Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: The Do-Over by MK Schiller

Arrogant womanizer Kyle Manchester hates blind dates; however, when best friend, Brad calls in a favor, insisting Kyle take out his girlfriend’s sister, Kyle reluctantly agrees. Attorney Lanie Carmichael’s appearance is no surprise. She is dowdy, awkward, and dressed in so many layers she resembles a wedding cake, but not in an edible way. Her brazen attitude though, astonishes him, especially when she explains she has no interest in gorgeous Kyle. Lanie Carmichael is in love with Brad, and wants Kyle’s assistance in winning his best friend’s heart.

Kyle gradually accepts, justifying that the mystery of Lanie has sparked his natural, thirsty curiosity. As an ambitious journalist, he also can’t resist the Pulitzer worthy scoop she offers him. However, as Lanie sheds more layers, both emotionally and physically, Kyle begins to examine his life choices, and his true feelings for this enigmatic girl. With Kyle’s support, Lanie begins to unravel the secrets of her past, and the deep pain that has quietly defined her life. As they each learn more about themselves and each other, both question how a relationship built on fraudulent lies between two broken people could ever survive.

A very satisfying read, but not without its own share of heart breaking moments intricately weaved into a lightly humorous read centered around flawed by likeable characters with whom the reader can connect. Despite their misgivings, I was rooting for both Kyle and Lanie for the entire novel. Lanie's characterisation epitomises the devastating impacts of family rejection and parental notoriety, an interesting issue which the author delved into beneath the surface the unique romantic plot. A definite must-read for those who love relatively light and humorous romances where a player is reformed.


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