Review: Start Me Up

cover-start me upTitle: Start Me Up
Author: Nicole Michaels
Series: Hearts and Crafts #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Available: March 3rd

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WHY DO DO-IT-YOURSELF

Single mom Anne Edmond can handle—and hand-make—just about anything. From table settings to party favors, floral arrangements to nursery décor, there is no project her creativity and a glue gun can’t tackle. But dating? That’s a whole ’nother story. Case in point: Mike Everett. He’s a gorgeous mechanic and known car-whisperer, a man who can work with auto parts like nobody’s business. And he has thrown a monkey wrench into Anne’s carefully-crafted life…

WHEN YOU CAN DO IT TOGETHER?

One look at Anne is enough for Mike to know that she’s no fixer-upper. She’s perfect just the way she is—and the chemistry between them works like a charm. Mike’s always been a no-strings kind of guy, but Anne’s impressive self-reliance—and gorgeous exterior—gives him pause. This time, a fast joyride just doesn’t seem like enough. But first he has to convince Anne that he means to take her all the way…


Source: ARC from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley

I really wasn’t sure if I would like this book when I was reading the first chapter. Let’s just say Mike didn’t start off on the right foot with me. The way he looks at (and thinks of) Anne really grated for me. Sure, he’s a guy, guy’s think like that, but it bordered on skeevy for me. However, I wanted to give the book (and Mike) a bit more of a chance – and I am so glad I did.

Despite the rocky start, Mike is actually a bit of a sweetheart. He loves looking after his niece, he’s good with other little girls too, he calls Anne Perfect because he thinks she is, he treats her beautifully, he respects her business and he is careful and considerate when he realises that he wants more from this relationship than he ever has before. Sure, he’s clearly not always been such a prize, as his awkward run-ins with Katie show, but at least he doesn’t let her stumble around drunk and vulnerable, even when she says some nasty things.

I really liked Anne too. She’s made a hobby into a career, one that not only supports her but leaves her plenty of time to be with her daughter. She’s creative and nice and has issues with her body and her success because of the bad break-up of her marriage. She’s understandably cautious when it comes to getting involved with Mike, and though there were times when I just wanted her to take a chance on him, I could understand why she hesitated.

Add in a couple of cute kids – and the even cuter scenes in which Mike interacts with both his niece and Anne’s daughter Claire – some fun friends and a humorously/awkward mother-boyfriend meeting and this book was just lovely. It’s a fun, uncomplicated read with a sexy hero, a successful woman, a sweet romance and plenty of heat to go with all those delicious brownies. I really enjoyed it and definitely want to read book two.


Start Me Up is out March 3rd!
Visit Nicole Michaels for more details.

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