Author: Claire Thompson
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
High-powered stock trader. Simple handyman. Can they find common ground?
Will Spencer is a player with a reputation for using and discarding lovers as easily as he earns big money on Wall Street. Handsome, sexy and openly gay, he’s used to having whatever—and whoever—he wants at the snap of his fingers.
And what he wants now is his new handyman, Jack Crawford. But Jack is skittish. One lingering touch, one stolen kiss could send the older man into full retreat. Where Will might have quickly moved on to a more ready-and-willing partner, he unexpectedly finds himself wanting to go slow. With just a little coaxing, he’s sure he can show Jack how good it could be between them.
Jack, a recent widower, never thought of himself as gay. Frightened years ago by an erotic encounter with his best friend, he focused firmly on his marriage. Now that his bed is empty, however, those deep sexual longings are rising dangerously close to the surface.
Their connection is deep, instant, and one that Jack tries to ignore. Yet friendship grows into an erotic journey that must cross a divide of different generations, backgrounds and worlds.
The prize is the one thing neither is sure he can handle—true love.
I enjoyed this story. It was not what I was expecting. Instead of the typical fast paced GFY turned pornstar, Handyman was slow and sweet. It was the story of two men learning to grow into a relationship in which neither man was accustomed. They had to work together to get over the small communication gaps, the misunderstandings, the fear, the uncertainty. This character and relationship growth was well done because the author allowed it to unfold slowly and steadily. To happen naturally and with the missteps that would be expected in this type of situation.
I like that Jack was tentative and unsure. That his apprehension showed and that he was allowed to freak out when things moved too quickly or were outside of his comfort zone. But at the same time, he steadily moved forward towards more and instead of turning into a weak whiny character, he showed his strength but trusting in Matt to guide him. He gradually came to terms with not only his own sexuality, but with what it means to be in a relationship again after being married to a sexually repressed woman for so long. He had a lot to figure out and the author handled it realistically and with care.
I also like how Matt did not steamroll over Jack and force things to progress faster than Jack could handle. That Matt didn’t expect Jack to be perfect sexually or emotionally. I liked that Matt was not overbearing or cocky. He was not the typical corporate playboy when he was with Jack. He was just as vulnerable in this situation. There were a couple of moments when I thought he would do the expected and turn into that character I hate, but he pulled back. I still wanted to hit him over the head sometimes though.
Their journey together was rather sweet and often charming. But it was not easy. Both men had to overcome baggage. There was an age gap that lead to second guessing. Matt had a bad habit of jumping to conclusions and reacting too quickly. Jack had the added issue of his family not understanding and at one point being down right mean. Coming to grips with your own feelings is hard enough without the added drama of being outed unexpectedly. But through it all, Matt and Jack held firm and stayed true to themselves and their love. This one ended well and I have hopes to see more of these men in the future.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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