Review: Bedside Manners by Phoebe Fox

Posted 11 December, 2015 in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Bedside Manners by Phoebe FoxTitle: Bedside Manners
Series: The Breakup Doctor #2
Author: Phoebe Fox
Genres: Chick Lit
Release Date: March 24, 2014
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About Bedside Manners:

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.


This one was pretty meh on my first read, so when I didn’t write my review right away and had some space in my reading schedule, I decided to give it another chance in November hoping I would like it more.

I didn’t like it more, but I didn’t like it less. It was so very meh. 🙁

It was cute and chicklitty, one of those “modern working woman” spins on “the shoemaker’s children go barefoot:” Brooke gives relationship advice for a living but can’t seem to get her own romantic shit together. Very Carrie Bradshaw (although she always argued that her column wasn’t about relationships), very…something Katherine Heigl would be cast in.

But people tend to have very strong feelings about Katherine Heigl. You love her movies or you can’t stand them.

My feelings aren’t actually that strong, but there’s definitely something grating there for me that was kind of present in this book.

I think it was made worse by the fact that she was a therapist, and conflict involved her job and a client. It wasn’t one of the popular chick lit job titles like PR gal or interior designer. It was a mental health professional and someone coming to her for therapy.

I feel like that crossed the line from “adorably poor decision making” to “ick.”

No matter what, both times, I just couldn’t like her at all.

About Phoebe Fox:

Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications–currently for the Huffington Post as a relationship writer. She’s been 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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