Title: Handle with Care
Series: Shacking Up #5
Author: Helena Hunting
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 27 Aug 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

HE WANTS TO LOSE CONTROL.
Between his parents’ messed up marriage and his narcissistic younger brother, Lincoln Moorehead has spent the majority of his life avoiding his family. After the death of his father, Lincoln finds himself in the middle of the drama. To top it all off, he’s been named CEO of Moorehead Media, much to his brother’s chagrin. But Lincoln’s bad attitude softens when he meets the no-nonsense, gorgeous woman who has been given the task of transforming him from the gruff, wilderness guy to a suave businessman

SHE’S TRYING TO HOLD IT TOGETHER.
Wren Sterling has been working double-time to keep the indiscretions at Moorehead Media at bay, so when she’s presented with a new contract, with new responsibilities and additional incentives, she agrees. Working with the reclusive oldest son of a ridiculously entitled family is worth the hassle if it means she’s that much closer to pursuing her own dreams. What Wren doesn’t expect is to find herself attracted to him, or for it to be mutual. And she certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Lincoln. But when a shocking new Moorehead scandal comes to light, she’s forced to choose between her own family and the broody, cynical CEO.

Review

Handle with Care finally introduces us to the elusive Lincoln, Armstrong’s (the douche) older brother. Lincoln is the opposite of Armstrong in every way but especially in the way he cares for and about others, distancing himself from his family by concentrating his efforts in remote areas across the globe. Due to his father’s untimely death, Lincoln has to return to his family business and at the bequest of his beloved grandmother, help run the company until a suitable replacement can be found.

Wren is the strong-willed, sassy woman tasked with keeping Armstrong in check, and she has so much fun taking him down when he is in douche-mode. Although Wren has only taken on the challenge as a way of furthering her own hopes and dreams, she agrees to help whip Lincoln into shape when he returns looking like a Yeti rather than a CEO. What Wren doesn’t expect is the chemistry and connection that sparks between them.

It is amazing just how perfect Wren and Lincoln are for each other, despite their circumstances their values mesh on every level. Plus their life experiences allow them to fully empathise with the other in a way only someone who has experienced the same sort of thing could.

Handle with Care is overflowing with swoon but also with a few heart-wrenching moments thrown in to prove nothing worth having comes easily. I loved how Lincoln and Wren were able to find the path that suited them the best without compromising their values and still being able to make all of their aspirations a reality.