Wednesday 23 December 2015

Heart Conditions (Breakup Doctor book 3) - Phoebe Fox

Running a massively successful relationship counseling practice should guarantee smooth sailing in a girl’s own love life...

Breakup Doctor Brook Ogden has spent the last year sifting through the fallout from the disastrous decision that led to her unconscious uncoupling with boyfriend Ben Garrett. Despite advising her clients you can’t be friends with an ex, she and Ben have somehow begun to stitch together a friendship—one Brook hopes is slowly turning into more. That is, until Ben introduces his new girlfriend, Perfect Pamela, a paragon of womanly virtues who is everything Brook is not.

While Brook navigates her newly volatile emotional life, an unwelcome surprise shows up on her doorstep: the ex-fiancĂ© who broke her heart two years ago—one month before their wedding. Between her ex’s desire to rekindle their attachment, her best friend Sasha’s unexpected crisis, and her own unsquelchable feelings for Ben, Brook finds herself questioning the personal progress she’s made in the last two years—and threatened with the highest-stakes Breakup Doctor failures she’s ever faced.

What did I think?

I don’t usually like to jump into a book mid-series but I made an exception in this case as this book sounded like so much fun.  With this being book 3 and my having enjoyed it so much, I can certainly say that you can read this as a stand-a-lone without having to read the earlier books.  Although I definitely want to read the first two books now!

So Brook, the Breakup Doctor, is torn between two men; her ex-fiancĂ© Michael and her ex-boyfriend Ben.  It’s a bit like team Edward or team Jacob in the Twilight saga – the reader will end up rooting for one or the other, just as I did.  Michael appears to have changed since breaking off his wedding to Brook and Ben seems to have moved on by dating Perfect Pamela.  One is available, one is not – which one has captured Brook’s heart?

I have to say that my favourite character was Ben’s dog, Jake.  He reminds me of Scooby Doo – he’s so hilarious and loving that I eagerly looked forward to his appearances.  Thankfully, Phoebe Fox seemed to enjoy writing about Jake as he is almost one of the main characters himself.  I had many laugh out loud moments thanks to his escapades.

There’s also an interesting little story going on with Brook’s best friend, Sasha who is in a relationship with Brook’s brother, Stu.  Brook helps Sasha through a dilemma in a most unconventional way, which I found very amusing.  Sasha has a difficult decision to make and I thought it was handled very sensitively.

The Breakup Doctor was just the thing to put a smile on my face and I would heartily recommend a dose of this when you’re feeling blue.

I received this e-book from the publisher, Henery Press, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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