Doing It Over

Doing It Over

by Catherine Bybee

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Overview

Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.

Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503950726
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Most Likely To Series , #1
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 664,431
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-four books that have collectively sold more than two million copies and have been translated into twelve languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee 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 Not Quite series, the Weekday Brides series, and, most recently, the Most Likely To series.

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Doing It Over 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author, and I think I'm going to have to read some more of her work. Life didn't turn out like Melanie expected, and when she returns to her home town, she finds that most of her friends lives went in a different direction from what they were voted "most likely" to do. Her friends are pretty amazing. They are her family. Mel's daughter is adorable. She steals everyone's heart...even the readers. Wyatt was a little surprising to me. He talks like a cowboy gentleman at times, then he'll say something in that smoldery, commanding way to show he has some Alpha in there too. This was a love story, but it was also a story of survival and new beginnings. The ARC of Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee was kindly provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Bybee's The Weekday Brides series is one of my favorites and I was so excited when I found out she was starting a new one ... and I'm ever more thrilled to find out she still has the magic touch! Like The Weekday Brides, readers will get a fun & charming romance between the hero & heroine - tender moments, funny dialogue, and characters (both main & secondary) that you'll fall for. And while there's just the right amount of trouble, none of it is overly dramatic, couply issues. There was one moment where I was a little scared but I should have realized that Bybee wouldn't do that to her readers. Instead she lets the romance develop naturally between Wyatt and Melanie, leaving any problems to be brought by outside forces. We're also given a little bit about Melanie's friends, kinda like a preview for the next books, but not enough for it to overwhelm the main story. Outside of the main three friends the series is based on, we're also given some entertaining side characters - Melanie's spunky daughter, outrageous Ms Gina, Zoe's sexy ex Luke, and Wyatt's oh-so-awesome dad. Every time I turned the page I was so anxious to see what Bybee would bring next and I am SOOO looking forward to the rest of the series. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
I love the small-town romances. I think part of the reason is I love the how close everyone is, at least in theory. I flip-flop on if I'd really want to be that close with everyone in my neighborhood. But in romances it works. I'll admit I've never read Catherine Bybee before so I was happy to give her a try. I'm glad I did. You really have to feel for Melanie, here is things that she off to the perfect life when he all turns to crap. Isn't that how life is? But you do what you have to do and keep going, or back where you started as Melanie finds herself. I loved Wyatt. He's very down to earth and knows what he's all about. He's kind of perfect for Melanie, someone she can count on and stand besides her. I also enjoyed the friendships in this book and can't wait for the next book in the series. This is a well-written story with everything you'll want in a romance.
Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! It was a wonderful start to a new series from Catherine Bybee. It had a good balance between establishing setting, tone, and characters for this and future books, and keeping time and relevance with Melanie’s story and its romance. She was also excellent at investing the reader in the characters and immersing them in the story. It was a mostly happy story, with a bit of lost innocence. It was at times light and fun, and other times it was intense and emotional. There wasn’t much in terms of love scenes, but their emotions and intimacy were captured beautifully. I wanted more from Wyatt’s family, so I’m hoping maybe we’ll see more in the background of future books. I think Zoe is next and I just can’t wait! Doing It Over was an enchanting read with endearing friendships and a charming small town. It felt cozy and real and I just couldn’t get enough!
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic!! DOING IT OVER just confirmed my stance, Catherine Bybee is a Must-Read author! Doing it Over is the first book in her new trilogy, Most Likely To, which shows the life of three high school friends ten years after graduation starting with Melanie. This new cast of characters are fun to read and get to know in that easy likeable, relatable way Bybee has of making you feel right at home as if they are real people... family, friends, or even neighbors you wish you had. The romance develops between Melanie and Wyatt, the new guy in town at an easy pace that pulls you right into their chemistry as it builds for them. The dialogue has a nice mixture of wit, charm, humor and the undertone of words unsaid... I have to say, as much as I loved the love story, I think Miss Gina and little Hope often stole the scene. Loved their sassy, feisty ways. I recently read a quote that basically said, if you want to get back to the right perspective on life, just talk to a four year old and an eighty-four year old. The ages are a bit off, but I think the advice would hold in this case. As I've come to love, Bybee once again sucked me into this fun and lighthearted romance that takes a sudden turn into danger and suspense that ALWAYS makes her stories impossible to put down. Bad guys must be caught and the people she's made you love Must. Be. Safe!!! DOING IT OVER was no exception. Loved every laugh, every giggle, every steamy love scene, and every tense moment!! Can't wait for book two!! You don't want to miss this one!! 5 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
