Monday, March 7, 2016

The Handyman Can by Lily G. Blunt

Alex is falling in love with Michael, one of the gorgeous handymen who maintain his property. Can Alex trust the Fernando brothers or are they thieves?

After moving into his new house, Alex Sucre employs the three good-looking Fernando brothers as handymen to maintain his home and garden. He’s immediately attracted to Michael, the youngest, and enjoys watching his muscle-packed body through his study window as he works.

After a spate of burglaries in the area, one of Alex’s neighbors accuses the brothers of the thefts. Alex is reluctant to believe that any of them could be responsible, as their business is thriving and they appear to be honest men. But once that seed of doubt has been sown, Alex wonders whether they can be trusted.

Should Alex confront Michael with his suspicions and risk destroying their newly formed relationship?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Handyman Can was a quick read that gave me just enough story and steam to satisfy me. I was actually pleasantly surprised with how much of a plot there was considering it’s less than 50 pages long. However, because Blunt chose to focus on a short period of time (two to three weeks) in Alex and Michael’s budding relationship, there was no need to rush the storyline along to a happily ever after.

The Fernando Brothers are primarily gardeners, but also do other odd jobs around their customers’ homes as needed. Since moving to the neighborhood four months earlier, Alex has made extensive use of their services and only recently began dating the youngest of the brothers, Michael. By establishing an employer-employee style relationship between Alex and Michael, the author makes the connection between the two feel real as they’ve been interacting with one another for several months. Yet because they’ve only begun dating recently, it explains why the seeds of doubt planted by a neighbor are able to take hold. Alex knows Michael, but how well does he REALLY know Michael. That, plus a little bit of personal doubt combined with some especially bad timing come together spectacularly and lead to Michael finding out that Alex suspected him and his brothers in a rash of robberies in the area. Although the story is presented from Alex’s point of view and it is easy to understand why he reacts the way he does when everything comes to a head, it was just as easy to understand why Michael was so hurt by Alex’s doubts. I was surprised when Michael’s brother kept their service appointment with Alex the following week and that Dom wasn’t hostile toward him over the incident. I enjoyed how the author dealt with the solving of the robberies. Even better though, was the scene in which Alex and Michael finally consummate their relationship. That was seriously hot and I appreciated the timing of it within the story. The Handyman Can was an enjoyable and steamy read, and when it comes to Michael, the handyman really can.

Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page—there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon. She later published short stories and is excited about joining Pride Publishing for her upcoming story, The Handyman Can.

Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all. She was recently a steward for Pride in London.

Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog called Barney.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Handyman Can by Lily G. Blunt to read and review.

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