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Handy Heroes: 5 Romances with Hot Contractors



Handy HeroesYes, yes, I'm going to say it: If you like reading about studs, this is the list for you. But they are studs with feelings, folks, which means the emotion and romance is the foundation of the story, not just slapped-on paint.

Here are five romance novels for those who enjoy imagining their heroes in tool belts.

 

 

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 Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - Contractor hero: carpenter Jax, who is hired to help Maddie and her sisters refurbish a resort that they inherited in Lucky Harbor. Shalvis always does a great job of creating not just sympathetic characters but characters you wish were your neighbors and best friends, and this story about a woman who tries to get past an abusive ex-boyfriend and start a new life with help from her sisters and a sexy, smart guy who has all her best interests at heart is one to treasure. Then check out Shalvis' brand-new novel, The Trouble with Mistletoe, for another handy hero who rebuilds houses in San Francisco.
 

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Sea Glass Sunrise by Donna Kauffman - Contractor hero: Calder Blue, who has come to Blueberry Cove not only to bid on building the town's new yacht club but also resolve the old feud between his branch of the family and the branch that lives in Blueberry Cove. Calder meets Hannah when she returns to town for her brother's wedding, but she has big secrets she's trying to keep from her family that could affect his future as well. Kauffman taps into the emotional pull and push of family and lovers, delivering a genuinely heartfelt read.
 

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Too Hot to Handle by Victoria Dahl - Contractor hero: Shane Harcourt, who has been hired to construct a new museum in Wyoming. The problem? Shane wants the land for himself in order to build the ranch he's always dreamed of. But sassy museum curator Mercy Kade might just have what it takes to change his mind. A fun romance that brings a breath of fresh air to the typical dueling hero and heroine story.
 

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Let It Breathe by Tawna Fenske - Contractor hero: Clay Henderson, who's returned to his home town to bid on a new winery pavilion being run by his former best friend, Reese. Fenske pulls off another hilarious yet profound story as she weaves Clay's daily push-back against alcoholism with his need to stay at the winery and make amends with Reese. Reese's completely bonkers family doesn't help matters, and a secret that she's been concealing since their college years could break her newfound relationship with Clay forever. (No, she wasn't pregnant; that would be too easy.)
 

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Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst - Contractor hero: Caleb Pierce, the eldest son of a total control-freak dad who bequeaths his contractor business to Caleb on the condition that he bring his errant brothers back to help run it. On top of that, he has a new control freak to deal with: luxury home designer Morgan Raines, who comes equipped with (unfortunately) excellent ideas and a pink hard hat. But once Cal gets his head out of his, um, nether regions, sparks fly with Morgan, and she has to decide if it's finally time to build a home for herself. While Cal is hot, Morgan is smart and snappy and among my favorite take-no-BS romance heroines.
 

 

I've noticed in the past year that when I say "Property Brothers," many women of my acquaintance get a distant, swoony look in their eyes. (It might be because having a good contractor at your fingertips is just as necessary to modern life as knowing a tech-genius.) So in case you missed it, here is a link to the Property Brothers' 2016 book, Dream Home.

 


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