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Review: The Do Over by Julie A. Richman

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The Do-Over, an all-new emotional, second chance STANDALONE romance by Julie A. Richman is now LIVE!!

~ 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.
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Tara meets Wes on a cruise, they spend one amazing night together and discover they have been leading parallel livesaround each other without ever meeting and then, they get separated by circumstances not to see each other again.
Over a decade later, Tara is divorced, with a teenage daughter and a successful career when Wes walks back into her life.  Unfortunately, right before this happened, Tara’s misadventures with online dating had led her to a man who turns out to be Wes’ second in command, Julien, who seems determined to keep her away from Wes at all cost.
This is my first read by the author and it was just amazing.  Tara is one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever read about, recently divorced, dealing with an ex-husband who’s failing their daughter miserably and trying to be strong while setting a good example for her child.  Wes is caring and compassionate, a man who’s suffer loss and has risen from the ashes only to find himself in the midst of the same battle again.  The story deals in the most real and beautiful way with illness, death and a lot of real life issues that have or will touch our lives at one point or another.
I enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Scarlett and her relationship with Wes, but I had a problem with the hinting to voodoo practice.  IMO, what happened was more wishful thinking than actual black magic, but that’s just me.
“But as I looked at Wes, a man who’d experienced devastating losses, I realized he wanted to take me on a journey with him.  A journey where hope and happiness were possible.  Because out on the open waters, there was a second wind and I had the choice to let it swirl around my face and blow my hair all askew or not.  But I was being given a choice.  And that in itself was a gift.”
The Do-Over is story about soulmates whose paths converge over the years because things don’t happen when you want them, but when you are ready for them.

4.5 Book Corner Stars



The mother load of second chances. It's easy to get lost in Julie Richman's, The Do Over. She captures your heart. And for any second chances, she will make you a firm believer.

Wes and Tara seem to be in the right place but at the wrong time. With having the best night of their lives, nothing and no one ever compared. But when they leave each other at dockside, who knew if they would ever see each other again. So we fast-forward years ahead and reunite again. Their lives both changed and try not to have "what if" and make it actually happen. They both had ups, downs and heartache.

I absolutely loved The Do Over. My heart broke for them but so happy that they had a second chance. It was their time. Their time was now.

5 Book Corner Stars 

*ARC Reviews*

Excerpt:

His hand slowly stroking up and down the outside of my thigh is what roused me from my dream state. It was so soft and tender that I was getting more and more turned on with every movement. With my eyes still closed, I enjoyed the sensation. It wasn’t until his lips started brushing my shoulder, that I was unable to stifle a moan, revealing that I was awake. “Good morning,” his whisper was hoarse. “Mmm, good morning.” I stretched my body against his and turned my head to see his face hovering over mine, before our lips met. “Sleep good?” “Surprisingly, I did. I was so exhausted. Sorry for passing out on you last night,” I apologized. “I think we both passed out the moment our heads hit the pillows.” Wes’ hand had migrated from my thigh to my stomach, where he softly drew circles with his fingertips. Rolling over to face him, I pushed my hair out of the way, silently praying my humidity enhanced curls didn’t make me look like a deranged housewife, scaring the erection right out of the man. Slinging a leg over his thigh, I instantly got my answer. The crazy morning coif was not a cock killer. Thank God! “You’re a morning person, I see.” Hiding my smile was not a possibility. “Yeah, I am,” Wes laughed, moving closer to me, his eyes filled with the unmistakable desire to become lovers, something I’d dreamed about on the deck of a windjammer long ago. “You can wake me up like this anytime.” I needed to let him know it was okay. He’d said he’d take it as slow as I wanted it and what I wanted right now was a slow rhythm of him plowing into me. Hard. “Are you hard to wake up?” He was pressed up against me. “I think you’ll figure out the secrets to rousing me.” “You’ve already figured out the secrets to arousing me.” His voice still had that sexy edge of morning roughness to it, making me want to skip all foreplay and have him inside me. “I’ll bet you have a few more secrets I can discover,” I said against his lips, as I shifted the leg I had slung over him, pressing my heat and wetness against his already throbbing cock. Wes groaned and I could feel his smile against my lips. “You know you’re going to make it impossible to make slow, sweet love to you.” “Good, because I don’t want it slow and sweet.” Wes flipped me onto my back, “I can easily accommodate your wishes. Are you on anything or do I need to…” “We’re good,” I assured him. “Yes, we are.” He kissed my neck, then swiftly pulled my tank top over my head tossing it to the floor. “We’re going to be really good together. Of that, I have no doubt.” And I knew he was right. Being with this man had been so perfect from the night we met. We meshed with ease and the result was pure joy. The warmth in his eyes and smile made my breath catch, and in that moment, I was flooded with overwhelming emotion at how much I wanted him. How much I’d always wanted him. It was more than lust, beyond the heat of the moment. Wes Bergman was the man I had always wanted, from the night we met. That was clear to me now. “I vote we skip the foreplay.” I wriggled out of my underwear. “You’re on.” His smile told me he was taking on the challenge. “You’re in,” I gasped, my breath catching in my throat, surprised at the swiftness with which he filled my request. an-thedo-over

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About the Author:

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. jarheadshot

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