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Toe-curling? Check. Sheet-twisting? Check. But is that enough for a second chance?

Jack:
I’m pretty much as tough as they come. But when a woman comes to me in tears, I’m jelly. Scratch that—when Maddie Adams comes to me in tears, I’m jelly. That’s how we ended up making our incredible son five years ago, and that’s why I practically beg her to move in with me when she’s i
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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 219 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Loveswept
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~Mindy Lynn~
3.5 Stars!

Friends to lovers second chance romance... I don't read enough of this trope.

Jack and Maddie were childhood friends but stopped talking to each other when they shared a kiss as young teens. Well it was more like Jack stopped talking to Maddie. He had a lot going on in his life though and Maddie didn't make much of an effort to try and reach out. So they are both to blame. Then a few years later Maddie is home for a visit from college and nursing a broken heart. Her bestie Mia convince
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Maria Rose
Do Over by Serena Bell is a sexy second chance romance for two friends who give into their sexual attraction for a brief affair – that has long term consequences.

Jack Parker and Maddie Adams were best friends as kids but drifted apart as young teens for a variety of reasons. Through high school, they were both aware of each other, but ran in different circles. One night at a party and a few drinks led to a brief fling, though Jack was up front that he didn’t want a relationship. And when Maddie
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nick (the infinite limits of love)

Reviewed with Nereyda

Nereyda: Books with kids in them and I just… don’t get along. When Do Over showed up in my email, there was something about it that made me want to request it despite the pesky kid. The big reason this one caught my attention was because this book reminded me so much of Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson, which is not only one of my favorite books, but also one of the rare books with kids that I love.

Nick: Unlike Nereyda, I’m not a baby hater! But I do love all things second c
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Heather
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The second chance romance trope is a popular one because people want to believe that mistakes can be overcome and that there really is a second chance to get what you want out of life. In Serena Bell’s Do Over, neither Maddie nor Jack ever got over the other. And even though their lives are forever entwined because of their son, both are simply too afraid to reveal their feelings. But both characters have some serious trust and communications issues to overcome.
The only negative aspect of this
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Despina
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this story from NetGalley for a honest review

3 1/2 stars

This story is about Jack and Maddie and while I wanted to love this story I just couldn't connect with either Jack or Maddie. I felt the story was interesting and held my attention, it's just the inter action between Jack and Maddie never quite did it for me. I never really connected to either one of them, except for the one scene the author describes when they were small, otherwise these two were just okay for me.
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Tracy
A unique second chance, Do Over left me with mixed feelings. The storyline was fun and refreshing. The characters were developed and I absolutely loved Maggie.

Jack was hard to fall in love with. I found him to be selfish and a bit childish. However, I became addicted to watching him grow, and become worthy of Maggie and, their son, Gabe.

The story was paced well, we learn their history along with who they are today. The characters were interesting and I’m curious to see if Jack’s friends find a
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~Mandi~
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do Over
Serena Bell
4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was a cute second chance romance. Jack and Maddie have been friends since childhood. But stopped being friends when Jack kissed her when they were around 13 yo. Then when they were 21 they reunited in a boathouse and spent a crazy month together. When Maddie found out she was pregnant she saw a woman leaving Jacks place. Since Jack had a poor father figure, he used that as his reason to push Maddie away. So for the next 5 years they raised Gabe separately. Until
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Jess
Serena Bell is someone I think of as writing nice books I can mindlessly read and this was that but also didn't work as well for me for doing that as some of her books have in the past. ...more
UnusualChild{beppy}
4 stars when first read; 4.5 stars when I started thinking about it last night writing my review.

