Sunny Shelly’s Review: My Best Friend’s Ex, by Shannyn Schroeder

Meet the Author:

Shannyn is an occasional English teacher, who also works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today. The 6-book O’Leary series has wrapped up, as well as 2 Hot & Nerdy new adult trilogies. She’s currently working on her next series.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

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About the Book:

Trevor Booth’s life was just thrown a curveball. When his ex dies, he suddenly goes from an every-other-weekend, fun-time dad to a full-time dad. The dad part he’s cool with, but life with two teens is like a roller coaster in hell. Thank God his ex-wife’s best friend, Callie, seems to have secret powers that allow her to deal with the chaos.
Callie is devastated when Lisa dies, and she’s determined to help the kids get through it. She’s concerned about how Trevor will adjust to being a full-time parent, but she’s having a tough time keeping her eyes off his ripped physique. Callie loves being a part of this makeshift family, but no way she’s falling for her best friend’s ex.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

My Best Friend’s Ex put an interesting spin on this particular branch of forbidden: Trevor’s ex-wife and Callie’s best friend, Lisa, dies pretty much at the onset of the story in a tragic car accident. As the story unfolds, they lean on each other in their mourning, and Trevor really sees how big of a part Callie was in his kids’ lives. He’s kind of clueless when it comes to the routines that his teenagers have, and Callie is there to help and guide him. She also doesn’t take his crap when he lashes out that she’s not the parent, because in many ways, she knows more about their routines than he does.

As for the romance between them, it unfolds nicely. There is a lot of navigation on all their parts — the kids included — as they adjust to their new normal. I just didn’t fall in love with Callie and Trevor as a couple. I didn’t think there was enough build-up to them being in love… it fell a little flat for me when I thought there could have been a lot more potential with this pairing.

But overall, My Best Friend’s Ex is a nice story about moving on with someone who understands what you are going through in a way few others can. There’s a good amount of guilt on both Callie and Trevor’s parts where Lisa is concerned… but if Lisa and Trevor were divorced, does that still make Callie and Trevor’s relationship taboo? It’s a question that they go back and forth on, but in the end, love conquers the ghost of their mutual past.

I received an advanced copy via NetGalley and voluntarily left a review.


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