Saturday, January 25, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - IT'S NOT OVER by A.L. ZAUN - THE DO OVER # 2 - ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - SELF PUBLISHED

By: A.L. Zaun
Published By: A.L. Zaun
Released: Available Now
Details: Digital copy for honest review, 333 Pages

RATING: 5 ENRIQUE STARS !

Blurb: Goodreads:

He wanted her to help him win his ex-girlfriend back. She wanted to teach him a few lessons on how to treat a woman. Neither one planned for the unexpected.

She’s gone. I’m desperate and going insane. I’ll do whatever it takes to find her. I don’t know when I fell for her, but I won’t let her go. What has she done to me? I’m Rick Marin, for crying out loud. I don’t chase women…but she’s not just any woman. She’s Maddy—my Maddy—and I need her.

I couldn’t stand by and watch. I have to run fast and far to get away and forget him. He weaseled his way into my life, making me question rules I live by, and he turned my orderly life upside down. I’m falling apart and coming undone. I don’t do that. I will not allow a man to derail me. I’m Madison Stuart. I live life by my rules.

Follow The Do Over’s most notorious couple, Rick and Madison, as they learn that It’s Not Over.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I’m going to start off by saying I really do recommend you read the first book in this series because you get to see pre-Madison Rick, then you get to listen to Rick in his endeavor to get Daniela.

THEN... you start to see Rick's attempts at becoming a better ...Rick.

He is trying.

Madison is a really great character. I think personally, Madison and Rick outshone Liam and Daniela for a great part of , The Do Over, # 1.

Where Liam was perfect, Rick was trouble, but I found him interesting to listen to. In his own way he wanted the girl he let go back and he didn’t see anything wrong with that. He thought he loved her enough to cause waves in her relationship with Liam. He thought Dani would take him back , easy.

Liam and Daniela are great characters and I loved how A.L. gave us the three pov’s in The Do Over. If we didn’t have Rick’s pov included I don’t think the story would have been as good. He has such a great voice and I don’t mean the tone. He spiced the story up.

Rick is Rick. He is flawed. He is a manipulator. But I always knew I had to know more about Rick. What made Rick, tick? Who could Rick give his heart to?

It’s never too late to change.

Enrique aka Rick finds himself fighting hard for Madison in, It’s Not Over. He has poured cold water on his Dani Fever after realizing he had to pursue Madison and he was not the better man for Dani.

Liam was.

Rick being Rick pulls out all his Rickisms and gets himself on the same flight as Madison and he isn’t letting her out of his sight.



“You had three fucking hours to say maybe two sentences. ‘Oh, Rick, I’m going to New York to see my grandfather, and my fuck buddy, Alex, works for him.’ That, my dear, would have answered the question I asked before I got on the big silver airplane,” he snapped.

I hadn’t thought anything through today. I was acting on impulse, giving in to my hysterics, and desires. Oh my god, I’m acting like Rick. No wonder he always has to dig himself out of shit.



Once I had finished this book , I realized how much dialogue is in it. It is full to the brim of dialogue.

And I liked it!

This book is told from Madison and Rick's pov's.

Madison and Rick are either arguing, bantering or loving it up while talking or inner monologuing.

“You are a goddamn tick,” I said, breathing heavily. “A motherfucking nuisance that’s impossible to get rid of.”

His arm hooked around my waist, and he turned me toward him. I kept my eyes focused on his chest that was rising and falling almost as wildly as mine.

“You’re so full of shit, Maddy.”

He raised my chin up with his thumb, and our eyes met.

“Completely and utterly full of shit,” he said with the confidence of a man looking straight inside of my soul.



Rick and Maddy I LOVED listening to. 

Rick and Maddy are a very hot couple together.

Madison is such a great character. She has her flaws, her secrets, but she doesn’t let herself be walked over. She is a fighter. She may not win every fight, but she gives it a go.


He dipped his face toward mine, and I looked up.

“I know you want to.” he winked. “I still think you’re a badass and can take down an army of aliens singlehandedly, but you don’t have to do it alone. You’ve got me, babe.”



“Stop making this so hard.” He shifted his body to look at me. “I’m not the fucking enemy here. You have to control everything, including me. For once in your life, just let go, and let me catch you.”


Rick is a character that keeps on evolving. I absolutely love listening to him. When he sets his mind on Madison, he is all in. And she makes him work for it. She knows the type of guy Rick was, she sees he is learning, but she doesn’t trust that he will stay.

Rick needs to convince Madison that he will catch her when she falls.

She wants to believe Rick will catch her.


“If I let go, will you catch me?”

He brought his mouth over mine with a new fervour, sucking on my lower lip and groaning. “Every single fucking time, Maddy.” He cradled my head in his hands and deepened the kiss. “Every time.”



We get to meet Madison’s family and the thorn in her side. You can see where she gets her fighting attitude from. Being the girl among the men is not easy.

“I resent being called an asshole. Your brother makes me look like a fucking saint.”

I am going to be honest and say that Rick’s sisters needed the biggest stinky dead fish slap from me. I was wielding two big fish, one in each hand ready to go all Crazy 88 on their asses.

WTF!!

These ladies need a reality check. They are supposed to be big sisters, they behaved like spoilt, rich, brats.

Not mothers.

They played the part uber well.

“Newsflash, I am an asshole. In fact, I’m fucking Asshole Extraordinaire. You have no clue what I want, so stay out of my fucking life,” I snarled, grabbing my keys. “You and Liz crossed the line last night. I made it clear that I wasn’t putting up with your bitchiness. I’m done with this shit.”


Alex is a great thorn in Madison’ side and Rick’s fist would like to meet with Alex’s face. He really is a very good pain in the arse.

“You think you have this under control, but you don’t. Remember, I’m a liar and a manipulator. I know these things. The only difference between him and me is that he’s a predator, and I’m not.”

Chris pops up and I can't help thinking we are going to get a book from Chris and possibly ?? Macy. Chris sounds like he has a story to tell.

Bruce has me interested in him too.

Rick is brilliant in his endeavor to show Maddy he wants her and he loves her. He really wowed me. He can be very playful, and protective. 

He really has met his match with Madison.

He courts the reader as much as he courts Madison.

“Babe, there’s plenty of room in here,” he said in a husky voice, gesturing with his hand for me to join him.

I didn’t do showers. They were too intimate, but I found myself tempted once again to break the rules.



“You want me to think that you’ve got this titanium shell covered in Teflon, but you don’t. I will be fucking damned if I let anyone talk shit about you. Ever,” he growled as he pounded his fist on the armrest. “And you...” He blew out a deep breath. “When I ask you something, don’t bullshit me.”


He knows how to talk to Madison. The new improved Rick wants honesty and no bullshit. 

“You can’t bullshit a bullshitter. Tell me.”

He wants Maddy to believe he is worth it.

“I’m kissing you... like I mean it.” His tongue traced my lips. “You’re the most stunning woman I know.” He lowered the zipper on my dress while nibbling on my ear. “You drive me fucking insane.”

I pinched him, and he chuckled.

“But I’ll take a day of crazy with you over a lifetime of sanity without you.”




I couldn't help piecing a couple things together the more seeds were dropped so I am very interested to see where A.L takes us in the third book.

really have found myself quite addicted to this series. I am looking forward to , Let It Go # 3 coming in 2014.


Michelle






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