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The Do Over

(The Do Over #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,491 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Life doesn’t look like it’s supposed to for Dani Ruiz, a hopeless romantic. After a painful and sudden break-up with Rick Marin, Dani hides away from reality, retreating to a world of fiction where she prefers book boyfriends over the hassles of a relationship.

Almost two years later, Dani’s friends are tired of watching her in a holding pattern, so they stage an interventi
Paperback, 492 pages
Published May 20th 2013 by A. L. Zaun Publications (first published May 18th 2013)
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Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who survived heartbreak
4 stars !!!!

At first I was afraid, I was petrified
I kept thinkin' I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights just thinking how you’ve done me wrong
And I grew strong, I learned how to get along

*** cue on the THEME MUSIC LET'S GO Ladies TEAM I WILL SURVIVE ❤❤❤

meet Rick

"Cariño, this isn't working for me. We're just too different."
"Daniela, no llores. Please stop crying. I haven't earned your tears"

I knew I'd been kissing a frog for the past year, but I had faith tha
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 STARS! Love triangles are not my thing but I was still able to enjoy this story. I thank Liam for that, he was worth it!

My Dani:

My Liam:

My Rick:

Dani is a romantic. So when her ideals about love are crashed and her heart is broken by her boyfriend Rick, she closes up. Besides sex, their relationship was far from ideal but she feels betrayed and decides not to open up to any man again. Now, couple of years later, Dani is 28 years, working as a nurse but she still hasn't nursed her broken heart
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Please excuse the massive curse words that are going to fill this review...


I have only had one other read, where I loathed the MC so much, that I wanted to hunt the author down and kick her in her damn throat.

Sweet baby Jesus... please forgive me!

This was the epitome of whiney bitch. I was really hoping that Liam would drop kick Dani's ass to the curb and she would have been so destroyed that she ended up drunk and wrecked her car or something equally as horrible.

What a selfis
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
This one started well. I liked Dani a lot - until I didn't, and then I really really didn't like her.

I loved Liam. Again, until I didn't. He ended up being perhaps just a little TOO perfect.

Rick- I hated him, until I didn't. I never LIKED him, but I think he was the most interesting character.

I liked the three POV's. It was a "love-triangle" that I could live with but I was frustrated by the Insta love as usual. I got why Dani still had conflicted feelings about Rick (I mean, let's be honest he
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dani Ruiz had fallen in love with Rick Marin. He was the complicated guy looking for a good girl to inspire him to settle down. She was the good girl looking for a challenge and she had fallen for him – hard. They were a dysfunctional match made in heaven.

But with five words he broke her heart - “Carino,” this isn’t working for me”

Despite kissing a frog for a year hoping that the frog would turn into that prince it didn’t happen for Dani. Rick Marin was an arrogant, spoiled and had an opinion on
Cari Sury (Girl+Book Love Blog)
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Two words- love triangle. But don’t let that scare you away! This book is my most favorite love triangle ever!

This is how love triangles typically work-

Girl and Boy A are in love. Boy A is a douche and leaves her or somehow does Girl wrong. Girl meets Boy B and he’s perfect. Boy B treats girl with respect and he an all-around good guy. Girl has nagging doubt and is still drawn to Boy A despite him being, like mentioned before, a douche. Girl is s
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Initially I wasn't sure if this was my kind of read, I was hoping for and angsy love triangle but it didn't play out like I expected. After Dani and Ricks split she threw herself into her books (the kindle ref's were on the money and so funny) I was lol so many times throughout.
When she met Liam and engaged in a relationship I wasn't so keen on him, don't get me wrong he was hot!!! (But like he said himself, he can be a sap) Im not one for romantic males but some of the things he said had me gus
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
May 29, 2013 marked it as on-hold-until-further-notice

I LOVE LIAM. He is such a great Hero, but even he couldn't stop the inevitable. I got to about 60% and it felt like I was at a stand still. Nothing was happening and I was losing interest. This had so much potential too. The love triangle was good and the jealousy the ex experienced was awesome to read (cuz let's face it, we all want our exes to suffer). But all that wasn't enough. I might come back to this later, so we'll see.
Jennifer Diaz
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta
I was very fortunate to beta read this book and fell in love with it from the beginning. The book starts off with Dani and Rick in a romance that is full of passion from the beginning. When Rick decides he doesn’t want a relationship anymore, Dani is devastated and gives up on finding the right man. When fate puts Dani and fire fighter Liam together in a CPR class they have an instant attraction. When Liam fails to make his move they again meet up at another chance meeting. Liam it’s going to le ...more
Ashley Williams
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was me after reading The Do Over (at 12:30 this morning):

