BOOK REVIEW!!! ~ A Brand New Ending by Jennifer Probst

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Ophelia Bishop was a lovestruck teenage girl when she and Kyle Kimpton chased their dreams to Hollywood. Kyle’s dreams came true. Ophelia’s did not. When Kyle chose his career over their relationship, Ophelia returned home to rural New York to run the family’s B & B—wiser, and more guarded against foolish fantasies. Now Kyle has come crashing back into her life, and all her defenses are down.

Kyle can’t think of a better place to write his latest screenplay than his hometown. After all, that was where he met the heart of his inspiration—his first love. He knows the damage he’s caused Ophelia, and he wants a chance to mend their relationship. If anyone can prove to Ophelia that happy ever afters aren’t only for the movies, it should be him.

As much as Ophelia’s changed, she still has feelings for Kyle. But her heart has been broken before, and she knows that Kyle could run back to Hollywood at any time. She gave up her dreams once, but maybe she can dare to change her own love story…one last time.

I won’t bother with a recap of the above synopsis because it’s not necessary. I LOVE a second chance romance like you would not believe. In fact, I’d say it was my favorite of all romance tropes. Throw in the fact that Jennifer Probst was one of the authors to renew my love of romance with The Marriage Bargain so no matter what, I always give a new series a try.

Which is why it bums me out that I couldn’t give A Brand New Ending a five star review. I enjoyed the story, nearly all aspects of it if I’m being honest, but there was one glaring problem in this story for me. Kyle.

He invaded Ophelia’s life and he just never seemed to get it. He was like a bull in a China shop at every turn, clumsy and heavy handed in his efforts to win her back, all without every really acknowledging his role in the implosion of their relationship. It took him entirely too long in my opinion to see what happened and I don’t feel as if he ever really atoned for his past transgressions.

Ophelia was great, just angry and mistrustful enough not to be annoying. I was #teamophelia all the way and the more I learned about their previous relationship the truer it became.

I wish there had been more scenes with Ophelia and Kyle so maybe I could see what she saw in him because sadly, I didn’t.

Having said all that…I’m still going to go back and read The Start of Something Good.


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