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!DOWNLOAD ☢ A Basic Renovation ⚕ When it comes down to it, rats in the oven trumps Lesley s desire to never set eyes on another Brennan family member So Lesley, a pro at property redevelopment, scrambles to Dominic Brennan s hardware store for supplies Dominic knows poison rat and otherwise and he sees it in Lesley The woman ruined his brother s life Now that she s back in town, Dominic s afraid she ll drag up the past, the secrets, and the pain They clash immediately, but mix in a teenage boy, a puppy, some white paint, and some loud music, and what starts as cold fury transforms into a nuclear attraction This basic renovation becomes a major life refurbishment for them both 4.5 5 fun debut novel Will definitely be looking forfrom this author 6 1 Alrighty now, back to normal reading reviewing schedules after the craziness of Christmas.The argument over the tweezers on page 34 got me laughing and in a romance that s always a good thing The line No What do you mean no in response to a request for a particular item is always funny for me , it s like the literary equivalent of slapstick comedy Keep the laughs coming, please To be continued 27 1 Unfortunately this was one of a number of Netgalley books I didn t get fin 6 1 Alrighty now, back to normal reading reviewing schedules after the craziness of Christmas.The argument over the tweezers on page 34 got me laughing and in a romance that s always a good thing The line No What do you mean no in response to a request for a particular item is always funny for me , it s like the literary equivalent of slapstick comedy Keep the laughs coming, please To be continued 27 1 Unfortunately this was one of a number of Netgalley books I didn t get finished in time I had three days left to read it when I started it on the 6th over and around the Christmas period If I ever have the chance to read it again I definitely will as it was shaping up to be a pretty decent romance The voice is what grabbed me from the first page Clear, fun, ironic and real All the characters live, breathe and step out of the kindle to share your life I got so caught up in the story that I cried And GP maybe stole the show A copy of the story was supplied by NetGalley for an honest review of this book This book was like a bad episode of the Jerry Springer show All the characters were comical, asinine and unlikable The lead male character was a jerk at his best and a dull and insecure bore at worst The female lead was like a 20 year old stuck in a mid 40 year old body She was unsure of her self or her feelings for the story s jerk face lead, which was supposed to be the hero story The cast in this book was su A copy of the story was supplied by NetGalley for an honest review of this book This book was like a bad episode of the Jerry Springer show All the characters were comical, asinine and unlikable The lead male character was a jerk at his best and a dull and insecure bore at worst The female lead was like a 20 year old stuck in a mid 40 year old body She was unsure of her self or her feelings for the story s jerk face lead, which was supposed to be the hero story The cast in this book was supposed to be about mature older adults I have seenmature characters in books about high school kids Talking about kids, the only likable character is the lead male s son, Kyle And he was only in about 20% of the book I ve heard some people mentioned that GP was likable In my opinion he was crude and disgusting.Another thing I do not understand the cover to cover does not fit the story at all I was little impressed with the story it s characters and it s plotline The only thing that I really liked was the dual point of views in the story I am so happy I found this book I m thrilled to say that in A Basic Renovation, not only are both leads in their 40 s, but the book itself is fun, sassy, sexy, smart and emotionally intense The pace is sharp no saggy sections , and the author s voice is clear and strong and reminds me of two of my current favorite contemporary romance authors, Ruthie Knox and Julie James I picked the book up with few expectations, so it was doubly sweet to discover such a great read, completely out of the b I am so happy I found this book I m thrilled to say that in A Basic Renovation, not only are both leads in their 40 s, but the book itself is fun, sassy, sexy, smart and emotionally intense The pace is sharp no saggy sections , and the author s voice is clear and strong and reminds me of two of my current favorite contemporary romance authors, Ruthie Knox and Julie James I picked the book up with few expectations, so it was doubly sweet to discover such a great read, completely out of the blue.The story follows Lesley, an independent 40 something woman, who flips houses for a living in Chicago, but who decides to buy a fire damaged house in her home town of Los Alamos, NM so that she can spend a summer visiting with her parents and her 92 YO grandfather, and also make a nice profit while she s at it Lesley was previously married to Terry, also from Los Alamos, and the marriage ended acrimoniously Unbeknowst to her, Terry a total ass told his family quite a few lies about her, and as a result, his entire family blames her for his downward slide When she returns to Los Alamos, one of the first people she runs into is Terry s