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XOXperts Review : The Do-Over by L.E. Bross

***ARC Provided by the Author for an Honest Review***

The Do-Over by L.E Bross is a heart-warming story about two people finding love against all the odds.

This is a standalone novel written in the third person, which at first, I found very off-putting. As you delve deeper into the story, you forget about how it is being told, getting caught up in the story line itself. There is no violence, and the sex scenes are minimal, but tasteful.

This piece of work is really well written and an enjoyable read.

When Melanie McAllister moves into in a small town named Biscay Beach, it is only supposed to be a temporary arrangement.

With her ex-husband now in prison for his part in inside trading at McAllister Investments, Melanie finds herself with nowhere else to live but the cottage left to her when her parents died. Not only did she lose her job, but all of her money, and even her home was caught up in litigation, leaving her with her mother’s old BMW convertible and a small amount of cash.

What you discover about Melanie is that she is an uptight person who was molded to believe that emotions had no place in business. Everything about her is planned, and calculated. She lives for the hustle and bustle of the city, not being one for peace and quiet. Thus making her very unspontaneous and somewhat boring.


Eli Stuart, a local in Biscay Beach, is a contractor. The one man they call upon when anything is in need of repair.

There was a time, when Eli was an artist, one of the locals who displayed their work at Liesl’s, Arts n Tarts Café. A time before his ex-fiancé Kristi talked him into taking his prized works of art and selling them in a New York Gallery.  

After he caught his fiancé in bed with the Gallery owner, he left it all, breaking his contract.
Returning to the small town, with his tail between his legs, he locked it all away, losing his motivation, his drive.

That was until he met Melanie McAllister at her sister’s Café.

What I really enjoyed about this story was how the characters were defined, each detail written is significant in understanding each of them as a person. To help you see why they are the way they are and how each of them helps the other to find their way back to love.

My favorite quote is on page 81 - ‘Maybe next time just give him head if you want to be nice’

This story is beautifully written, and well worth the read. I’d give it 5 stars and would highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Stacey J.