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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Do Over by Juliet Rose is the story of Samantha Rutliff, a woman who struggles with an undiagnosed mental illness. Sam made a terrible mistake and hurt some important people in her life. Devastated and regretful, Sam packed her bags and left her house. She ends up in a beach town where she hopes to start a new life away from regrets. With a job in the town, Sam meets Smith a.k.a. Smitty. He was a lifeguard, and the two felt an instant connection. However, things change dramatically when Casey, a new friend in town, drowned. Ketamine was found in his system, and suddenly the whole town was abuzz with drug abuse by the residents. Before they knew it, Smitty’s past was making issues for his present and future. Now it was up to them to decide if Sam and Smitty were going to fight for their relationship or would they let it slip by.
Do Over was an emotional roller coaster ride that I didn’t want to get off. Sam’s character was complicated and a little emotionally driven, to say the least. That may be because Sam had not come to terms with her mental illness, but once she did, she got a better grip on her current situation. What happened with Miriam and Ty was wrong, and Sam was aware of it from the moment it happened. Meeting Smitty was the best thing that could happen to her, but the same could be said for Smitty. They both had demons in their closets, and with each other’s help, the two were able to fight them. Juliet Rose worked hard to showcase how strong Sam became. She found a group of friends who became family and had every opportunity to do better. The narrative was perfectly paced, the action was always present, and it was clear from the get-go that Sam was in the driving seat in this story! I loved this story and now I am a huge fan!