Monday, 8 March 2010

Handyman - Review

High-powered stock trader. Simple handyman. Can they find common ground?

Will Spencer is a player with a reputation for using and discarding lovers as easily as he earns big money on Wall Street. Handsome, sexy and openly gay, he’s used to having whatever—and whoever—he wants at the snap of his fingers.

And what he wants now is his new handyman, Jack Crawford. But Jack is skittish. One lingering touch, one stolen kiss could send the older man into full retreat. Where Will might have quickly moved on to a more ready-and-willing partner, he unexpectedly finds himself wanting to go slow. With just a little coaxing, he’s sure he can show Jack how good it could be between them.

Jack, a recent widower, never thought of himself as gay. Frightened years ago by an erotic encounter with his best friend, he focused firmly on his marriage. Now that his bed is empty, however, those deep sexual longings are rising dangerously close to the surface.

Their connection is deep, instant, and one that Jack tries to ignore. Yet friendship grows into an erotic journey that must cross a divide of different generations, backgrounds and worlds.

The prize is the one thing neither is sure he can handle—true love.

Firstly don't you just love that cover? It's most sexy! Ok onto the review. While i wanted to love this book, i didn't. I liked it, but it didn't blow my skirt up, and i found myself getting bored reading it, putting it down for several nights. There was nothing huge wrong with it, it just didn't have a spark for me. Jack and Will are both nice sweet guys, Will is openly gay and Jack having being married for 20 some years and widowed is confused by his connection to Will and asks himself Am i gay?

And that is one thing that irritated me. Several times through the book Jack's inner dialogue is questioning Am i gay Am i gay? Dude you have a cock in your mouth i think that's the time to say yeah i am gay!

I found some of the dialogue...long winded, and repeatative, you get the inner dialogue from both characters explaining certain situations they've had in life, then you get them telling each other almost in the exact same way.

And they talked more than any woman i know! on and on and on. More than i've ever seen in any other romance book, it just felt...wrong and again made my mind wander from the story.

There was parts i thought were written well, How Jack dealt with his son walking in and catching him with Will buried in his throat and covered in man juice, His son i didn't like at all but i could understand his shock at finding his dad that way.

On the whole it IS a sweet romance, slow paced with two characters both lonely and unsure of this newfound friendship and connection. And the premise of Jack being the handman gave me a giggle, i kept waiting for the porn music to begin :P

The sex was enjoyable to read and while not as out there as some things ive read still had a moment that gave me the squicks, it involved finger, bottom, and mouth. *squicked* 'Nuff said.

For a light read or someone wanting to delve into M/M romance Jack and Will give you a gentle ride into them falling in love.

I give Handyman by Claire Thompson 2.5 sparkles out of 5. Liked it. Didn't love it.


7 Speak to Me:

Mandi said...

I haven't read Claire Thompson yet..sounds a bit forced. Thanks for the review!

Sparklybearsy said...

I felt bad for not loving it, it does has some nice points, i just know what i like and what will hook me in and sadly this didnt have a hook point for me. thanks for stopping by Mandi =)

Cecile said...

Dude you have a cock in your mouth i think that's the time to say yeah i am gay! -->> ROFLMBO!! Girl you are hilarious!!! Great, honest review hon! Thanks for the heads up. Hope you had a great weekend!

jaymzangel said...

well boo, disappointing manlove is just...disappointing. hoping for better, smexier manlove in the future. *SMOOCH*

Sparklybearsy said...

@Cecile LOL thanks hun! Have a great week :)

@Jay i know right! all manlove should be pantie squealing delish, i want more than sweet in my stories.

thanks for the comments girls =)

Marissa said...

I have read one of her books a sub/dom I think it was, I liked that one very much, this one obviously did not work for you, hope your next read will be better!

Sparklybearsy said...

Thanks hun! id still try the author again, i just like my manlove differently lol

thanks for stopping by =)

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