Exes & Ohs
Beth Kendrick
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Exes and Ohs
Beth Kendrick
Downtown Press
320 pages
March 2005
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Gwen Traynor is just completing her Ph.D. in child psychology when her fiancé dumps her at their rehearsal dinner. A few months later, she's back on track, albeit a little bitter and disillusioned about love. A chance meeting with Alex Coughlin sweeps Gwen off her feet, and she begins to be a bit more hopeful about relationships. She knows he's probably only a "rebound guy," but that's exactly what she needs at the moment. As the two connect further, Gwen starts to think that her feelings are becoming involved.

Enter a new client--Leo--with a gorgeous soap-opera-star mother named Harmony, who seems to be...Alex's ex? The more Gwen talks with Leo and Harmony, the more she discovers about Alex. And when Harmony makes a surprise revelation, Gwen isn't sure how to separate her work life from her love life. Is it possible to make everyone happy without breaking the code of confidentiality?

Exes and Ohs is a light and, at times, funny chick lit novel. It's an entertaining, quick read, sure to satisfy your "fluffy" reading appetite. Gwen has obviously been scorned, but she is making headway into her recovery. Her attitudes and reactons are realistic and will endear her to readers. The supporting cast of characters is colorful--from Cesca, Gwen's roommate who can't seem to tear herself away from a loser boyfriend to Harmony and her odd religious beliefs and eating habits. Leo is the emotion-grabber of the story. Wise beyond his four years, Leo is just looking for a place to fit in. Although Exes and Ohs is amusing, there is nothing new or spectacular covered here. It's average with a few shining moments, particularly with the tongue-in-cheek humor.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Melissa Parcel, 2005

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