Monday, April 23, 2018

Audiobook Review - What You Do to Me by Barbara Longley @barbaralongley

What You Do to Me by Barbara Longley
Narrated by Teri Clark Linden
Series: The Haneys #1
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Date Read: April 13, 2018
Length: 9 hours 2 minutes
Source: Borrowed from Amazon Prime
★★★★☆
Whether it's repairing a home or taking care of clients' other needs, Twin Cities handyman Sam Haney is in demand from his mostly female clientele. Despite Sam's lothario reputation, love isn't part of his portfolio. He's built a lot of walls in his time, but the one that's surrounded his heart ever since the death of his parents is his most solid yet.

Haley Cooper has had enough heartache for a lifetime. Her high school sweetheart up and moved to Indonesia - alone - just two weeks before their wedding. Her mother thinks it's time for Haley to move on and contracts Sam to work on Haley's wreck of a house - and anything else, if he's got the notion.

Sparks fly and passion ignites. But Haley isn't into Sam's love-'em-and-leave-'em act. She wants something more. Fixing a house is one thing, but for this handyman, building a relationship will need a whole different set of skills.
My Review

I liked this book and had a lot of fun with it.  I really didn't know a whole lot about the book but when I saw that it was offered through Prime Reading at Amazon, I decided to give it a try.  It was a really quick listen for me and I was able to get through the whole book in just a couple of days.  It wasn't perfect but it had some really great moments that made the overall experience quite enjoyable.

One thing that I had to get past with this book was the initial set up.  Sam becomes well known as the handyman offering a few more personal services.  I was quite amused by how things started until Haley's mother got involved.  Haley's mother sends Sam to work on Haley's house and requests his personal touch.  What mother does that?  Every mother I know would do everything in their power to prevent such a thing from happening.  It just felt odd to me but I went with it and just had fun watch Sam and Haley.

I really liked Sam and Haley together.  They both had some pretty big issues to work through and I thought that they were really good for each other.  I love how Haley confides in Sam and takes his advice.  Sam really had a hard time opening up to other but he was very drawn to Haley.  I wish that Sam could have worked through some of his issues a little quicker and saved both of them some heartache but everything worked out in the end. 

I think that this is the second time that I have listened to Teri Clark Linden and I thought she did a good job with the book.  Her voice was very pleasant to listen to for hours at a time and she was able to bring a lot of emotion to the story.  I thought that the character voices that she used were all very well done.  I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book to others.  It was a fun romance that had the happily ever after that I wanted to see.  This was the first book by Barbara Longley that I have had the chance to read but I look forward to more in the future.

About the Author

Award-winning author Barbara Longley moved frequently throughout her childhood, but she quickly learned to entertain herself with stories. As an adult, she's lived in a commune in the Appalachians, taught on a Native American reservation, and traveled extensively from coast to coast. After her children were born, she decided to make the state of Minnesota her permanent home. Barbara holds a master's degree in special education and taught for many years. Today she devotes herself to writing contemporary, mythical, and paranormal stories. Her titles include Heart of the Druid Laird, the Love from the Heartland series (Far from Perfect, The Difference a Day Makes, A Change of Heart, and The Twisted Road to You), and the Novels of Loch Moigh (True to the Highlander, The Highlander's Bargain, The Highlander's Folly, and The Highlander's Vow).

Author Link:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

27 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good time to read a fun romance with a happily ever, so I'm going to add this book to my list :) Glad you gave it a go and it worked so well!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read it, Silvia!

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  2. OOo I'd not seen this one. I love Linden, though. So that's tempting for sure. Very weird with the mom though I've known some over the years that wouldn't have hesitated to do so. Ergs!

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    1. Darn. Not on my Prime Reading but in Kindle Unlimited. But wishlisted for now :)

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    2. Yeah...I borrowed this one from Prime Reading back in November. The titles change in the program so often that I have learned to grab anything that looks interesting as soon as it is listed even if I don't think that I will get to it for a while. You have have up to 10 borrowed at a time for as long as you want. I actually have a few books that I borrowed in July that I haven't read yet. Maybe they will put this one back in the program at some point.

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  3. This one sounds like a fun read. Great cover and I love your review!

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  4. that sounds like a cool mother to me.. .requesting services for her sad daughter?

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  5. I glad you enjoyed this one, Carole. Harley's mom sounds like an interesting character. :-)

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  6. Sounds like a good one. ANd I have not listened to that narrator :)

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    1. She did a pretty good job with the narration.

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  7. The Mom did WHAT?? LOL This does sound good. I am marking it, since I have Prime.

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    1. Too bad it isn't available to borrow on Prime right now but it could be added again at some point.

      That mom was something else in this story.

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  8. Uh,yeah, that's quite the open-minded parent. LOL

    I love the Prime Program and have grabbed a few that I hope to read later. I should probably read a couple so I don't max out and then a really good one that I want comes along. Haha!

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    1. I try to leave a spot or two open for Prime books but I usually have 8 or 9 borrowed at any given time. Most of what I have isn't even offered anymore.

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  9. oh yes it definitely looks fun there!

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  10. This sounds good. I will be looking to add this to my list. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Ha. Meddling mothers! This looks like fun. :)

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    1. The mom in this one was something else!

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  12. ha.. the mom thing is odd, but I guess it could be somewhat believable... Great review :d glad you found this fun

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    1. I thought the mom thing was a bit too much but I was still able to enjoy the story.

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  13. Yeah the setup with the mom is odd. Definitely wouldn't happen in my world! Other than that it does look like a lot of fun and I love a handy man.

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    1. I would probably be trying to make this guy leave my daughter's house...not inviting him in. Of course, it worked out in the end.

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