Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
This was an adorable story. Gabe has focused on being the best father he can since Ellie was born, which means he put his own life on hold a bit for her, but he would never regret the great women she has turned out to be. Working for Jerry seems like a great opportunity to earn some extra money for Ellie’s college fund but turns out to be so much more.
Gabe and Jerry’s first meeting was a little strange as were the next few encounters and while Jerry doesn’t tell Gabe who he is he does start to let his guard down and even brings Ellie into their relationship. I loved watching how trusting Jerry was of Gabe’s decisions, knowing that he would do what was right and not gouge him on prices and work. Even in his hesitation Gabe took on Jerry’s house with enthusiasm and in a very short time got a lot accomplished.
I love Gabe and Jerry’s interactions because they were just so real and even though Jerry was hiding a bit he didn’t hide who he really was from Gabe. I love that when the situation got turned all around that Jerry had the wherewithal to make the bid decision to set the story straight but to all give him and Gabe an opportunity to build a life together.
I like the cover art and the visual of Gabe, I think it works well with this story.
ebook, 200 pages
Published: July 9, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English