Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review: The Do-Over by M. K. Schiller

The Do-Over by M. K. 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.




OMG! This was one the the best romantic comedy I have read in a long while. It was funny, sexy, the dialog was smart and witty. Kyle was so swoon-worthy!!! Sweetest pretend-boyfriend ever!!

I love Lanie. This frumpy 28 year old virgin was an oddball, but she was seriously smart. She was a lawyer after all. She had never been interested in love life until she had a crush on her colleague, Brad. Too bad he was in love with her bitch of a sister, Cassie. Cassie was the epitome of a bombshell and Lanie was a total opposite. 

When Brad found out Lanie was a fan of Kyle's work, he decided to set them up for a date. 

Kyle was an ambitious journalist and a womanizer. He balked at the idea of a set up date with an unknown woman, but unable to extricate himself from Brad's persistence. 

It turns out that Kyle was completely caught off guard by Lanie's weird behavior that didn't conform to the majority of the female population or maybe just the women he used to hang out with. When Lanie confessed that she was in love with Brad and needed his help, he thought she was a psychotic stalker. He needed to warn his friend. 

But Lanie tried to sweeten the deal with him. A once in a lifetime career opportunity that might just land him a Pulitzer!

"Because this story is the road to the Pulitzer, something you covet very badly. I'm willing to bet that just the idea of this story is making you harder than the blonde at the bar."

Okay, now we are talking. Kyle was totally eating it up, but he do have some morale himself despite his debauchery. He don't believe in manipulation or cheating or breaking up other people. So he decided to help make Lanie to be more feminine and desirable in Brad's eye. 

"Just show a little skin once in a while. You look like a member of a freaking Mormon cult or something. We live in Chicago, not Baghdad."

Although this was told in dual POV, it was majority in Kyle's POV. He was the kind of hero who think less of himself and had a little hero complex going on. I like the way he stood up for Lanie and gave her confidence. He genuinely like her even when she was all frumpy and unattractive. The friendship they have was amazing and make me wish I have my own Kyle who will feed me hot fudge ice cream.

Later on, when Kyle decided to kick up a notch in his plan by acting as Lanie's pretend boyfriend to make Brad jealous, I totally swoon over. The things he did just make me feeling all mushy inside. Before long, Kyle subconsciously falling for Lanie and the feeling of unrequited love from Kyle's part was a little sad. Poor Kyle.

"Kyle had no desire to be the hero, but he felt drawn to the story of her and had an incredible craving to be a supportive character at least."

Okay, back to the fun part. I thought the comedic value in this book was awesome. Beside the smart conversation and witty dialog, one of the funniest moment ever,

"To make sure it all works. As you friend, I'm willing to make the sacrifice and conduct initial trials."

Yeah, you might just have to read the story to know what Kyle was referring to. 

As with everything that I rated 5 star, there was definitely some hot panty melting sex.

"Oh, baby, please do that to me now, please, please, please, please... not the biting part, but everything else, okay?"

I missed Lanie's POV from the second half onwards, I'm dying to know what she think of Kyle's weird behavior and at which point did her affection change from Brad to Kyle. I want to know!

Recommended for everyone who loves sexy romantic comedy with a smart heroine and a truly lovable hero that make you laugh and swoon at the same time. 

Rating 5/5