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The Do-Over

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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Terrible audio

Read the book instead - the audible is horribly computer generated, makes it very hard to listen to.

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  • Me & My Girls
  • 01-04-2019

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
  • 26-03-2019

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.
  • 25-03-2019

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
  • 27-03-2019

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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  • H2go
  • 27-01-2020

2nd chances can color our world in so many ways.

What a most heartwarming do over for love. Awkward at best, confused, not understanding her own feelings, left Easton just a part of the mean kids in high school. Bella was the socially awkward outcast just as confused and lost in her feelings, the brunt of all those bullys. This story gives Easton and Bella to reclaim themselves in a very beautiful way and love in the most sacred. Lori Prince does such a good job giving the tender feelings and growing love a life. She lets you feel with the character all the years of their youth, while the hot, sultry adults share so much more. Another brilliant story from Georgia Beers of redemption and love that never fades.

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  • Yvonne den Besten
  • 10-01-2020

Great if you're looking for a feel good book

Bella Hunt is a succesful therapist who has her life together, she has two dogs and some wonderful friend. What else could she want? Not to teach a conflict resolution class to her high school bully/ crush, Easton Evans

Easton has just been through a divorce, her seven year old daughter, Emma, who is developing more and more attitude, on top of that her job isn't going well. The last thing she is looking for is love, but maybe it has found her anyway

Will Bella have the courage to tell Easton about their shared past?

Ok, this one was just good guys. Both our leading ladies get a perspective - which I always like - the secondary characters were lovable. You could totally feel the connection these two had. I just think the reveal came much too late, and I think there could have also been more resolution on that front


I think Lori Price narrates very well, she has a good pace, does inflections very well, and makes the characters very distinct

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-2019

i love love stories like this

i enjoyed the love story here, descriptive and heartwrenching at times. read it if your a romantic at heart

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  • Jennifer C.
  • 10-09-2019

Absolutely loved this book

Georgia Beers is a fantastic writer. I loved the storyline to this book. I can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-2019

Cheesy, but easy listening

Basic chick-lit formula that just happens to be about 2 women. Easy to listen to.

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  • Jude
  • 05-07-2019

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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  • Nanook
  • 31-03-2019

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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  • Mandy
  • 21-05-2019

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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  • Foxy
  • 16-03-2020

Never get disappointed by Author or Narrator

This book was fantastic; I never get disappointed by any of Georgia Beers books, as for the narration Lori Prince always does a fantastic job with the voices.

The only thing that was slightly disappointing is there was no epilogue at the end, as I would have liked to know more about what happens to the characters, although the ending that was given from this book it could be used to continue the story with a book 2.