older brother Dominic, who owns the local hardware store Insults and sparks fly in equal measure as Lesley and Dominic find themselves unwillingly attracted to each other There are lots of very funny scenes, as well as lots of emotion between Lesley and her family, and Dominic and his 16 YO son There s also a subplot involving Lesley s Sicilian grandfather who has been widowed for 30 years, and unexpectedly finds himself falling for an 80 something Irish widow whom he meets in church There are so many things I loved about this book, and I strongly recommend it Excellent book Complex characters, wonderful subplots, and the first mature aged romance I ve read I look forward to Antonelli s next book. I was expecting a basic contemporary romance, and what I got was something that was a littlecomplicated A Basic Renovation is a charming book, but hardly simple Plenty of interesting characters, witty dialogue and twist and turns that elicited chuckles, belly laughs and yes, even a flood of tears The heroine s Sicilian grandfather is a riot, and the hero and heroine are well matched although I do think she forgave him too easily in the end You ll get plenty of book for your money le I was expecting a basic contemporary romance, and what I got was something that was a littlecomplicated A Basic Renovation is a charming book, but hardly simple Plenty of interesting characters, witty dialogue and twist and turns that elicited chuckles, belly laughs and yes, even a flood of tears The heroine s Sicilian grandfather is a riot, and the hero and heroine are well matched although I do think she forgave him too easily in the end You ll get plenty of book for your money length wise as well as story wise , and I consider it cash well spent.The next book is about the cop with the funny laugh I hope Ms Antonelli can make him sexy enough to carry his own book Overall Rating 5 Hero 5Heroine 5Storyline 5Ending 4Sex scenes sensuality level 2.5Sex scenes frequency 3Violence level 1Writing 5Editing e book 4 Would I re read this book YesWould I read other books by this author Yes It s a weird thing when you label something older couples when the protagonists are right in your peer group It s also weird that somehow the hero still manages like 7 years on the heroine, like WTF I hope that s not always the case, I actually suspect it s flipped in the next book I digress This book read a little old fashioned and outdated in the humor, so much I kept checking to see it s only 6 years old That was probably one of my bigger dislikes, I felt though admittedly we re sick h It s a weird thing when you label something older couples when the protagonists are right in your peer group It s also weird that somehow the hero still manages like 7 years on the heroine, like WTF I hope that s not always the case, I actually suspect it s flipped in the next book I digress This book read a little old fashioned and outdated in the humor, so much I kept checking to see it s only 6 years old That was probably one of my bigger dislikes, I felt though admittedly we re sick here so I might have been lapsing in attention span that some of the jokes were culturally insensitive That is a really distracting issue to me, and I would normally knock off a full star or two but I really don t k now the genesis of the jokes b c I was paying bad attention and context does matter I can see the bones of humor in her writing, but generally I didn t find it particularly hilarious The family shenanigans were too OTT multiple times and I just couldn t set myself, a grounded yet emotional non outrageous person in that scene Interestingly, I thought the villians in the book were similarly uncomplicated and one dimensional.Kyle, the hero s son, was a smart but realistic 16 year old, which I did appreciate There s lots of cuteness here, had it not been for some of the humor being too much or what I see as inappropriate, I would ve like this a lotI did struggle with the pacing a little, but I think that s just me, and that s just todayprobably.I look forward to the follow up of this series I m having trouble judging whether this was me my day or the book, so no rating I would say it s a 3 though I d actually give this 4.5 stars, but am limited to whole stars on Goodreads In A Basic Renovation by Sandra Antonelli Lesley has come back to her hometown for two reasonsto visit her family and to renovate and flip a fire damaged house she s bought She has no desire to stay in Los Alamosbesides the memories and her controlling parents, life is just too dull there compared to Chicago Lesley is a 40 something woman, comfortable with herself and her life as it is She doesn t expect to fin I d actually give this 4.5 stars, but am limited to whole stars on Goodreads In A Basic Renovation by Sandra Antonelli Lesley has come back to her hometown for two reasonsto visit her family and to renovate and flip a fire damaged house she s bought She has no desire to stay in Los Alamosbesides the memories and her controlling parents, life is just too dull there compared to Chicago Lesley is a 40 something woman, comfortable with herself and her life as it is She doesn t expect to find out that she s the scapegoat for everything that s gone wrong for her sort of ex husband Terry s family, nor does she expect to run into Dominic, Terry s older brother, and feel an instant attraction to him.Read More