Happy hump day, my readerly darlings! Our book review today is a unique one. You may have seen the title and author, but be confused by this stunning and sexy cover. Don’t fear, friends, the quarantine has not zapped all your brain cells. A Good Man has recently been rereleased with a sparkly new cover! And since the story is new *to me,* I get to enjoy with a lovely new design.
I hardly ever watch TV, but when I do, HGTV is my channel. And, full confession, Property Brothers is possibly my favorite show EVER (shamelessly favor Jonathan Scott… maybe it’s the flannel?) so when I cracked open A Good Man and found out that it was not only based around a home improvement show, but one featuring BROTHERS… I was done for. I knew immediately I was going to love this story and Ms. Leo did not disappoint.
Now, if you have read basically ANY of my reviews, you know I love me a broken man. Yep, that’s Michael. Our hero has some serious PTSD and, in the midst of managing a construction business as well as a rapidly growing television show, he is doing his best to deal with the fallout this PTSD has created in his life.
Oh, yeah and then he meets Emily.
A trope I am not a fan of is a love triangle. Not gonna lie, it’s just not my cup of tea. So when we first met Emily and find out she has a fiance I went on high alert. However Ms. Leo handled it well and I deeply felt Emily’s hurt and disappointment when her deeply held belief in love and finding the best in others blows up in her face with a PITA significant other.
Michael and Emily first become friends before transitioning to more and both relationships offer depth and meaning that romances sometimes lack. We see them connecting in many ways besides just physically (but, trust me, they DEFINITELY connect physically and it is scorching!). Not only during the process of turning the home she inherited from her beloved grandmother into the homebase for her healthy, homemade soup business, but also as she helps him walk the rocky terrain PTSD creates in his life.
Not only are both characters fully and richly developed, Ms. Leo has created some fantastic side characters in Michael’s brothers as well as Emily’s brother and I can’t wait for the next in this heartwarming and charming series.