Book Review: The Do-Over by L.E Bross

The Do-Over
Author: L.E Bross
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: March 28th 2016
Review Source: Pocket Star

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.
This is an Adult romance novel recommended for ages 18+ due to sexual content and mature subject matter.

The Do-Over is the first book I've read by L.E Bross.

The story begins with Melanie McAllister trying to get control of her life. Her ex husband not only cheats on her, but also turns her entire career and financial world upside down by being arrested for insider trading. She's forced to the only home and family she has left in a small town in Maine.  Mel tends to be a type A, uptight, snob, so small town life is not for her.  Her plan is to fix up her cottage, sell it, get a new job, and move back to New York City as soon as possible.

In comes Eli Stuart, a very sexy contractor hired to fix up Mel's cottage. He has a similar past as Mel and knows betrayal well and he is able to empathize with Mel because of their shared scars.  Eli was really sweet and more laid back, basically the complete opposite of Mel.

I really fell in love with the setting of this book.  The way Biscay Beach is described makes me want to pack my things and move there forever.  I also love the idea of her sisters cafe. Having local artist sell their work in a cafe setting, sounds like such a cool place. I also felt the character development was really good. I got to know and understand the characters' personalities and what makes them all tick.

The character I connected to the most was Mel's sister.  I absolutely adored her sister, as did the rest of the town. I found her character to be refreshing, cute, and really funny!

The only negative things I felt in this story were that the climax and ending felt a little too rushed.  I feel like it should have flowed a little better with tying all the knots and working out the issues.  It also felt a bit predictable at times.

I was able to read this story in just a coruple sittings, so it is a quick and overall cute read.

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