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The Do-Over

Narrated by: Lori Prince
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Summary

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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Lori Prince’s narration is brilliant

Bittersweet story, well written (as you would expect from Ms. Beers) and of course beautifully narrated.

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fantastic

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline and character's were funny engaging and very much lovable. This author never disappoints. A trully lovely sweet romance.

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  • Me & My Girls
  • 01-04-19

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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  • JulieM
  • 26-03-19

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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  • J.B.
  • 25-03-19

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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  • N.B
  • 27-03-19

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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  • Jude S
  • 05-07-19

Great story, perfect ending

I’ve been a little disappointed with a couple of Georgia Beers’ latest books but definitely not this one.

Bella Hunt is an accomplished woman, happy in her life, both personal and professional. She’s managed to put her awful high school years behind her and move forward. Until one of the people responsible for the awfulness of these years enters her life again. Easton Evans is coming to terms with the end of her marriage to her high school sweetheart, having finally admitted to herself and to those close to her that she likes women. When as part of her new job she ends up in a conflict resolution class taught by Bella, she’s immediately charmed by the woman, not realizing she’s the girl Easton and her friends were so mean to as teenagers.

Beers’ writing is delicious and Lori Prince’s narration is amazing, perfectly suited to Beers’ light humor and sweet characters. I particularly enjoyed the fantastic best friends on both sides, and the banter all around.

My only complaint is that I felt Bella took way too long to reveal who she was and while I get why and how, it still took too much place in the story in some way. Yet it touches on the very sensitive topic of bullying and the way Beers deals with it is impressive. Not often do we get to see both sides and how it affects everyone in different ways. Kids like Bella have to be so strong to survive those years, they should be celebrated, and that’s in part what this book does. That whole « it gets better » thing? It can be true and that’s heartwarming.

I liked many things in this novel, one being the relationship between Easton and her ex-husband, the love and respect between them felt real. Every character felt real as a matter of fact. And I also liked that while when they were teenagers Easton was the one who appeared to be comfortable with herself (at least on the outside), when they meet again as adults Bella is the one who’s (mostly) put together and Easton is working on being herself.

And I loved the ending, just loved it. Too often endings in romances feel rushed. This one is perfect.

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  • Jani
  • 30-06-19

Awesome

I almost didnt purchase this because of one of the reviews. I am so glad I did. It is swet with just enough twists and turns to keep the listener engaged. Adored the ending. I highly recommend it!!

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  • scheliece sankey
  • 14-06-19

love this

mein I hope that tera chick fall in a ditch somewhere and die from sewer water... da ish

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-19

Speechless 😱

Wow! OMG! This book is amazing and so romantic. I wish I could erase my memory of the book, so that I can read it over again😍🤗.

The ending was beautiful, prefect.💯💯💯

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-19

A bit boring.

I struggeled a bit to finish this one, I never got really interested. I missed more action. It was also confusing that the main character Bella suddenly was called by another name, without introducing it. But, the narrator was great! And, I liked the last part of the book, and the ending.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-05-19

Ok story, Fantastic Narration!

This would have been an ok formulaic read, but the narration made it so much more for me! Good book and Great Narration!