Book Review

What You Do to Me by Barbara Longley

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Series: The Haneys, Book One

Format: eBook

Pages: 260

Source: NetGalley

Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

Rating: 3 sm

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.


I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Though it did take me about 35% of the way in till I reached that point. It’s sweet and fairly well-written. However, there were a few things about the writing that I didn’t enjoy all that much. Longley used an excessive amount of italics throughout the book and some of the language she used made me cringe a little. It just felt cheesy at times. I also found the story to be occasionally cliche and predictable.

There wasn’t a whole lot of character development up until the very last bit of the story. Although it felt a little sudden, I think it worked well and made sense for the book. I enjoyed the revelations that Sam’s character experiences. I found Haley’s character to be just okay. I liked Sam’s family members, I found them all to be very endearing. The character I couldn’t really stand was Haley’s mother. I found Trudy frustrating and some of her action’s not very believable.

Sam and Haley should win some kind of award for the slow burn romance between the two of them. I’m serious, if you like slow burn romances, this is the book for you. The attraction toward one another happened immediately, but that’s a fairly normal thing. The romance definitely was not instantaneous. It was like the perfect amount of flirting and sexual tension and it worked really well for the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel. If you enjoy slow burn, kind of cheesy romances, you would definitely enjoy What You Do to Me.

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to both NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the opportunity to read and review this book. The image and synopsis were both taken from Goodreads. Clicking on the “add to Goodreads” image above will take you to the Goodreads page for this book.*
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