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Sometimes dreams come true. Other times, the best outcome begins with an epic fail.

Career-driven McKenna Keaton has devoted her life to attaining the senior partnership at her law firm. So asking a man on a date should be nothing. But the past four days have been the worst of her life and have called everything she thought she knew about herself into question. Besides, she can’t remember her last real date - one that didn’t involve using a blind date as an opportunity to get a stranger’s perspective on effective cross-examination techniques. (It’s like sharing fondue with a jury!)

But a real date? And with shy, nerdy Henry Blumenthal - McKenna’s high school rival for valedictorian who once took three hours to beat her at chess? Scratch that. He’s Hank Blume now, the famed documentarian, Durham’s darling son, who has attained all his dreams and more. He also happens to look like he stepped out of an Eddie Bauer catalog.

Whereas McKenna is a disgraced workaholic from New York on unpaid leave, accused of a white-collar crime she would never commit, succumbing to panic attacks, watching her dreams unravel. At age 38 - and destined by the family curse to die before she turns 40, it appears - it’s absolutely the wrong time to have a major crush on a man. Especially one who treasures his memories of McKenna as the girl Most Likely to Succeed.

“Pitch-perfect comedic timing, a relatable heroine, and a refreshing sweetness elevate this novel above the sea of modern rom-coms. The rare author who can make me laugh-out-loud, The Do-Over is Bethany Turner at her best.” (Lauren Layne, New York Times best-selling author)

“Bethany Turner has crafted a delightful, witty story with zippy dialogue, warmly relatable characters, and hilariously apt pop culture references. I found myself sneaking off to read just one more chapter. I’m still smiling thinking about this book. Reading it felt like eating a big bowl of Lucky Charms mixed with Fruity Pebbles. A colorful explosion of happy.” (Rachel Linden, best-selling author of The Enlightenment of Bees)

  • Witty and sweet contemporary romantic comedy
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Book length: 99,000 words
  • Also by Bethany: Plot Twist
©2022 Bethany Turner (P)2022 Thomas Nelson

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Really good story.

So often romance writers phone it in. The basic formula: A little chemistry and hot sex plus add in the “grand misunderstanding” followed by the HEA. It gets boring for the reader.

Therefore when a romance writer provides the reader with characters who are like-able and actually have a interesting stories, it’s worth my time to reward the author with an actual review.

I enjoyed the storyline where McKenna’s all absorbing career hit some bumps that caused her realistic embarrassment and serious potential loss of her reputation.
She realistically fights through these challenges mostly on her own while fighting a world and maybe herself that says a 40 year old woman is probably never going to find love. She’s never really wanted love until she is reacquainted with an old HS nerd friend who has grown up to be. more than OK. But is a crush worth changing her opinion of love?
I especially enjoyed that this book was absent of sex scenes without being preachy. And the story simply naturally didn’t need sex in order to make you cheer for love and for our heroine.

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So fun and entertaining!

I literally laughed out loud quite a bit. A fun story with awesome and relatable characters!