Erryn reviews ‘Home Improvement: A Love Story’ by Tara Lain.The book was published May 25, 2020 and is 230 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Kirt Graves. It was released on December 2, 2020, and is 6hrs and 57mins. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Romance on Aisle 16 – opposites attract amid the hammers and screws of the home improvement store.
Gabe Mason became a father at 17, and his daughter, Ellie, is the most important thing in his life. But being the parent the courts demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams – education, making furniture, a gay social life – to be a model dad with a steady, reliable job in a home improvement store. Life’s predictable until Jerry, a shy, eccentric guy in a hat and sunglasses, begs Gabe to oversee the renovation of his run-down mansion.
Gabe loves the house and the work, and Jerry’s pretty lovable too, but when Gabe discovers Jerry’s secret identity, he fears their passion could overturn both their lives forever.
Contains mature themes.
Gabe has a decent life. He’s raising his sixteen-year-old daughter whom he had when he was only seventeen. He’s done everything in his power to protect Ellie and, in return, she’s appreciative of that. Her mother was a bit of a disaster and Ellie knows she’s lucky her father loves her so much. But raising Ellie means Gabe has to hide who he really is. Wouldn’t be good to come out, to be sure. So he stays in the closet and suppresses the homosexual urges that might lead him into a temptation he might not be strong enough to overcome. He even holds down a boring job at the local hardware store because he understands how important a steady position is. Everything is for Ellie, and he has no regrets.
Then, on one ordinary day, Gabe finds a lost soul in aisle 16. The bi-coloured eyed man triggers something within Gabe and when the chance to spend more time with the intriguing stranger presents itself, Gabe lets down his guard.
Jerry just wants to be an ordinary guy. He’s bought a run-down house in a rural part of a town that is pretty much in the middle of nowhere Oregon. He plans on fixing the place up and it being his refuge. His sanctuary. The problem? He knows nothing about renovations. He has a couple of chairs and a mattress and no clue where to begin. Then he meets a guy in the hardware store and something clicks within him. He offers the man money to fix up the house and trusts it’ll get done. Although Jerry’s not had a lot of luck with people, he sees Gabe and knows everything will be okay.
Gabe needs the money as his side business of woodworking isn’t bringing in much revenue. He worries about spending Jerry’s money, not realizing just how rich Jerry really is. See, Jerry has a secret. A secret that devastates Gabe when it’s revealed. Gabe feels betrayed. Because as much as Jerry just wants to be an average guy, he isn’t one. He never can be one.
The question was whether the men could overcome all the hurtles to find love or would the cold realities they faced drive them apart?
I love Tara Lain books and this was definitely a good one. I wanted the men to make it despite the odds stacked against them. The point of view was a little uneven as the first several chapters are in Gabe’s point of view, but eventually I got inside Jerry’s head – although never as much as I wanted to. I adored Ellie and her practical sensibilities. And her ability to call out her dad’s BS. This was a good book.
Kirt Graves narrated the book and I have to say I enjoyed his performance. He’s always consistent and does a good job. So, yeah, a nice little listen I appreciated.
9/10 Pots of Gold or 90% recommended or 4.5 stars
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In addition to writing dozens and dozens of romance novels, Tara also owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. Together with her soulmate husband and her soulmate Dog, she recently realized a vision to live where there were a lot more trees and a lot fewer cars by moving to Ashland, Oregon. She hasn’t stopped smiling since.
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