Reviewed by Ami
Author: Meg Harding
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 68 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 6, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ex-business owner and soon to be ex-husband Jake has had some rotten luck of late. His world is tumbling down around him, but it’s time to dust himself off and move on. Buying and fixing up the most dilapidated home he can find might be just the thing to get him back on track.
But Jake gets more than he bargained for when he meets former lawyer turned landscaper Dakota. Dakota is smart and ridiculously sexy—and Jake doesn’t have a clue how to act around him. After several gardening mishaps, Jake is sure Dakota thinks he’s completely inept.
Turns out Dakota is thinking something else entirely. And as Dakota gives Jake advice, an ear to listen, and helps him work through his issues, Jake realizes flowers aren’t the only thing blooming between them.
Review: The story opens with Jake purchasing a hideous house that looks like it is seconds from collapse. Then, we follow Jake as he meets the crew that is going to repair the house and even immersed himself in helping Dakota, the landscaper, with his soon-to-be backyard and front-yard, because Jake is determined to “pour everything he has into making this house a home”. As the story goes along, we found out the reason why, that Jake had been coming out of a messy divorce with his partner of 15-years … and this was his way to get back to the saddle again.
My, how this novella brought a HUGE smile to my face!! From the moment that Dakota let Jake help him with the garden to all of the MISHAPS that happened afterwards (really, those were FUNNY and CHARMING), I was hooked. This is definitely a slow-burn romance, because Jake and Dakota took their time before finally acknowledging their attraction. Jake just got out from a 15-year-old relationship so he was pretty rusty in starting a new one. Plus, he thought it was just a one-sided crush. Dakota was willing to let Jake make the first move, because he didn’t want to rush Jake into a new relationship.
Seriously, Jake and Dakota are so adorable! *hugs them both* It was SO refreshing to read a story about men in their 30’s who don’t immediately jump into a romp in sheets… Jake and Dakota actually went on DATES, which included the zoo, as well as dinner and a movie. I was rooting for them so bad, and even if the ending didn’t feel like a complete 100% HEA (I’d like to think of it as a very happy and hopeful beginning), I’m still pretty satisfied.
This is definitely my favorite of Meg Harding book so far…
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*