Four Star Review: Love, Exes, and Oh's (A Cactus Creek Novel) by Violet Duke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 205 Pages
He may very well be the perfect ex. Isaac McKnight has had enough loss in his life to know never to take anything for granted. So when the perfectly-imperfect-woman-for-him puts an end to their relationship out of the blue, it's Isaac that makes sure they remain friends. Now a year later, whether it's at his gym or her brewpub, or the dog park they visit every weekend--though neither of them own a dog--he and Xoey are steadily getting sucked deeper into buddy-zone galaxy, with its dangerous proximity to watch-me-settle-down-with-someone-else abyss. It's a reality he's resigned himself to. That is...until one drunken confession changes everything. She's looking for the perfect oh. For Xoey Montenegro, history has taught her that sometimes, it's Prince Charming who vanishes without a trace. And fairytale love? Highly overrated. Heck, give her a real and perfect 'oh' over that fantasy any day. So as far as rock-solid tequila-fueled plans for her love life go, coming up with a match-finding formula based on the qualities of the men responsible for her three most epic ohs seems brilliant. Except for the fact that one-third of her genius little man-quation is all about her friend Isaac. Actually, more than a third if Xoey were being honest with herself--which she's not. Because full honesty would require thinking not just about how perfect Isaac really is, but also about how perfect the fourth epic oh she's kept buried deep in her past once was. An easy enough thing to keep ignoring...until her past isn't past tense anymore.
Review by Lissa
I was provided a copy of Love, Exes and Oh's for an honest review.
This is the first book I've read out of Cactus Creek. At first I was unsure of it at the beginning but it really did grow on me.
The story follows Xoey and Isaac. Their best friends but are also exes. Xoey had something happen in the past, that has made it difficult to have a real relationship. So she sets out on a quest to find "Mr. Right" but he's already there.
The whole time I was thinking come on Xo! Get it together. The guy is right in front of you, he could love you forever.
Then a tragedy strikes and a twist in the story I never saw coming. I'm not sure I'm happy with that twist.
The ending was well done. One that left me satisfied. I'll have to read the other books on the Cactus Creek series.