Review: The Do Over by L. E. Bross

The Do OverTitle: The Do Over

Author: L. E. Bross

Pages: 240 Pages

Publisher: Pocket Star

The Blurb

L. E. Bross’s contemporary romance debut is a fun and sexy tale of unlikely lovers struggling to leave the past where it belongs—behind them—and embrace a bright future.

Melanie McAllister’s brand new copy of Home Improvement for Dummies doesn’t even begin to cover the DIY advice she really needs: how to put the pieces of her life back together. Her cheating ex-husband’s insider trading scandal destroyed her family’s multi-million dollar company and left Mel with nothing but the run-down oceanfront cottage she inherited from her parents. Biscay Beach, Maine, seems as good a place to start over as any.

Hot-as-hell carpenter Eli Stuart understands new beginnings. Once a rising star in the art world, the former sculptor has been secretly carving out a new existence in the small coastal town ever since the sheen on his old life turned to rust. He’s willing to bet the feisty brunette in need of major home repairs has never lifted a tool heavier than a nail file—until Mel is racing the clock to make her ramshackle home fit for winter and, facing a near-empty bank account, decides she can do it all herself.

So Eli offers Mel a deal: if she helps him with the renovations, he’ll cut the bill in half. Soon Mel and her damned home improvement book are driving Eli mad with an explosive urge to return to his studio and fire up his torch once more. His new work is crude and raw, and before long, he can’t keep his hands off Mel, either. But a muse from his past could ruin it all for the second time—if Eli and Mel can’t let go of who they used to be and trust their hearts with a do-over.

The Review

Sometimes in life you just need a feel good romp of a story and that is exactly what I got from L. E. Bross’s book The Do Over.

Set in a small town in Maine, Mel has gone to nurse her wounds. She is the ex-wife of an embezzler and has been laughed out of New York by her society friends. She has returned to a family home with plans to sell after she has spent some time with her heavily pregnant sister. Her plans are quickly put into question when she meets (and subsequently falls for) the handsome Eli.

The Do Over is predictable. People think that predictability is a bad thing but as a reader I like to know that the guy is going to get the girl. I like knowing that there is a happily ever after on the horizon. L. E. Bross has created a good story that sizzles with sexual tension. It is raunchy and sexy and has an extremely believable romance at the heart of the story.

L. E. Bross’s The Do Over is definitely worth reading and one that will inspire you to give her other novels a try.

The Do Over by L. E. Bross is available now.

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3 Stars

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