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New Attitude (A New Beginnings Book 2) Kindle Edition
The New Beginnings Series that you loved in Made for Me continues!
I thought not winning Made for Me was tough, but arriving home to find a one-word note that my ten-year marriage is over is a lot worse. So here I am, a suddenly single mother in my mid-thirties, doing what everyone advises me to do—have a fling.
If only it was that easy.
I'm not your typical PTA mom, but then again Tony doesn't seem to be the typical meaningless fling. He's too young for me and much too cute and funny and too sexy.
I'm going to need a new attitude if I'm ever going to figure this out.
- ASIN : B01NAIXGBD
- Publisher : Kathryn R. Biel (March 13, 2017)
- Publication date : March 13, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 865 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 263 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #579,976 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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!
Kira's road to getting her mojo back both as a woman and a designer is fraught with challenges, but she has the help of her mom, Michele, and Michele's sweet cousin, Tony, who was smitten with Kira the first time he saw her in Made for Me. Despite being attracted to Tony, Kira is not in the right frame of mind for romance and she doesn't see how a relationship with Tony, who's ten years her junior and lives in a different state, could ever work. These two get their wires crossed a lot, and Tony has his work cut out for him trying to get Kira to trust him. The issues in their burgeoning relationship are legit ones, and I was on the edge of my seat, flipping through pages as fast as I could, because I couldn't wait to find out how things were resolved for them. Naturally, I'm not going to spoil what happens, but I will say that there was a little twist at the end of the book that I didn't see coming. And the author didn't tie things up too neatly, so there's definitely storyline potential for these characters in a future book.
Kira is a very relatable heroine, and I thought it was fun to see characters from the first book (like Michele) through her eyes. Although Kira is her own worst enemy most of the time, I was really rooting for her to get her happy ending, especially in regards to her career because she seemed to have a great deal of talent and I hated to see her wasting it by working in a craft store! I did get a kick out of her co-workers at House of Crafts, though. And there are some amusing interludes in the book with Kira trying to dip her toe back into the dating pool.
New Attitude is a fun, fast read with some really well-developed characters. I think the author has a winner with this series and I look forward to seeing where she'll go with it next. Maybe a story about Weyler, another designer from Made for Me, who has a cameo in New Attitude?
I bought this book after enjoying the first book. This one I found to be a little slower, but still enjoyable. I liked how the theme was carried over from the first book - how Kira and Michelle worked together. I think that the whole Tony plot dragged a little, but it was still a good read. I hope that the third book brings together a good ending for the characters.
All in all it’s a great book to read
The novel is the second in the series, A New Beginning. The story follows Kira’s journey after being on a reality TV show and oh, her husband left her while she was gone.
What I liked best about Kira is she’s an everyday woman. A real mom concerned with living her life right, keeping her weight down, and dealing with a troubling situation (total abandonment by her spouse—jerk). She’s a victim here, dealing with loss (the show) and loss (her ex-husband). All she wants to do is raise her daughter right and maybe just maybe have something for herself.
I loved watching her struggle. (Wait! That doesn’t sound right…) I felt for her in every step of her journey towards a new life. Finding that new attitude ain’t easy. And Kathryn Biel illustrates the journey from failure to success beautifully.
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There were two things I didn’t like about this book, hence 4 stars. Firstly, I didn’t like that the author seems to consider a woman who is a size 10 in clothing is fat. Secondly, I felt that the author was wrong in making the assumption that kids who come from broken homes, especially girls, are messed up and have a hard time of things growing up. I had a single mum and I don’t feel any different to anyone who grew up in a two parent family. Maybe that says more about my upbringing than anything else.
Otherwise this was a reasonably good read.