Saturday, 8 March 2014

Book Review (313): What A Woman Wants (Manley Maids #1) - Judi Fennell

What a Woman Wants (Manley Maids #1)

Publication: 4th March 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Appropriate: Adult
What happens when three irresistibly sexy brothers lose a poker bet to their enterprising sister? They get hired out for her housecleaning venture. Now, the Manley Maids are at your service. Satisfaction guaranteed. It’s what a woman wants... 

Resort entrepreneur Sean Manley was all set to buy an historic mansion at a great price, making a name for himself while making millions, when the seller and a poker bet change the game. Now he’s in the place as a hunky male maid and there’s one more complication: Livvy Carolla.

The house is Livvy’s inheritance. Her plan? Unload it to the highest bidder and use the cash to start her own bakery business. One look at the help” and she’s hot to take him with her. Until she finds out he’s got a secret agenda.

But when Sean falls for the free-spirited, strong-willed Livvy, he has new ideas for the estate—and Livvy’s part in it. If all goes well, they’ll both be getting what they want. And then some.
My Thoughts.
What A Woman Wants is the first book in the brand new Manly Maids series by Judi Fennell.

I adored this book, such a humorously, entertaining read that kept a smile on my face the whole read through.

There is so much to love in this book, it's such a feel good story guaranteed to cheer you up and give you a laugh.

Sean Manley has lost, lost at a game of poker to his sister Mac, he and his two brothers Liam and Bryan must pay the price, four weeks each as a maid at her Manley Maids business, Sean is at least happy at where he landed at, the Martinson estate, his corporation buys historic buildings and turns them into B & B's, after coming to an agreement with the recently deceased owner he stands to make quite a bit of money by buying the mansion with the plans all in place, until Livvy the the woman's granddaughter makes an appearance to claim the house and her inheritance.

Ignored by her grandmother her whole life, Livvy just wants her inheritance to start up her business, and to be able to afford a house that doesn't have a leaky roof and enough room for her menagerie of pets, but then she discovers that the only way that she will inherit anything is to follow her grandmother's instructions and take part in the scavenger hunt which she set up before she died in hopes that Livvy will discover the history of her ancestors.

Fighting their attraction to one another, Sean knows to be able to buy the mansion that he needs to thwart Livvy's attempts at discovering all the clues she needs in the two weeks she's been given to solve it all and claim what's rightfully hers, but when their relationship takes the next step and he realises that he's falling in love with her, will he be able to go through with his plans or lose the one thing that has come to mean the most to him in Livvy.

If you're looking for a laugh out loud, feel good romance with characters that have sizzling chemistry then check this book out, I can't wait to read both Bryan and Liam's stories and find out just how their month of being a Manly Maid works out for them, and with the sneak peek we've gotten throughout this book of them and their employers they look to be as entertaining as this book was.

A great story with loveable characters sure to brighten your day.

I give this 5/5 stars.

 I have been writing for as long as I can remember, winning my first writing award in a second grade Caldecott Medal contest. Readers' Digest gave me my very first publishing credit in April, 1994, and I was hooked. I seemed to have followed writing contests around, being a finalist in such online contests as American Title III, sponsored by Romantic Times BOOKreview Magazine and Dorchester Publishing, and two First Chapters contests, sponsored by and Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.
My imaginary friend was Casper the Friendly Ghost. The little ghoul even had a special place set for him at our dinner table and got blamed for many of my childhood mishaps. I grew up watching Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and The Addams Family--my mom looked like Elizabeth Montgomery and I had a special Barbie outfit that looked like Morticia Addams' dress. My favorite books are Bewitching by Jill Barnett and A Knight In Shining Armor, by Jude Devereaux, so it should come as no surprise that I like to write tongue-in-cheek lighthearted paranormals. 
I love pop culture and manipulating language, so you'll find lots of puns, double entrendre, plays-on-words, alliteration, clichés, and twisting of phrases, as well as several one-liners in my stories that give me a few chuckles. I studied Spanish at Penn State (Go Lions!), lived in Spain and traveled throughout that beautiful country. 
I've always written and still have my journal from fourth grade where, even then, my stories were full of fantastical creatures, whimsy and magic. I wrote my first romance in 9th grade and still have that story in my memory chest. Even back then I dreamed of being a writer.
Now with kids, a husband, a house, a social life (Go Survivor Girls!), and two cocker spaniels named Vixen and Raven, I get to live my dream of being a writer!

I've also published, under the name J.A. Fenn, a horror anthology. Yes, a bit different from light-hearted romance, but just as much fun to write. Hope you check out Off The Beaten Path, A Terrifying Tales Anthology.

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