Title: David, Renewed (Delta Restorations #1)
Author: Diana Copland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 21st 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 244 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
When interior designer David Snyder buys a beautiful century-old house in eastern Washington, he is reeling with heartbreak and looking for somewhere to put down roots. Unfortunately his new home comes with a laundry list of problems: electrical, plumbing, heating… things David knows nothing about. When his mother offers him the business card of a local handyman, David pictures an overweight, balding man in his fifties. But Jackson Henry couldn’t be further from that stereotype.
Dark-haired, muscular, and handsome, Jackson left a large construction firm in Seattle to take care of his sick mother. However, his hometown still has an active “good old boy” network, and finding employment in construction is almost impossible for an openly gay man. Determined to persevere, Jackson takes odd jobs as a handyman. He’s exactly what David needs—in more ways than one.
David isn’t ready for his attraction to Jackson, not considering the way his last relationship ended. But as the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear that the heart often knows best, and it rewards those willing to listen.
I’m giddy at the possibility of this turning into a series!
This just worked for me. The characters are all sharply written, the dialogue, the scenes, the sex, the side plots…everything was just absolutely lovely. I loved David and Jackson, and their relationship was such an organic build. It never felt too slow, and it just thoroughly entertained me from start to finish.
If I have one complaint it’s that everyone who wasn’t part of the inner circle of characters, with the exception of Jackson’s sister-in-law, is painted with a rather negative brush. It got a little tiresome.
Otherwise, everything from the pacing, to the plot, to the sex, to the romance was wonderful. I loved the HEA and really, really hope Diana Copland will continue this as a series.
Diana Copland is a new-to-me author, but with as much as I enjoyed David, Renewed, I can say I will be taking a look at her backlog.