If you’ve been following along with the series, Hasty needs no introduction. While this will read as a standalone, knowing Hastings/Hasty’s backstory will make it a richer reading experience. Though, there is one problem with that… this is very much Hasty’s story, and I don’t actually like Hasty all that much. It’s all about her personal growth, told completely from her perspective, and our hero appears in probably less than 20% of the book (even less while acting as a romantic lead). That’s been my biggest complaint of the series as a whole; the writing is very good, the storylines are complex and completely unique, but the heroes may as well be acquaintances for the amount of time they spend on the page.
The story follows Hastings (aka Hasty), a woman who has been so focused on her career that she’s let it overtake her life. Her relationships with her family are strained and her marriage has become all about the money. So when a financial scandal ends her marriage and leaves her reeling, Hasty is forced to reevaluate everything that’s important to her. Through it all, there’s one man who has kept in contact. Ian has been Hasty’s biggest rival in business, but he’s proven to be her biggest ally in life.
There’s a lot that I liked, and I think that if Ian had played a larger role in the story then I probably would’ve loved the book. It’s an interesting mix of light comedy and dark humor; not nearly as raunchy as some of the other books in the series, but probably one of the heaviest. I loved the journey Hasty goes on, but I also needed more than that. Ian is a part of the story from start to finish, but always in the background. His motives are unclear for the vast majority of the book, and he honestly could’ve been dating other people for 80% of it, for all we know. There are significant time jumps and extended separations so… who knows what he was thinking. That’s my biggest problem here. I can’t root for a relationship when I don’t love the heroine and the hero is largely absent. I do love the creativity and originality of the series – that’s what kept me reading every book – but I won’t say that this was my favorite. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review of this darkly funny book.
Series: Do-Over #4
Ian keeps chasing me, though. Why? And why does the fact that he won’t let up thrill me?