Do Over by Mari Carr
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern
Sometimes once is not enough...
After twenty-five years of marriage, Faith Wainwright wonders what she'll do next. Her kids have moved out and sometimes she feels so distant from her husband, Troy.
Right before their anniversary, Troy gives Faith an unexpected gift: a journey through their hometown to reenact all their "firsts." Their first date. Their first kiss. And especially the first time they made love—only better.
Each stop on their tour becomes an opportunity for Faith and Troy to rediscover how explosive their passion can be. Now Faith knows exactly what she's going to do—Troy, over and over again...
When the children leave the nest behind, it changes things between husbands and wives. Their lives are no longer filled with busy schedules, homework, and family obligations. Rather, the things that brought them together prior to starting a family are brought into a sharp focus. So what does a couple do to revive the spark and rekindle the romance? Author Mari Carr provides the answer for one such pair in her novella Do Over.
Faith and Troy have been married twenty-five years. However, unlike stories that focus on the distance between the couple due to the passage of time, this one turns back the clock to bring attention to the important moments in their lives. Thanks to a carefully laid out plan by Troy, Faith is allowed to revisit events that left impressions along their journey together. Of course, these life changing occurrences are of equal importance to Troy. It’s the primary reason he decides to surprise the woman he fell in love with as a young man with a weekend she’ll never forget.
I have to say that Do Over wasn’t entirely what I expected. Since Mari Carr penned the novella, I knew it would be hot - and I was right. The sex scenes should come with a burn notice. Each time you think Ms. Carr can’t kick it up a notch, she proves to you just how wrong you are. I loved that Faith and Troy are a very loving, devoted couple. Knowing their love stood the test of time made it all the more touching. However, while I was prepared for a bit of sentimentality, at times it became overly much, especially when Troy said or did things that were syrupy sweet. Of course, there are women who will love this. It’s all a matter of what you enjoy in your erotic romance. The relationship between Faith and Troy is what makes Do Over what it is. Even with the moments that weren’t entirely for me, I couldn’t put the book down until I reached “The End.”
I’d recommend Do Over for Mari Carr fans, as well as those who enjoy scorching hot contemporary novellas. There is enough heat to satisfy those with a wicked craving, yet enough emotion to compel those looking for romance. If you’ve not experienced the work of Ms. Carr, this is an excellent story to consider.