Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Home Improvement by Tara Lain


Romance on Aisle Sixteen—opposites attract amid the hammers and screws of the home improvement store.

Gabe Mason became a father at seventeen, 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.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Tara Lain's Home Improvement is a fantastic romance. There's some mystery, as Jerry's hiding something. He's sleeping on an air mattress, but can pay for handmade furniture. Gabe knows something's up, but it takes a while for him to figure things out. 

This romance is fun and intriguing. But it isn't until half way through that things really get good. I was surprised at the difference between the first and second halves. The first part is okay, but the second half is awesome.

Gabe's relationship with his daughter is fantastic and completely heart-warming. I truly love her contribution to the story. His ex, however is a piece of work, and causes a lot of angst. Be prepared for some homophobia. 

This story explores the divide between who a person is to the public, and who they are at heart. It illustrates the battle between who you are versus who you want to be. It's stories like this that help put a reader into the mindset of a famous person. It allows us to better understand their issues with fans and the paparazzi, as well as their need to have some time to themselves.

Overall, Home Improvement is a sweet, wonderful romance. Tara Lain perfectly captures the cost of fame to one's life. The ending is superb.  I love this book and highly recommend it. 


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