Synopsis from Goodreads
The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was fourteen, and I’m still not over her. Problem: she still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I’ve learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last fifteen years. I can’t wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win.
I’ve just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don’t have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He’s everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls.
I can’t possibly get involved with him. He’s too young for me. Too handsome. But he’s so persuasive…
Readers were holding their breath collectively in anticipation of Sadie’s story after the bombshell Sarina and Tanya dropped at the end of Man Card.
I’ve got to be honest and say I have always felt a little skeevy with the whole older woman/younger man scenario, probably because I am a middle-aged woman lol. However, Sarina and Tanya prove that age is just a number and maturity is the real issue where relationships are concerned. Again it isn’t that the woman has to be immature in order to gain the attention of a younger man (no mutton dressed as lamb here) but rather the man has to have a level of maturity that surpasses his years. Liam is that man and oh so much more. I think I felt my ovaries explode with just how wonderful and nurturing Liam was. Having practically raised his younger siblings in an affluent but cold household, Liam has forged his own path studying the complexity of childcare and nurturing. Something that comes naturally to Liam – seriously there should be classes for prospective fathers where Liam shows that what a ‘real’ father should be.
The only thing I found a little unsettling was the fact that Sadie used to babysit for Liam when he was fourteen. Anyone else picturing Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole here!!!!
Anywho, Sadie has come a long way since realising what a total douche her ex-husband was. The comparisons between Liam and Dex the Douche merely emphasise how wonderful Liam is.
I loved the use of psychology within the narrative and embracing not only your inner child but your inner teen lol. Sadie’s character growth and improving confidence are a direct result of her time with Liam. Allowing Sadie to undertake the self-reflection of her disastrous marriage that she has successfully avoided until now. Having taken a direct hit to her self-esteem not only from her ex’s wandering but also the verbal abuse he threw at her before they split; Sadie has to discover the woman she was always meant to be and the man who compliments that woman (LIAM!!!!!)
Although there is a hint of angst, it is just a hint. All the rest of Boy Toy is pure swoon-fodder 😍💞💝
It was great to catch up all of the characters in the Man Hands series and witness the progression of their relationships and the bonds of friendship that strengthen with each passing year.