Will Spencer has it all at thirty years old: a high powered
job, all the money he wants or needs and a multitude of men
for the picking.
However, when he sees his boss drop dead at his feet due to
stress, Will decides to take a sabbatical.
In the process of reorganizing his priorities, Will
buys a house that needs some TLC to bring it back to its
That’s when Will comes across Jack, the handyman, a
seemingly straight man in his forties that makes a living
with his hands and is completely unimpressed by the things
Will is used to seeing have an effect on other men.
But despite all the things that make them different,
Will finds himself forming a fragile friendship with Jack,
with undercurrents of attraction that he believes Jack
shares. But can Will
entice this shy and reticent handyman to take a risk and
explore what they might have between them?
Jack Crawford has always considered himself a simple man,
whose life was dictated early on by choices not entirely
under his control.
He married right after high school, to his sweetheart
Emma, even though Luke, his best friend, made his heart beat
faster. But a
man takes responsibility for his actions, so when Emma
turned up pregnant, Jack married her and built a life with
her for over 20 years, never wasting time thinking of what
might have been or chances lost.
However, becoming a widower at forty-two has
unexpectedly changed his life – giving him options he had
thought outside of his reach.
So when Will enters Jack’s life it’s like an
emotional tornado for Jack – suddenly memories and feelings
long forgotten or deeply buried are coming to the surface
making Jack face a truth about himself he has long ignored.
But will Jack be brave enough to face this truth and
have enough faith in Will to be there at the end of this
is a one of the best romances I’ve read in a long time that
touched my heart and made me feel for the characters, yet
the story had a strong thread of “reality” in the reactions
of Jack and Will.
Although Will and Jack make for the most unlikely
pair, Will being a playboy and Jack an older man discovering
his sexuality, their romance is sweet and fraught with the
uncertainties and insecurities of new-found love.
It was gratifying to watch this pair grow from
friends to lovers and to see, at least the beginnings of
acceptance from Jack’s family.
Between Jack’s serious introspections, to Will’s
ability to laugh at himself this story will keep you glued
to your seat and turning the pages well into the night.
If you are a fan of Claire Thompson’s Handyman
is a must have for your library, but if you’ve never read
her work this is book that will surely make you a fan!
I Joyfully Recommend
Handyman for all m/m lovers; pick up Handyman the
next time you are in the mood for sensual and enchanting
story about first-times and unlikely love – you will not be