Home Improvement

Home Improvement

Romance on Aisle Sixteen—opposites attract amid the hammers and screws of the home improvement store.Gabe Mason became a father at seventeen, and his daughter, Ellie, is the most important thing in his life. But being the parent the courts demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams—education, making furniture, a gay social life—to be a model dad with a s...

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Title:Home Improvement
Author:Tara Lain
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Home Improvement Reviews

  • Elle

    What a lovely book. I've enjoyed Ms Lain's books for a long time, and I predict that this will be another hit. Gabe (works at a hardware store, gay dad to a teenage daughter) and Jerry (Uber famous rock star) come together in this sweet love story.

    A charming romance, but also the two guys struggle to see how they can work together. Despite this, the story isn't dripping in angst and is quite a happy love story throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed reading how Gabe and Jerry's love grew, a

    What a lovely book. I've enjoyed Ms Lain's books for a long time, and I predict that this will be another hit. Gabe (works at a hardware store, gay dad to a teenage daughter) and Jerry (Uber famous rock star) come together in this sweet love story.

    A charming romance, but also the two guys struggle to see how they can work together. Despite this, the story isn't dripping in angst and is quite a happy love story throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed reading how Gabe and Jerry's love grew, and also how well Jerry fitted into Gabe's little family. Gabe's daughter, Ellie, is a great character. I loved how everything seemed so straightforward in her mind, while the two guys hummed and hawed over the right thing to do.

    I think this is up there amongst the author's best stories The main characters are real and written beautifully, l loved them both, the story has a lot of depth and Ellie was just perfect in her dealings with both her dad and Jerry.

  • Dixiecowgirl

    Finding your heart and choosing your future theme is beautifully done in this story. Carving our a bit of life for you when the world is demanding so much of your time can be daunting. These MC's both have immense demands on their time and their commitments are important. I really enjoyed the low angst and beautifully crafted plot that moves the reader on a journey that will touch your heart.

    Gabe and Jerry are wonderful characters that i found touchable and was rooting for them to find their wa

    Finding your heart and choosing your future theme is beautifully done in this story. Carving our a bit of life for you when the world is demanding so much of your time can be daunting. These MC's both have immense demands on their time and their commitments are important. I really enjoyed the low angst and beautifully crafted plot that moves the reader on a journey that will touch your heart.

    Gabe and Jerry are wonderful characters that i found touchable and was rooting for them to find their way to love. The book is well written and it flows nicely. I love the way the author took a very simple phase of 'customer on isle sixteen' and has created an image in my mind that will last for years.

    I was gifted this book from the author and i freely give my review.

  • kathleen

    What a charming, fun romance to read. I thoroughly enjoyed Home Improvement by Tara Lain.

    Gabe and Jerry seem like they could not be more unsuitable for each other yet they are exactly what the other needs.

    Add in that one is a single dad and I'm sold! Tara has such a wonderful ability to show the heart of her characters. As a reader you become invested in their HEA!

  • Joyfully Jay

    Please forgive me if I gush a bit about Tara Lain’s latest novel, Home Improvement. I loved this story. From the wonderfully mature and loving Ellie who had her dad’s back, to Jerry who just wanted to be seen for who he really is, to Gabe who has sacrificed everything, including a personal life with a potential partner for his daughter, this book is a sweet and tender romance, as well as a lovely reminder that family is what you make of it and not necessarily what

    Please forgive me if I gush a bit about Tara Lain’s latest novel, Home Improvement. I loved this story. From the wonderfully mature and loving Ellie who had her dad’s back, to Jerry who just wanted to be seen for who he really is, to Gabe who has sacrificed everything, including a personal life with a potential partner for his daughter, this book is a sweet and tender romance, as well as a lovely reminder that family is what you make of it and not necessarily what you are born into.

    From the very beginning, Jerry stole the spotlight for me. It was so great to watch him grow into a person who took control of a life that he had never really loved, but one he’d pretended fulfilled him despite it never really doing so. His metamorphosis in this story was key to Gabe finally realizing that putting his own life on hold due to the constant fear that he might lose Ellie was doing neither of them any real good. Jerry not only showed Gabe that he was still a real “catch,” but also that when the chips were down there was someone who would fight for him and his daughter.

  • CrabbyPatty

    Gabe becomes a father at 17 and spends the next 16 years supporting his daughter, working at a steady job and making beautiful handcrafted furniture in his spare time. Or as his daughter says "I live with a man who pretty regularly gives up what he wants to do in his life for somebody else, namely me. It's great, but it's not a sustainable strategy." Or as Jerry says: "Gabe gave up his childhood to assure she had hers."

    Jerry, wearing a weird beanie and sunglasses, shows up at the ImproveMart where Gabe work

    Gabe becomes a father at 17 and spends the next 16 years supporting his daughter, working at a steady job and making beautiful handcrafted furniture in his spare time. Or as his daughter says "I live with a man who pretty regularly gives up what he wants to do in his life for somebody else, namely me. It's great, but it's not a sustainable strategy." Or as Jerry says: "Gabe gave up his childhood to assure she had hers."

    Jerry, wearing a weird beanie and sunglasses, shows up at the ImproveMart where Gabe works, asking for help in purchasing some drawer pulls. Gabe is drawn to the tall shy man and soon is caught up in helping Jerry remodel the huge house he purchased. Gabe thinks that Jerry has no money and he tries to get the best value for the best price, each time using this strange black credit card that he is convinced will be declined. But, of course, Jerry has a secret life as an extremely talented rock star (think a tall 26-yr-old Mick Jagger with long long blonde hair).

