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Published by Pocket Star on March 28th 2016
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Also by this author: Whatever It Takes
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.
The Do-Over is a fun and quick read. We get to see the quaint town of Biscay Beach. The people in this town are pretty amazing, and open their arms to Melanie. She’s trying to get the house she inherited fixed and ready for sale so she can go back to her life in New York. She’s very list oriented, and wants things to be perfect. The only downfall is she doesn’t know how to do much since she never had to do anything for herself.
Eli is the town hottie. He doesn’t take to kindly to Melanie at first, but she grows on him. He has his own reason for not really liking the type of person Melanie is. He lets his past keep his mind closed. But he is a sweetheart, and wants Melanie to succeed in whatever she does or learns.
The chemistry is definitely there with these two, and the sexy times are HOT! The Do-Over makes a perfect read to get ready for summer.