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Home Improvement: A Love Story

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tara Lain

Narrated By: Kirt Graves

Date: December 2020

Duration: 6 hours 57 minutes

Summary:

Romance on Aisle Sixteen-opposites attract amid the hammers and screws of the home improvement store.

Gabe Mason became a father at seventeen, and his daughter, Ellie, is the most important thing in his life. But being the parent the courts demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams-education, making furniture, a gay social life-to be a model dad with a steady, reliable job in a home improvement store. Life's predictable until Jerry, a shy, eccentric guy in a hat and sunglasses, begs Gabe to oversee the renovation of his run-down mansion.
Gabe loves the house and the work, and Jerry's pretty lovable too, but when Gabe discovers Jerry's secret identity, he fears their passion could overturn both their lives forever.

Contains mature themes.

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  • Katie C.

    such a sweet love story. I loved Gabe and Ellie so much and to watch Gabe fall in love with awkward and sweet Jerry was wonderful! while the story was rather predictable I was still enamored. The journey and subsequent "reveal" was sweet and I feel all the characters were really well defined and unique in there own way. I loved the awkwardness and quirkiness of Jerry and the performance mask of Jet. Ellie was such a wonderful well rounded character and I loved the family they had and added too. Such a sweet and heartfelt love story every rockstar fan would have dreammed of! worth a read!!!

  • RACHEL REED

    This was a sweet opposites attract, found family romance! Gabe is a single father who has to learn to cope with looking after and providing his daughter, Ellie. He needs to be a true role model and a reliable father. When he crosses paths with Jerry, who is shy and different, he is immediately draw into his orbit. I loved the chemistry between Gabe and Jeremy. The storyline was engaging and the characters were likeable. Kirt Graves performed an exceptional audio delivery and narration as well.

  • Shin Mon T.

    A really sweet love story between a shy and eccentric guy and a loving father who sacrificed everything for his daughter, it was such a lovely and romantic story. I really loved Jerry, he’s the star for me in this story. It was really great to see his transformation and how he loved and cherished both Ellie and Gabe. I’m also very happy to see Gabe being able to come out of his safe bubble too. He gave up everything even his personal love life for his daughter. He’s the ideal dad every little girl could want. And Ellie, oh-so-sweet and mature and clever Ellie, I love her. She brought everything together. And Kier Graves did really well with the narration. I have always loved his unique tenor and this was such a great delight to listen. Loved it! ♥️ 4.5 Home to heart stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Leah B.

    Single-dad and home improvement warehouse employee Gabe meets Jerry, a enigmatic stranger seeking assistance with a home renovation. The two men have grown close, but will Jerry's omissions about his life destroy a budding relationship? The story is a little bit of a slow-burn, but the good kind. There is no over-reliance on reams of internal angst. The guys get to know each other in a realistic way. The plot makes a parallel between the main characters' stories really well. Gabe is balancing what is best for his daughter against what he desires for himself, while Jerry attempts a balance between his public persona and his private life. Tara Lain delivers a wonderfully heartfelt and emotional love story. I haven't listened to a book by Graves previous to this one. He delivers a brilliant voice performance. His interpretation of Lain's story is nothing short of perfection. I look forward to listening to his narrations in the future. I received a free review copy of the audiobook "Home Improvement". This post represents my honest, voluntary opinion of it. Highly recommended.

  • Lillian F.

    Sweet contemporary romance. The narrator added a extra layer of emotion to this easy to listen to story. There was low-level angst, a beautiful house renovation, and the most unlikely rock star. I really enjoyed it.

  • Amy S.

