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I did like Jayden. She had a great fun personality. She was a very direct, honest person. In the early parts of the book when she first travels back to her college days, it appears to be a love triangle with Callahan and Travis. However she never played games with them and there is no cheating. Honestly I'm not sure of the purpose of Travis' character. He eventually never had any significant purpose in the book in my opinion.
I also love Packy who is Jayden's college BFF. Their friendship plays a big role in this book and I loved how he was always there for her through thick and thin.
Overall I think this book needed some serious editing. It did not have to be this long. So many unnecessary scenes. There were so many scenes with Packy and Jayden going to eat lunch and describing what they were eating and having conversations that had no bearing on the progress of the story.
The steam in this book was great. It was really fun to see Jayden know exactly how to seduce Callahan seeing as she was married to him for 20 years and knew exactly what he liked. They did get their HEA but I did not completely buy into that ending. It kind of ended a little suddenly with one of the characters just magically having a change of heart.
So overall this book was ok but I was a little underwhelmed.
Heat Level: Moderate
Single POV: Heroine
The sexy times were good, both between Jayden and Callahan and Jayden and her professor. I was happy with ending.
While I understood why, I did not like it that Jayden and Callahan were separated through more than half of the story. The story is not just about her and Callahan's romance. It i about how Jayden life and those around her are impacted by her do-over. However, I wanted more scenes including romantic ones, between her and Callahan.
I did not like Callahan's attitude about romance & family and he kept voicing his negative opinions about it. Callahan went through a loss and was going through a bad time when Jayden meet his younger self. I understood that impacted him but every time he said words to that effect it was hurtful to Jayden and that bothered me.
Also I did not care for the fact that it felt like Jayden did most of the chasing and was the one putting herself out there emotionally. Everyone has their preferences but I want the hero to pursue the heroine as opposed to visa versa but that was not the case here. Jayden was always doing things for Callahan in an effort to get him to want her to be with him. She was too pushy, not wanting to take the time to build up the relationship and threw out "I loves yous" way too soon. While I understood why, because she loved him and had those memories that he didn't, she was too stalkerish for my tastes and that was a turn off.
I liked it that Callahan showed some possessiveness and jealousy when he realized that Jayden's teacher wanted to be with her. Apparently when Jayden originally met Callahan he was 40 years old and did not display jealousy. In fact, he had wanted her to have more sexual experience than she did as he did not want her to feel like she was missing out. While that was unselfish of him, it is not how I want my heroes to act. I want them to be possessive towards the heroines and not want OM dating them, like Callahan's younger self was.
“He was the rock, and I was the roll, he was the stalwart who tethered my flighty airheaded balloon to the earth, which would have otherwise flown toward the sun and popped. He was the foundation, and I was the decoration. He made me feel safe in this crazy world...”
“Woo him and get him to fall for you before you unload your bag of crazy.”
“I am not a very patient person, and I hate walking on eggshells. I end up cracking each and every one.”
I have often wished/fantasized/maybe even prayed for – a “Do Over,” very few of us haven’t at one time or another. However, never in my wildest of imaginings could I have concocted such a clever and well-crafted tale as this one. The whole concept is beyond exciting, yet the rational reasoning and creation of the process and means for the return in time that Ms. Bennett has devised, were pure genius. The writing, storyline, and pace of the story were flawlessly executed. I adored the characters, the banter, the humor, steamy sensual scenes, and even the struggle and unexpected complications. I had my own Packy for a few years before he graduated ahead of me and we lost touch. This story pricked my memories and had me more than a bit misty with nostalgia. While I never would have expected to relish the thought of going back and reliving my entire life from my college years forward – I may have to rethink that if I could go back with all my memories intact. Although in my case – the Bob Seger refrain of, "I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then," may make more sense…
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I was given the book to review and it was heart touching.
I would suggest this book to anyone.