I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Do-Over by Sharon M. Peterson
Narrator: Elise Roth
Also by this author: The Fake Out
Published by Bookouture on 1st August 2022
Genres: Chicklit, Contemporary, Humour, Love & Romance
Length: 9 hours and 18 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: from Netgalley
Amazon Kindle, Audible
“Look, you’re a nice girl but I don’t think we should see each other anymore.” The voicemail ends and I freeze in the dentist’s chair as I realize… I’ve just been dumped on live radio.
It took the most humiliating break-up for me to see that my life is in serious need of a do-over. Cue my anti New Year’s resolutions that even I can’t fail at:
1. Stop dating. (Men are the worst.)
2. Stop trying to lose weight. (I’m never giving up chocolate.)
3. Stop working so hard. (Selling mortgages is not my dream career.)
4. Stop trying to live up to unrealistic expectations. (Start living my best life.)
5. Stop trying to please my mother. (It’s not possible.)
But it turns out number five is harder than I thought, as she begins her campaign to get me back with my ex. So, what’s the perfect solution to keep her out of my love life? An imaginary boyfriend—at least he was supposed to be imaginary until I blurted out my neighbor’s name…
Nate, the bad boy next door with gorgeous hazel eyes, a razor-sharp jawline and a mysterious scar, might be hot, but he’s definitely not my boyfriend. Now all I need to do is stick to my resolutions while also keeping my interfering family away from my non-existent lover who has no idea that we’re fake dating. What could possibly go wrong?
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I mainly listened to the audio version of this but did read a bit of the ebook too. This is Sharon’s debut book and she is most definitely going on my must-read list.
This book is so funny. I absolutely loved the Mimi quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Mimi was possibly my favourite character but it’s a close one between her and Lilah. Both were very funny. Mimi has that wise older lady knowledge and Lilah has that childlike innocence that you can’t help but love.
Perci is a main character you instantly root for. She really goes through it at the beginning of this book and her mother well what a mean woman! She never says anything nice to Perci and that birthday dinner! Wow! I was so proud of Perci when she started to stand up for herself.
I really liked next-door neighbour Nate. He is such a good guy. As you read more and more about him you just can’t help but fall for him. He is such a breath of fresh air in Perci’s world. I also loved how good he is with Lilah. He really shows her that it’s okay to be yourself and it doesn’t matter what the rest of the world thinks as long as you are happy with yourself. This is a message that we could all do with embracing.
I really enjoyed the narrator. Elise has an excellent southern American voice which is perfect for this Texan setting. I found it very easy to listen to and my mind didn’t wander, which is always a sign of a good narrator.
This book is heartwarming, funny and thought-provoking. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for an uplifting read.
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