Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What a Woman (Manley Maids #4) by Judi Fennell

Now that Mary-Alice Catherine Manley—Mac—has her hunky brothers working for her, she can sit back and watch the business roll in. But her new assignment quickly tosses that plan out the window. Mildred, her grandmother’s best friend, needs her house cleaned and Gran has volunteered Mac for the job. The problem is Mildred’s cocky grandson. He thinks Mac’s at his beck and call, but she has a few things to tell him…aside from how hot he is.

Jared Nolan is currently lying low, nursing some broken bones—and a bruised ego. The former professional baseball player let himself be used by woman once, and now it could rob him of his beloved career. No woman is ever going to call the shots again, which is why, when the bossy Mac shows up, he’s going to show her who’s really in charge. He’s just not prepared for the undeniable attraction between them. And with the two of them in one house, there’s no telling who will come out swinging…

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 (very very limited)
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Ahhhh You. Must. Read. This. Series! It's so damn fun and totally left me grinning and happy as I close that last page. And What a Woman...eeps! *rubs hands together* so so good and a blast as childhood not-quite-friends are pushed together by their grandmoms who are feeling all matchmakery. Oh and there might be kittens in the mix too. Hot guy...kittens...swoons!

So the quick of it is that Mac crushed hard on Jared when they were growing up. He's her brother's best friend and had no time for Mac when they were kids and really hurt her young heart. And all these years later she's been "hired" to help get his grandmom's house ready to sell and in doing her job...she's gonna have to deal with Jared--who is living there and recuperating after a bad car accident--and with abandoned kittens and, you know, that damn pesky childhood crush...seeing she still wants him. Hell of a lot for a girl to juggle. lol

So. Mac and Jared. Fabulous! (totally done in a sing-songy voice) Mac was great. She's wily and resourceful, not afraid of hard work, doesn't back down and was a little feisty. And just what Jared--a famous baseball player who always has women fawning over him--needed. To her he's just the boy she grew up with and that despite his teenage assery is a pretty great guy that's sexy and lonely and totally cute in how much he adores his grandmom and frets over the kittens they find while working on the house.
**Jared's grandmom had lost her ring and is wanting them to stay together and look for her ring**

"I can't lose it. I just can't. It's the most precious thing I have of him other than you, sweetheart. And well, I can't really wear you around my finger, can I?"

"Actually, Grandma, you do have me wrapped around your finger."

He got the smile out of her he'd been hoping for, but it was true. There wasn't much he wouldn't do for Grandma. Including letting Mac stay here.
These two were so entertaining as they tried to deal with each other and with their own personal insecurities. They're both a little prickly around each other and it could be pretty hilarious (and awkward sometimes too). And when things finally fall into place and he realizes what a putz he'd been was so very nice. I loved that they'd known each other forever but still didn't really know each other totally. That he tried to make up for everything he'd done and really put in the effort of woo-ing and mending and becoming her friend. There wasn't a ton of smexing but the heat level worked for them and with those few heated moments...

Best. Condom. Scenes. Ever! Seriously. I adore Fennell and she totally makes me happy with her condom scenes. They're fun, sexy, unique. And just what they should be. Yall remember my condom post? Yeah. Totally Fennell. Love and adore!

I did have one little quibble. And I'll admit right at the start it seems really nitpicky. But the kittens. They were so stinking cute as they terrorized and put these two through the new herd parent wringer but one is a calico and it's marked as a male in the book. But male calicos...super rare. Like 0.03% rare. Something that, when taken to the vet, would be a huge thing to whoa! over. I know, I know. I told yall it was nitpicky but being in the animal field for my job things like this stick out and nag at me and I kept waiting for something to be said about it but nothing ever was. Plus not a calico on the cover.

But really that was my only complaint for the whole dang book. It was a great time and wonderful end to this story arc of Mac and her siblings finding their mates. What a Woman was a delightfully blissful escape and impossible not to love. Fennell has definitely landed on my Must Reads list! And now I'm crazy excited to see what'll happen next with the series as the grandmoms continue their schemings.

Okay doing a different book inspired man candy. These guys totally remind me of Jared who was all in a panic over the kittens they found and having to be their mama.

Sooo. Have yall read Fennell?
Do you like when characters have that childhood connection?
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