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The Goodbye Guy

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Unfortunately, this was a DNF for me after about 50%. I struggled with the immature characters and how unnatural their interactions were with each other. I wanted to enjoy it because I loved the idea behind the plot, especially as a huge fan of HGTV, but this just wasn't my cup of tea.
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As much as I like a good second chance / enemies to lovers romance this book was just okay for me. Even those they new each other from high school it had been 20 years. Rachel and Beck were suppose to be more mature then they were after so many years apart. The book held my interest after a while. I thought it could have been better.
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The premise of this book pulled me in, and the author delivered on it. And the fact that the main characters are older than in most romance books. Entertaining and enjoyable read, which is a good addition to the Lakeside series (I enjoyed book one and two too) but certainly could be a stand alone book. This is a well written tale which is written on dual POV’s and is an entertaining and all-consuming 2nd chance love story. I look forward to reading more form this author whose work I recommend for all readers.
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Sparks fly in Natasha Moore’s witty, warm-hearted and wonderfully romantic new novel, The Goodbye Guy.

Rachel Bradford’s dreams have finally come true. Everything seems to have finally come together for the star of her own interior design show, but Rachel shouldn’t get too comfortable just yet because ratings are slipping, her show is on the brink of cancellation and she only has one chance to save it. Unfortunately, saving the show means coming face to face with a past she would much rather forget – and a man whom she has never quite managed to put behind her: single father Beckett Colburn. The two have quite a tumultuous history and Rachel had hoped never to clap eyes on him ever again. But if the show must go on, then she has to swallow her pride, hold her head up and go back home…

Beckett plans to transform an old fire station into a bar and he has great plans for this project – none which involve reality TV. Unfortunately, his family had other ideas which is why he finds himself the reluctant star of a TV show – and worse, the programme is hosted by his childhood nemesis, Rachel Bradford. How is Beckett going to stand spending weeks on end in the company of a woman he would have paid good money never to clap eyes on ever again?

Rachel and Beckett are not exactly overjoyed to be working together again, however, the chemistry when the two meet after all these years is electric. As old feelings come rushing to the surface and temptation and desire rear their heads, Rachel and Beckett realise that this could be their chance to start over. But will they let the past interfere with their future? Or will Rachel and Beckett give their relationship another try?

An adorable contemporary romance that will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart, Natasha Moore’s The Goodbye Guy is an immensely enjoyable tale about second chances, love lost and found and fresh starts that will enchant and delight readers.

Rachel and Beckett are two brilliant characters. Smart, mature and believable, it is impossible not to fall in love with them and cheer them on to their much deserved happy ending.

Witty, heart-warming and passionate, romance readers will not want to miss Natasha Moore’s The Goodbye Guy.
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A romance involving a reality show and single dad sounds right up my alley and I was excited to dive in. Add in the friction between Rachel and Beckett and the story sounds even better. Unfortunately it didn’t grab my attention the way I had hoped. The premise is great but the chemistry between these two felt forced and I didn’t get the spark as I had hoped as you went deeper into the story.  There is a lot of potential in this story and I encourage others to give it a chance as it could be just what they are looking for.
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Melt-your-Kindle hot and a great romantic story. Loved this one!

Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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‘The Goodbye Guy‘ is the third title in ‘The Men of Lakeside‘ series, and although I had not read the earlier books before this one I wasn’t the least bit lost in the series. Anything that I needed to know was either in the dialogue or the narrative so I didn’t feel as if I was missing any pieces of the overall story. I will go back and pick up the earlier ones, so that’s some indication of how much I enjoyed this world.

I think that most of us can agree that today we are not the same person we were back in high school, well, maybe 95% of us – there are those that never outgrew that awful hair or clothes style, just sayin’. Yet when you leave town and don’t look back for a decade it’s hard to leave those high school years or the experiences there in the rearview mirror. That’s sort of what both Rachel and Beckett are facing. Both were horrid to each other in high school, each remembers that very clearly – and both went away, had an adult life elsewhere, and then came home to right now. So this couple, who are in or near their late 30s, early 40s, certainly should be acting a bit more grown-up over unexpected dents in their plans. Yeah, no, not gonna happen here.

