Great Restorations by Libby Drew

Title: Great Restorations
Author: Libby Drew
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (271 PDF pages)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Lily

Review Summary

Solid writing and memorable characters made this emotional story of falling in love and coming out of the closet quite enjoyable.


Marc Wynn has accompanied his beloved aunt to estate sales for years, but he’s never found anything he couldn’t live without—until he meets Sawyer Calhoun. Sawyer, in town to deal with his grandfather’s estate, wastes no time in revealing his romantic interest in Marc, but their promising first evening ends badly with Sawyer as adamant about broadcasting his sexuality as Marc is about hiding his.

But when Sawyer hires Marc to restore his grandfather’s house, their intense attraction grows into an emotional connection neither can resist. During the renovations, family secrets and other surprises come to light, and Sawyer must face his past when a tragedy threatens Marc’s livelihood. But not every obstacle is surmountable, and even with Sawyer by his side, Marc might lose everything.


Marc Wynn and Sawyer Calhoun meet at an estate sale. Marc is accompanying his aunt as he does every Saturday morning but this time something other than furniture catches his eye. Sawyer, in town to settle his grandfather’s estate, is also drawn to the other man and the two make plans to have dinner. Despite their intense attraction however things don’t go as well as they’d hoped since they have totally different views on a very important subject, being gay. Marc is totally in the closet and adamant on never coming out while Sawyer refuses to hide who he is.

Knowing neither can change the others mind they go their own separate ways until Sawyer hires Marc’s company to restore his grandfather’s house. As they start to work closely together they can’t deny their attraction and soon lust and friendship turn to love. But how long can they hide their feelings especially in the wake of a tragedy and the arrival of big trouble for Marc? Will Marc and Sawyer’s love prove deep enough to get them through the tough times and will Marc be able to handle coming out to his friends and neighbors?

Great Restorations is the first book I’ve read by this author and I enjoyed it very much. Marc and Sawyer are likable, three-dimensional characters and their relationship was interesting to follow. Marc’s emotional journey from lonely closeted gay man to entering into a relationship and finally coming out and accepting who he was, were presented well in this book. Although there were times I wanted to pull him out of that closet myself in the end I could understand his emotional state and the reasons why he’d never thought to do so. Sawyer for his part was ‘out and proud’ but he also had his own personal family conflicts to deal with. These two men, with their emotional baggage and fears, somehow made it through some very tough times and came out much better for it on the other side.

The supporting casts is a nice blend of characters who in their own way added to the story’s richness. Marc’s crew, Sawyer’s best friend as well as his brother and finally Marc’s family all bring added depth to this emotional story. And while the story is emotional it doesn’t go overboard on the angst. In fact, there are as many lighthearted fun moments as there are moving emotional moments and the sex scenes between the protags are well written and hot.

Great Restorations is well written and the story flows well throughout. I found the protagonists interesting and was engaged with them and their struggles throughout. While at times I found Marc’s constant worries about people knowing he was gay very annoying I also realize that it’s a very difficult choice to make and one that I as a straight woman will never truly be able to understand or experience. However his feelings and reasons made more sense the further along I read.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this story. The storyline is interesting, the characters memorable and the author’s writing style enjoyable. Recommended.


    • You’re very welcome, Libby. I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more of your books in the future.

      I’m sorry for the late response but I’ve been a bit sick the past few days. 🙂

  • Hi Lily.

    I confess I am slightly biased since I think this book deserves ten stars :), but the main reason I am asking is out of curiosity. It seems from your review that you enjoyed the book very much, what are the reasons that you gave it four stars instead of five then? 🙂 Again, I am mostly just curious since I did not understand it from your review.

    • The reason I gave it 4 stars is because as you mentioned, I did enjoy it. But for me a 5 star rating is a book that blows me away completely and this one didn’t.

      It’s purely subjective but I’m glad that you enjoyed it so much. 🙂

      • No problem, thanks for answering. Definitely one does not have to have any specific reasons for liking or disliking the book (or being blown away by it). But I suppose I am used to you guys often giving the specific reasons why the certain book worked or did not work, you know? You guys spoiled us readers by detailed reviews 🙂

        And since I indeed enjoyed this one a lot and love discussing books, I was curious what did not work in this one 🙂

        Thank you again for answering.

  • I love libby drew, ever since I read her original fiction at her websites. Thank you for this review since now I always wondering when she’s going to publish this story.


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