    When he stepped in for a coworker, to help a strange customer, Gabe had no way of knowing that his life was about to change. This is a story of two mismatched men, who deserve to find love, but haven’t allowed themselves the opportunity. For Gabe, his daughter has always came first, and he’s not about to change that. This book is about unexpected possibilities, with very little angst, and a lot of happy moments you will find yourself grinning over. The characters are very likable. I can sympathize with Jerry and his social discomfort, even before his true identity is revealed. Gabe really is a very good guy, and I was really rooting for his much deserved happiness. Their chemistry was electric, their conversations flowed easily, and their connection felt genuine. Tara Lain did a great job writing the story and developing the characters. I really enjoyed it. Kirt Graves did a fantastic job bringing this story to life. The voices he gave Jerry and Gabe were perfect for them, and easy to tell apart. I always enjoy listening to books he’s narrated.

  • Xochitl G.

    I read the ebook version of this book and was the first one I’ve ever read writen by Tara Lain and since then, she became one of my favorite authors. The story of Gabe and Jerry had an interesting plot, well-written characters with a lot of chemistry and charisma (especially Ellie's) and few angst situations that kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. So, when I got the opportunity to hear the audiobook and especially when I discovered that the narrator was Mr Graves, I had to hear it. His performance is amazing, with a voice acting that captured me since the beginning and made me laughed and sighed and even cried a little bit with the story. So good!! Loved it!!!

  • Erryn B.

    Gabe has a decent life. He’s raising his sixteen-year-old daughter whom he had when he was only seventeen. He’s done everything in his power to protect Ellie and, in return, she’s appreciative of that. Her mother was a bit of a disaster and Ellie knows she’s lucky her father loves her so much. But raising Ellie means Gabe has to hide who he really is. Wouldn’t be good to come out, to be sure. So he stays in the closet and suppresses the homosexual urges that might lead him into a temptation he might not be strong enough to overcome. He even holds down a boring job at the local hardware store because he understands how important a steady position is. Everything is for Ellie, and he has no regrets. Then, on one ordinary day, Gabe finds a lost soul in aisle 16. The bi-coloured eyed man triggers something within Gabe and when the chance to spend more time with the intriguing stranger presents itself, Gabe lets down his guard. Jerry just wants to be an ordinary guy. He’s bought a run-down house in a rural part of a town that is pretty much in the middle of nowhere Oregon. He plans on fixing the place up and it being his refuge. His sanctuary. The problem? He knows nothing about renovations. He has a couple of chairs and a mattress and no clue where to begin. Then he meets a guy in the hardware store and something clicks within him. He offers the man money to fix up the house and trusts it’ll get done. Although Jerry’s not had a lot of luck with people, he sees Gabe and knows everything will be okay. Gabe needs the money as his side business of woodworking isn’t bringing in much revenue. He worries about spending Jerry’s money, not realizing just how rich Jerry really is. See, Jerry has a secret. A secret that devastates Gabe when it’s revealed. Gabe feels betrayed. Because as much as Jerry just wants to be an average guy, he isn’t one. He never can be one. The question was whether the men could overcome all the hurtles to find love or would the cold realities they faced drive them apart? I love Tara Lain books and this was definitely a good one. I wanted the men to make it despite the odds stacked against them. The point of view was a little uneven as the first several chapters are in Gabe’s point of view, but eventually I got inside Jerry’s head – although never as much as I wanted to. I adored Ellie and her practical sensibilities. And her ability to call out her dad’s BS. This was a good book. Kirt Graves narrated the book and I have to say I enjoyed his performance. He’s always consistent and does a good job. So, yeah, a nice little listen I appreciated.

  • Ida U.

    Loved these two main characters, Gabe's daughter Ellie and all the surprises. I thought this was going to be a heavy story where Gabe's ex tried to interfere with him and his daughter but what I got was one of those Whitman sampler candies with the mystery filling. You bite into it and realize you lucked into one of the great truffles. I enjoyed the renovation plot, the romance was completely satisfying and the pacing of the revelations, misunderstanding and reconciliation/HEA was perfect.

  • Alexandra S.

    I really enjoyed this book. Sweet romance with believable chemistry. I loved that it was both blue collar with the home repairs expert and secret rock star romance. The main character's daughter was a delight. Great story.

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