Beckett has returned home with his ten-year-old daughter, is living his dream of converting the old firehouse into a casual bar right up until he discovers that unknown to him his family has “helped” him by making the firehouse renovation an episode of a Home Renovation TV program – with his high school enemy as the hostess. Rachel left town to follow the career she loves, not the one her family wanted for her. Yet, ratings for her program are down and the producers have decided to return her to a much-hated hometown – and an old high-school enemy she never wanted to see again.

While I enjoyed ‘The Goodbye Guy‘ there were moments when Beckett and Rachel were acting like their younger selves in attitude and maturity a bit longer than I was comfortable with. That’s my opinion, yours might be quite different but it put an edge to this story for me that I never really lost. There is definitely a history between this couple, and it shows. When they began working on moving past that was when this story took off, again for me. I liked the couple they became today with the past firmly behind them, and parental units dealt with after all this time. I think these two have a chance at that happy ending. If you love a true enemy to lover kind of romance then you’d enjoy Rachel and Beckett in ‘The Goodbye Guy‘.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Entangled Publishing via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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This was a fast, funny and cute story. I really liked both MC's especially when they started to discover that they've changed a lot since high school. I'll be honest and say there were a few times when I was rolling my eyes with the way Rachel treated Beckett but once they got to know each other "again" it was smooth sailing till the end.

Over all it was a good read and I'll be sure to pick up this author again in the future.

***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***
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at first, i thought this was a second chance romance, but the reality is that rachel and beckett were enemies back in their high school days. and they did some pretty terrible things to each other. the goodbye guy has them reuniting and learning that maybe underneath it all, they had more in common than they realized. and the spark of attraction is pretty flammable.

i really enjoyed the romance here, the conflict between the characters and what pushed them together and pulled them apart was entirely relatable and real. if i have one complaint it's that beckett's complaints about his family were valid, and somehow he still ended up being the one to apologize for that. 

yes, maybe he took things the wrong way, but that his family signed a deal without his input about the project he was in charge of, it was completely out of line. and so it was hard to see characters i'd previously enjoyed be such smug jerks. 

luckily family isn't the entire focus of this, so, for the most part, i could get past it. 

**the goodbye guy will publish on july 20, 2020. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (august) in exchange for my honest review.
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Complementary copy given for honest review and opinion from Netgalley. 

Rachel and Beck are the cutest. They have a history from being high school enemies and coming from different backgrounds. But when Beck’s family gets Rachel’s TV design show to come in and decorate the new family bar, Beck tries to fight it the whole way. This book is fun and sweet. Beck’s daughter is adorable and I know it will be a romance favorite.
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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed The Men of Lakeside series by Natasha Moore which features characters over the age of 35.  The Goodbye Guy brings together childhood/teenage enemies who both have something to prove and to do it, they must work together. I felt the plot was well thought out, the friction perfect, the attitudes they had realistic, and the seeing each other in a new light illuminating.

Rachel Bradford loves her work as an interior designer on a home improvement network, but her ratings have slipped and in order to get a new contract she must return to her hometown and renovate an old fire station into a bar. Rachel has a difficult past with her hometown including a strained relationship with her overbearing parents and her younger brother and sister in law who emulate her parent’s perfectly. Add in the gossip of a teenage dare gone wrong and Rachel worries that her public image might be tarnished.

Beckett Colburn feels like his dream is finally coming to fruition. Nine years after returning to Lakeside with his then baby daughter in tow, he’s about to open a casual, comfortable bar he hopes will draw the locals as well as the summer tourists. Finding out his brother, the mayor and his father have agreed to let a design show come in to revamp the space without asking and the fact that the designer is the girl that always looked down on him and his family makes him realize that his family still doesn’t trust him and doesn’t think he’s capable of making decisions on his own.

