Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick
Series: Black Dog Bay #1
Read: June 22-28, 2017
My Book Rating: 4.5 Stars
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Genre: Chick Lit / Womens Fiction / Romance
Reading Challenge(s): Beat the Backlist 2017
ABOUT THE BOOK
Welcome to Black Dog Bay, a tiny seaside town in Delaware known as “the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup.” Home to Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single.
Flight attendant Summer Benson lives by two rules: Don’t stay with the same man for too long and never stay in one place. She’s about to break rule number one by considering accepting her boyfriend’s proposal—then disaster strikes and her world is shattered in an instant.
Summer heads to Black Dog Bay, where the locals welcome her. Even Hattie Huntington, the town’s oldest, richest, and meanest resident, likes her enough to give her a job. Then there’s Dutch Jansen, the rugged, stoic mayor, who’s the opposite of her type. She probably shouldn’t be kissing him. She definitely shouldn’t be falling in love.
After a lifetime of globe-trotting, Summer has finally found a home. But Hattie has old scores to settle and a hidden agenda for her newest employee. Summer finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Leave Black Dog Bay behind forever, or stay with the ones she loves and cost them everything…
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads with no expectation of a review.
This book is as utterly delightful as that cover. It is a laugh out loud ’till you cry, unputdownable joy of a book.
This book throws you right into the thick of the plot. To be honest, I didn’t care for the beginning. It felt rushed and Summer felt like such an over the top cariacture I didn’t think I’d like this book.
Then she arrived in Black Dog Bay. And ran over the mayors rose bushes. And blamed it on turtles and Taylor Swift. From this point on I was 100% sold on this charming rom com.
I ended up absolutely loving Summer. She has her baggage, and at times it felt like she fell for Dutch too quickly (specifically because of all that baggage!) but I can look past that. Summer is charming and brass and fearless.
I loved Dutch. He’s a great hero. He’s a sweet, no-nonsense kind of guy. I hate politicians on principal, but Beth Kendrick had me falling in love with this mayor.
The chemistry between Summer and Dutch was amazing. The little inside jokes and flirtations they had were hot, hot, HOT — especially for such a clean book!
The side characters were all so charming. I was able to quickly give them all unique voices and even imagine my dream cast for the movie playing in my head. (Kelly Bishop [aka Emily Gilmore] as either Hattie or Pauline – can’t decide which! Diane Wiest as Marla, Lennon Stella [Maddie from ‘Nashville’] as Ingrid, Leslie Mann [from ‘Knocked Up’, ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’, and ’17 Again’] as Summer—that voice of her is perfect.)
Every single chapter had me wishing I could read JUST ONE MORE, to the point where I accidentally read 50% of the book in one night. I only went to bed because my eyes refused to stay open and the words stopped making sense.
And here’s a word to the wise, don’t read this book anywhere you can’t let out a good belly laugh. Because I was holding in laughter while reading this late at night while my husband slept, and it just wasn’t the same.
I need to find out what happens next in Black Dog Bay.
If you’re in the mood for a light, comedic, romantic page turner, THIS is the book to read!
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Summer had never been accused of being sensible.
Rustic outdoorsmen weren’t Summer’s type, but something about him… He looked like he could ravish you so right and then stride off to chop a cord of wood.
“I promise you, I’m coming back to fix your landscaping situation.”
If Barbie hired Hello Kitty to decorate her dream house, the result would be the Winery.
He caught her gaze and held it, and in that moment, she saw him as everyone else in Black Dog Bay did: strong and stern and quietly authoritative. Someone who took his responsibilities seriously. Someone who was not to be trifled with.
And it only increased her desire to trifle with him.
“Can you talk sense into a bunch of adolescents sloshed on Alabama slammers?” ”Like a professional hostage negotiator.”
“Just make me look like I’m a lobotomized lady who lunches. On something other than grilled cheese.”
He took in the activity pages and the facial expressions and the iced tea before asking, very slowly, “What are you doing?”
“Connecting the dots,” Jenna said.
“Coloring a frog,” Hollis said.
“Making this word search my bitch,” Summer said.
Dutch glanced behind him. “Is this… am I missing something here?”
He made her laugh. He made her think. He made her want to stay.