What You Do to Me (The Haneys #1)
by Barbara Longley
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.
Sam Haney of Haney & Sons Construction got his hands full with ladies whenever he did what he do best, being a handyman as he repair and fix houses. His reputation was made known after a lady sang her praises about his special touch over a radio program. Oh man, suddenly all women want to experience this handyman’s expertise, first hand.
When Haley’s mom Trudy Cooper heard about Sam’s handy services, she thought she’d help out her daughter go back to the dating pool after a disastrous breakup with her ex-fiance. Haley had no idea what her mom had signed her up to. Until she met the man everyone in Twin Cities had been talking about.
I liked the story as it progressed. Although the attraction was instantaneous, the romance went nice and slow. Sam proved he wasn’t what everyone thought who he was. I felt sad for him whenever he had panic attacks but I’m glad because he’s got his family’s back no matter what.
Sam’s character as a man who didn’t do relationships had come a long way ever since he met Haley. I liked that girl. I thought she was as realistic as she could get. Haley was understandably aloof after her one and only boyfriend had dumped her a few days before their wedding. I get why she wanted to take the backseat first before dipping into the dating pool again.
You see, you’ve got to read the whole book from start to finish to appreciate the depth of the story and understand how the characters turn things up. While it is true that Haley’s mom wasn’t really that likable character, what with all her meddling into her daughter’s affairs and stuff, she still became a catalyst to the brewing romance between Haley and Sam, and one of the reasons why our handyman turned over a new leaf.
Renovations, do-it-yourself tips, faces blotched in red, sledgehammer swinging in one hand and snowmobile on the other, these are just some of the things I loved about the book.
Barbara Longley’s first book in this series got me feeling like a fool. I laughed a lot with Trudy’s meddling antics, I loved the Haney family, I’m intrigued with Hoodie Guy Wyatt and I love imagining Chris Hemsworth as Sam Haney. Yum!
I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.