Monday, June 10, 2013

Blog Tour: ARC Review + Giveaway: The Do Over by A.L. Zaun

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Title: The Do Over
Author: A.L. Zaun
Pages: 492 pages
Format acquired: eBook (mobi)
Publication date: May 20th 2013
Source: Received from the author (Thank you, AToMR Book Blog Tours and Ana!)
Buy the book: Amazon

Life doesn't look like it's supposed to for Daniela, aka Dani. After a painful break-up with Rick, Dani decides she doesn't want to deal with the hassles of relationship.

After almost two years, Dani's friends stage an intervention, forcing her out of her holding pattern and back into the real world of dating. 

Liam, a down to earth firefighter, may be just the person to show her she’s still worth something. Their chemistry is instant and electric. But will Dani be able to trust her patched-up heart with him? 

And what will happen when Rick decides he’ll go to any lengths to get her back?
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I don't remember the last time I read a book with a love triangle in it... Unless I recently did and I ended up repressing the memory. Haha! Seriously though, I know most people are already tired of reading love triangles, and I kind of am too, but I actually enjoyed this one. But now that I really think about it, it's really much of a love triangle kind of story, there's already a clear choice and the other guy is just there to add more drama.

The Do Over is definitely the type of book hardcore romantics are meant to read. It's so sweet that it nearly made my teeth hurt. I hoped that there would be a different aspect to the story but everything pretty much revolved around Liam, Dani and Rick's relationship.

Let's start with Dani. Dani is our recovering brokenhearted heroine, she spent nearly two years immersing herself in her Kindle just to try and piece together her broken heart. *glares at Rick* While I appreciate a protag who loves to read, Dani's is just... unhealthy. She basically had a relationship with her Kindle (Dani has three Kindles! THREE.) She's the type of person who's in denial about the things most people notice and point out to her. I was pretty relieved that her friends staged an intervention but that doesn't mean I like the way they did it (but more on that later.) Dani is a great girl but the way she wants to live her own fairy tale did not seem realistic at all. I was glad though when she was finally able  to see through all the bullstuff happening in front of her and just admitted the truth. Go, Dani!

Liam, oh Liam. A man after my own heart. He's such a sweetie. Liam is the perfect blend of caveman and adorable man-candy. He is such a great guy and he's a firefighter too! Is it wrong for me to say that he can do no wrong in my eyes? Because he really can't. *winks at Liam*

The thing with Rick is that while he tried his best to change for Dani and to become what she wanted most, but it's obvious that it's never going to happen. He only thought that he wanted to change because he was jealous and there certainly was an effort, just not enough. Dani wasn't enough for him to change but another woman was though. I have nothing against Rick because in the end, he turned out to be a pretty good guy.

I recommend The Do Over to people who really enjoy their romance because this one just brims with it.


About the author:

A.L. Zaun graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature a long time ago.  A degree she didn’t use at all in her professional endeavors.  She loves to read, write and take pictures.  She walks around with her camera, and most importantly she has her e-reader available at all times.  Healthcare Management by day, Mommy in the evening and most nights, you can find her sitting in front of her laptop with a bottle of Diet Pepsi, bringing the voices in her head to life on the pages of her debut novel, The Do Over.

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