Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Gabrielle Union have one thing in common – they’re all hot for younger men. Heck, I’ve been hot for a younger man before. Plus, I’ve read several cougar tales. For those reasons, I anticipated reading Ms. Paige Bennett’s depiction of an older woman falling in love with a younger man. But let me start by saying this: Hot for the Handyman was a delightful read.
Yvetta Phelps, a fifty-three year-old widow, was a bit older than the typical heroines who are portrayed in this sub-genre, but she faced many of the same challenges which younger women face. Yvetta’s marriage was a solid one, but sadly her husband passed away. Three years later, she recognized two things about herself – she yearned for warmth and tenderness, which are such an integral part of being in a relationship with a man, and she was ready to live and love again.
Ray Cameron, the thirty-two-year-old handyman Yvetta hired to do some work in her backyard, was the man who caught her interest. He was warm, sensitive, hot and sexy. The sexual attraction was mutual in spite of the differences in their ethnicity and age. As far as Ray was concerned, though, Yvetta was the most alluring woman he had ever met.
However, Yvetta had some issues she grappled with besides their obvious differences. One of them was the fact that she had a daughter who was close to Ray’s age. Would that affect her relationship with her daughter? The second issue she worried about was whether, in the future, Ray would leave her to have kids with another woman. Ooh…Ray was just a great guy; he dealt with Yvetta’s concerns with such compassion and understanding, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him, just as Yvetta did.
Hot for the Handyman was the first book I’ve read from Ms. Bennett, but I was so impressed with this story, I’ve already included some of her other works on my TBR list. It is, therefore, quite obvious I highly recommend this story.
-Reviewed by Roxy
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”