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New Uses for Old Boyfriends (Black Dog Bay Novel) Paperback – February 3, 2015

4.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Black Dog Bay Series

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"Beth Kendrick has written a sharp, sassy, surprisingly emotional story that will make readers laugh out loud from page one and sigh from the heart at the end.  Light and lovely perfection!"
—Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author on CURE FOR THE COMMON BREAKUP
“A smart, funny spin on happily-ever-after!"
—Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author
"Kendrick writes with a wicked sense of humor and great wisdom about the power of friendship [and] the importance of true love."
The Chicago Tribune

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Black Dog Bay Novel (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (February 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451465865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451465863
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story was a lot of fun. New Uses for Old Boyfriends was a great upbeat story about overcoming. Lila was a great character who goes home after a nasty divorce to live with her Mom. Lila’s Mom is completely broke. Of course, her Mom is in complete denial about her financial situation which leads Lila to take action. This book was full of fun ideas and surprises.

The setting of Black Dog Bay was so quaint and perfect for Lila to start over. There was a bit of humor in this story. I could totally relate to Lila, even though she comes from wealth she is really down to earth. This story also features some high fashion labels, I am grateful Lila is as ignorant as I am about that. Her romance starts with the man she though she would marry. It took an outsider to see the truth about this romance leaving room for someone she never even noticed.

Although this is not my normal type of read, I found this lighthearted romance to be an easy read. The story builds up nicely. The author sprinkles in humor that most women can relate to. This is all written in third person, which makes it easy to understand the characters motives. There are women in almost every stage of life featured in this story. Lila’s mom, a reluctant bride, her meddling sister, a former beauty queen (who is also pregnant), a mean girl, a bartender, a NY shark, a few glamorous seniors, and then Lila herself round out this story. This is just a great story about women. Women not giving up on dreams, no matter what your age.
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MY THOUGHTS

Lila has had a charmed life until her husband dumps her, she loses her job hosting on a shopping channel and her father passes away. She has always counted on men to make the hard decisions. Now on her own and moving back home, she finds her mother’s financial situation is dire. Her mother, Daphne, a former model, cannot face the fact that her beloved home will have to be sold. Until Lila discovers that Daphne has been collecting and hording designer fashions through out her lifetime. With the online sale of a vintage Dior, she and her mother put together a plan to save the house.

Her high school boyfriend, Ben, just happens to move to Black Dog Bay and when Lila’s FUV (the SUV she bought before her ex cleared out the joint accounts),breaks down, they pair run into each other. Ben saves her more than once and Daphne makes plans to get the two back together. The only problem is that kissing Ben is like kissing her brother. Also turning up is the boy she snubbed as a sophomore and Malcolm is more than spark-worthy now. Of course, in such a small town, gossip runs rampant and only when Lila discovers the local watering hole, The Whinery, does she get some heartfelt advice from the owner, Summer.

This book made me smile and laugh while taking me out of a cold-induced, horrible mood. It was a quick and easy read full of fun and romance and a bit of a mystery with mean girls (actually old women) galore! Lila is such a wonderful character and I can see how this series is going to be one of my favorites. There are so many minor characters that scream to be followed in this book. I haven’t read the first in the series, Cure For the Common Breakup, but I have ordered it and can’t wait to read Summer’s story in full.
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I downloaded a sample first, and thought the book had a promising start for a frothy, summer diversion. The characters were charming and likable.

But the premise is that Lila's mother has essentially lost or is about to lose everything. I thought she was still pretty extravagant for someone in that position. I'd like to have seen a few more realistic challenges, a bit more of a struggle for Lila and her mother so I could really cheer their successes. Everything seemed to fall into place too easily. Some of the story is simply too glib, too contrived.

Also, since vintage fashion plays a role in this book, I'd like to have read more about that. Just about every garment that came into play was a ball gown.

The end was OK, a bit more realistic than parts of the story. The writing was fine, the character development was decent.

An enjoyable read, but it could have been much more.
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New Used for Old Boyfriends didn't disappoint me, and I was glad that it didn't now I cannot wait for Put a Ring on It to be released. I usually pass my books on after I read them but I have held onto this one and the Cure for the Common Breakup as I might re-read these when the Put a Ring on It is released. These are a great beach / summer read as they are light-hearted enough to pass the time while soaking up the sun. The plots are very enjoyable as are the characters, you get absorbed into the town and it makes you want to go to visit Black Dog Bay and stay a while.
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By Kay on February 15, 2016
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I read the first Black Dog Bay book - cute fluff - but skipped around in this one. It was like watching a romance movie where the actors have no chemistry together, and the script/plot way too bland. The mother was more interesting than the daughter; the love interest - thrown in as an afterthought - should have been the gay friend. Previous characters from the other book were included but added nothing but too-sweet-syrup.
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