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Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it’s prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man.
Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.
Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.
For most this book, I read with a smile on my face.
Jake Manning charmed the socks off of me: determined, generous-to-a-fault, hard-working, embraces who he is, loves fiercely. Being pretty much the sole financial support for his family (mother and 3 sisters), Jake put his life on hold to work multiple jobs and be the care-giver/man-of-the-house his family needed. Did this jade him? No way! He’s spunky and smart and tenacious and I loved all of that about him!
He gets a much-needed new job, hired to clean the house of the mysterious, surly, impossible-to-please homeowner, Patrick Stanford. Communicating only through letters left behind each day, Jake finds out that Patrick is also blind…and GORGEOUS.
I loved the banter between the two via these letters and most-especially rooting for Jake to take-no-shit in the sweetest of ways from grouchy Patrick. And I even enjoyed when the two finally meet and Jake starts breaking through Patrick’s walls. These all make for that perfect contemporary romance I live to read.
Here’s where it gets a little bit…much. That smile on my face? It, well, started to feel unnatural. Where I was enjoying some sap, I suddenly found myself drowning in it. Patrick almost too-easily gave into Jake. Jake’s family became almost too-needy (give the guy a break!). And, there was a plot twist at the end that…took it way over the top for me.
Despite all of this, I did love Jake and like him with Patrick. There’s sweet scene where Jake brings Patrick to the bar he works at and does everything he can to ensure he has a good time. I ate up every word. And the vulnerability and hurt and uncertain of Patrick, this god-like man, made me so happy he found someone to love him like Jake.
I only wish that the momentum built early on had maintained throughout…
All in all, this book was sweet…and though sometimes it was TOO much, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more from this author!