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The Do-Over

Written by: Georgia Beers
Narrated by: Lori Prince
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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Fifteen years is a long time. Long enough to forget the past, forge ahead, and create a terrific life. Bella Hunt has done exactly that, complete with a successful career, a gaggle of close friends, and a home she loves. Life is good.

Or it was, until her teenage nightmare and the bane of her high school existence shows up for Bella’s class on conflict resolution. 

Easton Evans, in all her pretty, blonde, my-parents-are-surgeons glory, throws Bella into an existential tailspin as her unpleasant memories from her past come screeching back. Easton doesn’t even recognize Bella, and what’s worse, Easton is...different somehow. Softer, kinder. And still unfairly attractive. 

None of it computes in Bella’s head. She’s hated Easton for 15 years, done her best to scrub the past away. But now here it is. The past. Sitting in her classroom and waiting for Bella to teach her how to resolve a conflict of the heart.

©2019 Georgia Beers (P)2019 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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most excellent

everyone should be entitled to a do over and Georgia Beers wove this storyline most excellently. As usual Lori Prince did a wonderful job of narrating.

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Ugh.

Bella moves across the state to get away from this girl and her friends. but the second time she sees easton she accepts a date? very annoying and ruined the story.

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  • 2019-03-27

Not for me

This is a typical Georgia beers story. Cutsey, lighthearted, not very much depth in this at all. It left me frustrated because of having to wait until the end when they Easton realizes who Bella is, seems so unnecessary to create this fake angst then. The book was very bland I found myself skipping through some of the dialogue just to get to the parts I was waiting for.

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  • Me & My Girls
  • 2019-04-01

Touching

Ostensibly this is just another Georgia Beers love story; however underlying this story is a powerful, (sorta) touching look at teen bullying and the effect on everyone involved. Bella was the victim of high school bullying, Easton was, for the most part a bystander, one of those kids who watches one classmate bully another and does nothing. Thus the bullying at best, continues at the same level, and at the worst escalates. It is also a portrait about the shadow that such treatment creates and the way it echoes through the life on those bullied for years, even decades afterwards. This is the Second Georgia Beers audible selection that I've given five stars, in both cases it was due as much to the subject matter as it is to that particular book.

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  • J.B.
  • 2019-03-25

Sweet Romance

Thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry between Easton and Bella and their relationships with their respective BFFs was quite believable and helped flesh out their relationship and also Bella and Easton's characters. I didn't understand the need for the Olivia arc in the book and how Easton was made out to be a victim and not one of the very willing and wrong perps but the book's resolution is definitely good enough to pretend that little arc never existed. Sweet romance with a great ending. Lori Prince did a great job with the narration and I hope she narrates the rest of her Beers' books.

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  • JulieM
  • 2019-03-26

Sweet story of reconnection

In this story, Bella Hunt is reunited with her high school crush, the girl who used to tease her, though not as much as the school bully. Bella has reinvented herself, and the two women hit it off. The snag here is that Easton doesn't remember Bella from high school at all, and that is the main obstacle to overcome in this book.

The stakes feel personal, yes, but also low. It's almost like making a mountain out of a molehill. When they finally do talk about things, it becomes more than just hiding the information in the present. It becomes a reminder of hurts from the past. That's why they need a do-over, as the title tells.

If you're wondering about heat levels in this story, there is kissing and a short sex scene. The book doesn't focus on this, and for me, the story holds up. If you need that to enjoy your romances, you may need to look elsewhere.

As a reader, I get some of the best enjoyment from interesting side characters. Easton's bestie is hilarious as are Bella's friends Heather and Amy. I would enjoy if the author ever put the two sets of side characters together. Hilarity would definitely ensue from that.

I listened to this as an audio performance from Lori Prince, who consistently does good work. In most of the books I have heard from her, she is narrating people in their 20s. I wasn't sure she could do older characters, but she's fine in this. Her voice doesn't sound too young or unbelievable.

One of the greatest compliments I can give Prince as a performer is that she makes me enjoy the Southie accent. She has Pat in TB Markinson's Chosen One series and Amy here. They sound different from each other, yet clearly Southie. Because she performs the characters so well, I hear them as characters instead of an accent with no substance.

Recommended for readers of lesfic who want a low drama romance.

Full disclosure: I voluntarily received a review copy of the audiobook.

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  • alex
  • 2019-04-21

I was surprised at this story

it was ok at first then it dragged on but picked up speed and the ending was great. I was confused at times I wish there was an epilogue to this story but I guess we can have an idea. but it was a good story line and I followed it through, I would suggest it others.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-20

A new favorite!

Loved it! I will definitely be listening to this again. Both characters are immediately likable. There’s humor, great dialogue, and friends you will want to have for yourself. Totally worth the credit.

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  • April G.
  • 2019-04-15

Too quick of a read

I was sucked into this book by chapter 3 and when I was done, it left me wanting so much more.

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  • Malissa Vance-lich
  • 2019-04-02

A+++

Another great read from Georgia and narration from Lori Prince! I can’t get enough of these two!

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  • Kim
  • 2019-04-02

loved the story and the narrator.

love her! nice smooth voice with character distinction. just the right amount of passion and suspense.

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  • Margaret
  • 2019-03-31

Excellent Audio!

I loved The Do-Over. The memories of the terror of high school were a little hard to listen to. I was not one of the "popular girls". This book is enjoyable and moving at the same time. Lori Prince does a good job with the narration.