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.
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4.25 out of 5 stars
Home Improvement by Tara Lain features single father Gabe Mason, who is content to devote his life to providing for his soon-to-be seventeen-year-old daughter. His life gets complicated when an unusual customer at the home improvement store hires him for a home renovation that is going to be life-changing for both of them.
This lovely adult contemporary gay romance reminds me of why I adore this author’s stories so much—I’m always smiling by the end, and the angst is relatively low-key even as it enriches the story. I am always glad to “meet” her characters because they are folks I would like to get to know in real life because they seem like such genuine people. I enjoyed the maturity of Gabe’s daughter and wallowed in the warmth of their father-daughter relationship even as I chuckled when she went into fangirl mode and reverted to being a squealing teen. The evolution of the relationship between Gabe and his mystery guy was fun to watch and had a great balance of heat and romance. As usual, the overall theme of “be true to yourself” is artfully presented with plenty of “aw” moments. I did think some folks got off a little too lightly (*cough* Tiffany) but I guess it shows what a generous heart Gabe has.
Adding to the fun is the wonderful house that has a character of its own, and I can’t help but wonder what actually did or will happen to the real property. I can only hope that it was given a similar new lease on life.
For a new perspective on the “glamorous” life of a music icon and an entertaining story about making a house a home and finding love along the way, be sure to enjoy this fun story.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review