    Okay, sure, some elements of the story are unrealistic, but I was willing to suspend disbelief and just go with the flow of this sweet, fun story where each man learns happiness is in their grasp. Gabe and Jerry's slow burn romance along with an amazingly fast total house renovation keeps the pace of the tale brisk and interesting, and while the ending is straight from reality television and the situation with Gabe's ex-wife and her religious wing-nut fiance is just bizarre, overall "Home Improvement" is a fun sweet read. 4 stars.

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  • Lelyana

    It's not easy being a single 'ordinary' gay man with a teenage daughter, working on an 'ordinary' furniture warehouse. Enter a mysterious guy who desperately needed his attention on his new home, then unexpectedly, the weird guy was actually a very famous person.

    I liked it when the main characters in my book stumbled to each other accidentally and fall in love.

    Tara Lain has my attention more when it comes to handymen.

    I liked Gabe's teenage daughter Ellie, she's sounded like my twelve yea

    It's not easy being a single 'ordinary' gay man with a teenage daughter, working on an 'ordinary' furniture warehouse. Enter a mysterious guy who desperately needed his attention on his new home, then unexpectedly, the weird guy was actually a very famous person.

    I liked it when the main characters in my book stumbled to each other accidentally and fall in love.

    Tara Lain has my attention more when it comes to handymen.

    I liked Gabe's teenage daughter Ellie, she's sounded like my twelve year old niece, an old soul.

    Though I didn't really agree with Gabe's reaction when he knew who Jerry was, Home Improvement succeeded to make me stay on my bed and finished it in one sitting.

    That alone, tells something that this book was worth my precious time.

    Recommended!

  • Emily Seelye

    4.5 stars

    I really enjoyed this.

    Jerry is a famous musician who just wants to take a break from his busy life so he buys a house off the grid.

    Gabe is a single father who ends up overseeing the renovation of Jerry’s house. He will do anything for his daughter, including taking a crazy side job.

    They slowly fall in love, and I love that the teenaged daughter is a big part of their life.

    The only negative part of this is that it takes Jerry too long to admit who he is, hurtin

    4.5 stars

    I really enjoyed this.

    Jerry is a famous musician who just wants to take a break from his busy life so he buys a house off the grid.

    Gabe is a single father who ends up overseeing the renovation of Jerry’s house. He will do anything for his daughter, including taking a crazy side job.

    They slowly fall in love, and I love that the teenaged daughter is a big part of their life.

    The only negative part of this is that it takes Jerry too long to admit who he is, hurting Gabe in the process.

    *ARC provided by author

  • Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms

    *I received a free copy of Home Improvement. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*

    4.5 stars

    Home Improvement was another amazing story by Ms. Lain. I loved Gabe and Jerry, and I think I fell the hardest for Ellie, Gabe's daughter.

    The sales person from home improvement and the mega rockstar really hit it off, and their sparks were strong and in all the colors of the rainbow. I enjoyed the fact that Jerry was hiding in Oregon, and

    *I received a free copy of Home Improvement. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*

    4.5 stars

    Home Improvement was another amazing story by Ms. Lain. I loved Gabe and Jerry, and I think I fell the hardest for Ellie, Gabe's daughter.

    The sales person from home improvement and the mega rockstar really hit it off, and their sparks were strong and in all the colors of the rainbow. I enjoyed the fact that Jerry was hiding in Oregon, and how he and Gabe got to know each other - and develop feelings for each other - before it was known who Jerry really was.

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  • Calila

    Another sweet lowkey read. I really felt for Jerry in his desperation for something real. Gabe I both liked and had issues with. I loved Ellie! The plot is pretty predictable and plays out fairly obviously. I had issues with Gabe's holding Jerry accountable for the assumptions Gabe made. He has a black card that works. He's obviously not broke. It's not his fault you jumped to that conclusion. Don't punish him because

    Another sweet lowkey read. I really felt for Jerry in his desperation for something real. Gabe I both liked and had issues with. I loved Ellie! The plot is pretty predictable and plays out fairly obviously. I had issues with Gabe's holding Jerry accountable for the assumptions Gabe made. He has a black card that works. He's obviously not broke. It's not his fault you jumped to that conclusion. Don't punish him because you made yourself feel dumb. He's also real quick to think the worst of Jerry with no evidence. It irked me. But overall I think he was a decent guy and I still liked him. I think the part with the ex-wide is wrapped up a bit too easily but it's not a big complaint. I'm also not usually a fan of GRAND public displays of contrition/love but this one didn't bother me because the half receiving it was in private and not subject to the public pressure of it. I really enjoyed the wrap up and ending. It was sweet for them.

  • Steven

    Tara Lain has been on my TBR list for quite some time now and Home Improvement caught my attention with some of my favorite tropes: opposites attract, single father - is home improvement a trope? It really REALLY should be.

    It’s a bit predictable - It’s kind of like looking at a map, you know you’ll start at point A and end at point B but its all the roadside attractions along the way. And because this is a romance we’re guaranteed a HEA.

    A reluctant rock star. A home improvement store employee.

    Tara Lain has been on my TBR list for quite some time now and Home Improvement caught my attention with some of my favorite tropes: opposites attract, single father - is home improvement a trope? It really REALLY should be.

    It’s a bit predictable - It’s kind of like looking at a map, you know you’ll start at point A and end at point B but its all the roadside attractions along the way. And because this is a romance we’re guaranteed a HEA.

    A reluctant rock star. A home improvement store employee. A wise beyond her years daughter. All really well developed characters. I would liked to have seen a bit more fleshing out of some of the more consequential secondary characters and their motives - some of their actions were a bit jarring. But perhaps that was the authors intent. (Oh, CW: religious zealot)

    As a whole, an enjoyable sweet story about owning your own existence in order to get that happy ever after. Just enough drama thrown into the mix with a healthy dose of humor.

    4 stars

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