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Exes and Ohs [Kindle Edition]

Beth Kendrick
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

exit the groom...
Child psychologist Gwen Traynor has learned the hard way that "perfect" men aren't always what they seem. After being dumped the night before her wedding, she's understandably wary of diving back into the dating pool. But when she meets Alex Coughlin, she's convinced her luck is changing. He's smart, handsome, funny -- an ideal rebound guy. She doesn't intend to fall in love with him, but scintillating dates and mind-blowing physical chemistry have a way of winning a girl over.
enter the ex...
Just as things are heating up with Alex, Gwen meets her newest patient -- a precocious preschooler whose chaotic soap opera-actress of a mother, Harmony, sounds an awful lot like one of Alex's crazy ex-girlfriends. Mostly because she is one of Alex's crazy ex-girlfriends. Unfortunately for Gwen, Harmony has a secret that plunges them all into a real-life daytime drama, complete with sex, lies, and Vegas elopements. With Harmony determined to reunite with Alex and Gwen's ex-fiancé begging for a second chance, only one thing is certain:
New loves and old flames are an explosive combination.

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Child psychologist Gwen has met the perfect man. Alex is gorgeous, sensitive, and wealthy. He is so perfect that Gwen is expecting a catch. Enter her new patient, five-year-old Leo, who turns out to be Alex's son with his glamorous actress ex-girlfriend, Harmony. Gwen is devastated. After all, when her fiance dumped her for his ex, she vowed never to trust a man with an ex around. In this case, her fears are well founded--Alex moves in with Harmony in an attempt to provide Leo with the stable home he never had himself. To further complicate matters, when Gwen starts dating a police office, she finds he's one of Harmony's exes, too. This is a novel that revolves around odd coincidences, but Kendrick's funny, light style makes these situations seem plausible. After all, everyone's roommate meets and marries an NBA star in one weekend, right? Maybe not, but this entertaining novel will have readers believing anything can happen. Aleksandra Kostovski
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"Beth Kendrick is a major new talent."

-- Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date and The Solomon Sisters Wise Up

Product Details

  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 1, 2005)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK0VW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great title and a great read! March 28, 2005
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Meet Gwen: a graduate student working on her doctoral in child psychology. It's been almost a year since her fiance dumped her the night before their wedding. A chance run-in with him has her feeling nothing but self pity, until a kind stranger comes to her rescue.

Enter Alex: sensitive, successful, and very attractive. They spark up a conversation, and the next thing you know, they are dating. Gwen thinks that she may have found The One. They manage to discuss just about everything, including former lovers, and soon discovers that he was on the verge of proposing to a soap queen named Harmony until he realized that she was a real head case. As she and Alex get to know each other, she discovers they have so much in common, and he just seems too good to be true.

Enter Leo: wily, troubled, with a penchant for all things Spiderman. He also happens to be the love child of said soap actress, Harmony, and Alex (though he's not aware of Leo's existence).

Should Gwen break doctor-patient confidentiality and tell Alex about Leo? Should she continue her relationship with him? All bets are off when flaky Harmony decides to spill the beans because her mystical guru tells her that she and Alex should raise Leo as a family. She wants to reconcile, and after meeting Leo, and since Alex is the product of a broken home, it is not surprising what he chooses to do, despite his strong feelings for Gwen, who's suddenly on the receiving end of getting dumped. Again.

But of course, Alex still has strong feelings for Gwen, and wants to continue a friendship with her if nothing more. What follows are comical coincidences and misunderstandings that keep pushing the two together, even though they each decide to keep their distance.

This is more than a romance novel. It's also about parenthood (reluctant and expectant), friendship, loyalty, and the importance of having a good colorist.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book Despite A Few Flaws... March 25, 2006
This is the first book I read by Beth Kendrick and I will say that I was captured by the first chapter. I am not a big fan of first person narratives, but Gwen was laugh out loud funny and her inner dialogues and observations of the things around her were terrific. Alex was also a great character - handsome and sure of himself but not full of himself.

