The Do Over by A.L. Zaun

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Life doesn’t look like it’s supposed to for Daniela, aka Dani. After a painful break-up with Rick, Dani decides she doesn’t want to deal with the hassles of relationship.

After almost two years, Dani’s friends stage an intervention, forcing her out of her holding pattern and back into the real world of dating. 

Liam, a down to earth firefighter, may be just the person to show her she’s still worth something. Their chemistry is instant and electric. But will Dani be able to trust her patched-up heart with him? 

And what will happen when Rick decides he’ll go to any lengths to get her back?

 

~~Ena’s 4 1/2 Star Thoughts~~

“Fight for me, Dani. Fight for us. Don’t hide on beaches or in books. God damnit, give a shit and fight for what matters to you.”

Wow oh Wow! I was in serious book hangover before I picked this book up and it got me hook line and sinker! Great triangle love story about living in the past or moving on with your future. I laughed, swooned, cringed, cussed, screamed, awed, got frustrated, and pissed off while reading this book.

Dani is a very strong character lead. She is bright, funny, passionate, and beautiful. After having her heart broken by her first love, Rick, she wallows in self pity for quit sometime. Living in a fairytale world of her romance novels she forgets reality real while and lives her life in her kindle. After an intervention with her 2 best friends, Candace and Macy, she decides it’s time to stop living in the past and move on with her future and maybe even open her heart again to love.

Liam Lucas is your everyday boy next door. Liam is a firefighter; he romantic, sexy, strong, and very swoon worthy. The moment he met Dani at a CPR class he was instructing, he knew there was something different about her. Something he had to know more about. He wanted to give Dani all the fantasies she reads about in her “books” and then some. I would marry him and have his babies in a heartbeat.

“Make sure it’s deep, and hard, and steady. Yeah, that’s right, you’re doing it perfectly.”

Rick (the douche of an ex) breaks Dani’s heart and leaves her with questions unanswered. He proceeds to live is life to the fullest with as many women he can bring home and have in his bed. After running into Dani over a year after her break-up he suddenly has a change of heart. (yah right) He admits to breaking her heart and making a huge mistake of letting her go and will stop at nothing to win her back.

“But it’s just not working for me. You know, the sex is great. It’s probably the best I’ve ever had and that’s saying a lot. I’ve had great sex before. Sex with you is really amazing. But, it’s just not happening for me. I want it to be. You’re perfect on paper. You’re everything I’ve ever wanted. But Carino, it’s just not here.”

There are a few side characters that played a major role in this novel and I loved them all. Candace and Macy, the best friends, are very concerned when it comes to Dani and her heart and only wants her to be happy (not with Rick). Candace is like the momma hen in the relationship and Macy is the ditzy one but the 3 of them make quit a pair.

“You and that Kindle. It’s like you’re having a love affair with your damn books.”

Madison, the bartender/yoga junkie/health extrodinaire, is FEISTY! I love her! She doesn’t take bullshit and will put you in your place in a heartbeat. Even though I hated Rick with a passion, I loved her and the role she played in this story. I started feeling for her because I could tell what she really wanted and what she felt like she had to do, she was torn. I wanted to reach into my kindle and slap the piss out of Rick! Ugh didn’t like him at all!

“Love is an illusion. We see what we want to see until the reflection changes.”

I think the development of the story was great. I didn’t understand the whole love triangle thing in the beginning because it was clear who Dani’s heart belonged too but then that little “what if” showed its ugly head and she became confused about her feelings and emotions. I wanted to smack her clear across her face many times and tell her to WAKE UP! Ana did a wonderful job developing the characters in the book to where we got to know each of them in great detail. I was very passionate about all the characters almost as if I was in the book and personally knew them, that’s how great this writing was.

I don’t want to give much away about this one because I think the reader needs to experience it for themselves. I liked how throughout the book you got to see the story unfold from 3 POV’s, Dani, Liam, and Rick! Great debut novel by a very talented author. Can’t wait to see what A.L. Zaun has for us next! The Do Over makes my top 5 reads of 2012 and I have read A LOT! Great job Ana!!