The Do Over
by A. L. Zaun
Adult Contemporary Romance
Published May 20, 2013
*Ebook obtained in exchange for an honest review
as part of the book tour*
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Life doesn’t look like it’s supposed to for Dani Ruiz, a hopeless romantic. After a painful and sudden break-up with Rick Marin, Dani hides away from reality, retreating to a world of fiction where she prefers book boyfriends over the hassles of a relationship.
Almost two years later, Dani’s friends are tired of watching her in a holding pattern, so they stage an intervention, forcing her back into the real world of dating.
Unexpectedly, Dani meets Liam Lucas, a down-to-earth firefighter. He might be the person to show her she’s still worth something. Dani’s hesitant to trust her heart with another man, but their instant and electric chemistry is something she can’t deny.
As Dani starts to believe that she’s found her real-life book boyfriend, Rick decides that he’ll go to any lengths to get her back. Seeing Rick as a changed man makes Dani question everything.
Can Dani trust her patched-up heart with Liam?
Or has Rick transformed into the man she’s always wanted?
Written from various points of views, The Do Over is a story of second chances and new beginnings.
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I'm really having to sit and ponder where exactly I want to go with this review...I guess I'll just ramble a few moments and see what happens.
Right at the beginning, you realize that Dani seems to be a very dependent woman as far as being in a relationship is concerned. Maybe that's just my thoughts but the way that she feels about Rick in the beginning makes me think that she needed the relationship. She leans on her friends very heavily as far as handling her emotions goes. She's a pretty good female lead. Even though she thought things that would normally annoy me, I wasn't ever annoyed with her. I think that I didn't get annoyed because A.L. Zaun was able to write Dani's character in a way that oozed sincerity. Dani really struggled after the break up with Rick. Seriously, Rick did a number on her. Total jerkwad.
Liam - oooooh swoon. He's a great lead male character. He is the good guy that all girls should want and drool over. He's honest, upstanding, a firefighter, has great intentions and treats Dani like she's a precious rare jewel. He's had a traumatic past as far as his love life is concerned. I won't spoil what happened for the reader. I love the way he handles everything - he's such a respectful, caring man. Love him!
Alright, so this novel is about getting a "do over" - a second chance. I love that about the plot. Honestly, it's a great plot as far as how the novel moves and what the characters are facing/overcoming. I adore the fact that it's written from several different perspectives. Not only is Dani struggling with Rick coming back in the picture when she's in love with Liam, but then Rick is pretending to reinvent himself for Dani with the help of Maddy. However, what Rick doesn't realize is that he's actually, truly reinventing himself. All of his practicing and pretending is actually causing him to become a better person without him even realizing it. Then you have Liam who was in a great relationship with an unplanned, sudden ending. Liam adores Dani - it really makes your heart feel full when you read from Liam's perspective. Love him!!! Gosh!
The other characters in the novel aren't exactly eye catching - honestly, Dani's friends got on my ever-loving nerves. Liam's friend Chris was alright - although totally a douche a lot of the time. I did like Maddy though. She was a great, nearly mysterious sort of character that you don't necessarily get a good feel for since we don't know her past... but you WANT to get to know her better. I wanted to know what made her tick. I loved having her and Rick together.
Now, the best thing - great, amazing, mind blowing sex scenes. Love it! Zaun does a great job there! They're not super long, they're not super kinky, but they're hot. Very realistic & Liam... good lord man. He's just hot. Too much. *Fan myself*
When I think about what I didn't like so much... I mainly thing about how it is a realllllly long novel. I'm not sure what the page count is but it FELT like I was reading the novel forever. So much happens and I never got bored. But each time I'd see how far along I was, I'd nearly sigh because I felt like I'd been reading forever but only moved 5% or so forward. Maybe it felt like that because there were so many different things going on. I'm not sure. Plus, the constant talk about her Kindle sort of got to me because it was nearly a full blown advertisement for Kindle LOL
Overall, though, it was a good story & great ending. I look forward to seeing Rick & Maddy some more... Liam = Loved him! <3 Great, great guy.
I'm really glad I had a chance to read The Do Over!
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Rating: 4.5 Stars
Characters: 3.8 Stars
Plot: 4 Stars
Climax: 4.5 Stars
Ending: 5 Stars
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