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Starting Over (Starting Over #1)

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Bellamy Carmichael’s finally come home after staying away for six years. There’s just one problem, Luke Carter…

Six years ago she seduced him, but a realization had him turning his back on her and became the cause of her long exodus. But with her brother’s imminent deployment Bellamy knows she’s bound to see him.

Luke Carter made the mistake of crossing a line he never sho
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ebook, 418 pages
Published January 25th 2014 by Limitless Publishing
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Jen
DNF At 34%

The idea and story itself behind Starting Over isn't half bad but the editing is! Yowza! Lots of extra commas, colons instead of semi colons and the like and it all managed to pull me out of the book. Given a decent editor, I could come around and thumbs up this little ditty. No rating because I couldn't pull on my big girl britches and finish it.
Kristina
Nov 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
So close to DNF'g this one.

Totally bland, lacklustre emotion between h & H. They had one night together 6 yrs earlier, jerk dismissed her & ignored her for the next 6 yrs, making sure to throw his girlfriends in her face. Even noted how he never thought about her, especially when he was with other girls, she never even entered his mind. She of course remained untouched because she loved him & immediately gave into him without a whimper, regardless of his behaviour towards her for all
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Maya
Self note:

Unoriginal plot, where H sleeps around for six years and throws women in h's face. Then, when he finally makes a move on h, she of course falls to his feet and everything is golden. ...And I'm left unhappy. :(
Sheryl
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*

Not bad, and I'm definitely intrigued enough to want to read the next book in the series; Second Chances. I'm still trying to figure out (based on the blurb of the second book) how in the world Stacy ended up with Mark when (view spoiler), yet according to the blurb of the second book, Mark has a wife and kids AND he seems to turn into a bit of a psycho/stalker... a
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Jen_C
Editing! I can only recommend this book to people who:
LOVE to hear every single character called "baby,"
who do not care much about editing,
who like men that cry even though they repeatedly threaten to kick someone's a$$ (but never do and I am not sure they could),
are okay with women being abused, crying A LOT,
and those who enjoy multiple points of view and long boring descriptions of minutia.
Gina Mcneal
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I couldn't put it down once I started. The story was great and kept me guessing. There was a great mixture of romance, a little suspense and some steamy love scenes. I will definitely read more from that author.
Talk Books To Me
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Starting Over is sexy new adult romance you won’t want to miss! The characters story tugged at my heart until the end. I simply wanted more and can’t wait to sink my teeth in the next story, Second Chances. Firstly, I read Starting Over in one afternoon. Secondly, The sex was hot, and the tension between these characters left me breathless from one page to the next. In the end, I found Luke’s ‘hesitancy’ to be a bit over-the-top, but over all this was a fun, quick read.

*SPOILER ALERT*

So
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Trish Bedroom Bookworms
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**originally posted at BedroomBookworms.com**

TrishswirlSometimes getting ARCs and books-for-review can be a little stressful. Don't get me wrong, free books are awesome, but they come with pressure. What if you don't like them? Sometimes I just don't. Sometimes they're written terribly, sometimes they're just not my cup of tea. Authors are nice people (mostly.) I don't want to upset them or hurt their feelings. Megan and I both feel a duty to share truthful opinions about what we read. Many review sites
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Sheryl
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by author Evan Grace for an honest review. This is book 1 of the Starting Over series by the author.

Growing up with 2 older brothers isn't easy for Bellamy let alone having feeling for their best friend Luke. After 6 years away from home and Luke she was finally going to tell him about their daughter Rose but a few turn of events causes problems and heartache for them.

Bellamy is a strong female character but you can tell her emotions are all over the place and raw when it c
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RedRedtheycallmeRed
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for a second chance romance, though they frequently frustrate me. I liked Luke and Bell, though their relationship was a bit rushed. From barely seeing each other for six years to falling in love in two weeks? Too much, too soon. Not to mention the insane amount of drama (all those hospital visits!) that went on during those two weeks. I did think Bell took on too much of the blame for the big secret she was carrying. Luke was a complete jerk to Bell six years prior, but he was furi ...more
K.M.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-freebie
This was an Amazon freebie and while I was pleased that there was rather good writing, the story itself was a bit frustrating. I honestly felt there was too much drama that didn't necessarily enhance the overall plot line. Honestly, this romance could've been reduced in length if it weren't' for all the out-of-place drama. Also, second chance romances are a tad tricky. Move too slow in the development of the romance, and I'm bored. But move too fast (a la insta-love) and I'm immediately ticked o ...more
Mette
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This really surprised me in a very good way. And it's new favorite of mine and this is because of:
- Great character with depth, edge and realisme.
- Very well-written storyline with realisme, real feelings, great drama and some very HOT passion/romance.
I give this book 5 BIG ⭐
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Michelle
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story about love, loss and emotions. Couldn't put this down. I can't wait for the next book in this series I am addicted!!
Jules
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book I could not put it down! I am so excited to read the next installment! Very well written held my attention from start to finish!
My Book Addiction and More MBA
This book will keep you guessing from start to finish. A great romance that has passion, drama and suspense. It will leave you turning page after page.

