Title: What You Do to Me
Whether it’s repairing a home or taking care of clients’ other needs, Twin Cities handyman Sam Haney is in demand from his mostly female clientele. Despite Sam’s lothario reputation, love isn’t part of his portfolio. He’s built a lot of walls in his time, but the one that’s surrounded his heart ever since the death of his parents is his most solid yet.
Haley Cooper has had enough heartache for a lifetime. Her high school sweetheart up and moved to Indonesia—alone—just two weeks before their wedding. Her mother thinks it’s time for Haley to move on and contracts Sam to work on Haley’s wreck of a house—and anything else, if he’s got the notion.
Sparks fly and passion ignites. But Haley isn’t into Sam’s love-’em-and-leave-’em act. She wants something more. Fixing a house is one thing, but for this handyman, building a relationship will need a whole different set of skills.
Author: Barbara Longley
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Highlander's Folly
Series: The Haneys
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: November 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Well now. We’ve got ourselves a male slut who gets called out and “then” wants to do something about it. Did that get your attention? It should. It’s not everyday we get to read about a man whoring it up and then realizing it might be a bit too much. Ok, ok, that’s not EXACTLY what this is about, but it starts off this way, but we end up getting a whole lot more.
Sam couldn’t help himself. While listening to his favorite radio show, he felt he needed to “justify” himself after a client called in to talk about her experience with her handyman, Sam. Unfortunately for him, he only made it look worse than it was and now he’s got some cleaning up to do since it’s his family business’ name that’s been thrown out there. Haley needs help. Ever since her fiance left her, she’s been trying to renovate her home during her spare time, but nothing seems to be getting accomplished. After Haley’s mom hears the radio show, she decides to give her daughter an early birthday present. Yes, her mom pimps her out. We’ll get back to that later.
Once Sam and Haley figure out that they’ve been set up and work through a few kinks, the story really starts to develop into quite a story. Although there is an initial attraction between the two, Sam is so determined to prove that he’s a good handyman without the “special services”, that it takes a while for anything to really happen romantically. Between Sam’s issues with loss and Haley’s issues with loving again, it wasn’t that surprising it took so long. Throw in a meddling mother and, well, you get it. But it’s worth it in the end. We get to meet additional characters along the way that I thought really helped the story. I can’t wait to read more about Wyatt!
This is the first book I’ve read from this author. I thought that the flow of the story was pretty good and the change between the POV’s wasn’t distracting. Overall it is a nice start to a new series. I’m looking forward to reading the next one.