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REVIEW:  The Do Over by M.K. Schiller

REVIEW: The Do Over by M.K. Schiller

The Do-Over  by MK Schiller

Dear Ms. Schiller:

Initially I resisted buying this book because it was fairly pricey and while The Other C Word was entertaining, it wasn’t that entertaining plus TOCW had a lot of problematic issues such as the non stop sexual harassment by the hero. However, Mistress M from SM Book Obsessions said it was sweet and funny and I needed some of that over the holiday and it was worth the money.

The positives for this book is that there was a sweet romance despite the alphahole tendencies of the hero and the heroine was pretty awesome. Attorney Lanie Carmichael is set up with womanizer Kyle Manchester and immediately sees through him but she doesn’t care.  She wants Kyle to teach her how to get his best friend Brad (her co worker who is currently dating Lanie’s sister) to fall in love with her.

Kyle thinks that this is an impossible task because Lanie doesn’t have a figure, is kind of abrasive, and has the sex appeal of a stick. Lanie thinks that Kyle is perfect for the job because he’s a shallow womanizer who is a great journalist but may be a terrible human being.  Lanie tempts Kyle with an exclusive story that could win him a Pulitzer. Four clients of hers were forced into a sex ring by a prominent politician. The clients are suing for emotional damages and are willing to share their story. Lanie’s handling that interview and thinks Kyle would be the right journalist based on his past work.

Because Kyle wants the story and is intrigued by Lanie’s plan, he agrees but tells her he can’t make Brad fall in love with her. Lanie knows this but believes that with the right information, she can accomplish anything. She’s an excellent trial lawyer (although never does the in court work) and excels at preparation and also negotiation.

“Yes. We’re both juniors at our firm. I’ll make partner this year. Brad probably will in two years.”

Jesus, is that an insult to Brad? How could he describe this girl as shy? She was very full of herself.

“That’s great. So do you like it?”

He didn’t know why, but her odd demeanor was interesting. She adjusted the mop of curly auburn hair that threatened to spring free of the tight bun on top of her head.

“I’m good at it. It’s what I’m meant to do.”

“Why? Do you like fighting for the little guy and getting justice?” Kyle asked somewhat mockingly.

Lanie took a long sip of her drink, followed by a deep breath. “No, it’s not my job to get justice for people. That’s what the courts do.”

“Then what’s your job?”

“Winning.”

I just loved this unapologetic confidence in Lanie.  This could have easily slid into wallbanger status if not for Lanie. She’s smart and knows her strengths and weaknesses.  She’s insightful, able to read Kyle easily and recognizes her sister is a horrible person but still feels some familial responsibility toward her.

There is no insta-lust. Lanie doesn’t respect Kyle or want him. She wants Brad who she views as a great lawyer, great co worker, and decent human being. She thinks that they would be perfect together and is going to use Kyle to gather all the research she needs to execute a plan of attack. Kyle doesn’t think Lanie is hot at all. After each meeting, however, Kyle begins to notice things about Lanie. First it is her hair. Then her smile. Then her eyes until he doesn’t even focus on her looks anymore, but rather Lanie herself. He notices she’s fun to spend time with and is an engaging conversationalist.

Kyle’s plan isn’t to attract and/or please Brad, but to make Lanie more desirable. They do this, not by giving Lanie a makeover, but by Kyle pretending that Lanie and he are a real couple. As pretend relationship goes forward, Lanie and Kyle spend a lot of time together but as their feelings deepen for each other they don’t even realize it at first.

What I loved was that Kyle fell for Lanie before her wardrobe makeover and before other people found her attractive so he wasn’t a victim of the plan that he had for Brad — that a guy only wants a woman who is unavailable to him. Although Lanie was emotionally unavailable to him. Lanie told him time and again that Brad was the man for her until she woke up and realized that every attribute she thought she liked in Brad actually were attributes of Kyle.

Their transformations were well paced as was the romance. It is a pleasure watching a couple actually fall in love. While the price for this book is rather high, it was worth it for me.  Most of the story is told from Kyle’s point of view. I’ve seen some comparison’s to Emma Chase’s Tangled and those are fair but while Drew in Tangled was a misogynistic asshole from beginning to end, Kyle had a real redemptive arc and his womanizing didn’t come from a hate of women but a self hate. Thanks for the recommendation, Mistress M! B

Best regards,

Jane

 

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Daily Deals: Box set, unwed mothers, ranchers, and a cookbook your mother would never use

Daily Deals: Box set, unwed mothers, ranchers, and a cookbook your...

The Billionaire's Obsession: The Complete Collection Boxed Set (Mine For Tonight, Mine For Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely)The Billionaire’s Obsession: The Complete Collection Boxed Set (Mine For Tonight, Mine For Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely) by J.S. Scott. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

*****A NY TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER****
***Limited Time $0.99 Sale***
GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Once a serial trilogy, The Billionaire’s Obsession is now complete with a bonus story in this complete collection about Simon and Kara.

