Review: Do Over
DO OVER - Delaney Diamond
Garden Avenue Press
BUY

May 2018
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER:  Cheryl McNeil | RATING:  B+
REVIEW:  There are certain authors who just know how to write a good story. Delaney Diamond is one of those authors. DO OVER is the second book in The Brooks Series, featuring wealthy socialite Ella Brooks and Detective Tyrone Evers. Unfortunately, Ella is the victim of a burglary and Detective Evers is assigned to the case. There is definitely a physical attraction between these two, but the detective needs to keep it professional. Ms. Diamond has good descriptions of the characters, so the reader gets a good visual. Ella thinks Evers is attractive at first, just not her type. She described his walk “as if he owned the place and everything in it”.  Detective Evers spends plenty of time thinking about Ella and some things he would like to do.

Ms. Diamond makes it believable that they would be interested in each other, despite their different backgrounds. I like how the characters get to know each other under the pretense of sharing information about the case. They find reasons to contact each other and before you know it, they become “Ella” and “Tyrone”, discover things in common - like unfortunately how their previous relationships ended - and start sharing important memories. Because of this, it feels like things move at the right pace when they are finally able to make a deeper connection. Once they do, the slow burn becomes hot, hot, hot!

There is a strong set of secondary characters. I enjoyed the relationship with Ella’s Sister, who is also her best friend. I also enjoyed the playful banter between Tyrone’s parents. They were such a delight and his Dad gave great advice. It’s also good to get brief updates on characters from
The Johnson Family Series. Both ex-spouses get the villain award. They were just ugly.

DO OVER, this latest offering by Delaney Diamond, has substance and doesn’t feel rushed. I just wish it were a little longer. I wasn’t quite ready for it to end

13th July 2018 | romcol@caribsurf.com