Out of Practice
(The Breakup Doctor Series #4)
by Phoebe Fox
Releasing October 18, 2016
There’s no shortage of broken hearts in Breakup Doctor Brook Ogden’s successful breakup counseling practice—if love is a battlefield, then Brook is the cavalry. Luckily her own love life is in full recovery: after a long, tortuous road, she and Ben Garrett are finally headed down the aisle.
But when a local TV personality—and former frenemy—invites Brook onto her show, she’s blindsided live on the air when the interview turns into an act of long-delayed revenge meant to publicly humiliate her. Brook’s an expert at getting back on your feet when life knocks you down, but as the blows keep piling on—with a betrayal she never saw coming and a family crisis that threatens to pull the foundation out from under her—her confidence starts slinking away. With her clients dropping her faster than a one-night stand, suddenly the Breakup Doctor’s career is in critical care.
Brimming with both the sublime and ridiculous aspects of love—romantic and otherwise—Out of Practice is a funny and heartwarming tale about loss, grief, and failure that will resonate with all who have loved, lost…and dared to love again.
“Therapist Brook Ogden is a genius when it comes to helping people push past the crazy stage and mend their broken hearts, but when Brook suffers her own heartbreak, will she take her own advice? (Answer: no, which is why this book is so funny.)”–Glamour magazine
We’d always thought my mother was the trunk of our family tree, but when my dad passed away we realized he’d been the roots that anchored her. Since he’d been gone she’d seemed adrift, scattered and faraway, and looking at her now my heart stitched.
L.J. opened his mouth and let out an inhuman screech of sound that evoked nothing so much as the hounds of hell charging out to retrieve some spectacularly damned soul. We both stopped and stared at him, stupefied. ‘Maybe that beach near the pass where no one ever goes?’ Sasha said in the momentary lull while L.J. sucked air into what had to be the emptied sacs of his lungs.
They could use that noise on POWs and get anything out of them. I think all my eggs just crawled back up my Fallopian tubes.
Life wasn’t about work, or renown, or money, or even accomplishment. It was about people. And you didn’t get do-overs if you forgot that.
It felt as if something shifted and opened up in my chest. Like I’d discovered an entire new floor in a house that I hadn’t even known existed. In that moment I understood on a soul-deep level what a relationship really was: not the rush of lust and love that came early on, but the slow weaving of ever-stronger ties to each other that (if you were lucky) came after.
I choose you today. I choose you every day. I choose you for the rest of our lives.
Out Of Practice was yet another sublime entry in the emotive, highly amusing, and cleverly penned Breakup Doctor series, and this being the final book, it hails the end of an era – sigh. While I mourn the act of letting go of these oddly endearing and engaging characters, I found this final installment to bring a completely satisfying conclusion – although Ms. Fox certainly made Brook work for it. Packed with amusing descriptions and vibrant metaphors, Ms. Fox craftily wove in the feels with sneaky emotional touches as well as full on heartrending blows. Her stylized wit and brainy humor frequently took me from smirking to constricting heart squeezes in an instant. She is a wily one and her clever way with words prompted delightful and comical imagery to dance around my brain. I was slow to discover her unrivaled expertise with the pen, but now that I know, I will be dogging her like a bounty hunter.
Books in The Breakup Doctor Chick Lit Series:
THE BREAKUP DOCTOR (#1)
BEDSIDE MANNERS (#2)
HEART CONDITIONS (#3)
OUT OF PRACTICE (#4)
Part of the Henery Press Chick Lit Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all…
Phoebe Fox is a contributor and regular columnist for national, regional, and local publications (she currently writes about relationships for major media outlets like the Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and She Knows), and is a close observer of relationships in the wild. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.