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  • A romance for HGTV addicts

    I liked this book a lot but it is a bit different from types of books this author duo has written in the past. For one thing, with the dual focus on both James and Carey, our main couple, as well as on the Russ and Melly, the home improvement gurus that they worked for, there was less of a focus on the romance. I wouldn't call this Chick Lit, but one major theme of the book is Carey's journey toward taking control of her life. I'm an HGTV junkie, and I enjoyed both storylines, but I do think the book could have been a bit longer. That would have allowed more page time to be devoted to James and Carey's romance. Carey was a bit of a doormat initially, but given her background, I could see why she made the choices she did, and she finally stands up for herself in the end. She works as assistant to a married couple (Russ and Melly) who are famous co-hosts on a popular home improvement show and who've just written a book on how to have a successful marriage. Only problem is that they are actually barely able to tolerate each other. Carey, and James, a structural engineered who has been drafted into the role of minding Russ, are strong-armed by the network into being Russ and Melly's minders on a book tour to promote the couple's marriage advice book. Needless to say, the book tour doesn't go well. Carey is loyal to a fault and has no self-confidence because she feels Russ and Melly rescued her from poverty and are like her surrogate parents, but as the tour continues and she gets involved with James, she finally finds her backbone and starts to stand up for what she actually wants and needs in her life. She also comes to realize that the amount of stress she's been under for years has probably exacerbated a chronic illness that she has. James also has his reasons for putting up with the situation but although the book is written half from his POV, we don't get inside his head that much and don't get to know him other than seeing his attraction to Carey grow as he gets to know her. I guess my main objection is that the book was too short to do justice to all of the storylines, but in overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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