Review: New Attitude (Book #2: A New Beginnings Series) by Kathryn Biel

New Attitude

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As if it’s not bad enough that I didn’t win the reality design TV show I was on, try coming home to a one word note indicating that my ten-year marriage is over. So here I am, a suddenly single mother in my mid-thirties, doing what everyone advises me to do—have a fling. Except it doesn’t go as planned, so I do the next best thing, which is sit on the couch and mope. But having to provide for a five-year-old doesn’t let me stay home for too long. Before I know it, I’m back to dying my hair wild colors and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

Except Tony, the fling that wasn’t, keeps popping up in the most unlikely places and won’t leave me alone. I’d like to be strong—I’m way too old for him—but he’s cute and funny and sexy and oh, my ex is getting married to a girl named Bambi. All I know is the way I’m doing things isn’t working. If I want to be happy again, I’m going to need to get a new attitude.

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Source: ARC from author and purchase

My Rating: 4/5 stars

When it rains, it pours . . . .  Kira left home six weeks ago to participate in the Made for Me sewing competition; she left behind her husband and her daughter and when she got home, only one of them was still there.  Oh, and she didn’t win the competition either.  Yeah, it’s pouring in Kira’s world right now.

With her house cleaned out and her deadbeat, soon-to-be-ex-husband dropping one bombshell after another, Kira has no idea which end is up and she had better figure it out soon because her daughter needs her to be a mom more than Kira needs to be depressed.

First up on the life after divorce agenda, getting a job.  Though Kira has mad sewing and designing skills, her creativity isn’t quite what it was, so the craft store is it for the time being.  Thankfully, the craft store is flexible and has people who aren’t just nice, but like minded in terms of their creativity.  Kira quickly begins to make friends, and with friends, comes an interest in her private life.  Kira doesn’t hide what’s happened to her, and her new friends quickly start in on finding her a new man.  Dating, for the first time in 15 years, is not something Kira ever saw herself doing again, so she a whole lot like a duck out of water.  Seriously, who knew “Netflix and chill” really meant sex to a guy???

Um, Tony knows and he isn’t at all pleased about Kira dating someone other than himself!  Tony met Kira when she helped his cousin, Michele, win the Made for Me competition.  Tony was interested instantly, but knew Kira was married and wasn’t going to cross the line.  Kira, comfortable in her marital status, harmlessly flirted with the decade-younger hottie, know it would never go anywhere.  That is, until she came home to find herself unmarried and clueless about dating.  To Kira’s way of thinking, Tony is sexy and kind, good for but way too young and about 600 miles to far away to consider as a serious dating contender.  Turns out, Tony isn’t nearly as skittish as Kira and he’s willing to put in the work to convince her of their rightness 😊

Over weeks and weeks of ups and downs and more ups and downs, Kira struggles to get her life on track.  From every direction, someone has advice for her, and her head and heart can’t seem to get on the same page.  But, there is always one defining moment in every romance read and wowsa, is Kira’s defining moment a bog one . . . . .

The Bottom Line: I am still very much liking this series and particularly enjoying the carrying over of characters from one story to the other.  Though New Attitude is Kira and Tony’s story, Michele makes several very appropriate appearances that not only enhance the story, but further the overall plot for the series.  Like book one, New Attitude is a good mix humor, drama, and mild naughty bits.  All of the characters are full-bodied and interesting, the conversation between them is often witty and quick, and the plot is just flush enough with all the good stuff to keep it moving at a steady, yet not too fast pace.  My only complaint about this read is the presence of some unanswered questions.  Maybe it’s just me, but I certainly would have enjoyed knowing what happened to Kira’s ex, especially if it’s him getting what he deserves 😊  With that being said, I still found New Attitude to be a fine addition to the series!

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About the author and where to find her:

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Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients’ needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I’m Still Here (2014), Jump, Jive, and Wail (2015), and Fly Robin Fly, a short story (part of Cupid on the Loose: A Valentine’s Anthology 2015).

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