by Jodi Lynn Copeland

March 2008
ISBN: 978-0758222121
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Handyman by Jodi Lynn Copeland is an anthology about 3 partners in a small construction company, Loose Screws, with a side business.

In Coming In First Lissa has had it with “bad boys”. Their priorities are so messed up and she’s tired of “coming” in second! She wants to find herself a nice guy, for a change. Problem is she isn’t a nice girl. Thad is a very bad boy that Lissa mistakes for a nice guy! Lissa needs her roof done on her house and anything else that happens is okay by her! This story has little plot and while I like a woman who knows what she wants and doesn’t hesitate to go after it, Lissa came on way too strong. I just couldn’t make myself care about what happened to her.

In Not A Second Too Late, Genevieve (Gen) is used to doing what others expected of her, not what she wanted to do and she wants to break the mold. Just when she thinks that she’ll be getting the bachelorette party she desires, her brat sister sticks her nose in and ruins everything. With the help of her best friend, Gen blows off the party and goes out to make her own party. Will she find what she’s looking for with Nash, the hunk that just bought her a drink or will she go back to her life and be bored? Nash isn’t looking for a Happily Ever After but it’d be nice to have a real girlfriend, even for a little while. Can the beauty at the bar be what he’s looking for? I enjoyed this story much more than the first. While Gen had a bit of a confidence problem, Nash didn’t hesitate to help her realize that she did deserve to be happy!

In Third Time’s A Charm, Holly is a woman whose professional self-confidence is in the toilet and thinks she’s getting an hour with a “professional” in an attempt to feel better about herself. Bennie is a man who just lost his foster mother and he’s using sex to “not have to think about it”. He was told that Holly has a problem opening up with her lovers. Both Holly and Bennie have been lied to but for what purpose? I liked Holly but had a few problems with Bennie, although it was good to see him finally put the death of his foster mother into perspective.

Handyman has a label on the back cover “WARNING! This is a REALLY HOT book. (Sexually Explicit) and the book deserves the label. I had problems with this book on many levels since it, in no way, fits into my definition of romance with the possible exception of Not A Second Too Late. Sex alone doesn’t make for a good and solid relationship foundation and that’s what happened in two of these stories, which just made it all the more unbelievable to me.

Reviewed in May 2008 by PamL.

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