Despite both characters being close to 40, their childhood baggage still remains. Rachel continues to feel that she has to prove her worth to her family, a family that doesn’t consider her successful because she’s only a designer. Add in their upper crust thinking and she just doesn’t see eye to eye with them. In addition she feels that she can’t have a relationship or family because in doing so it will kill her career. Beckett knows leaving town the way he did and not returning for over a decade was not the most responsible thing to do especially because it left the family salvage and restoration business short-handed. He feels like he’s proven his worth since he’s been back yet he also feels like his family still sees him as the teenage troublemaker who can’t be trusted.  Having two characters with this many issues made it difficult for both of them to listen, let go, and trust, but they were able to clear the air about what happened during high school and they both agreed they were pretty awful to one another and they did move past it.

I enjoyed Rachel and Beckett together, I felt like she really listened to him and understood how much the bar and it being successful meant to him. He realized that she worked very hard to please her clients and wouldn’t sabotage his bar.  They both had trust issues and because of the nature of the show, he had to let go of the project he’d worked so hard for and let her take over.

On the personal front the chemistry between these two was scorching hot, but what surprised me was how from the first time they were together feelings came into play.  Because Rachel was “playing the part” of her on screen persona, Beckett never was able to grasp what was real and what was for the show which led to quite few misunderstandings. Neither one was the best at communicating which quite frankly drove me crazy.

I loved the contrast in their families and how much Rachel enjoyed being around his family and how he didn’t let her family’s high and might attitude get to him. I think Rachel really began to see the way her parent’s treated others and taught her and her brother to be the same way was wrong and she appreciated that while the Colburn family was not wealthy, they worked hard and did something meaningful and productive.

I can’t end this review without mentioning Beck’s daughter, Holly.  She was energetic, kind, and so full of love. The fact that she was a fan of Rachel’s show and had even used one of her designs to makeover her bedroom was adorable. I loved despite never being around kids, never wanting kids Rachel fell hard for Holly.

There’s a fine line between love and hate and that was well explored in this book. The Goodbye Guy was packed with sexy heat, emotion, and two characters that grew and changed throughout. I loved this story.
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Rachel Bradford has her own home decorating T.V. show but her contract is up for renewal and her producer is telling her that her ratings are dropping. In order to come up with new and improved ideas, he and the network have agreed for her to take on a project in a town named Lakeside, which also is her home town one that she has not been back to since graduating high school. She does not want to go back but does because of her show.
  Beckett Colburn is a single father and is not only shocked when he finds out that his brother the mayor has agreed to the home improvement show coming to their town but that his family agrees with him that this will help get the bar up and running sooner. He thinks that no one in his family has faith in him to get the job done. He is also pissed that Rachel is the one doing it for all she likes is yellow and flowers.
   Once they both meet, she is surprised to find out that he is a father, he is now upset that his daughter likes her of course. Both of them are dealing with issues from the past. Each about their families and how they feel they are looked at and also, she still has issues about things he said about her during high school which really were not nice. She also is dealing with other issues and she finds out that the friends she was truly her friends.  
  The story moves along with arguments and makes out secessions he still not wanting to give up control of the design of the bar. He still being a jerk at times. She still has issues with self-worth, especially around her parents. Then you have the so-called producer who keeps doing things that seem to be only causing havoc. There are moments where it is funny and you do end up at the end with a good story and some surprises.
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The Goodbye Guy was a very entertaining read that has Rachel and Beckett getting a second chance when Rachel is forced back to her hometown by her bosses.  The book is very well written with well developed characters and a nice easy pace.  I highly recommend it to everyone.
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'The goodbye Guy' Is a standalone romance of the series 'The men of Lakeside' by the author Natasha Moore. This book is a contemporary romance theme.

This was the first book that I have read by this author and I was a bit bewildered as to how immature the characters were. The storyline was moderately good , and this book was a one time read for me. There were scene in the book that had me cringing. Which is why the 3 start rating.

