This adorable, a little quirky, yet steamy contemporary romance novel, took a minute to hook me completely. At first, the main male character Sam does not come across as the most charming person, indeed rather dense, and full of himself. Yet, he is a character one should not judge too quickly, as he develops depth. The female lead of What You Do To Me
, Haley, on the other hand, was likable from the beginning. Easy to identify with, and scared by a not so distant past, she has to learn to overcome relationship issues, before being able to fall completely for Sam.
This book has some detailed, steamy sexy scenes, which is what I come to expect from most contemporary romances, but if you like a clean book, you might want to skip this one. That said, this was not meaningless physical stuff, but it was rather the logical next step in Sam’s and Haley’s relationship.
I love Sam’s brother and sister, both of whom I hope will get their own book, as they really do deserve a great relationship, which has been eluding them so far, but if I heard correctly, the next book in the series is about Wyatt, which is Sam’s younger brother. I hope, I am right. That would be awesome. I found him very endearing and sincere, in this book.
What else I liked about the book
What You Do To Me is a book with an open-mind, and all-inclusive diversity. Without spoiling the story, I can say, that it includes disabled, and LGBT characters, as well as strong female characters.
It is the first book in a series
called The Haneys, and a great introduction to a large and well-developed cast, without making the book too crowded with too many characters fighting for attention. I am looking forward to reading the second installation soon.
I received this book for free via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
What You Do To Me
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4 out of 5 Stars
Title: What You Do To Me
Author: Barbara Longley
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: November 1st, 2016
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 (via Amazon).