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Audiobook – at the time of this review the audiobook is part of KoboPlus:
Single mom Mardie is doing it tough so I gave her the loveliest guy I could possibly imagine. Take that, sour reality!
Single mom Mardie Griffin has a run-down old house in need of fixing and a memory of Jett Casey as her savior in a time of great need. So when her friends acquire Jett’s services at a bachelor auction and send him to fix up her house, she sets aside her mistrust of men and lets him in.
Elite athlete Jett Casey has the world at his feet and no desire for stability. But there’s one woman he’s never forgotten and if he can help make her safe this time, maybe she’ll stop haunting him.
No strings, no sex, no commitment. Just fix things. Surely it can’t be that difficult…
First published as What a Bachelor Needs
Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating between Mardie & Jett’s perspectives
I picked this because it’s included in the new (to US users) KoboPlus and it’s Amy McFadden! Not to mention that single mom is a favorite trope. This is book 4 of multi-author series called, Montana Born Bachelor Auction. I haven’t read any of those books, but Hunter also made this book 1 in Montana Bachelors & Babies series featuring all the hunky Casey brothers.
This is perfect when you’re in the mood for enough drama and tension to move the story along but what is basically a sweet and steamy novella-length romance. I just adored both Mardie and Jett. She’s newly divorced and single mom to a one-year-old while Jett is the town golden boy that she’s had a crush on since high school. The “kiss that almost happened” also gives this second chance romance vibes.
When he comes to do work on her fixer-upper home, it’s quickly obvious to both of them that there’s definitely more. Mardie is reasonably cautious and Jett wins her over with his charm, honesty, and understanding. While things move quickly, it doesn’t feel like instalove since they’ve known each other for years and been through a past ordeal together.
I loved their HEA and am looking forward to Must Love Cowboys next.
Again, this was narrator motivated by Amy McFadden. For good reason. She always does a great job with character voices and emotions, plus all the fun & flirty parts. Quick & enjoyable listen.
Content Warning (spoilers):
Mardie was physically abused by her husband, while not graphically described – it’s a theme throughout the book. She also suffers from PTSD.
About the author:
Make readers laugh, make them cry, make them HAPPY. Let’s go swimming in all the emotions.
I’m a USA Today bestselling author of award-winning contemporary romance and I write stories in three main lanes:
Razzle-dazzle high-stakes sexy romance set in romantic cities around the world.
Small-town cowboy stories set mainly in Montana.
And contemporary Rural Romance set in Australia.
The promise to readers is different for each lane but I rarely resist a laugh and love always wins.
You can connect with Kelly Hunter here:
About the narrator:
From Amy McFadden’s website: I live in Michigan and even in the dead of winter I love to laugh so much that I never have to do situps. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t do situps anyway, but hey, laughter is the best medicine, so I must be SUPER healthy, right?
I’m an actress now, and I used to be a 2nd grade teacher. I loved that part of my life, but after doing it for a bunch of years, I was ready to move on to the next version of me. They’re not really very different versions-teachers and actresses both reach out and engage people through stories. I’m NOT a morning person, but waking up to tell stories makes mornings better-than-tolerable.
I love books and the Muppets and smart people and kind people (not necessarily in that order) and sleeping and chocolate and coffee and writers and learning and Oreo cookies and a bunch of other stuff-but I’m starting to make myself gag on all this love.
I hate a bunch of stuff, too, but who cares about that junk? It’s probably the same stuff you hate, so I won’t bore you. Except I REALLY hate listening to people eat bananas.
You can connect with Amy McFadden here:
My Favorite Quotes
Note: I listened to this, so any spelling/grammar/punctuation errors are my own and not the author’s.
“I’ll now make your lame arse sound like God’s gift to power tools.”
“It was official – a Jett Casey who wanted to work on her house was her favorite thing.”
“I’d much rather look forward. Good things can come from bad beginnings.”
“Hunger and need. Temper and tenderness. Fascination. Infatuation. All of it his.”
“There’s more if you want it.”
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