The Do-Over

The Do-Over

by L.E. Bross

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501130564
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 03/28/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,078,538
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

L. E. Bross is living her own happily-ever-after in Maine with her husband, two boys, and a houseful of four-legged fur babies. You can find her at and on Twitter @Lee_Bross. Right Where You Are is the first new adult novel in her Second Chances series.

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The Do-Over 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I got the email to read this and after seeing the synopsis, it seemed cute. I liked Mel and Eli. They have sort of similar backgrounds in the betrayal that happened to them. And while Eli is a different place in his life, it was amusing to see him sit back and watch Mel. Their chemistry was palpable and I really enjoyed seeing them push each other's buttons. Sure, parts of the plot were predicable and the "let's not communicate properly" thing is annoying, but all in all, it was a cute, quick read. **Huge thanks to Pocket Star for the invitation to read**
TheBunny1 More than 1 year ago
***ARC received courtesy of Pocket Star and NetGalley*** I enjoy a romance that is a slow burn, the build up of the attraction can be a lot of fun. This was no exception, the build up of the chemistry between Mel and Eli was a lot of fun to read. The problem, for me, is that so much of the book was spend on the build up that their relationship felt rushed once they finally got together. So, while it was an enjoyable story, with enjoyable characters, it feels a little unfinished to me, like all of the major decisions and resolutions happened in about the last 15% of the book, which is fine...when 65% isn't spent building up to them. The writing was strong, the characters were good and fun. I didn't dislike the book, I just found it to be a little unbalanced.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--THE DO-OVER by L.E. Bross is a romance story line about two people burned by previous relationships, neither one looking for a second chance at love. When Melanie McAllister’s life spirals out of control, she finds herself in Biscay Beach, Maine helping manage her very pregnant sister’s ‘Arts and Tarts’ café. Following the destruction of her marriage, her career and her father’s million dollar company, our heroine picks up the pieces of her life, and endeavors to renovate the family cottage-all that she has left of her mother’s possessions. Enter Eli Stuart- the local carpenter and handyman with secrets of his own. In the beginning the relationship and attraction between Eli and Melanie is more or less one sided; Melanie has been burned, and lost everything in her life, and she isn’t willing to open her heart to another man. Eli’s past is haunted by betrayal and heartbreak, but he is a man who is willing to give love another try. There are some issues with a lack of communication; secrets from the past; and betrayal that has hardened the heart to a second chance. The $ex scenes are limited but seductive, provocative and hot. We are introduced to Melanie’s sister Liesel, and her husband Dave-Dave is Eli’s best friend, therefore Liesel knows more about Eli’s past than she is willing to admit. The world building focuses on the relationship between Melanie and Eli; Melanie’s inability to let go of the past; and Liesl’s hometown café where everyone knows your name !! THE DO-OVER is a sexy read; a predictable story line about two people trying to escape the past, finding love and a possible future together. The premise is fun; the characters are colorful and animated; the romance is a slow build to a happily ever after.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An awesome read that really proves the past needs to be put and kept in the past and the only way to live is by looking forward. Great writing and characters make this a great read! Melanie McAllister was completely destroyed by her ex husband. Both emotionally and financially. All she really has left in the world is a run down cottage in Biscay Beach. Determined to sell, she knows she needs to get it in better shape to get the money she needs to restart her life in NYC. Eli Stuart may have been a promising new artist at one time but now he's a carpenter in Biscay Beach and perfectly happy.... Well, mostly. Since his old life imploded around him he's been missing his muse and unable to sculpt. That all changes when he meets the feisty owner of a cottage in need of repair. To help her keep costs down he offers a deal, she helps with the repairs and he lowers his labor price. Soon he's wondering is this was the smartest or dumbest thing he's ever done! One good thing though, it seems his muse is back! Definitely a fun read and one I highly recommend.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Do-Over, L.E. Bross Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance,  What a great fun read, I was laughing from very early on. Mel is such a terrific character, I could picture her, book in hand, trying to tell Eli that there might be a better way of doing things! He's a fabulous character too, been through some tough things but picked himself up and moved on. Now he's settled as a contractor in the little seaside town where Mel's sister lives. I loved her, so friendly, so open to everyone and she really wanted Mel to just be happy. I love the idea of a cafe/arts place, arts and tarts.  Poor Mel had been through a huge upheaval in her life, from good job, husband, plenty of money to nothing, divorced, husband in jail and the money all frozen because of his actions. She's been groomed since early childhood to be a certain way, to always be in control, to do exactly as her parents laid out and she's followed that path slavishly. Now all she has left is the ramshackle cottage and her lovely. lovely sister.  Its a really fun read, flows easily and pulled me into Eli and Mel's lives, where they got off on the wrong foot and yet somehow ended up hot and heavy in the kitchen! That was some serious steam, and not from the kitchen equipment. Still, the path of true love never runs smooth and all that and true to form a couple of obstacles pop up that has Mel running scared. Eli needs to show her what she needs is him and he needs to work out what he needs to do to get that - he can't just give up on love,. knows its special and will go all out to prove it.  Stars: Five, a fun lighthearted read. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.