Review: Starting Over by Barbie Bohrman

Starting Over
Author: Barbie Bohrman
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

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?


Starting Over was a cute story about a single mom finding herself and love again after years of raising her daughter on her own. I really enjoyed the characters in this story. Vanessa was such a strong woman. She had been dealt a rough road and had made the best out of it. Vanessa did everything she could to make sure her daughter had the best childhood. I respected the choices she made, and loved the support she received from her family.

Vanessa’s family was amazing. I first met her brother and sister-in-law in Playing It Safe and it was fun to see them again. I loved how they, along with her parents, pushed Vanessa to want more for herself. I also loved the stability they helped give her daughter, Josie.

Josie was such a cutie! I loved her reaction to her mother’s love life. She was a little adult, but definitely a child. The one thing that kind of threw me off in the story was her age. She was supposed to be twelve, but was in eighth grade. Most of the eighth graders I know are thirteen or fourteen. She seemed much more mature than a twelve-year-old.

I can’t leave out Vanessa’s new love interested Cameron. His science teacher geekiness was adorable! It made him so sexy. As did the way he talked to Vanessa. The guy had game — even if he didn’t realize it!

Starting Over was a fun contemporary romance. It’s short, sweet, and perfect for one of those days you want an uplifting romance.

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