Will review closer to blog tour date :D
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2013

Gosh, I don't even know where to begin with The Do Over. For starters, I really enjoyed it, and it was way more than I expected. The Do Over is a big story, both in length and emotions. It is a story of broken hearts, mending hearts, new love, bad decisions, good decisions and second chances.

The Do Over is a story told in three points-of-view. We have Dani, the heroine, who had her heart stomped on by Rick in the prologue. Fast forward to two years later, Dani is still emotionally vulnerable, c
Autumn Review
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, blog-tours
The Do Over had me sucked into the lives of Dani, Liam, and Rick pretty quickly. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about what was going to happen with this trio. While there are three players involved, it didn't really feel feel like a love triangle to me. Each character brought something unique to the story and I really did like them all.

I'll start with Dani. I liked Dani. I could relate to her book obsession for sure! Dani has had her heart broken in the past and I could understand whe
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

The Do Over was sweet, sexy, romantic, and hot! I love a book that can be all those things at the same time!

This is the story of Dani, a sweetheart of a girl, who had her heart broken by Rick, and has spent almost 2 years trying to recover from it. She has turned to reading and now only has romantic feelings for her "book boyfriends". She doesn't think any man can match up to the fictional characters that she reads about. Her 2 best friends, Macy and Candace, finally have a Kindle inte
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm so glad for friends that help me through the book - my little Champion rocks.

I'm not a fan of a triangle - but the triple POV writing was pretty kick ass.

Hel-Lo! Firefighter in the house!!! Liam is off the charts on fire!

And a character that loves her Kindle like I do - hell yes!
Feb 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
I think I can't wait!
Lauren ♥ Inked in Chapters
Wowza! A.L Zaun’s The Do Over is one steamy read. I was blessed enough to receive an ARC of this heart warmingly sexy book and when I say blessed, I mean blessed. I think this may be one of my new favorites. This author definitely hit a home run with her debut novel.

Daniela (Dani) Ruiz was cruelly dumped by her boyfriend of a year. She thought he was it, you know – the one. It turns out that Rick Marin was nothing more than a self-centered piece of trash. It’s now a year and a half later and Dan
May 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: new-adult, dnf
*has a few spoilers*

100% Review

Of course you didn't tell Liam exactly what happened at the club.
Of course Liam still loves you...cause he stated it 4736478290 times within the last 20% of the book

My Reactions:

I honestly was just skipping chapters to get to Maddy and Rick's part.

80% in Review:

omg. this is just ridiculously horrible. just...just horrible.

I liked Dani in the beginning. I really did. I was like oh! fellow kindleaholic! I also read in public. Totally normal.

She had her act togethe
Toski Covey
When you read a great book, it takes a day or two to let it all sink
in enough to be able to talk about it. The Do Over was def one of "those" books. I was sucked in from chapter one and this book didn't let go until you finished every.single.word.

This is a story of a girl Dani, who dates a guy total D-bag named Rick. A year into their relationship he decides it just isn't working for him anymore and kicks her to the curb. Dani is left brokenhearted and turns to her friends, her kindle, and her b
Kelsey's Korner Blog
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I started off absolutely loving this book, I wanted to kiss A.L.Zaun for bringing me out of my funk. The writing style was perfect for my liking, I loved the undercurrent of humour which came across in even the saddest of moments. It was so good to meet Dani the girl with a kindle addiction (Team Kindle). Come between Dani and her kindle and she will kill you, this made me laugh so much because I related to the way she felt. I actually wanted to scream and shout THAT'S ME THAT'S ME. The thing is ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
Horrible, horrible read.

This is the type of book that should have never been published as is. it's the type of book that is eye rolling and where you want to throw it against the wall it's such a bad read.

