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Starting Over

(Treading Water #3)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  3,002 ratings  ·  157 reviews
In a drunken stupor, Brandon O'Malley frightens his brother Aidan's girlfriend, enraging his brother and the rest of his family. Aidan offers Brandon the choice of rehab or jail, and Brandon reluctantly enters treatment. While in rehab, he confronts the lifetime of secrets and resentments that fueled his spiral into alcoholism, and these revelations have a major effect on ...more
Published December 27th 2011
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Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall rating: 4 "Second Chance" stars!

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Why the one-star when Marie Force is one of my top three favorite authors? I could not get into this story line. I could tell that the author did a lot of research about AA but the story contained too many details that I got bored. I also did not connect with the H.

Books 1 and 2 were so amazing, full of angst and heartbreak. I hope my rating of the book doesn't discourage any to try it. It might be your cup of tea. Marie is a wonderful author. I just did not connect with this story, hence the ra
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Authors please pay attention- if you want to know how to write the kind of epilogues that readers want, read Starting Over's. Not only was the whole book wonderful, the epilogue had everything, I mean everything I want- it had a heartwarming twist, it provided updates for the series'major characters [a must for the readers], and it required a few tissues. Thank you Marie Force for ending this lovely trilogy on a perfect note! ...more
I so enjoyed this whole trilogy and highly recommend it! Marie Force is a favorite author of mine because her stories are deeper, a little edgier in plot line (this one was about and alcoholic) and evoke so much emotion from me - I can always count on a good cry and an uplifting HEA. She is also the queen of Love at First Sight story lines, which I don't always want, sometimes I like the "I love you's" to take awhile, but sometimes they are exactly what I need.

Starting Over has two, slightly th
Anne OK
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
Book Three in Treading Water Trilogy

An excellent conclusion to the "Treading Water" trilogy. Once again, Marie Force offers her readers another extraordinarily interesting and entertaining storyline which includes sizzling romance and intriguing characters who'll make you cry, laugh and love right along with them. "Starting Over" features Brandon O'Malley who, despite his refusal to acknowledge he has a drinking problem, lands in rehab after he attacks his brother's girlfriend. Getting his life
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Yes –(4 stars) Definitely enjoyed Brandon and the story surrounding his troubles with alcohol and journey to higher ground. The scene with him at the cemetery was a heart grabber and a Kleenex moment. No – (2.5-3 stars) Didn’t care for the whim, wham of the (and I hate to say this because I love Marie Force’s books) sappy love stories here. Again, as with Marking Time I feel like this story was another Lifetime movie and these lives are on a quick time table to meet fall head over heels in love ...more
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book! The O'Malley's are such an amazing family.

I laughed out loud at Dennis' fear of funny to imagine a big tough guy, whos raised 5 kids being scared of one woman.

I absolutly loved Mike and Brandon's relationship. She was the star of the book for me. The epilogue...tissues please!!!

I loved seeing Colin and Declan get their HEA's. Especially Colin, the steadfast "good kid", it was time he had something special just for himself.

On a side note, I was a little sad not to s
Dawn ♥ romance
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
An engrossing story with lots of information on alcoholism and enough romance including love at first sight secondary romances. Plot, pace and action all good with exciting ending. Recovering alcoholic Brandon meets Daphne and her precocious daughter living in the building he is restoring.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
There are certain things that shouldn't be rushed. One of them is romance with a recovering alcoholic when you have a 5 year old. Also, why are you letting this dude you've know for a couple months, be alone with your kid? idk. The other subplots are also rushed and silly. ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tear Jerker Deluxe!

This book could have been a series all on its own WOW! To say I loved it is an understatement it was amazing, absolutely amazing. Forgive me for gushing but I seldom find a book that truly takes my breath away and this one has. Brandon, Daphne and Michaela’s story is one for the ages from the moment they meet.... The entire O’Malley clan take part in this superb story filled with angst, love, and serious issues,beautifully handled. Kudos to Ms. Force for her research and insig
Judy Churchill
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this book but it didn’t have the character development books 1 and 2 had. Too much happened too fast.
Lynn Smith
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starting Over

Another book in the series that has you bawling your eyes out one moment and smiling and laughing the next. While this book is mostly Brandon's story you still get caught up with the rest of the family. This book can be read as a standalone but some parts won't make as much sense and besides you don't want to miss any of the story.
Lisa Filipe
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone in need of a REAL story
I have to agree with a few of the other ladies that said Starting Over was their Favorite of the Treading Water Trilogy.

