One single dad.
One set of twins.
And the wall isn’t the only thing being drilled…
I learned the hard way that being a handywoman isn’t easy. The questions, the stares—the assumption I’m the proud owner of a cock and balls. Not that it matters. I’ve proven over and over that I’m ready for anything the judgmental asses throw at me.
Except the hot, single dad of twins who just moved to town.
Brantley Cooper gets the shock of his life when I show up on his doorstep to fix up his kids’ new rooms. His son is confused why ‘the pretty lady has a drill,’ and his daughter has a new obsession—me.
On paper, my job is easy. Go in, do their bedrooms, and leave.
In theory, I’m spending eight hours a day with a guarded, sexy as hell guy, and I’m staying for dinner more often than I’m eating it alone, on my couch, with Friends re-runs.
I shouldn’t be staying for dinner. I shouldn’t be helping him out with the twins. I shouldn’t be falling in love with tiny toes and dimpled cheeks.
And I most definitely should not be kissing my client.
“Deal with it,” I echoed, my mouth dry. “What exactly do you mean by that?”
He glanced at my mouth.
“Okay, but, um, here’s the thing.” I couldn’t breathe. I sounded like a panting idiot trying to get the words out between each short, sharp breath I took. “This,” I motioned between us, “is bad.”
“Bad.” His lips tugged to the side.
“Yes. Because,”—help. Someone help—“because this isn’t allowed. Company rules. No cavorting with clients.”
“No cavorting with clients.” That half-smile turned into a full-blown grin. “That’s very…proper.”
“Well, I can’t exactly put, “No sleeping with the clients” now, can I?”
“You could have, but it would have been unfortunately precise.”
“I should change that.”
I licked my lips. “You should agree. Because this is—”
“Bad. You said.” More lip twitching.
“I thought you were sorry you made it awkward by kissing me.”
“That was before I found out you were attracted to me. Now, I’m a lot less sorry I kissed you.”
Oh. Well. Fair enough.
“Should I take back my acceptance of your apology?” I asked.
“You should stop talking and see how you feel when I’ve kissed you again.”
I absolutely ADORED this book! I am going to read all of Emma Hart’s books because I loved this book so much. It was quirky, funny, chaotic, and just perfect. I love stories with kids, single mom/dad, pregnant heroines, etc (you get the picture, haha). I basically just have an obsession with pregnant people and children so I knew this book was going to be right up my alley. I was so excited to get an ARC copy, even though I will be ordering a paperback copy as well.
The Story. Brantley moves to Rock Bay, California, which is a super tiny town. He moves with his twins, Eleanor and Elijah, in order to get a fresh start. Brantley hires a builder company to fix up each twin’s room, but he has no idea that K. Hancock is Kali Hancock and not Keith. My heart just melted the further and further into the story I got. I loved seeing all the little moments like Brant corralling his kids’ in the morning to get them to daycare and making dinner for them. Seeing how this family grew in the short time that Kali entered their lives was beautiful to see. No, it was not perfect from the beginning…believe me. Kali had her own obstacles to overcome before she took the biggest leap of faith she will ever face. Brant was still coping with being a single dad to a rambunctious set of twins. The twins faced their own individual struggles that just made me want to cuddle up with them and watch Frozen while drinking hot chocolate.
Brantley. Brantley is a successful businessman and father who doesn’t realize how alone he feels until he meets Kali. He finds himself laughing so much around her and generally feeling lighter than he has since the mother of his children died two and half years ago. Brant is ready to move on with someone else and it was beautiful how much he supported and how patient he was with Kali because he knows this will change her life. However, he is brave enough to pursue her and put three hearts on the line. Don’t get me wrong, he is also alpha male and hot AF, but he also has a super sweet side.
Kali. This book is told in Kali’s POV so her growth and development is more apparent than the other characters in the story. Kali knows what she wants in life…no kids…until she finds herself in the middle of the chaos known as the Coopers. Kali is feisty and so freaking hilarious. She just felt so REAL to me because it wasn’t an automatic thing for her to jump into this family who is still healing from the tragedy of losing their mother figure. She wasn’t afraid to talk about the hard topics and it was so refreshing. Ultimately, she had to figure out for herself what she wanted while she found herself braiding Ellie’s hair and talking superheroes with Eli. Kali had to face her fears and decide whether or not she could walk away from this family that had wormed their way into her heart.
The twins. I FREAKING LOVE THESE TWINS! They had me gut laughing and wanting to play princesses and superheroes with them. Ellie and Eli were rambunctious, sweet, funny, playful, everything both good and trying that you find in two adorable four year olds. They were so real to me. They were pushing each other and painting walls when they weren’t supposed to, but also loving toward each other and so full of life. They just added a whole other dynamic to this story that I adored.
I highly recommend this story to those who love: an adorable set of twins, small towns, romantic comedies, steamy romances, funny heroines, and sweet single dads.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
About the Author:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.