Basically Dani, the heroine is bumped by Rick, the hot to trot, sexually obsessed jerk because he felt the need to be a free agent because she's the type of woman who is marriage material, never mind that she is explosive in bed. Dani is heartbroken and tries to move on and then meets the too g
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
There were a lot of great things about this book. There were a lot of reasons to like it... But in the grand scheme of things, it just flopped. It didn't flow smoothly for me. Typically an author has a plan for her characters and the reader is directed down a certain path. This book lacked a path. It's called The Do Over, right? And Dani is the main character. Yet it's smooth sailing for her and Liam, while Rick is the one with all this angst and drama around him. In any good typical love triang ...more
Melanie Smith
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book and Wow!!! My mind feeling were all over the place! I felt like I could relate to Dani with her "hiding" from the world in her kindle world with her book boyfriends. Then her friends staged an intervention to get her out in the dating world again, even though her heart was broken almost 2 years before. Rick really did a number on her heart and it is hard for her to put herself out there and not think the same thing will happen in the next relationship. The connection sh ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I did a clean read for Ana and I'm so glad she gave me the opportunity! She did an amazing job this book is fantastic. Daniela was so easy for me to relate to it made it so easy to stay into the book. She has her crazed book addiction and takes her Kindle with her everywhere, which I admit I do too lol. Her friends are absolutely hilarious they are the type that everyone wants and wants to keep forever. They're part of you. Oh Liam, What can I really say about Liam but HOT DAMN he is sexy!! Liam ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING book!!! I loved the way this book was written, it was new and I found that it pulled me in a bit more as I was able to understand more of what everyone was thinking (I loved that factor) lets start out with Dani, she was a broken girl who found comfort in her kindle until she meets this absolutely amazing man that makes her want to give love another shot. I ADORED Liam!!!! His character is so freaking sweet and loving. He is definately in my top 5 now but here comes the man that broke he ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta
I beta read and thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary romance novel by Ana Zaun. It's playful, edgy, heartwarming & STEAMY. Dani an avid reader is tangled between an old flawed romance with Rick and a genuine good guy named Liam. Dani can't move on completely due to conflicting feelings about Rick. The characters are relatable and likable. Zaun has captured a gritty tone with Rick- I've got a like/dislike thing going with him. This is a one of a kind read- about friendship, self-discovery, le ...more
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
Oh my word. I loved this book
I loved Dani. (sort of thinking I am a bit like her, except for the whole being torn between two men)
But I have to say Liam was just the best. He took care of her, and made her believe that someone can love her for her and not be a douchebag (YES RICK YOU!!!)
I don't even want to say anything about RICK, cause he is not worth my time to talk about him!!
Really just wanted to punch him in the face right through the book.

Happy/Anxious/Romantic book! Loved it
Paula (Poll) Conway
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh a sweet read , some funny moments .
Z. Elizabeth
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Two years ago, Dani had her heartbroken by her boyfriend. As painful as it was, she decided then that doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of relationships anymore. Her kindle and book boyfriends will always be there for her.

Two years later and her best friends are staging an intervention to get Dani out of her funk and back into the real world. Back into the world of dating and not holding out for her book boyfriend to be real. She needs a REAL man, not a fictional one.

Hunky fire-fighter, Liam
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"The Do Over" is AL Zaun's debut novel and she knocked it out of the park. I give this book a 5 star rating. AL Zaun did an AMAZING job captivating me from the first chapter until the very last page. "The Do Over" is a book that had my stomach in knots with the anticipating of what was to come. At one point I was begging the author to just tell me how it ended, because I didn’t think my heart could handle anymore…

"The Do Over" is a story about a girl named Daniela Ruiz (Dani) who was in love wit
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 stars
"Hi, I'm Dani and I am a Kindle-holic and I hoard eBooks."

Dani's heart was crushed by her selfish jerk of a live in boyfriend Rick and was sent scurrying into the land of her kindle and book boyfriends. A couple of years later, fate intervenes and she meets Liam. A hot firefighter with a heart of gold.

Someone call a code blue. I wouldn't mind at all having him administer CPR on ME.

For the most part I liked Dani. She was smart, sweet, and kind. But she is guarded and terrified of getting
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A.L. Zaun graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature when the dinosaurs roamed the earth and cellphones were the size of a brick. Her impressive degree did absolutely nothing for her professional endeavors in health care management but did stir her imagination and opened up the world of books in a new way.

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