Thursday, February 12, 2015

Review: New Uses for Old Boyfriends

New Uses for Old Boyfriends
by Beth Kendrick

Publisher: NAL Trade
Pages: 336
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything...but she can barely take care of herself.

The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget...and a second chance has never felt so much like first love. 

Kritters Thoughts:  Lila returns home to Black Dog Bay after a nasty divorce and a speedbump in her career.  She finds her mom struggling to keep herself afloat in Lila's childhood home.  They have to quickly find a solution to their money and directionless lives - a boutique is the right idea.

Lila was a great character from the beginning - a go getter who is going to find the solution for whatever problem comes her way.  I loved that her mom was her sidekick, made for a different read.  I also loved the love storyline, it was different and unexpected, some may say predictable, but it is still different than the genre norm.  I read this in one sitting and absolutely love Beth Kendrick.

This is a companion book to A Cure for the Common Breakup, so I would suggest reading that one first because you will get introduced to characters that make an appearance in this book.  I wouldn't mind another companion after this one!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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