Review: Let’s Do It by Ann Christopher

Reviewed by Shelly

I read a few of Ann Christopher’s novellas and I really liked her writing style. I liked it enough to try a novel. Let’s Do It is the 2nd in her Journey’s End series and continues the story of the Harper brothers. The oldest, James, was the hero to Miranda in “A Journey’s End.” That was an adorable story of a divorced woman with twin boys meeting the man of her dreams in small town USA. I recommend that one.

Edward, the youngest of the Harpers is a veterinarian by trade. Reeve (I like that name) is recently out of medical school and has just came back to Journey’s End to complete her pediatric residency. On the day she and Muffin, her cat sidekick, are moving back to town, she gets a flat. After an unsuccessful attempt at changing her flat, along comes Edward. Reading that scene, the music from Superman entered my head. Don’t ask. Anyhoo, they strike up a funny conversation that includes the obligatory – ‘are you a stalker/murderer?’ and yes, the wet white t-shirt scene (it rained). A little cliche but not too bad.

During this exchange, Reeve waits out the tire change in Edward’s vehicle and sees a box on the center console. She knows what’s in that box; every woman knows what’s in that box. So the question that begs to be asked is ‘for whom?’ In spite of that box, Reeve is deeply attracted to Edward.

This story takes place in a very short, I mean very short amount of time. The premise is love at first sight. It’s not that I don’t believe in that; well, actually I don’t. I believe in lust at first sight. I think we sometimes diminish the true value of love by labeling these sightings as love. But this isn’t about me. Edward knows right away that Reeve is the one for him. Reeve is more of a skeptic that he is.

You see, Reeve is a widow. Her husband served and made the ultimate sacrifice. Four years later Reeve rightfully continues to have moments of doubt (about moving on without him) and guilt (about what was essentially a not so great marriage). Did I mention that Reeve and her husband were high school sweethearts? Then there’s a riveting side story with her mother-in-law that I wish was longer. And her sister-in-law, Alyssa… I’m curious as to what becomes of her.

The potential for this to be a tear jerker was real. I wanted to like Edward. I really did. But when you find out more and more about him, it turns out that Edward’s been a bit of an a*shole to Amber, the mother of his child. I don’t think she deserved the way he treated her. She certainly didn’t do anything, that we were told anyway, for him to dismiss her as he did. That was a turning point for me with Edward. I didn’t like him anywhere near as much as I should have.

And then there’s Reeve. I’m not sure how, it seemed on a dime, she was able to turn off the long standing guilt and doubt to accept a relationship with Edward as quickly as she did. Like I said, this story happens in a short time (not even a month).

Even though I would have loved to see more development in each of the main characters and things spiraled too quickly (I said the same thing about the previous story) I think this was a good effort.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: C

Click to purchase: Amazon

Let’s Do It
by Ann Christopher
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Blue Iris Press

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