips. You’ll always have a special place in my heart.”
– The Dating Do-Over excerpt via Cathy Spencer – Author, and used with permission
See? He’s not the one for her.
And yes it does, most certainly, get worse before it gets better.
And THEN? Cathy throws us all a little curve in there, just to spice it up a bit more.
Oh, how I love curves.
And in the end?
Well, I’m not going to spoil THAT for you. Geesh. But I do love the mush ‘n’ gush ‘n’ everything with a (mostly) happy ending…
Mostly. You’ll just have to buy the book to see for yourself. While some may say it ends predictably (it is clear early on where things may be headed), it’s in the telling of the tale that matters for me. Ms. Spencer does it well!
Oh, and be sure to stop by Cathy’s place and let her know you were there. You’ll find all the rest of her fabulous titles there, too.
And yes. Yes, I did just snatch up her entire Anna Nolan series (3 books). I just LOVE a good series. I didn’t even read the previews this time and that is a GOOD thing – I already trust this author’s style of writing, her books are reasonably priced, and so now I’m full up on books for a bit. YAY!
Of course, Cathy will just have to keep on writing, if only to keep me in the books. No pressure, of course. 🙂
So, there you have it, a little insight into Ms. Spencer’s contemporary novel, The Dating Do-Over. Check it out now – you may just discover what it is YOU want!
Image via Cathy Spencer, Author and used with permission.
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