A great start to a new series. A lot can change in ten years. But real friendship never does. Ten years ago, Melanie Bartlett left the small town of River Bend behind, with a bright future ahead of her. Too bad life got in the way of her hopes and dreams. She returns to River Bend to attend her high school reunion, puttering into town in need of a miracle. She’s a broke, single mother with only the possessions she has in her broken down car. Wyatt Gibson is a laid-back carpenter. He’s only been in town for about two years, but knows River Bend is where he wants to stay. He’s more than what he seems. He’s never thought about settling down until he meets Melanie and her 7-year-old daughter, Hope. Melanie is a strong heroine who loves her daughter and isn’t afraid of hard work. She’s not accustomed to a man being good to her and her daughter like Wyatt is. Yet, time and time again, Wyatt proves to her that he’s a man she can rely on. A man she can allow herself to love. The two are good as a couple. But this story is more than the intimacy these two share. It’s about second chances and finding true everlasting love. I loved that River Bend is a small town. I love even more that you don’t have busybodies all around. Yes, the people know what’s going on, but they don’t seem to meddle in other’s business. However, they do watch out for each other. Miss Gina, the owner of the B&B, where Melanie and Hope find themselves, is a riot. She has Melanie’s best interest at heart. Melanie’s best friends, Jo, Zoe, and Luke are also great characters who are getting their own stories. I always forget how much I enjoy Catherine Bybee’s stories until I start to read one. Doing it Over was soooo not what I was expecting. I went in thinking I was going to get a straightforward romance with a HEA in the end. What I got was a romance with suspense elements that I didn’t see coming. The suspense is a slow build with pieces you desperately want to put together. It’s straightforward but does hold some surprises. I can’t wait to find out who the next book is going to be about and what’s going to happen. The Most Likely To series promises to have some interesting couplings and a few surprises. **Received a copy from Montlake in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.** Rating: 4.5
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Catherine Bybee never ceases to amaze me with how she can craft a story that sucks me right from page 1. This book is no exception to that fact. I was completely captivated by this story and fell in love with the whole host of characters in the book. I loved how sweet and kind Wyatt was with Hope. Nothing sexier in my mind than a man who is truly awed by children and knows that no matter what they come first. When Melanie and Hope first return to River Bend it's suppose to be for a short term visit while Melanie attends her high school reunion. The charm of the town and the kindness of people quickly have Melanie convinced that she's finally back where she's suppose to be. Then she meets Wyatt and the whole place just feels like home. When trouble strikes and Hope's life is in danger, the town again rallies around Melanie and Hope. No one will rest until the mystery of what happened is solved! This is truly a fantastic read that everyone needs on their must read list. I highly recommend it.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Melanie was voted Most Likely to Succeed during High School, but she didn’t end that way. Her luck already run out, and she was on her way back to River Bend to start from scratch. But before even getting to the small town where she grew up, her car broke down. Her daughter was already impatient, and even the weather was not cooperating. Then here comes Wyatt – the supposedly knight in shining armor who was ready to lend a hand but she refused because she was scared he might be someone dangerous. He used to live in a big city but preferred to live in a small town like River Bend. What he didn’t expect was the arrival of Melanie and her adorable daughter. Problem is, Melanie had been through rough times, especially when it comes to love and trusting someone – can he be able to convince her to take a chance on him? Melanie is a strong girl, who have been sharpened by hardships. Being back in the small town was not what she envisioned her future with, but with a growing daughter: she needs stability and security. Thank goodness for her friends and the kindness of an old lady who felt more like an aunt, everything seemed to be going smoothly. Not to mention having the attention of a handsome builder makes her day a little brighter. Before she gets her happy ending, her ex-husband came back into the picture and starts to disturb their lives. Something happened that made her wonder if she was a good mother…. Would she ever have her happy ending? I love Melanie, and I love Wyatt even more - he's such a patient man who would do everything for his girls. He's someone Melanie need after what happened to her: dependable, sweet, and responsible. I love the romance, and the mystery that surrounds the story, and it’s not just about Melanie. I think this was a great series starter with all those promising plots coming into light somewhere in between the chapters of the first book.