Title: Babe in the Woodshop
Author: Ashlyn Kane, Claudia Mayrant, & CJ Burke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Page Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.7 stars out of 5
When long hours and crushing stress push Bellamy Alexander to his breaking point, he walks away from his consulting job and drives until he runs out of gas. Fortune deposits him in front of Antonio’s, a place with decent pizza and an opening for a delivery boy. Even better, he finds an apartment right across the street from his new job. And best of all, Chris McGregor, the property manager who runs the custom furniture shop below Bell’s new digs, is super hot—and super into Bell.
It seems too good to be true—and maybe it is. Things aren’t exactly going smoothly. Bell avoids telling his mother the truth about his new job because he doesn’t want to hear how he should go back to the corporate world. On the other hand, he doesn’t think he wants to deliver pizza forever either. He’d like to think about settling down, but Chris runs hot and cold. Between Bell’s uncertainty and the hang-ups Chris refuses to talk about, they have their work cut out for them. Fortune may have caused their paths to dovetail, but it will take more than wood glue to hold them together.
The premise on this one started pretty “different” than your average mm romance. Bell is a junior consultant at a soul-sucking company that takes ~100 hours of his life per week. He loves his line of work, but the corporate world of marketing just isn’t for him anymore. He quits and just drives until he runs out of gas….in front of a pizzeria looking for a new delivery person.
After delivering pizzas several times to the small town’s custom furniture maker, Chris, Bell meets his first new friend.
Have you ever read a book that started off reaaaaallllly slow, but for some reason, you’re never bored? That was this book for me. There was so much character development in the first half of this book, and I’d definitely call the pacing slooooow, but it never crossed the line for me. I was always enjoying what I was reading.
Chris is super gun shy. Even after Bell learns about Chris’s last failed relationship, Chris takes a while to open up to Bell.
The angst in this one came from Bell’s family relationships. His mother has certain expectations of her children, and money is most definitely involved. Why make $25,000 annually when you can make $100,000? Happiness…….scoff.
If you’re in the mood for a low-angst, super sweet, slow burn romance, then I’d definitely give this one a go.
“Please keep putting up with me.”