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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Call Brook Ogden a matchmaker in reverse. Let others bring people together; Brook, licensed mental health counselor, picks up the pieces after things come apart. When her own therapy practice collapses, she lands on her feet with a weekly advice-to-the-lovelorn column and a successful consulting service as the Breakup Doctor. But when her own relationship suddenly crumbles, Brook finds herself engaging in almost every bad breakup behavior she preaches against. And, worse, she starts a rebound relationship with the most inappropriate of men: a dangerously sexy bartender with anger-management issues who also happens to be a former patient.

As her increasingly out-of-control behavior lands her at rock bottom, Brook realizes that you can't always handle a messy breakup neatly, and sometimes you can't pull yourself together until you let yourself fall apart.

©2013 Phoebe Fox (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[A] heartwarming and funny story about friendship, romance, and the heart-wrenching reality of break-up." (Liz Tuccillo, author of How to Be Single)

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main character is obnoxious

It is very rare to read (listen to) a book and not root for the main character to have a happy ending... this is one of those books. The main character is self centered, obnoxious, whiney, and seriously crazy. I found her entirely unlikeable. The best friend is the true heroine. The main girl has magical healing powers and stops feeling pain way too quickly for the multiple injuries she receives throughout the story. I wanted to empathize with her, but honestly have no positive feelings. The narrator did a good job speaking, audio was great, but the voice can't save a poorly written main character.

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Mixed Blessing

While I enjoyed Phoebe Fox's dry wit, I had a difficult time connecting with the main character of Brook, a 30+ mental health care professional. She was never really described physically - I like to have a mental picture of each person in a story -even her best friend Sasha was given more of a background.

In spite of some humorous moments, the subject matter (recovering and dealing with difficult romantic break-ups) was rather depressing. It also didn't make sense that Brook was so devastated by a 4 or 5 month relationship with a man she didn't even love. It felt like there was a missing chapter or something.

I would try another book by this author although I did not find this one entertaining.

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Very Fun!!

Several times during this book I kept thinking something is going to happen and nothing happens. The humor and characters make up for what I missed in this book. The characters are so fun and real. It is different, there is no meeting Mr. Right and riding off into the sunset, it is a real break up and the search for her better side. I am not quite finished but am looking forward to the next in the series.

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