Review: What You Do to Me by Barbara Longley

30516135What You Do to Me
Series: The Haneys, #1
Author: Barbara Longley
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from Amazon Publishing via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Whether it’s repairing a home or taking care of clients’ other needs, Twin Cities handyman Sam Haney is in demand from his mostly female clientele. Despite Sam’s lothario reputation, love isn’t part of his portfolio. He’s built a lot of walls in his time, but the one that’s surrounded his heart ever since the death of his parents is his most solid yet.

Haley Cooper has had enough heartache for a lifetime. Her high school sweetheart up and moved to Indonesia—alone—just two weeks before their wedding. Her mother thinks it’s time for Haley to move on and contracts Sam to work on Haley’s wreck of a house—and anything else, if he’s got the notion.

Sparks fly and passion ignites. But Haley isn’t into Sam’s love-’em-and-leave-’em act. She wants something more. Fixing a house is one thing, but for this handyman, building a relationship will need a whole different set of skills.


What You Do to Me was what I would call a traditional contemporary romance. It was a nice, clean, slow-burn romance. There was a bunch of attraction and sexual chemistry, but there were few and not very descriptive sexy times.

I loved the way What You Do to Me started out. The way Sam and Haley met was unique and really funny. Sam was a great but misunderstood guy. He enjoyed women, but wasn’t as much of a womanizer as everyone thought. Haley was a sweet, relationship-oriented woman who thought she had lost her happily ever after forever. Their relationship progressed in a natural and fun way.

My favorite part of this romance wasn’t the main characters, though. It was Haley’s mom. Her meddling was hilarious! I’m so happy I don’t have a mother like her, even if she had Haley’s best interests at heart.

Overall, What You Do to Me was an entertaining contemporary romance with great writing and fun characters. I really enjoyed reading it. I also loved the sneak peek at book 2 in The Haneys series. I can’t wait to read it and get to know Sam’s brother Wyatt better.

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