Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Hardcover; 336 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 26, 2016)
Author's Website: http://lorifoster.com/
Notes: I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of the book at BEA (Book Expo America)
'As they neared the house, three men stepped out from the garage next door. They'd obviously been working. One held a motor of some sort while the other gestured toward it. The tallest nodded as he cleaned his hands on a towel.
"Oh, hey," Lexie perked up. "What's this?" Man candy? Very sexy man candy." She rounded on Honor. "You've been holding out."
Repeatedly glancing at them, Honor shook her head. Nope, no holding out. This was the first time she'd laid eyes on the men. Fact--because if she'd seen them, she sure as heck would have remembered.'
Honor Brown has spent the past two years looking after her grandfather as his health deteriorated. She just bought her first house and when she meets her new neighbors she knows she's in trouble with a capital 'T'. With her busy complicated life, the distraction of a man is definitely not what she needs--or so she thinks. Her best friend Lexie, thinks that is exactly what Honor needs.
This was a fun, sexy, and downright delicious read. Honor is a smart, beautiful, and fiercely loyal young woman who doesn't know what effect she has on the male gender. The lyrics from the song "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction comes to mind...
Don't know what for,
You're turning heads when you walk through the door,
Don't need make-up, to cover up,
Being the way that you are is enough"
"But when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell,
You don't know, oh oh,
You don't know you're beautiful"
Honor is also fiercely independent and tries to not rely on anyone, but after years of looking after her grandfather, she's long over due for someone to look out for her.
Jason Guthrie has seen two sides to relationships and he's not looking to venture into anything serious. While his parents had a good solid loving relationship till the day his mother died, his brother was betrayed by his wife. Hogan came away from the experience changed and a touch reckless. He lost everything but his son and the two have moved in with Jason until Hogan can get back on his feet. Everyone was surprised by Hogan's wife's betrayal, and it makes Jason speculate how you truly know someone. Honor, however, brings out his protective side and makes him wonder if maybe he should rethink things and give love a try.
The neighborhood Honor moves in to is in the midst of revitalizing which is a nice mechanism to bond everyone in the neighborhood together. It also brings out more than one hunky man's protective nature, especially where their newest neighbor, Honor, is concerned. Yes, the place is swimming with handsome men which made the lyrics of a second song start dancing in my head *chuckle*, "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls...
"It's Raining Men! Hallelujah! - It's Raining Men! Amen!
I'm gonna go out to run and let myself get
Absolutely soaking wet!
It's Raining Men! Hallelujah!
It's Raining Men! Every Specimen!
Tall, blonde, dark and lean
Rough and tough and strong...."
Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. It was a sweet, sexy, and fun romance with a touch of drama thrown in. Additionally,.there was a second, simultaneous romance going on between Honor's best friend, Lexie, and another gorgeous neighbor, Sullivan. It was sort of like getting icing on your cake. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one received a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. I thoroughly enjoyed it.