I can honestly say that Brandon stole my heart in this book and I think might hold onto it for a while. I tend to be a woman who always went after the man who needed to be "saved". So in Starting Over I found myself feeling so bad for Valerie, Brandon's ex, who put so much of herself into the relationship with a man who was lost. The book starts out with a lot of heavy baggage
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Eh, glad I only borrowed this one. This was one of those quick, easy contemporary reads that I like to gobble down once in awhile. I liked the first two books in the series they yanked a lot of outrage chains and they were super fun to read. This one fell all over itself in it's earnestness. Part of he problem is that the first part of the book felt like it was a by-the-book primer on AA and Al-Anon. I felt like I was reading a manual, not a story about this person's experience with alcohol addi ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful addition to this series! I loved really getting to know the rest of the O'Malley family (Aidan's siblings and parents). This book focuses on Brandon, who is working to stay sober after events from Marking Time occur. Shortly after returning from rehab, he meets a little girl named Mike who takes a liking to him. Then he meets her mother.

This book is more than a love story- more than that, I loved watching Brandon in his recovery, making his amends, and truly learning so muc
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
My grade: C+. This is the third book of a trilogy. I didn't read the first two books but had no trouble keeping all the characters and backstories straight. The book starts with Brandon starting a 30 day rehab.

All 4 O'Malley brothers had relationships to fix, and all issues were rather quickly resolved near the end.

I liked Brandon's journey: accepting his alcoholism and his struggle with sobriety. That was unusual in a romance and I appreciated the research Force did. I liked Brandon and 5 year
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-favorites
I really didn't think I was going to like this book as much as the first two, as the storyline is a little bit of a deviation from the others. (My plan was to rush through it so I could get to the 4th book and catch up with the other characters). Boy was I wrong! This book turned on the water works BIG TIME! I enjoyed all of the book, but I'd say the last 1/4 or 1/3 (not sure) I simply COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN and that Epilogue!!!! I got 1/2 way through it and had to start back reading it from the ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another O'Malley here, after Aidan in the previous book, we meet Brandon, who has serious alchol issue. After 30 days in rehab Brandon has to begin again with his family, his brothers and all the people he hurt in his drunken fog.

But he meets Mike, a wonderful 5 years old girl, who needs a father and her mother, who needs a friend and maybe someone who'll love her.

For those two woman Brandon becomes finally the man all his family wanted him to be.

Very emotional and sweet. A great trilogy, recomm
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
My favorite and a wonderful third book in this series. Realistic situations, beautifully packed together. I love the O'Malley clan! The relationship they all have is what - for me - was the core of this book and what made it work so well. But I have to say Mike & Brandon's relationship is the killer :) That kid slays me!! ...more
Jan Mcleod
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Multiple plots involving the O'Malley family and the women the O'Malley sons love; an alcoholic son, Brandon, and his fight for sobriety; kidnapping of Brandon's fiancee's daughter; a powerful senator; and several other sub-plots. ALL are woven together with the hand of a master that you won't want to put down once you start to read this one!. ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So, SO amazing! This book has it all. As in all Marie Force books, there is definitely romance, but there is also a solid dose of humor, drama, and lots of tissue moments. You will fall in love with the O'Malley's and the people around them. ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved all the books in the Treading Water Series, but by far my favorite was this book! Brandon and his brothers showed the true meaning of brotherhood in this book, I wanted to belong to their family. I was torn when I realized that I would not be reading more on the O'Malley's! ...more
Cocktails and Books
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fabulous. Look for review on Night Owl Reviews ...more
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the BEST series I have read to date! This book was an emotional ride full of LOVE! Highly recommend.
Laura's Book Addiction
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Starting Over is AMAZING my favourite of the series even my favourite book by Marie Force EVER!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story. I loved the brothers and Mike was adorable. I really loved the ending.
ms bookjunkie
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Amazing book, real issues. Not my favorite in the trilogy but compelling, emotionally satisfying.

Trigger warning: Realistic description of an alcoholic's revelations in rehab.
What a great story. I wasn't sure how I felt about Brandon in book two. But damn does this boy redeem himselfin this book. The epilogue still has me in tears. I love the wrap up. ...more
Jennifer Brocious hughes
Tears abound, where's the kleenx

This book takes you on a heartfelt rollercoaster ride of emotions and ends perfectly. Marie is a master story teller
Sandra Cunningham
I love Daphne and Brandon story. Another great Marie Force,and I would read it again. ENJOY EVERYONE📚💜

Brandon faced the mirror to adjust his bow tie and brush some lint off the shoulder of his black tuxedo. He ran a trembling hand through hair streaked with the strands of silver that began appearing after the kidnapping. The butterflies that had stormed around in his stomach for days had grown into bats overnight. He reached for the roll of antacids in his pocket. How will I ever do this? “Dear
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