Book Review – It’s Not Over (The Do Over #2) by A.L. Zaun

It's Not Over Front Cover



“If I let go, will you catch me?”

He had wanted her to help him win his ex-girlfriend back. She had wanted to teach him a few lessons on how to treat a woman. Neither one had planned for the unexpected.

I couldn’t stand by and watch. It hit too close to home. I had to run fast and far to get away and forget him. He weaseled his way into my life, making me question rules I lived by and turned my orderly life upside down. I’m falling apart and coming undone. I don’t do that. I’m Madison Stuart. I live life by my rules. I won’t be derailed by a man. I won’t…I can’t.

She’s gone. I’m desperate and going insane. I’ll do whatever it takes to find her. I don’t know when it happened, but I won’t let her go, not like this. What has she done to me? I’m Rick Marin for crying out loud. I don’t chase women, but she’s not just a woman. She’s Maddy–my Maddy–and I need her.

Follow Rick and Madison’s story, The Do Over’s most notorious couple, as they learn that It’s Not Over.


5 Star Review

Before starting It’s Not Over – to get the full background story of Rick and Madison I encourage you to read The Do Over. With that being said let’s start this shit!!!

Okay so like most I HATED Rick going into this story. Like serious hatred that ran deep. If he was on fire I would probably continue walking without throwing water on him – hated. When I heard the name Rick Marin I was like….

However, with that being said I went into this with an open mind hoping and praying that Rick “asshat” would redeem himself. And redeem himself he did. I think I fell in love with him around 16% in because even though he is arrogant, annoying, controlling, bossy, and demanding he was 100% Rick – he was who he was and take him or leave him he didn’t change for anyone. He hides his softer side very well and doesn’t show his emotions very easy but when he did I decided that I loved all those things about him because that made him real. So whereas I was all but barfing before I started It’s Not Over from 16% and beyond I was all but…

“Why the fuck do you think I’m here?  Let’s see…because that’s exactly what you wanted.  You’ve conditioned me to become your little lap dog.  Maybe I can jump in your purse, and you can tote me around like the pussy that I’ve become.”

Madison and Rick we probably one of the funniest couples to read about – their banter had be cracking up from page one because they were both such strong characters they butt heads more times than not. Madison is a strong independent woman who is stubborn and at times has control issues and Rick is the same way so you can only image what those two are like when they are in the same room together and don’t agree on something. Rick would probably claim that Madison is…

“But I’ll take a day of crazy with you over a lifetime of sanity without you.”

And in return just in Madison style she would always remind Rick exactly what he is….

“You never cease to amaze me.  Just when I thought you were the biggest asshole I’d ever known, you open your mouth and elevate yourself to a new stratosphere.”

But between the yelling and fighting, they can’t deny their chemistry with each other. Ana wrote a couple with such a unique chemistry I was entranced in this story. I couldn’t put the book down. They fight, they yell, they kiss and make up, than fight some more. They are giving and taking, pulling and pushing but they get each other. They know they aren’t perfect, but somehow they are perfect for each other.

Between the laughs, grunts, and groans there were also the scenes that melted my panties and warmed my heart. Angry sex is always the best and Rick and Madison couldn’t have done it any better. There were feelings there, obviously, but what kept Madison from fully handing her heart over to Rick was not only her sex only, no string attached lifestyle but also because Rick was a liar and a manipulator and she just didn’t think she could risk having her heart broken by him.

Rick on the other hand knew exactly what he wanted but wasn’t sure he could trust Madison not to run away from him. He knew his past but that didn’t mean it had to be his future. He wanted all of Madison. He wanted to hold her and protect her, he wanted to love all of her, she was a pain in the ass but she was his pain the ass and he wanted more.

“You give me your secrets and your pussy. Newsflash…” He slipped his feet into his shoes and grabbed his phone and keys.  “You can keep them.  What I want is your heart.”

Will Madison learn to let go and let someone take care of her, love her? Will Rick be able to prove to Madison that he isn’t the same man she once knew? Or will their pasts continue to follow them and end whatever future they could have together?

Review Wrap Up!

Okay characters = LOVED THEM
Storyline = LOVED IT
Banter between Madison and Rick = OFF THE CHARTS LOVED IT
Steamy Scenes = LOVE THEM