• Do Over by Serena Bell
Do Over
Serena Bell
Contemporary Romance
Random House
January 30, 2018

Toe-curling? Check. Sheet-twisting? Check. But is that enough for a second chance?

Jack: I’m pretty much as tough as they come. But when a woman comes to me in tears, I’m jelly. Scratch that—when Maddie Adams comes to me in tears, I’m jelly. That’s how we ended up making our incredible son five years ago, and that’s why I practically beg her to move in with me when she’s in a tight spot. Of course, the last time I got the chance to be the hero, I let her down, but I’m not making the same mistake twice. This time, I’m going to be the man she deserves—and then I’m going to lay every ounce of sexy on her until she lets me back into her heart.

Maddie: Jack Parker is hot, and he knows it. What he’s not is a family man, something this single mom had to learn the hard way. Still, moving into his place until I get back on my feet makes all kinds of sense. He’s an old friend. He’s, ahem, the father of my child. And let’s face it, now that I’ve just been colossally dumped, we’ve got nowhere else to go. The truth is, I never could resist Jack. Living under the same roof puts dirty thoughts in my head. And when my brilliant plan backfires, my whole body is begging for a do-over. . . .

Do Over is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a satisfying happily ever after. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

I’m home, she’s home, we’re home together…

I have to admit, I was *very* skeptical about this book after reading the first few chapters. The hero of the story initially comes off as a bit of a cocky, egotistical a-hole. But despite my reservations I persevered, and I’m glad I did. A rocky beginning led to a sweet story of young love and misunderstanding and reconciliation.

Jack Parker is twenty- seven and your typical man-child. The son of an abusive father, who abandoned the family when Jack was a teen, he has embraced the view that he isn’t good enough/smart enough/responsible enough to take on anything worthwhile. And although, Maddie, his best friend from childhood tried to tell him differently, eventually he just stopped listening and believing. Even when he accidentally gets her pregnant at twenty-one. Oh he’ll do what he has to do, but he’ll leave the heavy lifting to his mom and his sister. Because, after all, he’s just not good enough to be cut out for family life. Right? 

Maddie Adams is essentially a single mom. I mean, Jack will watch Gabe when she asks, but the day to day is left to her. Well, she does have Harris, the perfect-on-paper boyfriend she lives with. But, she has come to realize that he doesn’t actually spend any time at all with Gabe. And then when she catches him in a compromising situation with her best friend, of all people? What’s a girl to do? Maddie considers all the options. And the only one that feels right, is going to Jack for help. Despite their bumpy past, they are actually friends. Or were. And maybe more?

The rest is up to you to read, but safe to say there will be tears, and laughter and possibly some smoking hot scenes, as well… And in the end, it’s a feel good story of discovering that what you wanted was there all along.