Title: David, Renewed (Delta Restorations #1)
Author: Diana Copland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 21st sept, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Second-Chance Romance
Page Count: 244
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
“David Renewed” by Diana Copland is a second chance at love romance. I have a thing for these types of stories and this book did not disappoint one bit. David and Jackson were beautiful together. Both men have scars from previous relationships and are facing tons of real life problems and through it all their growing love makes them more stronger than ever and also heals their hearts.
David’s previous relationship drained him of his self-confidence. His ex was a pretentious prick who smooched off of him and also cheated on him behind his back. David’s confidence has been broken down slowly throughout the years but after the break up, he gets a chance to start his life anew. He is lost and helpless in the beginning when his new house starts to crumble around him. He is miserable with his ex trying to extort more money out of him and his personal life is nothing but a big pile of mess. That’s when Jackson comes in David’s life as a savior of not only his house but also his life.
Jackson is a handyman who knows what he is doing when it came to old, beautiful houses. He has relocated to his home town to take care of his sick mother. I loved his work ethic and the way he gave up his life and came back to take on his mother’s care. He was compassionate and strong. Jackson had a horrible ex in his past too and he could totally relate to David’s dilemma dealing with his loony ex. Their relationship goes from employer-employee to friends and then to love at a steady pace.
The romance is the slow-burn type. David is smitten by the handsome handyman from the first day. He is skeptical at first to jump into something just after he was burned so bad. But as days went, he gets more close to Jackson and their mutual attraction goes from lust to love soon. From David’s unwavering support when Jackson’s mother hurts herself to Jackson’s support in standing with David against his ex, they always had each others back.
The guys get intimate fairly late in the book and the wait was definitely worth it. Their lingering kisses and sweet/passionate love making fogged my brains. According to David’s friend the adoring and totally in love look that David always had on his face when Jackson was around or even mentioned was proof enough that he has fallen hard for the sexy and sweet handyman.
There are many secondary characters in this book and I loved them all. David’s family was very supportive and understanding. Apart from Jackson’s mom, everyone in his are pricks but he has David so yeah, screw them. And then there were Jackson’s friends Gil, Vernon and Manny. I have high hopes that the author will give us a story for at least Gil and Manny. I love broken hero romances as much as second chances and Manny is just the perfect character who needs to find true love fast. Also Gil and Michael would make a very good pair and as for me, I am always ready for more of Michael. David’s best friend is sassy and vibrant and extremely loyal. I can’t wait for his book.
So all in all, this book makes for a great read. There is no angst in the relationship as such but the real life problems they both faced were challenging and David and Jackson overcame them together. I had a great time reading this romance and can’t wait to read more from this author.