Kyle is a playboy who doesn't commit and loves his one night stands with random women. Lanie is awkward, not very attractive and has low self esteem when it comes to men. She has a crush on her sister's boyfriend, Brad, and believes that she is a good fit for him...he just doesn't know yet. Kyle is Brad's best friend and Brad convinces Kyle to go out on a pity date with Lanie. Lanie's goal is to get Brad after her sister is done with him. So, on the date with Kyle, she proposes to him to help her find ways to win Brad over. With some coercion and reluctance, Kyle agrees to help her socially, physically and then eventually sexually.
In the beginning, Kyle appears to be just another womanizing douche but as we see him helping Lanie, we realize that there is a heart there. We also realize that Lanie may be socially awkward and unattractive but I love that she is a confident, badass attorney who always wins. They both have good qualities that other people seem to overlook so I appreciated that they were able to really see each other for who they are.
I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this book because I just didn't know what to expect. But it turned out that this was an "opposites attract," "friends with benefits," as well as "let's pretend we're in a fake relationship to make the other guy jealous" trope. LOL These are always so much fun to read. I loved that this was funny and sweet with several very sexy scenes. I also loved that the author took time to build the relationship and show how the love gradually sneaked in. Besides the fun and sexy, there was a more serious side that was revealed about Kyle's past as well as Lanie's which largely played into who they are as adults. I appreciated how these issues were shared with each other after the trust was there.
Some reviews have compared The Do-Over to Tangled orWallbanger and I can say if you liked those books, you will like this one. I actually like The Do-Over just a tad bit more as the humor was not over the top like the others but more naturally fit for the story.
I am excited to find this "new to me" author and look forward to reading more by her. I also would like to thank the DBSA podcast for recommending this book.