Why do Do-It-Yourself...
Single mom Anne Edmond can handle—and hand-make—just about anything. From table settings to party favors, floral arrangements to nursery décor, there is no project her creativity and a glue gun can’t tackle. But dating? That’s a whole ’nother story. Case in point: Mike Everett. He’s a gorgeous mechanic and known car-whisperer, a man who can work with auto parts like nobody’s business. And he has thrown a monkey wrench into Anne’s carefully-crafted life...
When you can do it together?
One look at Anne is enough for Mike to know that she’s no fixer-upper. She’s perfect just the way she is—and the chemistry between them works like a charm. Mike’s always been a no-strings kind of guy, but Anne’s impressive self-reliance—and gorgeous exterior—gives him pause. This time, a fast joyride just doesn't seem like enough. But first he has to convince Anne that he means to take her all the way...
Start Me Up is a sweet and cute romance novel, with some surprisingly hot scenes. It's perfect if you're looking to escape reality or a story to cheer you up. I was seriously smiling throughout reading it. Anne and Mike are two adorable characters and they are perfect for each other. Honestly this whole story seems to be dipped in sugar, it's so sweet, though at times actually a bit too perfect for me.
Anne is a supermom. While she might be raising her daughter on her own, everything is always in tip top shape. The fact that she's a creative genius/party planner, might have something to with it. Or the blog she's running might help her keep that image high. All is well in her world, except it could use a man, but Anne isn't easy to trust someone. So when Mike shows interest in her, she's sceptic how a young bloke could possible be interested in an older single mom.
Mike admits that he's a typical bachelor. He has his business, he hangs out at the bar a couple of times a week, and is never shy for female company. Life was actually pretty good for him and settling down was a thing for the future. That all changed upon meeting Anne. In his eyes she is perfect, everything a man could ever want. Now he just has to be able to convince Anne that what they have is more than a fling.
It is a bit of a typical love story, but none the less fun. Anne's insecurities get a bit tiresome after a while, and Mike's instant love isn't easy to believe. Other than that, it really was a sweet and adorable love story.
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