Delaney, “Laney” is a mom, daughter, sister, friend and writer. She’s not a wife or a girlfriend. She’s divorced and takes care of her daughter, Katie, along with writing. She’s not been in a relationship in quite a while and isn’t looking for one. She’s also helping her dad restore the building that sits behind her parents house so that she and Katie can live there. They have pretty much done everything themselves but there are a couple of things on the 2nd floor that needs to be hired out…..
Jake is an extremely handy contractor. He also happens to be extremely HOT! He’s starting a job and has the woman that he’s going to report to (Laney) literally run into him. She’s just woke up, in her PJ’s, no bra and crazy hair. But he thinks she’s adorable.
After their “run-in” she showers and makes herself more presentable and then heads out to formally meet the new contractor and really tries not to flirt but he is really really attractive and she’s having a hard time concentrating.
“You seem to have it all well thought out….not many girls your age would consider roof pitch and wall height,” he continues.
My irritation flares. I’m onot stupid just because I have a vagina and we’re talking construction. I mean, hell the entire rest of this renovation I’ve poured my sweat into. I dug a frost wall and poured concrete footings for crap’s sake!
“First of all,” I start, “I’m a woman—not a girl—and I’m not sure what my age has to do with anything. Secondly, this used to be a garage barn, so everything you see done has been done with these two hands.” I hold up my delicate girl hands. “I’ve done a lot of research over the past year to get all this to happen the right way and without screwing up!” I finish in a huff.
Being a writer means she works from home on the first floor and Jake is doing his remodel on the second floor. They are spending quite a lot of time together. However, when Laney’s BFF for 20 years , Gavin, shows up unexpectedly….well Jake knows that he wants to be more than BFF's and doesn’t like it at all. It doesn’t take long before things get heated and he and Laney start dating. Gavin has a pretty big secret that Laney finds out about that changes everything. She had her heart broken over 10 years ago and never understood why. She never received closure. When she does will it ruin a 20 year friendship? Will Laney be able to move past her heart break and give Jake her whole heart?
I really really enjoyed this book. It’s funny and romantic and just a joy to read. It’s my first read of Ms. Larsen and I plan to grab her other books and read them too. Laney’s friends are so relatable and funny and I so loved how they interacted with Jake. This is a very cute and witty book!! Oh….and it’s pretty hot too!!! Jake & Laney can heat up the pages!!! Highly Recommend!!!!