The book is a series of coincidences (and in a few places, contrivances) that lead Alex and Gwen from a promising beginning of a wonderful relationship to a look but don't touch "friendship," back to being together again. How they complete this circle is the meat of the book, but sometimes that meat is just a tad undercooked. There are a number of good secondary characters (Cesca is a riot, but there were a few moments where she got to be annoying - preaching to Gwen about one thing then doing the polar opposite in her own life). Alex was a little too hung up on his life as the child of a single parent so his decision to live with his ex, even though he really didn't want to be with her, was a tad hard to swallow considering he was usually a pretty smart and together guy.

However, despite these and a couple of other flaws, this book was a pretty decent read. I've noticed that Beth Kendrick chooses to let her readers fill in the details of the love scenes between the characters rather than actually describe the act, and I found that to be a bit of a letdown. There are ways to describe a love scene without getting too graphic - Nora Roberts does it all the time. Still, the book was fast, funny, and fun. I'm glad I read this before I read Kendrick's first book, "My Favorite Mistake." I found myself skipping through much of that book to get to the end. Had I read that one first, I would have missed this one and that would have been a shame since "Exes and Ohs" was definitely the better of the two.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
What happens when you know something that is very important to someone - something that they don't know, but need to know - but you can't tell them because it will break a code of ethics at your job? That is the tough decision that Gwen Traynor, heroine of "Exes and Ohs", must make, and fast - before someone finds out and gets hurt. Gwen is just finishing her Masters program at UCLA, and is interning as a therapist. One day she runs into an ex boyfriend who completely broke her heart, and just as she's about to have a public meltdown on a busy street, along comes the handsome Alex Coughlin. He manages to calm her down, (not before she hurls her cell phone into traffic) and they end up spending the afternoon together, getting to know each other. Alex seems to be the perfect man. He is intelligent, wants a relationship, and is dying to have kids of his own some day.

But just when she thinks she has met a real, interesting, handsome and available man, Gwen discovers something very disturbing. She has a four-year-old client named Leo whom she is counseling on a regular basis. Leo's mother, she finds out, is Harmony, Alex's ex-fiancé. Worse yet, Harmony, not knowing Gwen and Alex are dating (or even know each other) confesses to Gwen that Alex is the unknowing father to her child. Gwen is torn between wanting to tell him, but also knowing she can't because of her professional involvement with Leo.

However, the decision is taken out of Gwen's hands abruptly when Harmony confesses to Alex over the phone - from Gwen's office. Soon Alex is mad at her, Leo is running away from home, Harmony is practically forcing Alex to get back together with her, Alex has fallen in love with his son and believes he needs to move back in with Harmony, and Gwen is fed up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always enjoy Ms. Kendrick's books
Published 2 months ago by KellyG
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Ok
This book was just ok. Definitely not one of my favorite Beth Kendrick books.
Published 5 months ago by EllenMelon81
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book well worth reading.
Published 5 months ago by Andres Avendano
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I loved the little boy in this book.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed it!
I enjoyed this book very much. One thing I liked about it was that the people in it were not predictable and didn't do the boring thing or the stupid thing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lisa O'Hara
4.0 out of 5 stars Exes & Ohs
I really enjoyed the humor and fast pace of this book! It is the story of Gwen and Alex. And Gwen's ex, Dennis. And Alex's ex, Harmony. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sparkle
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
I really like the way Beth Kendrick writes, she creates nice and light stories. This is a funny and entertaining story.
Published 12 months ago by Maria
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a fun, easy read
I read this book in one sitting -- that's how readable it was. Fun, easy, and perfect for those days when you just want to escape the world and into a book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by K. Stohl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I like the depth of character and the humor. I laughed out loud more than once. The author has such insight into the characters and situations.
Published 21 months ago by GGW
4.0 out of 5 stars EASY READ
this book was just an easy read - a nice change of pace compared to some of the other books I read.
Published 21 months ago by Emily Bowers
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I write fun, lively women's fiction as Beth Kendrick and a series for teens under the name Beth Killian.

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