New Uses for Old Boyfriends
written by Beth Kendrick
published by Penguin
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. It was a fairly quick read that had me smiling throughout.
New Uses for Old Boyfriends was a fun read. There were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments (see the Golden Lines below) as well as a few giddy, romantic moments. I wasn’t sure about Lila in the beginning. She just seemed like a spoiled brat, but there was more to her. She had initiative. I loved how she and her mother went out and took control, even if they weren’t quite ready to do so. I really loved Daphne’s interest in the business at times. And Lila’s relationships with her exes were great. Ben and Malcolm–not what I expected, but loved nonetheless. Malcolm was my pick from the beginning. He is a Marine. He can sew, just don’t tell anyone. He is there for his sister, for Lila. He is a great guy. Ben is a great guy, too. And I loved the reappearance of Summer, Dutch, Jenna, and even Hattie.
These two quotes made me snort.
“Where do you keep your testosterone-infused needle and your thread of manly might?”
“You know what your problem is?” her mother asked.
“So many answers, so little time.”
Would I recommend it: Absolutely!!!
About the book: After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. Everything has changed in the past ten years, and it’s up to Lila to take care of everything…but she can barely take care of herself.
Even as Lila opens a vintage clothing shop and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget…and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.
About the author: Beth Kendrick is the author of ten novels, including Cure for the Common Breakup, The Week Before the Wedding, and The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service. She lives in Arizona with her family and a pair of unruly rescue dogs.