Author: Sandra Chastain
Review by: Onnica
Basic Story: Since nursing her mother through ill-health and following her subsequent death, Kate Weston has decided to take some time for herself, travelling around the US doing odd-jobs as plumber and general all-round handywoman. The plan is to never stay longer than a couple of months; never form attachments or roots, as there lies trouble as far as Kate’s concerned.
After scoring a temporary job in a luxury hotel, Kate sets to work fixing all the electrical and plumbing issues. She is summoned to the penthouse suite to fix the leaking shower and gets more than she bargained for when she bumps into the hotel manager, Max Sorrenson, emerging from said shower. All thought escapes her. Far from middle-aged and balding, the manager Max is young, virile and with a body for sin. The more time she spends in his company, the more determined she is not to overstay her welcome and leave the job when the usual handyman returns. Her attraction to Max frightens her but it will not derail her plans to move on. But will head or heart win out for the couple?
Why you should read it: This is a fun, short read, full of light-hearted moments and the role-reversal element is charming. Both characters are likeable and engaging.
What you might hate: I didn’t realise it when I requested the book, but I feel I should highlight that this book is VINTAGE. It originally came out in 1989 – therefore the references to pop culture are a little um, shall we say dated? I don’t know about you, but when imagining Max’s body, I didn’t really want to picture Sylvester Stallone or Chuck Norris! The ending was also a little abrupt – but a satisfying read nonetheless.
Rating: It was a short, entertaining story that I finished in little time – I’m feeling generous, so I’d say 3/5. Definitely needs updating however, as it bears no resemblance to other contemporary Loveswept novels coming out.