ARC Review: What You Do to Me by Barbara Longley
What You Do to Me
Author: Barbara Longley
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Date of Publication: November 1, 2016
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Whether it’s repairing a home or taking care of clients’ otherneeds, 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.
“All it takes is the right person to change someone’s mind about getting seriously involved. Most of the time, it’s not even a conscious choice. We fall into involvement before we realize what’s happening, whether we want to or not.”
This was just an alright read for me. It’s not that the book wasn’t good. It’s actually sweet, well-written, and at times funny, but it just fell a little bit short and predictable for me.
Sam Haney, a handyman who works at Haney & Sons Constructions, became popular at their local place in Minnesota when one of his clients (a woman he had an affair with while working for her) revealed on the radio show that he was an awesome lay. Women suddenly got interested with him– including Trudy who immediately hired him to work for her daughter named Haley Cooper. Trudy wanted Haley to move on and fall in love again after her heartbreak with her ex-fiance so she thought hiring Sam to fix Haley’s house would be a bright idea. But when the two finally met, Haley recognized Sam as the one who was featured on the radio show and she immediately disliked him due to his notorious manwhore reputation.
I didn’t like Haley at first. I thought she was a snob, judgmental, and high and mighty woman. Her first encounter with Sam was a disaster. It was in the later parts of the book when I finally warmed up to her because there was certainly a character development in her. Sam, on the other hand, was an okay character. He was nice to everyone and despite what happened to his parents, he knew exactly how to handle his issues.
Everything in this book was just okay. While it was written decently, I didn’t feel a 100% connection to the story and the characters. Their love story was okay but I wasn’t that much thrilled about what is going to happen to them. It could be a spectacular novel if there was a little bit of angst or twist or anything that could spice it up.
(An ARC was sent to me by NetGalley and Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review.)
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