BLOG TOUR: REVIEW AND EXCERPT: The Do-Over by Julie A. Richman

 

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The Do-Over, an all-new emotional, second chance STANDALONE romance by Julie A. Richman is now LIVE!!

~ Sometimes, one degree is all that separates you from the one you were meant to be with. ~

Wes Bergman was sex on a stick.

We’d been circling one another our entire lives, mingling at the same clubs… attending the same events…sharing mutual acquaintances…yet we’d never actually met.

Until . . .  we both boarded a Windjammer Cruise in the Caribbean. And it was like meeting my long, lost best friend for the first time. I hadn’t ever connected with a guy that way before.

But Wes had a girlfriend. So, when the week was over, he walked off the ship, unknowingly taking a piece of my heart with him.

Now, over a decade later, newly divorced, I’m the proverbial fish out of water. Dating has totally changed. Apps. Swipe left. Swipe right. Catfishing. Men my age want two things: twenty-five-year-olds—like my ex’s new child bride of a wife—or just a quick hook-up.

After a string of bad dates, I finally did something I never thought I’d do. I had a hot one-night stand with a really handsome guy I met online who didn’t even know my real name.

Turned out Mr. Fling is a big shot for my company’s newest client. And just my

luck, that client’s CEO is none other than . . . Wes Bergman.

Now I’m separated by one degree again from the man who stole my heart.

And Mr. Fling could destroy my chance of what I want most –

A Do-Over with Wes.

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Review

As soon as I started reading The Do-Over, it reminded me of the movie Sliding Doors – the one where Gwyneth Paltrow’s character splits between two parallel universes – ones that are determined by the choices she makes, and those actions clearly decide the extent of her happiness as well as the difficulties she’ll face. 

And while Wes and Tara’s lives only converge at two different points, those interactions are definitely defining moments in their lives and prove that fate may be fickle, but it also knows what people need in order to truly be ready to share their lives with the person who knows them on every level.

It’s difficult to understand why destiny chooses to burden people with challenges, tremendous loss, and life altering situations, but it seems clear that Wes and Tara were meant to reconnect…were meant to intersect…were meant to see just how in-sync their personalities are and what that means in terms of having a future together instead of separate lives that are one-degree apart.

Julie A. Richman explores Wes and Tara’s bond in a way that illustrates its significance as well as proves that timing is everything. When they met in their twenties, circumstances would not allow their connection to go anywhere, but the second time they’re put in each other’s path, they plan to capitalize on their time together and learn from all that they have gone through before finding one another again.

The Do-Over is a great second chance love story; the plot spans several decades and both Wes and Tara endure heartache throughout the years that their lives don’t intersect. Even when they do find one another again, there are quite a few variables to contend with, and due to those issues, trust and faith are two ideas that they’re going to have to rely on, even when it’s difficult to do so and even when it seems like the universe is telling them something different than what they want to hear. 

I really enjoyed Wes and Tara as characters. Wes is definitely swoon worthy; he loves with his whole heart and he fights for what he believes in and the actions he takes when it comes to Tara’s daughter will melt readers’ hearts. Tara is genuine and caring, and she has so much personality that people can’t help but want to be near her. I did have a bit of an issue with part of the story line because it seemed unnecessary, and, in a way, uncharacteristic of the hero/heroine, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment and the range of emotions I felt throughout Wes and Tara’s story speaks to how clearly defined their characters are and how thoroughly Richman illustrates who they are at their core.

4 Poison Apples 

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Excerpt

His hand slowly stroking up and down the outside of my thigh is what roused me from my dream state. It was so soft and tender that I was getting more and more turned on with every movement. With my eyes still closed, I enjoyed the sensation.  It wasn’t until his lips started brushing my shoulder, that I was unable to stifle a moan, revealing that I was awake.

“Good morning,” his whisper was hoarse.

“Mmm, good morning.” I stretched my body against his and turned my head to see his face hovering over mine, before our lips met.

“Sleep good?”

“Surprisingly, I did. I was so exhausted. Sorry for passing out on you last night,” I apologized.

“I think we both passed out the moment our heads hit the pillows.” Wes’ hand had migrated from my thigh to my stomach, where he softly drew circles with his fingertips.

Rolling over to face him, I pushed my hair out of the way, silently praying my humidity enhanced curls didn’t make me look like a deranged housewife, scaring the erection right out of the man. Slinging a leg over his thigh, I instantly got my answer. The crazy morning coif was not a cock killer. Thank God!

“You’re a morning person, I see.” Hiding my smile was not a possibility.

“Yeah, I am,” Wes laughed, moving closer to me, his eyes filled with the unmistakable desire to become lovers, something I’d dreamed about on the deck of a windjammer long ago.

“You can wake me up like this anytime.” I needed to let him know it was okay. He’d said he’d take it as slow as I wanted it and what I wanted right now was a slow rhythm of him plowing into me. Hard.

“Are you hard to wake up?” He was pressed up against me.

“I think you’ll figure out the secrets to rousing me.”

“You’ve already figured out the secrets to arousing me.” His voice still had that sexy edge of morning roughness to it, making me want to skip all foreplay and have him inside me.

“I’ll bet you have a few more secrets I can discover,” I said against his lips, as I shifted the leg I had slung over him, pressing my heat and wetness against his already throbbing cock.

Wes groaned and I could feel his smile against my lips. “You know you’re going to make it impossible to make slow, sweet love to you.”

“Good, because I don’t want it slow and sweet.”

Wes flipped me onto my back, “I can easily accommodate your wishes. Are you on anything or do I need to…”

“We’re good,” I assured him.

“Yes, we are.” He kissed my neck, then swiftly pulled my tank top over my head tossing it to the floor. “We’re going to be really good together. Of that, I have no doubt.”

And I knew he was right. Being with this man had been so perfect from the night we met. We meshed with ease and the result was pure joy.

The warmth in his eyes and smile made my breath catch, and in that moment, I was flooded with overwhelming emotion at how much I wanted him. How much I’d always wanted him. It was more than lust, beyond the heat of the moment. Wes Bergman was the man I had always wanted, from the night we met. That was clear to me now.

“I vote we skip the foreplay.” I wriggled out of my underwear.

“You’re on.” His smile told me he was taking on the challenge.

“You’re in,” I gasped, my breath catching in my throat, surprised at the swiftness with which he filled my request.

About the Author

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USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.

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