Synopsis: Jack and Maddie were best friends when they were children. Then when they were in college, they had a romance, and as a result, had a son together. They are not together now, but Jack is part of his son's life. He doesn't actually have to do parental duties, as his mother and sister are more than happy to do the heavy lifting when Jack has the child.
One night, Jack has to look after Gabe by
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S. B.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How do you take a story that is engagingly commonplace, characters that are delightfully ordinary and human, and spin them into a book I couldn’t put down? This author did just that, She took a story and characters that were relatively ordinary, and through her mastery of words and plot made them extraordinary.
Jack’s voice was perfect. Just from his thoughts and obeservations I immediately knew who he was. No wordy explanations were necessary. Maddie was slightly harder to know, but became more
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UltraMeital
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I have this really annoying habit of NOT reading synopsis of books by authors I already know I love. It's not suppose to be annoying, it's just that when an author enters my insta-buy list I don't even bother because I BELIEVE it's going to be great no matter what the story is about. Yet there ARE things that are less than appealing to me.. so imagine my surprise when a 4 years old INVADED my book! 😲😣

So basically most of my issue with this book is totally and absolutely about ME and what I prefe
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Three Chicks
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review by Trinette Dungee

Making a baby does not a family make….Maddie learned this lesson the hard way. Not only were she, Jack and their son Gabe not a family; Jack was hardly a dad. Sure he asked for every other weekend visits but it was his mom and sister that really took care of Gabe. Sometimes you just have to put a person in a position to realize what they have is actually what they want.
I really liked this book. I love second chance stories and I love stories with kids so this one checked
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Liz
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do Over by Serena Bell is a second chance friends-to-lovers romance that was sweet and charming. Jack and Maddie had been friends for a long time, but lost touch with each other. Then one night they reconnected, and everything changed. That night resulted with their son. Now things are awkward and strained between them.

Jack couldn’t resist Maddie the night she came to him nursing a broken heart. But he never thought of himself as a father and pushed her away, but he stood up and did right by Gab
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Connie N.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was nice and light and enjoyable--a typical second-chance romance with pleasant characters with some interesting history. They've known each other since childhood, but then Maddie and Jack shared a great summer a few years ago and ended up with a child, even though their relationship didn't end up going any further. For some reason, now they are starting to get closer again. It's never really explained wh
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Veronica
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Jack and Maddie were friends growing up and when they were 21 had an affair that ended with Maddie falling pregnant. Gabe is now 4 years old and Jack is a weekend dad but Jack and Maddie are not together. When Maddie needs somewhere to live temporarlily, Jack invites her and Gabe to stay with him.

It was fun watching Jack and Maddie try to keep out of each other's pants. They don't succeed for long and they are dynamite toget
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Heather 123
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute, second chance love story that was fairly predictable.

Once upon a time, Jack and Maddie were very close friends and for the longest time that's all the way were. Until one night Maddie is heartbroken and they end up in bed together. 9 months later along comes their son. Jack doesn't abandon Maddie, but he's not very hands on. He provides child support and takes his son as he's supposed to, but his mom and sister provide most of the care when he has him.

That changes when Maddie once again sh
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Sarah
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a sweet and sexy second chance romance. Jack and Maggie have a lifetime of history together and they share a son they both love very much. But it isn’t until Maggie’s life starts to collapse that she and Jack are able to get to know and care for each other as adults.

Jack is a difficult character to like at the start of the story. He is a proud player. He’s a happy bachelor and a lad’s lad. He is a little bit of a Peter
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Ruthie Taylor
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it


~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

Do Over is a good second chance romance. It has some great lines from Gabe, the four year old son of not-together Jack and Maddie, and some funny bachelor many gaffes as well.

I loved how we get both sides of the story. Particularly as Jack learned about himself, in relation to his son, and his dating life, being conditioned fears due to his father's bad behaviour. It was so lovely to see him experiencing the good side
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Laura
Jan 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF at 22%

Jack and Maddie had what was essentially a one night stand, and now they have a child.

There's some resentment and some dislike. I definitely believed that there's issues and that neither likes the other much (or at least that's what they successfully convince themselves of) the issue was that they also convinced me that there was no reason to like one another.

If I don't like the characters, it's hard to invest in them.
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Avid Reader
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do Over by Serena Bell
4 stars
M/F Second Chance Romance
Trigger: Unplanned pregnancy, cheating
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This is a dual POV story where you get to see a friends to lovers relationship have a few hiccups but ultimately, thrive.

