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Do Over

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  661 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Sometimes once is not enough...

After twenty-five years of marriage, Faith Wainwright wonders what she'll do next. Her kids have moved out and sometimes she feels so distant from her husband, Troy.

Right before their anniversary, Troy gives Faith an unexpected gift: a journey through their hometown to reenact all their "firsts." Their first date. Their first kiss. And especi
Published October 4th 2010 by Carina Press
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Such a wonderful, incredibly sexy story!!

When I first saw the title of this book I thought, Oh, no… there’s bound to be lots of angst and hurt and the hero and heroine have to start over if they hope to be together, but I was very wrong about that. Do Over is a sweet story about a man and a woman who find themselves in the same situation many of us have. Their last child has gone off to college and Faith is wondering what she’ll do now. Her husband, Troy, is a loving, hard working man but Faith
Huge 5+ stars

Do Over is one of the most delightful, heartwarming, sexy, erotic, passionate, and endearing books I've read. There is no angst, no miscommunication, and no regret. It's simply a feel good novella full of love, memories, and devotion. 

Do Over is a beautifully told story about a husband who adores his wife of 25 years. Troy, the hero, surprises his wife, Faith, with a trip back to their hometown where he planned a wonderfully romantic and nostalgic weekend full of love letters, music
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a sweet, erotic romance!
5+ stars – Contemporary/Erotic Romance

WOW! This is without a doubt one of the sweetest and most satisfying, touching, sexy, and thoroughly romantic short stories that I’ve read. I absolutely loved it!

Faith and Troy Wainwright are back in their hometown for a relaxing visit now that their kids are settled in at college, but Troy’s got a romantic anniversary surprise in store for his wife to celebrate their twenty-five years of marriage. He takes Faith on a trip down memory lane to relive their mo
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
Mari Carr delivers a short and sweet erotic tale about a married couple who spends a weekend rediscovering their love. Though there is no real conflict or angst in this story, I found it to be rather sweet and engaging. The characters were likable and the story flowed nicely. This is a real cute read when you need something short and sweet with a bit of spice. Good job!
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
~sigh~ I want letters like that!! What a sweet, romantic, hot, love story!

I picked this up after reading several comments about how good it was - I'm always looking for short books to fill the gaps. Must have been my anniversary, but I felt compelled to read it this weekend even with no gaps to fill in my reading schedule... I loved how this story unfolded. An old married couple, I can say that because I am part of one, finding their way back to each other - not overlooking each other, and remem
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I had to give this book 5 stars just for the sweetness of it!! It was a pretty short story but wonderful!! I was actually in tears more than once, happy tears mind you! Faith is feeling a little bit of empty nest syndrome and feels like her hubby(who I instantly fell in love with) is kind of oblivious, but he is anything but....For their Anniversary he takes her on a weekend of 'Do Overs' starting with when they met. I don't want to give too much info since it is a rather short story, but this w ...more
Laurie Garrison
This is a very touching story about a man and his wife finding their special groove again after their kids are gone and its more than sex. If you have been married for years and had kids you know things between you and your spouse gets put off , especially in the romance department;) Well, this story is about Tory surprising his wife in more ways than one on their trip home. This is very realistic and very emotional. I loved the letters he wrote to his wife and the way she reacted at each one. T ...more
♥ Beth
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I am completely blown away that a short story could be so incredibly romantic, sexy, and emotional! I was so riveted and completely taken in by the story and the characters and I will not forget this story!! It was simply BEAUTIFUL!

Do not miss out on this one!
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: Samantha
Aww, what a sweet, lovely story about a married couple celebrating the milestones in their life together! Troy is my new dream husband. *sighs*
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story Rating 5 Stars
Character Rating 5 Stars
Romance Rating 5 Stars
Heat Level 4 Stars
Overall Rating 5 stars
Recommended by Karla and Kris

OMG, I LOVED this story, what a fantastic romance, it blew me away. This coming from a person who usually does not like short stories, now that is really saying something.

The story was so sweet, I smiled through the whole thing and just could not put it down.

I adored both the H&h and REALLY felt the love they shared for each other.

The sex/loves scene's were p
*Sob* *Sniff* *Sigh* Oh Troy! What a man, what a book. Emotional, sweet, passionate and very, very HOT! A short story that was jam packed with all things good. Just lovely.

One quick note to the author, the ages of the characters based on the timeline given was off...or was is just me?! Married at 20, for 25 years and Troy was 43, not in my book. Annoying but it didn't take away from the story.
Faith and Troy Wainwright have been married for nearly twenty-five years. Married right out of high school, and then having two children to care for their lives took on a routine pattern. Feeling her husband, a man of few words doesn’t share the same concerns, Faith starts feeling a bit of the blues.

Fast approaching their wedding anniversary, Troy and Faith head to their hometown. Troy puts out a surprising plan for Faith, for them to “do-over” all their firsts.

The story is just wonderful. Tro
4 blazingly erotic stars!

First off, a HUGE thank you to my dear friend Karla who recommended this novella to me. It was everything she promised it would be!

For being only seven chapters long, this book proves that you don't need to have length to have substance, emotion, and off the charts heat!

This book (in essence) is a trip down memory lane. It is Troy and Faith Wainwright's 25 year anniversary. They have just sent their second child to college and they are now "empty nesters". Their marriage
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rhonda and Elena
Recommended to Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Uniquely moi dhestiny
Shelves: read-in-2011
5 stars!
Definitely something I would reread for pleasure.
I lusted, I cried and hugged my Nookie after I finished this book! IT'S SOOO GOOD!!