After one wonderful, amazing, life altering night with the love of her life, Bellamy Carmichael leaves home and stays away for 6 years. She’s returning now for two reasons: to see her brother before he deploys, and to finally get some closure. Bellamy knows she has to tell Luke the truth about what happened 6 years ago so that she can finally move
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Kathy Ann
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bellamy (Bell) has been in love with her brothers' best friend Luke since she was a little girl. Once she turned 18 she maps out a plan of seduction to get her man. After their one night of passion, Luke pushed Bell away, and severed ties for 6 long years. Now Bell is coming back to her hometown to see her family, mend fences, and reveal her secret to Luke. Luke hasn't forgotten about Bell (the best sex he has ever had) and some definite sparks fly when they are reunited.

I'm a sucker for brother
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Angela McPherson
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
4.5 Stars

Starting Over is sexy new adult romance you won't want to miss! The characters story tugged at my heart until the end. I simply wanted more and can't wait to sink my teeth in the next story, Second Chances. Firstly, I read Starting Over in one afternoon. Secondly, The sex was hot, and the tension between these characters left me breathless from one page to the next. In the end, I found Luke's 'hesitancy' to be a bit over-the-top, but over all this was a fun, quick read.
*SPOILER ALERT*
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Brazen Bibliophile
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I didn't realize just how deeply I had gotten sucked into this story, until I happened to glance up at the clock. OMG. 3 a.m.! I seriously had to force myself to put it down. There are so many ways that this book pulls you in. The emotions sneak up on you and out of nowhere have tears sliding down your face. The close relationships shared between so many characters in the book are heartwarming and very real. Evan Grace makes these people so real and gets the reader so invested i ...more
Lesley Book Lover
This was a free download book from Amazon, which I would recommend to anyone into Fifty shades of grey, this man, or similar series. A few mistakes in the book, and few too many 'baby' (term of endearment), which I did get a little fed-up of, but other than that, it had a good storyline of love, loss and suspense, which was very enjoyable, and I will certainly be getting the next two books in the series at some point.
Connie
This was a great story until it wasn't! Way too many sex scenes that interrupted the story rather than enhanced it. Thank God Luke and Bellamy had so many loving and supportive family members and friends because the secret between them was absolutely heart-breaking. Will they be able to forgive and forget in order to work their way back to one another?
Terinda
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this series and can't wait for the 2nd one - sure hope this series doesn't end with just the 2 books - there are so many others in the books that I would love to know their story - sure hope one of the books is Dylan's story.
nicole agosto
Loved this book!!!

once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I finished it in one sitting. this book is truly what love is made of.
Tia
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
It was good, overall I was pretty impressed. The author made it seem like Dylan was going to die from all the bases she covered. I hope that isn't the case.
May Hui
Mar 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dnf at 30%. It's kinda boring. Over explaining and describing things. It seems too long. Maybe edit it down to half the stuff.
Michelle
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This story kept me occupied throughout the whole book with so many different feelings running through me. I really loved Bellamy and understood her dilemma, her suffering and her need to move forward. Luke was great, too, I loved him at times but also hated him just as much, especially when he acted like a douche bag and shunned Bell after their one time together. At the end of the day, though, he was a wonderful guy overall, with some very misguided notions that really hurt Bell such ...more
Cynthia
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I felt this was an outstanding book, the author had me hooked from the start and kept me hooked throughout the story. I had trouble putting it down, I needed to know how it ended. In fact I enjoyed this audio so much that I have bought the rest of the series and if the other two are as good as this one I have found another new favorite author. I bought this book for free and got the audio for 1.99. I have to say I loved this story!

Bellamy has always loved Luke in fact she loves Luke so much she
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Andrea
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The amount of compassion I had for the characters of this book was massive. Bellamy and Luke endured so much because of what they had convinced themselves what was right, necessary and what they deserved.

We meet Bellamy and Luke 6 years ago, when Bellamy is just 18. She is filled with love and need for Luke and the desire to make him her first. Unbeknownst to her Luke has been watching Bell grow into a woman. She has been in his thoughts and although his mind tells him going after his two best
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Kay Blake
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a recommendation from a good friend of mine. I read it two days ago and I must say I definitely enjoyed the book.

It starts off with an eighteen year old girl named Bellamy, who has been (not so secretly) in love with her twin brothers (Dylan & Dustin) friend Luke. She decided that now that she was eighteen she would give him her virginity. One party and several drinks later, the deed is done and it doesn’t go as planned. After an awkward and crushing reaction from Luke, Bellamy
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Bethan
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
Overall I liked the romance plot; I'm a sucker for a good forbidden romance story. However, there were a few typing and punctuation errors in the kindle version (eg, we're/were) and the sentence structure was a little sloppy at times. It just needs tightening up a bit to make the story read so much more smoothly. I also didn't understand the suspense/crime element running through it.


I liked the twins and most of the characters, however I felt they could have done with a bit more depth. Sadly, B
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Jamie Rhodes
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I really enjoyed this book. I absolutely loved Bellamy and Luke. Bellamy has always loved her older brothers' best buddy, Luke. The problem is that Luke is six years older than Bellamy and just doesn't see her the way that she sees him. I totally get where Luke is coming from. Six years is a big age difference when you are young and stupid. As you get older the gap certainly changes. Anyway, after a big mistake on Luke's part, Bellamy runs away from her family. Six years later she returns h ...more
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