Posted in 4 paws, chick lit, Review on March 23, 2015

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The Breakup Doctor Is Back in Session

Brook Ogden has never encountered a broken heart she couldn’t patch together. Her counseling practice as the Breakup Doctor—on call to help you shape up after a breakup—is so busy she’s expanded to offer group sessions. (Turns out there are far more than fifty ways to leave your lover.) Her radio show and advice column have made her a local celebrity, and even her personal life, after some gruesome breakups of her own, is in recovery: Ben Garrett started out as a revenge date against an ex, but has turned into so much more.

But when sizzling-hot Chip Santana, an old client she once shared a rather unprofessional midnight roll in the sand with, comes back into her life asking for her help, Brook can’t say no. Yet while she’s busy stitching up his relationship troubles, Chip reveals much more than a therapeutic interest in her.

In the standoff between her heart and her hormones, Brook’s cool, collected Wise Therapist persona begins to crack like thrown wedding china. She’s yelling at recalcitrant cheating husbands. Offering crazy advice to radio callers. She’s even hugging her clients.

When the situation goes critical, Brook’s forced into a decision she isn’t ready to make—and the Breakup Doctor has to decide what kind of casualties she’s willing to accept.

What reviewers had to say about The Breakup Doctor (#1):

“A heartwarming and funny story about friendship, romance, and the heart-wrenching reality of breakups—while busting out some spot-on dating advice along the way.” Liz Tuccillo, Executive Story Editor of HBO’s Emmy Award-Winning Series Sex and the City and coauthor of He’s Just Not That into You

“A charming and funny novel that you won’t be able to put down.”—Austin Woman magazine

“Fox doesn’t just know how to write clearly and powerfully…she has real insight into relationships…a laugh-out-loud read. Fox has a real winner here.”—Scene magazine

“The Breakup Doctor is packed with entertaining, good advice.”—Donna Barnes, relationship coach and author of Giving Up Junk-food Relationships, and founder of the Donna Barnes dating network


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This is the follow up to The Breakup Doctor which came out last year. There are several return characters which rounds out the story nicely.

This book continues Brook’s new practice as the “Breakup Doctor”. She starts a support group with a motley group of individuals that add some humor to the story. Brook may be helping them but her life is a shambles and sometimes the doctor can’t fix themselves. She has to learn how to trust herself and not worry about the past. She has to figure out what she wants from her love life.

I enjoyed this continuation in the series. There are lots of funny spots, especially when you put Sasha and Stu into the situation. A girl has to have a BFF and Sasha is it. Of course Brook doesn’t want to hear about the intimate side since Stu is her brother.

The book leaves it where there needs to be another book to find out if Brook learned anything in this book. Can’t wait to see how the author resolves Brook’s love life!

We give this 4 paws up and if you read the first book (see my review here) then you need to continue the series.  If you haven’t read the first book, you need to start!


About the Author

Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications; a movie, theater, and book reviewer; a screenwriter; and has even been known to help with homework revisions for nieces and nephews. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.


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