Monday, May 2, 2016

Review Tour - - Doing it Over

Doing it Over
A Most Likely To Novel - Book 1
By Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: April 19, 2016

Ten years earlier...

High school graduation was taking them in different directions but best friends, Melanie, Jo, and Zoe made a vow to never forget their close bond and, no matter where they were, to return to their small hometown of River Bend, Oregon for their ten year reunion.

Present day...

Voted the senior most likely to succeed, Melanie left River Bend ten years earlier with plans to set the world on fire but the single mom is returning with no job, little money and a car that didn't even have the decency to wait until she hit the city limits before dying with a gasp and a shudder during a torrential downpour. She's there for her high school reunion but it doesn't take long for the warm welcome from the people of River Bend to remind her of how much she loved growing up there. Might the town that's at the center of her fondest childhood memories offer a second chance for Melanie and her young daughter, Hope?

Leaving the big city five years ago in search of a quieter life, Wyatt Gibson has made a place for himself in River Bend. The sexy contractor isn't looking for a relationship but he's charmed by both Melanie and her daughter and it isn't long before he's hoping they will decide to stay in town permanently. Experience has taught Melanie to rely only on herself. Will Wyatt be able to convince her to give them a chance? Or will a threat from Melanie's past derail their relationship before it has a chance to get on track?

Catherine Bybee is fast becoming one of my favorite contemporary romance authors with her vividly drawn characters, humor, sweet and sexy romance, and touch of suspense. In this new series, she has created a small town filled with intriguing - and a few quirky - characters who welcomed me home as if I had grown up in River Bend along with Melanie, Jo, and Zoe. I love the realness of her characters and the small town dynamics that she's nailed. And growing up in a town of 1800 people qualifies me to say that. The thread of suspense that she's added to this first book gives it the edge that keeps me flipping pages and guessing how she's going to tie all the loose ends together. And the secondary characters that are introduced as well as the hinted at mysteries surrounding them already have me anxious to read their books.   

If you haven't tried a Catherine Bybee book yet, Doing it Over would be a great place to start!


Have you ever returned home for a class reunion? How did it go?

Have you ever wished for a do-over?

Have you read Catherine Bybee's books yet?

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.  


  1. Doing It Over was my first Bybee book, and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to Jo and Zoe's stories, especially Zoe's since I'm hoping for a reunion story, my fave. Meanwhile, I need to check out the backlist.

  2. I just recently discovered her books and especially enjoyed her Brides series, so I'm eager to get started on this one.

    1. I liked her Weekday Brides a lot too, Nikki.

  3. Love her brides series. Looking forward to her new series.

    1. Hope you enjoy this new series too, Pamela!

  4. I have read most of the week-day brides & a couple of the Not Quite books - really good! I have gone to 4 high school reunions with mixed reviews. LOL. The 10th & 30th were good. 20th & 40th were awkward. LOL. I tortured my husband by making him come with me. PS I met Catherine in NYC last summer at RWA. She is so nice!

  5. Thanks, ladies. I hope you enjoy all three of these books in this series.