This book is recommended to all the contemporary romance lovers. The above opinion in my own , who know maybe you'll end up liking this book , so go for it!
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This book surprised me, in a really good way!  I don’t know what I was expecting, but this was definitely more.  I enjoyed Beckett and Rachel, their history and their undeniable attraction.  Families can be wonderful, but they can also be difficult.  Parental and community expectations influence greatly, and for Beckett and Rachel, drove them away on their own paths for years.  Coming home for work and to reconnect brings its share of hilarity and angst, regardless (or maybe because) of your own notoriety.  The characters seem real, in midlife, tugged between career and family, wanting it all yet not sure what all they want.  A good story that happens fast.  Enjoy the ride, and the old fire station!
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I loved the story and the characters. I felt a bit weird at the start because the main characters are a bit older than in other books I have read before, but I soon fell in love. I loved Rachel and her passion for her career. Beck was also amazing and I thought they were perfect for each other. Holly stole my heart from the first moment and I really enjoyed reading about interior design and salvaging. The chemistry and banter between the characters was off the charts and I really enjoyed their relationship. If you like single dad, enemies-to-lovers stories I highly recommend this one😊
Romance 💙💙💙💙.5
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Oh my goodness I absolutely LOVED this book. Rachel and Beckett have a bit of a history, going back to when they were in school. These characters are a bit older and I was hooked from the start. They've been through things in their lives and this chance to get to know each other again is fun and steamy. This is my first read by this author and I will definitely be digging in to others.
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I love a good second chance romance. This one takes the cake. 

Designer Rachel has a television show with ratings that arent as stellar as they could be. Her production team decides that sending her to her hometown for a special episode will boost her ratings and secure another contract.

Beckett is a single father with a simple dream. He wants to open his own bar. It seems that his parents want to help by hiring a designer, the designer.... to help his business succeed. It happens to be Rachel, his own high school nemesis.

We watch as Beckett and Rachel struggle to let go of their ill feelings, and learn to trust the process, and possibly each other.

I loved this book. Holly was an added bit of sunshine that I just adored. could we get a book of her future please? Im not asking too much.

Thank you Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. This review has not been influenced by any outside sources.
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The Goodbye Guy is the third book in Natasha Moore’s The Men of Lakeside series. They are all standalone titles and can definitely read as such. I haven’t read any other books in this series and never felt like I was lost or didn’t quite follow a part of the storyline.

I think Natasha Moore is a new-to-me author but without going through the last 4 years of reviews, I can’t be 100% sure. I love reading new-to-me authors so sometimes I lose track. Regardless, I will definitely be reading more from her from now on!

NICUnurse’s Rating: The Goodbye Guy follows the story of Rachel and Beckett. Hardcore enemies in high school, they both left their small town of Lakeside not long after high school graduation. Beckett returned and stayed to raise his daughter. Rachel vowed she’d NEVER go back. (Ah…never say never, Rachel!) She manages to stay away, making a big name for herself with her TV show. But with falling ratings, the network isn’t giving her a choice. Sparks still fly between these two as their chemistry heats up. But can this be more than a fling between the sexy single dad and the big-time TV star? 

If you’re looking for a quick, fun, and entertaining beach read, The Goodbye Guy certainly fits the bill. There’s some angst, lots of chemistry between the H & H, and a great second-chance type of romance. While it might not have been super intense, and I was able to walk away to adult or to sleep, it was the perfect pace and story to lose myself in for an hour or so each time I had some time to read. 

I give The Goodbye Guy by Natasha Moore 4 out of 5 stars!
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Beck and Rachel, a beautiful story of an old hostility leading to forgiveness and then love.  I loved how their story came full circle.  Old hurts apologized for and forgiven.  New feelings and ultimate truths on the determination each had to make something of their lives.  I enjoyed their story when they got everything out into the open, learned who the true person was, and not only accepted each other, but were drawn to them.  The family dynamic was strong in this book, but good to see both families soften and understand their children more.  I loved Beck and Rachel's chemistry.  Throw in an adorable little girl with an instant attachment and adoration that was quickly mutual and you have a sweet, heartwarming story.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
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