Review: The Do-Over by M.K. Schiller
Author: M.K. Schiller
Publisher: Loose Id
Published: October 7, 2013
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult, New Adult
Arrogant womanizer Kyle Manchester hates blind dates; however, when best friend, Brad calls in a favor, insisting Kyle take out his girlfriend’s sister, Kyle reluctantly agrees. Attorney Lanie Carmichael’s appearance is no surprise. She is dowdy, awkward, and dressed in so many layers she resembles a wedding cake, but not in an edible way. Her brazen attitude though, astonishes him, especially when she explains she has no interest in gorgeous Kyle. Lanie Carmichael is in love with Brad, and wants Kyle’s assistance in winning his best friend’s heart.
Kyle gradually accepts, justifying that the mystery of Lanie has sparked his natural, thirsty curiosity. As an ambitious journalist, he also can’t resist the Pulitzer worthy scoop she offers him. However, as Lanie sheds more layers, both emotionally and physically, Kyle begins to examine his life choices, and his true feelings for this enigmatic girl. With Kyle’s support, Lanie begins to unravel the secrets of her past, and the deep pain that has quietly defined her life. As they each learn more about themselves and each other, both question how a relationship built on fraudulent lies between two broken people could ever survive.
“You can’t plan love; it just happens.”
There are so many underrated but great romance books that everyone should pay attention to. This book is one of them. I loved it so much that I found myself smiling, laughing, and totally swooning the entire time I was reading it.
The Do-Over is a friends-with-benefits and friends-to-lovers kind of romance book. It does sound cliché but for me, this is a good kind of cliché because it’s not a shallow romance book to begin with.
The story started off when Kyle Machester, a womanizer journalist was asked by his best friend Brad to take his girlfriend’s sister Lanie for a date. Lanie is a heroine that is all kinds of awkward when it comes to looks but is an exceedingly smart and confident lawyer. At their first date, Lanie told Kyle that she’s in love with Brad, unfortunately Brad is her sister’s lover so she can only hope that they’ll be together someday, who knows. Lanie and Kyle soon came to a mutual agreement that they’re going to pretend to be dating in order for Brad to notice Lanie’s desirability. What started off as a platonic pretend-relationship soon became more than that.
What especially made me love this book was Lanie’s character development. I loved that she was introduced as an ugly duckling but eventually she slowly bloomed into a very attractive swan. She’s also a heroine that is so easy to like because of her inner beauty and brave and smart attitude. And of course, I forking love Kyle! Perfect doesn’t even begin to describe this one hot, sweet, and caring book boyfriend. I loved how he took care of Lanie and how he made her feel so beautiful and special. I even loved the way he fought hard against Lanie’s bitchy mom and sister. What a perfect man!
There were lots of hilarious scenes and dialogues here that made me LOL like crazy. Kyle’s narration is frickin’ funny and way too sexy! Apart from the funny side, this book also had a bit of an angst. There were deep and dark secrets that Lanie and Kyle kept from each other which they soon unraveled and that was something that I admired about this book. It’s not just about sexual tension but there’s depth in the story.
All in all, The Do-Over is another Adult / New Adult book that is now sitting on my favorites shelf. I am such a sucker for these kinds of books! Apparently so. 🙂
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