I highly recommend this to anyone who believes romance can exist to any married couple of many many years.
I know, I know its fiction but still! :)
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
HOLEY SHIT I Freaking Loved LOVED loved This Story it is So good, it sweet romantic and HOT!!!
You got to read this!!!
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
What a cute and romantic story!

This book hit so close to home. I can picture what it would be like 25years from now,wondering if my husband and I still got it. If Troy and Faith can heat up the bed sheets just by running down memory lane ,then so can I. LOLZ!

Troy and Faith are in their 40's and 25years of marriage later,with 2 children whom are both now in college.Faith feels lonely and misses her children.Her and Troy's feelings for each other haven't changed over the years,but the passion they
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really sweet read, it was also pretty damn HOT too!!

When life, and children are the largest part of marriage, I think we tend to loose sight of what brought 2 people together in the first place. Troy was so sweet, and thoughtful. And I will admit the sweet letters he wrote to his wife jerked a couple of tears from my eyes.

Troy and Faith Wainwright are now empty nesters with both of their children now off at college. Faith has been feeling lost since her life has always been consumed
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was such a wonderful story. First time I've cried at a book in a long time and it was just touching. I think anyone out there who is a parent knows that when you have kids, your marriage takes on a different role. It's not that you don't love your spouse or desire them still, you have to sneak in quality time and make arrangements for romantic evenings way in advance. Although I haven't reached this point in my marriage, I am sure that it's hard to go from giving all of your attention to yo ...more
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Splage by: Karla
4 1/2 stars. I needed a book like this! Even though this was a very quick read, it was great to experience the deep, everlasting love of Troy and Faith. What Troy did for Faith, and himself, was beyond romantic. There is no villains or big conflict, no cheating or misunderstandings just a beautiful story of what a wonderful man did to show his wife of 25 years how even though he isn't always prince charming their lives together have been his real life fairytale.

When I got pregnant with my first

Heather in FL
Who knew a couple who has been married for 20 years could get so freaky? :-) Seriously, this was a great story. It was a walk down memory lane for a couple who were just recently empty-nesters. She was taking it harder than her husband. Or at least she thought so. And, I suppose, she was technically correct. He was viewing this time as a way for them to reconnect, to have more freedom than they had when the kids were home. But his letters, and the thought behind the whole weekend... so sweet. I' ...more
Sweetest thing ever!!!
ohhh the letters made me cry, gosh I'm a tear jerker
this lovely couple just made the best of all things,... Troy is the sweetest husband ever! It's worth it.
Got to reread it again:)
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do Over was a beautiful short story full of love, passion and romance. It was fun taking a trip down memory lane with Faith and Troy Wainwright.
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is a really sweet, loving, and passionate short story about a couple who rediscover their passion for each other after being married for 25 years!!

It really makes me want a "do over"! :D
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness

Well gush! This was such a beautiful little story. I don’t know what I was expecting exactly when I picked it up, but I did know that I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did. It was just, gosh so darn cute.

This has to have been my very first romance story about a married couple. I don’t think there are that many out there to be honest. And what makes this romance about a married couple different again is that it’s not about Divorce, it’s not about
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
4.0 to 4.5 Stars

This novella had so much depth and wonderful relate-able characters.

This was a beautiful, moving, well crafted and yes very sexy book, but the sex is secondary to the story.

I think a lot of women would relate to Faith. Her children have left home, she loves her husband of 25 years but something is missing. She is going through "empty nest" syndrome and is wondering what her life will have to offer without her children at home.

Her husband Troy gives her an unexpected Anniversary g
Penny Watson
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Do Over by Mari Carr

This was recommended to me (by Samantha...thanks, Missy!) as a nice "older" couple story. Faith and Troy have been married for 25 years, and Troy decides to surprise his wife with an incredibly romantic re-hash of their lives together....revisiting the location of their first kiss, church where they were married, etc etc. OK, seriously, this dude is the man! He is so sexy, sweet, thoughtful and romantic, I just wanna bottle him up and chug him like a bottle of Coron
This was an unremarkable story of a middle-age-ish couple rekindling their romance over their 25th anniversary. The sex was hot and well-written, but the story lacked conflict and purpose.
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I came across Mari Carr’s Do Over when I was buying books for a recent trip. Reading the synopsis and because it was a Mari Carr book, I knew I had to read it. You see, my husband and I were heading out on a trip to celebrate our 25th anniversary and this story is about a couple celebrating 25 years and re-discovering each other. While I knew it would be a good read since I’ve never read a bad book by this author, I had no idea how hard this book would hi
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sweet but Steamy Romance w/Older Married Protagonists
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Do Over was a sweet, romantic, and steamy read that I truly enjoyed. It's one of those rare romances about a couple who is already married and over forty. In fact, they've been together for twenty-five years. Their kids are grown and in college, and now that they have an empty nest, it's time for them to reconnect as a couple. Fortunately, they're able to accomplish that during a fun-filled weekend taking a walk down memory lane in which they 'do over' all their significa
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristy by: Maloup
Shelves: read-in-2011
Good. Lord. I. Loved. This. Book.

It's super short - so it's a quick read. I know sometimes it's hard for a short book to really give you a feel for the characters and make you understand them. That wasn't a problem with this book. It was shocking how well developed the characters actually were, given the length of the piece.

The story focuses on Faith and Troy, a couple who has been happily married for 25 years. Recently, their youngest child left for college - and for the first time in a long ti
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