Jack and Maddie have always had chemistry. But their friendship is what solidified their lives together. When Maddie is needing comfort, she seeks Jack out. In that night, they had the best night of their lives thus far and st
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Karen
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Average couple with unplanned pregnancy and how they manage life's set backs together. It's how to learn and grow as adults and in love of their child. It's not flashy or extraordinary but good.

ARC Netgalley
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Mary
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I haven't read many books like this. A guy gets a girl pregnant, and doesn't see himself as father material. He's not against her keeping the baby, but he feels like he won't make a good dad. Picturing himself as a young child and listening to his dad scream and curse isn't what he wants to be remembered for. So, he financially helps with the child and with his mom and sister, seeks visitation with the child.

As a woman,
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Christi Snow
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
This is both a second chance at love story AND a friends to lovers story...it's the best of all the tropes. And the book was really good for all that.

Jack grew up in an unhappy household...his father was a holy terror for his entire family. As a result, Jack doesn't trust himself to be any different if he were to have a family...so he won't have a family. Surprise!

But that surprise came five years ago in the form of an accidental conception with his best friend. He's done okay with h
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Anna Aurora
4/5 stars
Really enjoyed this book.
Danielle
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I love a good second chance romance. That has to be one of my favorite type of books. I quickly requested Do Over, because of that. For me, this book was just ok. I will explain why. It was a little too cookie cutter for me. Boy and Girl used to "date", then she gets pregnant with his kid. He isn't thrilled, and he becomes a part time dad. That is until Maddie really needs his help. Now Jack goes from part time dad to live in dad and potential boyfriend all because Maddie found her ex c
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Pat
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A second chance romance that will make you laugh, cry and sigh. Maddie and Jack were childhood friends now lovers. But an unplanned pregnancy shook their world. Maddie had the baby, Gabe, and their relationship continued with Jack having Gabe on weekends. He loved Gabe, just was afraid to be too engaged with him because of his own fathers terrible parenting. But a disruption in Maddie’s and Gabe’s life ends with Jack encouraging them to stay with him till Maddie can get back on her feet. Then th ...more
Heather andrews
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jack is really blunt, “well, I want to eff you and I’m not going to last long enough if you keep that up. What do you think of that?” he murmurs against my ear, his breath lighting me up." Maddie has her man wrapped around her finger, “hey, Jack,” Maddie says, strolling up behind him, giving me a private smile that goes straight to my ***k." I liked this book, I loved Jack the man was so sweet. ...more
E-Reader Addict
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When, oh when, will authors STOP writing heroes who say things like “I go in knowing that I’m going to close the deal, and that seems to open legs.” Because those types of heroes? I have very little interest in reading about. And the “hero” in this story had that attitude for over half of the book. It made it really hard to like him, or understand why the heroine, would want him still, five years after their son was conceived.

My difficulty with this story came from two things. First, I’ve read S
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Sandy S
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 30, 2018


Toe-curling? Check. Sheet-twisting? Check. But is that enough for a second chance?

Jack: I’m pretty much as tough as they come. But when a woman comes to me in tears, I’m jelly. Scratch that—when Maddie Adams comes to me in tears, I’m jelly. That’s how we ended up making our incredible son five years ago, and that’s why I practically beg her to move in with me when she’s in a tight spot. Of course, the last time I got the chance to be the
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Sky
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 freakishly-awesome-and-funny-and-I-can’t-get-enough-of-this stars!!!!

It’s been a while since I rated a book with 5 stars, but this one deserves them. At least they do from me.

Why, yes, I am going to tell you: I LOVE FRIEND-TO-LOVERS trope so much, even when it’s such a cliché, and this book was well done.

You have this hot guy who knows he’s hot, but at the same time knows he’s not husband or father material but he has a kid, Gabe. But don’t think for a second this is a “bad-boy-turned-good”
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