Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: December 11, 2017
POV: Dual First Point of View
Source: Publisher (ARC)
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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Man Hands is a standalone book written beautifully by the duo Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby. This book follows the story of a newly divorced woman named Brynn who has had a difficult time adjusting to her new single life after her seven years of unhappy marriage ended a few weeks ago. To top it off, her divorce has caused her losing her job as a college professor; therefore, blogging and cooking have been all she has since been doing. With her best friends’ pieces of advice, she agrees to spend time with them by attending the party of one of her friend’s colleges.
Still feeling the hurt by how her marriage ended, seeing her ex-husband at the party with a younger and thinner version of her devastates her and leads her doing the thing uncharacteristic of her which both surprises her yet changes her life in some ways.
Tom is a handyman who has his own TV show called ‘Mr. Fixit Quick’ in which he renovates homes for people especially those in need. After going through a difficult break-up several months ago, he has tried to step away from the spotlight to have the time for himself. A party. Arranged by his best friend, however, turns his life upside down when he meets the woman who sparks something new inside him. Their unconventional meeting turns into a hilarious, fun, exciting romance.
The whole story put a smile on my face and had me laugh my belly hurts at times. I enjoyed the dialogs and the inner voices of the main characters. They were both highly entertaining and refreshing. The authors made the simplest scene felt special with the smart touches of humor thrown unexpectedly which, sometimes, could easily get overlooked.
“Then she wraps her legs around me, and it’s what I imagine it feels like to be squeezed by a python, if you were sexually attracted to a python, because she squeezes me hard with her legs…”
Despite the romantic comedy element, which was great, the romance had still the power that made me a little bit emotional. I loved the message behind the body image presented in this story and how the authors tackled the insecurity issues most women feel from the heroine’s point of view. I enjoyed seeing her growing emotionally, becoming a strong woman with positive views of herself.
The friendship between Brynn and her girlfriends was my favorite as well. All of their characters felt real and was the representation of modern women which I believe all female readers can relate to. They had different personalities but loved one another fiercely. Their friendship added excitement to the whole story.
I also loved the fact that there was no unnecessary angst or misunderstanding that complicated the story. The story was simple but enough to have me turn the pages with its well-developed drama focusing on the main characters’ issues.
My problems were that some scenes felt unrealistic and over-the-top at times and the ending was a little too rushed. Following the characters’ reasoning behind their actions was a struggle and understanding their quick-developed romance was difficult at the beginning; however, the humor did entertain me. I would have liked to see how their relationship grew at the end, but considering how it began had me understand the reason the authors made it that way.
If you look for an emotional love story, this book is not for you; however, romantic comedy junkies or readers who are in the mood for a great light-hearted, sexy, hilarious romance would find Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby a perfect read. Their seamless writing hooked me from the beginning until the end despite my issues. I’m looking forward to Braht and Ash’s story.
Thank you to the publisher for giving me this review copy for my unbiased review.
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