Monday, March 14, 2022

Review: The Do-Over by Bethany Turner

About the Book
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 thirty-eight—and destined by the family curse to die before she turns forty, 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.


This was another fun romantic comedy from Bethany Turner. She has a real gift of bringing a story to life. This novel had the feel of so many of my favorite romantic comedy movies. It was unique in its own right, but there was just something nostalgic about it that I really enjoyed.

I really enjoyed McKenna's narration style. While she wasn't always the most likable person, she was always engaging and entertaining. She was very self-involved and solely focused on herself and her own goals, at the detriment to pretty much all of her relationships. Family, friends, etc. So it was very interesting seeing her head back home and come face-to-face with some of those issues. I do wish that she hadn't kept her secret from so many people for so long. I totally understand why she did it, but it still frustrated me to no end.

Now, Henry Blumenthal? Wow! What a swoonworthy hero! I mean, how could I resist the awkward smart guy who grew up to be such a ruggedly handsome documentarian? So irresistible!

I had a lot of fun reading this novel and recommend it to anyone who enjoys clean romantic comedies. I'm eagerly looking forward to whatever Bethany Turner releases next.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.



  1. This does sound like a very fun romance. I'm putting it on hold. :)

  2. This was one I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read but I am seeing a lot of good things about it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It was really good, and so much fun! Not my favorite of hers, but it's gonna be hard to top Hadley Beckett's Next Dish and Plot Twist. :D