Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby
Narrated by Erin Mallon and Luke Daniels
Standalone-1st in a related series.
I have had Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby on my Kindle and on audio for so long. Then Raegan read it and couldn’t stop gushing about it. So after a particularly emotional (read: GUTTED ME) book, I knew I needed a feel-good book with some guaranteed laughs. The fact that the heroine is curvy and getting over a divorce just added to the appeal.
After a divorce left her feeling awful about herself Brynn’s friends insist on getting her back on the horse again—with someone that wasn’t her type which is “Frail-looking, vegetarian or gluten free, intellectual, ironic, good hygiene.”
“You need to do the nasty with someone who isn’t your type. If your body is responding with all those whozits and whatsits, then you need to run away because your instinct is just plain wrong.”
When they dare her to jump into the first manly man’s arms she sees and kiss the heck out of him, Brynn does just that.
“Or maybe it’s just that this woman is the answer to a wish I hadn’t known I’d made.”
Tom is a manly man with his own home renovation show, Mr. Fixit, and boy, does he fix Brynn!
“I try to analyze the peculiar warmth and throbbing in my vagina. Is it attraction or a urinary tract infection?”
I loved the way the third wall with the reader was partially knocked down. It was subtle, but worked so well.
“He kisses me again or I kiss him and then we part, letting our hands slowly drift apart as violins swell and the scene fades to gray then black.
Sorry. I got a little melodramatic there. Actually, he kisses me, squeezes my ass and says “I’ll call ya.”
“Okay,” I say and then hold in a burp. Because that’s real-life romance.”
I bookmarked SO MANY funny parts! Writing this review, I want to jump back and listen again. This is up there with my favorite romcoms, so if you like romantic comedies, please don’t let the cover or title deter you—this will be a new favorite for you too.
- I love a curvy heroine!
- They are both a little older.
- Gave me some after-divorce hope.
- I loved all the characters and totally want to hang with them.
- I laughed out loud a few times and giggled a hell of a lot.
- Breaking down the third wall and talking to the reader.
- It was REAL—no corny stuff.
- It’s too bad, but the cover is what turned me off for 2 years.
Erin Mallon is my hands-down favorite—I almost feel like you don’t need male narrators with her, because her man voice is so sexy. But Luke Daniels did a great job. They had great comedic timing and I loved the narration!
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 5 Stars, 4 Heat, 5 Narration