One single dad.
One set of twins.
And the wall isn’t the only thing being drilled…
I learned the hard way that being a handywoman isn’t easy. The questions, the stares—the assumption I’m the proud owner of a cock and balls. Not that it matters. I’ve proven over and over that I’m ready for anything the judgmental asses throw at me.
Except the hot, single dad of twins who just moved to town.
Brantley Cooper gets the shock of his life when I show up on his doorstep to fix up his kids’ new rooms. His son is confused why ‘the pretty lady has a drill,’ and his daughter has a new obsession—me.
On paper, my job is easy. Go in, do their bedrooms, and leave.
In theory, I’m spending eight hours a day with a guarded, sexy as hell guy, and I’m staying for dinner more often than I’m eating it alone, on my couch, with Friends re-runs.
I shouldn’t be staying for dinner. I shouldn’t be helping him out with the twins. I shouldn’t be falling in love with tiny toes and dimpled cheeks.
And I most definitely should not be kissing my client.
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“Deal with it,” I echoed, my mouth dry. “What exactly do you mean by that?”
He glanced at my mouth.
“Okay, but, um, here’s the thing.” I couldn’t breathe. I sounded like a panting idiot trying to get the words out between each short, sharp breath I took. “This,” I motioned between us, “is bad.”
“Bad.” His lips tugged to the side.
“Yes. Because,”—help. Someone help—“because this isn’t allowed. Company rules. No cavorting with clients.”
“No cavorting with clients.” That half-smile turned into a full-blown grin. “That’s very…proper.”
“Well, I can’t exactly put, “No sleeping with the clients” now, can I?”
“You could have, but it would have been unfortunately precise.”
“I should change that.”
I licked my lips. “You should agree. Because this is—”
“Bad. You said.” More lip twitching.
“I thought you were sorry you made it awkward by kissing me.”
“That was before I found out you were attracted to me. Now, I’m a lot less sorry I kissed you.”
Oh. Well. Fair enough.
“Should I take back my acceptance of your apology?” I asked.
“You should stop talking and see how you feel when I’ve kissed you again.”
This book had me laughing so hard in parts. Yes, laughing. Like out loud. The snark, the kids, the hot dad that didn’t have a clue and especially Kali, our heroine. She absolutely has no filter as does her stepmom. Those two had me in stitches most of the time when they were together. But let me back up and tell you I liked about the books.
- Kali – She is strong, sexy without even knowing it, good at what she does and is set in her ways about no children. I know, right? Hey, I have friends that never wanted children and it works for them. Heck, I even have a BIL & SIL that never wanted them. I admire anyone that has that conviction. Me, I love kids.
- Eli & Ellie – I swear their antics were hilarious. I have twin aunts so I got the whole twin thing. Plus, the dialogue that Ms. Hart wrote with them…Priceless. I will say that Eli was my favorite. He just captured my heart from the beginning and how Kali was able to communicate with him is wonderful. Ellie is all over the place and a couple of times I thought she needed a good spanking but that’s just me. Ms. Hart writes them not just as a plot element but as real characters. To me, that is brilliant writing.
- Brantley – He isn’t the clueless father that some authors will use to make the heroine fall in love with him. He is still grieving over the loss of the children’s mother but it’s not sad. He thinks about what the “ifs” but also looks to the future…with Kali. His feelings are real, relatable and let’s face it. He’s hot. I got the sense that he was hesitant in the beginning with Kali but once he faced his feelings for her, it was on.
- The plot – Its a basic simple plot but the layers that Ms. Hart wrote in it are beautiful. Single dad, adorable kids and a reluctant heroine? Been done but Ms. Hart gives us the emotions of will Kali be good enough with the children? No, she won’t take the place of their mother but she has doubts. The scenes with her stepmother are cry-worthy. Her step mother tells Kali about her own feelings when she came into the picture and it really helps Kali in her thought process and how she sees herself with Brantley and the children.
- Dialogue – Snarky, emotional and laugh out loud funny. This book is just hilarious when dealing with subject matter that is also heart-tugging. Ms. Hart does a wonderful job of balancing the two.
I have to admit that this is my first book by Ms. Hart. I know, sometimes I live under a rock but it won’t be my last. I loved her pacing, dialogue, and her characters. It’s a book that I think everyone should read.
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.
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