This complete collection of The Billionaire’s Obsession includes:
Mine For Tonight
Mine For Now
Mine Forever
Mine Completely

Heart Of The Billionaire ~ Sam and Maddie’s story is now available on Amazon.

Down on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?

Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants…until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he’s never experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

(This is a erotic romance. It contains graphic language, very steamy love scenes and lots of emotion.)

There’s a meme called success kid and I kind of feel like the meme when I stave off buying something and get it for a deal. Like in this case.

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The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann PatchettThe Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Since her first publication in 1992, celebrated novelist Ann Patchett has crafted a number of elegant novels, garnering accolades and awards along the way. Now comes a beautiful reissue of the best-selling debut novel that launched her remarkable career.

St. Elizabeth’s, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays. She plans to give up her child, thinking she cannot be the mother it needs. But when Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St. Elizabeth’s extended family of nuns and an ever-changing collection of pregnant teenage girls. Rose’s past won’t be kept away, though, even by St. Elizabeth’s; she cannot remain untouched by what she has left behind, even as she cannot change who she has become in the leaving.
Sadness, passion, faith, and laughter fill a home for unwed mothers. Set at St. Elizabeth’s in Habit, Kentucky, this is the story of Rose, an obstinate, complex young woman fleeing her first marriage who seeks temporary sanctuary but instead finds a permanent place among the nuns when she decides to keep her child and marry the groundskeeper.

This is one of those covers that must look so much better in person. On my computer, though, it looks washed out and almost indistinguishable. This was Patchett’s first novel and from the reviews it sounds poignant and almost too sad as a woman believes she is not supposed to live with love and so lives out a life of practical efficiency neither loving her husband nor her daughter.

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Loving Cara  by Kristen ProbyLoving Cara by Kristen Proby. $ 1.99 Pre Order Google | Amazon

From the Jacket Copy:

CHEMISTRY WAS NEVER THIS SEXY IN HIGH SCHOOL.
In her sizzling new series, USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby sets the stage for a passionate reunion under the breathtaking Montana sky.

Cara Donovan’s summer tutoring job is turning out to be a challenge—and not just because of her troubled twelve-year-old student. It’s his uncle Josh who’s the real problem. If problem is the word for an irresistibly cocky, muscle-bound rancher with a taste for tight Levi’s and shameless flirtation. . . .

Cara is nothing like the wallflower Josh King remembers good-naturedly teasing in high school. This Cara is gorgeous, confident, fun. From the moment the fiery teacher steps foot on his family’s Lazy K Ranch, the stubborn playboy is determined to corral her. So what happens when his luscious lover takes over the reins?
The first in a steamy trilogy, Kristen Proby’s enthralling novel is filled to the brim with one hardworking family’s triumphs and challenges, all the wild adventure of the modern West, and a whole lot of titillating fun.

I think I’ve only read one Kristen Proby and it was a lot of sex but not much else. That said, she’s written a lot of books since the one I read and this book. At the pre-order price of $1.99, it seems like a safe buy. I saw on Twitter that Bookish Andrea really enjoyed the book.

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Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two (NYM Series) Beth HenspergerNot Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two by Beth Hensperger. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Nearly 60 percent of American households today consist of only one or two people, yet most cookbooks don’t reflect this trend, with recipes designed for large families, yielding 6-8 servings. For individuals and small families who want to cook hearty, healthful meals but don’t want to deal with all the leftovers, Beth Hensperger has the solution. The James Beard Award–winning author follows up the best-selling Not Your Mother’s® Slow Cooker Cookbook with Not Your Mother’s® Slow Cooker Recipes for Two, a collection of 125 new recipes specially designed for the small slow cooker. As always, Hensperger’s innovative recipes call for fresh, healthful ingredients and continue to prove that the slow cooker can produce amazing meals. While the recipes yield the perfect amount for two or three people, there is no shortage of flavor with dishes such as Quick Hominy and Zucchini Chili, Moroccan-Spiced Tomato Chicken with Almonds, Lamb Stew with Lemon and Garlic, and Vegetable Polenta with Mascarpone Cheese. The slow cooker is an essential countertop appliance for busy cooks, and this is the only book on the market specifically written for the increasingly popular 1 ½- 3 ½-quart slow cooker. Not Your Mother’s® Slow Cooker Recipes for Two is great for the growing population of empty-nesters, working couples, singles, and small families who want the convenience of small slow-cooker cooking without sacrificing wholesomeness and flavor.

I always wonder at the marketing campaign that is designed to imply that your mother is terrible at things – cooking, picking out romances, wearing jeans. It works so I guess it taps into some kind of mother hating zeitgeist.

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