Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Release Day Review ~ David, Renewed by Diana Copland

Release Day Review ~ David, Renewed by Diana Copland 

Title: David, Renewed
Author: Diana Copland
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Category: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Pages: 244
Dreamspinner ~ GoodReads

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.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review***

After Interior Designer David breaks up with his live-in boyfriend, he impulsively buys an older home that turns out to need a lot more repairs than expected.  He had just been looking to put down roots near his mom but instead he ends up with what quickly becomes a money pit.  His mom offers him the number of a local handyman, the son of her good friend.  When Jackson shows up and saves David from a smoke-filled house, he turns out to be a lot different than David expected.  Jackson is young, fit, hot and gay.  Jackson has a lot of experience in construction and has a lot of friends in the business.  David is overwhelmed by house repairs and from issues with his ex-boyfriend, and Jackson is busy with his business and taking care of his mom with MS.  David and Jackson are able to build a friendship through their time restoring the house and their mothers.

Diana Copland is a new to me author and I will definitely make sure I read other books of hers!  I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book and really want more!  David's character was written brilliantly!  The author allowed him to be the hurt, cheated on character without making him whiny or bitter.  He learns from his relationship with his ex and learns to accept himself as he is and to stand up for himself.  David came from an amazing family, which is not typical of MM books and he has a great best friend.  Jackson is thoughtful, strong, handy and a very caring man.  After all, he gave up his life and successful career to move back to a conservative area to take care of his mom.  Jackson has a great group of friends, who are in various aspects of the construction business.  The character development of all these people was so well done, even the jerk of an ex.

I loved that with the drama of the ex and some family issues, there was no relationship drama.  All the chaos on the outside of their circle just made them stronger together.  I really felt the issues with the ex were handled well and not just there to fill some drama quotient.  It felt real, as did the reactions to it.  David and Jackson's relationship was not an overnight, instalove.  There was build up to their first date and their first night together (like 69% of the book) but I think that just further enhanced their story.  And, there was no off the page sex when their relationship finally reached that point.  It was on the page and it was HOT!  

I really, really, really, sincerely, hope this is made into a series and we can see the supporting character friends get HEA's!  I loved this book so much that it will be one that I read over and over again.  I highly recommend you read this book, you won't be sorry!

Rating:  5+ stars!

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