Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
My Copy: Sent
L. E. Bross’s contemporary romance debut is a fun and sexy tale of unlikely lovers struggling to leave the past where it belongs—behind them—and embrace a bright future.
Melanie McAllister’s brand new copy of Home Improvement for Dummies doesn’t even begin to cover the DIY advice she really needs: how to put the pieces of her life back together. Her cheating ex-husband’s insider trading scandal destroyed her family’s multi-million dollar company and left Mel with nothing but the run-down oceanfront cottage she inherited from her parents. Biscay Beach, Maine, seems as good a place to start over as any.
Hot-as-hell carpenter Eli Stuart understands new beginnings. Once a rising star in the art world, the former sculptor has been secretly carving out a new existence in the small coastal town ever since the sheen on his old life turned to rust. He’s willing to bet the feisty brunette in need of major home repairs has never lifted a tool heavier than a nail file—until Mel is racing the clock to make her ramshackle home fit for winter and, facing a near-empty bank account, decides she can do it all herself.
So Eli offers Mel a deal: if she helps him with the renovations, he’ll cut the bill in half. Soon Mel and her damned home improvement book are driving Eli mad with an explosive urge to return to his studio and fire up his torch once more. His new work is crude and raw, and before long, he can’t keep his hands off Mel, either. But a muse from his past could ruin it all for the second time—if Eli and Mel can’t let go of who they used to be and trust their hearts with a do-over.
In this story, we meet Melanie who is making a quick stop back in Maine to get her life back on track. Melanie’s ex-husbands cheating and insider trading scandal makes her end up in Maine with her clothes, an old car, and a little bit of money to fix up a cottage left to her by her deceased parents. She decides to fix the cottage and sell it so she can make the money to get back to the life she had in New York.
Eli is nursing a broken heart, burned by his ex-fiancé. She was unfaithful to him while they were in New York and his art work was not what he wanted it to be. So Eli packed up and walked away from his career in art to return to Maine as a contractor.
Now Eli and Mel are working together on the cottage and trying to keep their feelings for one another at bay. Eli seems to be the only one to get Mel to let her hair down and enjoy life.
For starters, I really liked these two characters. They both went through difficult times and ended up stronger than they were before. Eli finds out about Melanie’s issues and can understand what it is like to have your world changed right in front of you. Mel came off as uptight but the more she hangs out with Eli, you begin to see her loosen up and grow to love her. Eli was very fun and friendly but he kept his heartbreak private which of course comes back to bite him in the end. This was a great quick read! I enjoyed the banter between Eli and Mel. They both knew how to push each other’s buttons, yet their chemistry was amazing and jumped off the pages.
I give The Do-Over by L.E. Bross 4 stars!