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Cheating on Myself

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What happens when good enough just isn't enough anymore?

Stella Dahl assumed her life was as good as it was ever going to get. But after twelve years with a man who’s more a habit than husband material, she walks out on her bland existence, determined to start over. Goaded by her friends and a group of crass retirees she befriends at water aerobics, Stella plunges back into
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Paperback, 253 pages
Published October 2nd 2013 by Lingonberry Books (first published September 30th 2013)
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Erin Downing
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the first book I've written for adults, and I can't wait for people to read it!! It was so fun to write - hopefully it will be even more fun to read.
Jessica Johnson
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Goodreads Description:
What happens when good enough just isn't enough anymore?
Stella Dahl assumed her life was as good as it was ever going to get. But after twelve years with a man who’s more a habit than husband material, she walks out on her bland existence, determined to start over. Goaded by her friends and a group of crass retirees she befriends at water aerobics, Stella plunges back into the dating pool. After a few false starts, she meets Joe, the sexy banjo player in a popular children’
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Meganm922
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: authors-i-love
I loved Cheating on Myself. It was such a feel good romantic comedy that made me laugh and gasp and sigh (in a good way). Every once in a while, I find myself craving a good rom com with characters that I connect with and care about and Cheating on Myself did not disappoint. I’ve read the author’s YA novel, None of the Regular Rules and knew I liked her style and character building, so I’m glad I decided to go ahead and review this adult romantic comedy.

Stella was the kind of character I could
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Ali's Books
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Throughout the book Stella is just trying to figure out what she wants, and if she’s making the right decisions. She is very stiff/disciplined and has lived her life according to a list she made when she was fifteen. Now when she hasn’t marked off the last line of her list – getting married, she begins to question everything. Problem is – it is a long back-and-forth process to figure things out.


So, I wasn’t crazy about this book. I just couldn’t make myself care about Stella. Since the story wa
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Heather Wood
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Cheating on Myself more than I expected. The premise didn’t sound like something I would really be into, but I’ve read another book by the author so I decided to give it a shot. I’m glad I did because I found it to be a fun romantic comedy about discovering yourself for the first time in years.

The setup was simple enough. Stella finally decides she’s had enough of a dead-end relationship. She works for a marketing firm and she’s been in a relationship with a corporate guy. It wa
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Kristina
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I was looking for one of those lightweight, read-in-an-afternoon sort of books, and the description for this one referred to a sexy banjo player so of course that did it for me. The story was fine, I guess, although the heroine and her whiny, doormat-like tendencies got a little annoying. But I liked the aforementioned sexy banjo player and the girls' friend Anders (whose issue was entirely guessable by anyone who wasn't totally obsessed with herself). Would probably have preferred to read more ...more
Kim Hruba
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
Downing boldly addresses a touchy subject, "What happens when good enough, just isn't good enough anymore?" I'm guessing that reviews of, or reactions to, this book are going to be intrinsically linked to one's own feelings about the personal relationships they have. It made me think and I like it when a book does that. I loved her voice, writing style, pacing, and humor - especially those water aerobics ladies. I didn't care for Stella's constant rumination on Joe's history, but on the other ha ...more
KStar
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. Fun, quirky romance story. : )
Julie
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cute story about a woman in her 30's realizing after 12 years in the same relationship she has lost sight of what she wants. She finds herself questioning her decisions and her job.
Leigh Ann
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
A decent book about finding yourself despite everyone else influencing you. I did find the main character a bit annoying at times.
Angel Obenauer
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pretty good ebook. it had you rooting for the main character throughout. would recommend to anyone who enjoys chic lit
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Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an addictive read. A story about a woman who had thought she had her life planned out, but the future had other plans for her.
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