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Breaking Even

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Meet Penelope Whittaker. A sensible, do things the right way, soon-to-be-married accountant. Penelope is engaged to the wonderful, kind and caring Ben Miller ... a man she has known forever. Enter Single Dad. While on a school run, Penelope accidentally locks her keys in her car. A seemingly boring event, until she is offered aid by a very handsome (hubba, hubba) and perso ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published March 24th 2011 by Sublime Coyote Media (first published March 8th 2011)
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Jenn (Booksessed)
Jun 20, 2011 Jenn (Booksessed) rated it liked it
This book threw completely threw a good way. It took me a little bit to figure out that the men in the book were brothers and all the women in the book were sisters-in-law or in Penelope's case, sister-in-law-to-be. Penelope is engaged to Ben and thinks that life is going well until she meets Single Dad while dropping her soon to be nephews off at school. (Note: I think usually the capitalization of the adjective noun moniker in chick lit means bad news). Breaking Even is no different.

Jan 22, 2012 Kaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! Excellent storyline told in a way that makes you feel all of the lust, pain, & anguish felt by all of the characters particularly Penelope, a very strong woman with strong feelings but always a sense of what’s right. Most of us have the felt the emotions of some if not all, of the characters at one time or the other.

Most enjoyable read, highly recommend.
Meredith Schorr
Jan 03, 2012 Meredith Schorr rated it really liked it
Penelope has been engaged to Ben for quite some time but has not yet set a date. Ben has two brothers, Grayson and Paul who are married to Kim and Renee respectively. (At first I thought Renee and Kim were also sisters since the closeness between all of them seemed a bit over-the-top, but once I got a grip on how everyone was or was not related, it was smooth sailing.)

When Penelope locks her keys in her car after dropping her nephews off at school, she is rescued by Scott, an extremely handsome
Jun 25, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it

Penelope, a smart and sensible accountant, is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Ben. Things seem to be going well until she meets Scott, a gorgeous single dad, while dropping her nephews off at school. After hitting it off with Scott, she starts questioning her engagement, and starts feeling like they are in a rut, or are an “old married couple,” as she says. She begins to get a makeover, and fights with Ben nonstop, all the while daydreaming about Scott. Alongside her are the wives of Ben
Samantha March
May 10, 2011 Samantha March rated it really liked it
Penelope Whittaker is as sensible as they come. Working as an accountant, soon to be married to another accountant, the loving Ben Miller who she has dated for years. Everything in Penelope’s life is stable and consistent. Until she meets Scott Harrison. After a chance encounter (and locking her keys in her car) Scott comes to Penelope’s rescue. And from there, her predictable life starts to spin out of control. Penelope is taken by Scott’s good looks, his devotion to his son, and his ease when ...more
Jun 20, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Kathleen Kole's debut novel was such a fun, fast read. Penelope is an average woman with an average life until a chance meeting leaves her questioning when life became so routine and why she wasn't having a more spontaneous side. When future sister-in-law, Kris, innocently suggests that Penelope try some retail therapy, little did she know that she set Penelope off on a journey to change her life. I cheered Penelope on as she started to make changes, found myself sad for her when she became conf ...more
May 27, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
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Breaking Even: Kathleen Kole
Penelope has been engaged to Ben for three years now, but is still yet to set a date. Helping her future sister in law one morning with her nephews Pen meets Scott, or single Dad to Pen and her two future sister in laws. Scott sparks something in Pen who makes her question her relationship with Ben and what she really wants. The book follows as she figures that out and how effects her, Ben, Scott, Kris and Renee (her FSILs) and the rest of the family.

I thought the ch
Mar 20, 2013 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book and fell in love with penelope. even though her relationship with scott was out of control I was routing for her to persue it but at the same time wanted her relationship with ben to continue as well. The author was was very good at making u fall in love with the leading lady and the men in her life I couldn't pick one over the other at first. The relationship with scott was new and exciting and makes u relate to the first time you had a crush but the sister in ...more
Kathy Harris
Mar 18, 2012 Kathy Harris rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this lovely book by Kathleen Kole. Kathleen's work is new to me, and it did not disappoint! I could so identify with Penelope, and the chemistry between her and the new single dad in her life literally jumped off the page. This was a quick read for me; I wanted to know how things would pan out and how Penelope would reconcile what was happening to her. I recommend to lovers of chick lit and well-written romances.
Apr 16, 2011 Jencey/ rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I liked this book by author kathleen Kole. I will give a more detailed review in my blog on June 15th.
Jul 12, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
A sweet love story. Well-written and a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
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This book started out really interesting. I liked the characters and the situations that they were in however my interest began to waiver slightly the further I read. An enjoyable chick lit story but not my favorite of the two I have read from this author.
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UK Amazon bestselling author, Kathleen Kole writes women's contemporary fiction and is currently working on her next novel.

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