Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review for The Do-Over by Julie Richman


~ Sometimes, one degree is all that separates you from the one you were meant to be with ~
Wes Bergman was sex on a stick.
We’d been circling one another our entire lives, mingling at the same clubs... attending the same events…sharing mutual acquaintances…yet we’d never actually met.

Until…we both boarded a Windjammer Cruise in the Caribbean. And it was like meeting my long, lost best friend for the first time. I hadn’t ever connected with a guy that way before.

But Wes had a girlfriend. So, when the week was over, he walked off the ship, unknowingly taking a piece of my heart with him.

Now, over a decade later, newly divorced, I’m the proverbial fish out of water. Dating has totally changed. Apps. Swipe left. Swipe right. Catfishing. Men my age want two things: twenty-five-year-olds—like my ex’s new child bride of a wife—or just a quick hook-up.

After a string of bad dates, I finally did something I never thought I’d do. I had a hot one-night stand with a really handsome guy I met online who didn’t even know my real name.

Turned out Mr. Fling is a big shot for my company’s newest client. And just my luck, that client’s CEO is none other than...Wes Bergman.

Now I’m separated by one degree again from the man who stole my heart.

And Mr. Fling could destroy my chance of what I want most – a Do-Over with Wes.


"The possibilities were endless when you were given a second chance. A do-over, per se."

After finally reading my first Julie Richman book, I can see why people absolutely love her stories. I totally can, and it appears this book wasn't any different because many people are praising it. She had a very good storyline in this book, and I can say that I fell head over heels in love with Wes. He was a REAL man, a true gentleman, and he was quite admirable in ALL aspects. He was very poised and successful, which certainly didn't hinder the love. I mean, obviously he was sexy and good looking with his "melodious voice", but he was real and down to earth and someone that you could easily fall in love with. I certainly did!

This was a very telling story, a very sincere one with some intensity to it. It will be one that resonates with those of us that believe so deeply in the power and determination of FATE. Those of us that pin our hearts on the notion that true love is out there, no matter what, and it will find you when it's supposed to. I loved that about this book. LOVED it.

I understand that my rating isn't indicative of how much I am praising this book, but it doesn't mean that I didn't like it. I *really* liked this story. I liked every aspect of it and it was relatable....but I couldn't fully connect with the characters. I think my biggest hurdle with this one was that I felt like I was told everything. I wanted to FEEL what was going on; the emotions, the realizations....the ease in which they connected. Their relationship, the way it started, was what fairytales and dreams are made of. Perfect setting, instant spark, easy was an amazing connection between them that I loved reading about. I was enjoying that one degree of separation detail throughout this entire book, too. It had some heartbreaking moments because of the nature of the pain that both Wes and Tara felt having to deal with loss, but that just added another element to the depth that Julie went into on this story. 

I read this ALL day and was really invested in how the story played out, but that was after setting it down and walking away for a little bit. Something wasn't quite working for me, even though I wanted to know how it worked out. I'm not sure if it was the way we were in Tara's head the majority of the time, or if I had a hard time understanding some of her emotions and actions. I don't know if I can pinpoint it exactly, to be honest. I do know that I didn't connect with her as much as I wanted to, but the storyline was truly wonderful and I was invested in their story. I will easily and happily recommend this book and will be giving a copy away because I know that this story was that good and many people will enjoy it.

This was told entirely in Tara's POV, so we didn't get to see his side, but I liked that aspect of it. I haven't read a book like that in a while, and it was a refreshing change. I most definitely will be reading more by Julie and I have already purchased a few of her others that I have heard amazing things about.

"Whatever it was the two of us possessed, was still there. I was drawn to this man in a way I was at a loss to describe."


USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.

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