Author: Diana Copeland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/21/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
When interior designer David Snyder buys a beautiful century-old house in eastern Washington, he is reeling with heartbreak and looking for somewhere to put down roots. Unfortunately his new home comes with a laundry list of problems: electrical, plumbing, heating… things David knows nothing about. When his mother offers him the business card of a local handyman, David pictures an overweight, balding man in his fifties. But Jackson Henry couldn’t be further from that stereotype.
Dark-haired, muscular, and handsome, Jackson left a large construction firm in Seattle to take care of his sick mother. However, his hometown still has an active “good old boy” network, and finding employment in construction is almost impossible for an openly gay man. Determined to persevere, Jackson takes odd jobs as a handyman. He’s exactly what David needs—in more ways than one.
David isn’t ready for his attraction to Jackson, not considering the way his last relationship ended. But as the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear that the heart often knows best, and it rewards those willing to listen
I love books where the characters have normal jobs, especially where that involves working with their hands, so I was excited to start this, and on the whole it didn’t disappoint.
David is quite glitzy, and during his relationship with his recent ex boyfriend has had to tamp this down, and generally moderate his behavior – always a recipe for disaster ! After impulse buying a house he gets introduced to Jackson, who looks after his ill mother, and is just lovely. The two skirt around each other, meeting friends and family and getting to know what they like and don’t like well before anything romantic happens between them.
Both David and Jackson are close with their families, and I adore this in books (and in life !) and this seems to add an extra layer to the romance as well, as does the wider circle of friends that they jointly start to have.
So while there is a lot of good in this book, there are irritants as well- the ex boyfriend is totally one dimensional, and at times it’s very tell tell, so I didn’t feel I was discovering anything, also some basic errors such as palette used as opposed to palate, which threw me.
However overall a good and solid start to what reads like a series, with a strong cast.
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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