Published by CreateSpace on August 16th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Second Chance Romance
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Nothing can keep a Hennessy from what he wants, even if it means getting dirty... And these men are good with their hands.
When an inheritance forces Natalie Green back to her hometown, she finds herself knee-deep in family heirlooms and unwanted memories. And some of those memories involve landscaper Chris Hennessy—the guy whose virginity she took all those years ago. As the two begin rekindling an old flame, Natalie realizes her entire life is about to be UPROOTED.
When lawyer Rachel Cambridge's life falls apart, she should be heartbroken. So why can't she drag her thoughts from the bad boy she walked away from years earlier? Sexy mechanic Sage Hennessy isn’t interested in forgiveness, but he won’t say no to a night in his bed. Will it be enough, or will Rachel get back the one man who's ever REVVED her engine?
Cynical sports journalist Charlie Grant isn't looking for love, especially not with smartass carpenter Adam Hennessy. But when Charlie hires Adam to rebuild her deck, she can't seem to keep her hands to herself. When smoking hot sex turns into something more, she's worried she might get NAILED.
Follow the rough-around-the-edges Hennessys and the women who snag their hearts in DIRTY WORK, an anthology with novellas by Amanda Heger, Harper St. George, and Tara Wyatt.
I have never actually read an anthology before, so I was quite excited when the possibility to review Dirty Work arose. I wasn’t sure what to expect but loved the idea, the premise of each novella was intriguing and I loved how all three heroes were related. Now let me start with this: The world needs more Hennessy men! I for one, would sign up for one of those immediately.
We start off with Chris Hennessy, a sweet, loyal and caring landscaper with the forearms of a God. Yes. Please. Chris plays opposite to Natalie, a girl who fled town and still suffers from the effects of a tragedy many years earlier.
First off, it was fantastic for Amanda to include small reminiscing moments of these two as teenagers and what they had together. The reader is given bits and pieces throughout the novella about their past as a couple, and you can see how that influenced how they act around each other now. I don’t think Natalie had any chance of being around Chris without falling back in love with him, and Chris practically worshipped the ground that she walked on. He was incredibly swoony and perfect to help Natalie overcome her struggles.
Uprooted is a fast paced, cute read which packs an emotional punch that will leave you swooning for days. The author keeps you guessing with secrets of the past with developmental growth in the present. Chris is everything. Natalie is fantastic. And Cormack, can’t forget about him! Who doesn’t love an old dog who thinks he’s a goat? I totally would have adopted him.
Revved is a journey of two characters finding their way back together that will leave you wishing for more.
I might be slightly influenced by my love for the Fast and the Furious franchise, but there’s something extremely sexy about street racers/mechanics, am I right? Enter Sage Hennessy. True to the Hennessy name, Sage is loyal and has a big heart, but you know what else? He has swagger, he’s confident, he’s the guy that all the girls flock to.
I had a few more problems with this story as opposed to the other two and I think it has a lot to do with the heroine. I couldn’t really connect with her and at times she seemed to have a ‘woe is me’ complex. I applaud her for finally taking control of her life, but the way she came across and some of her reactions were a little confusing for me.
This also seemed quite short, as it was mostly just two flashback scenes and the main couple having two or three conversations in the present. The story revolved around solving a previous conflict, rather than the characters rediscovering each other. I would have loved for this to be expanded on a bit.
But that ending. Dear LORD that ending! Sage! Rachel! ((I’m just over here smiling like an idiot and swooning.))
If you’ve ever had a fantasy about a hot construction worker, can you please raise your hand? *throws arm in the air, calmly, of course.*
Okay, now that we have that settled, let me introduce you to Adam Hennessy. Adam not only shares the same traits as the other boys, but he’s funny, full of wit and has no problem sparing with Charlie. Physical description wise, he is definitely not my type, but that’s what I love about reading, you fall for the character’s thoughts and soul, not appearance, and I definitely fell for Adam (and Sage and Chris).
Charlie was one feisty heroine and I loved her to pieces. Even from the first encounter between these two, you know it’s going to be one hell of a ride. Her emotion is palpable and completely justified, which was fantastic. These are common feelings, this could happen to and hurt anyone. She’s relatable and as a reader, I was drawn to that.
This novella was my favourite of the anthology and I’ll tell you why with one simple reason: I didn’t want it to end. I wish these two had a full length novel, I wasn’t ready to let go of them yet! Wyatt is precise and to the point with creating a story that flows effortlessly. Nailed was a true joy to read.
Each novella in this anthology shared some qualities while still being unique in their own right. My favourite similarity has to be the three heroes and how even with each being a different man (they are cousins), they were a cohesive unit in that their values, morals and attributes were the same. Get ready for some swoon worthy, hard working men because these Hennessy boys need to come with a warning label!
Another fantastic similarity was how each hero and heroine have previously had a relationship. I think this was an excellent creative choice in that if they were completely new couples each time, it could be too much information and development to try and cram into a shorter piece of work. Each author gives enough description and background info on each couple to make the past relationships not only believable but feel right. Trust me when I say you are routing for each couple the entire way through their respective stories.
As being my first anthology, I really enjoyed Dirty Work! My rating is coming from a culmination of each story and my thoughts on such. This is the first (so far!) piece of work I’ve read by any of these lovely ladies, so I’m definitely interested in trying out some more in the future!
*An ARC was received from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review.