Synopsis from Goodreads
Everett Monroe can’t keep his eyes off his gorgeous tenant.
He’d like to put his hands on her too, but she’s prickly, closed-off, and gives new meaning to the word disgruntled. In other words, she’s his perfect match and he’ll do anything to make her see it too.
Willa Hill has finally left her teen runaway past behind and wants a fresh start—alone. Men are nothing but trouble and she’s had enough man-trouble to last a lifetime. Too bad her irresistibly sexy, nerdy-hot landlord doesn’t agree.
When their mutual yearning becomes a white-hot fling and passion crosses carefully drawn, albeit one-sided boundaries, Everett finds himself in love and Willa finds herself in a pickle.
Because, unfortunately, when she returned to Green Valley, her problems came too. When the past she escaped crashes into the future she finds herself wanting more than anything, will Willa stay in Green Valley?
Or will she run away again?
Carpentry and Cocktails is book #5 in the Green Valley Library series. It is a full-length contemporary romance novel and can be read as a standalone.
Carpentry and Cocktails is a wonderful hot-geek story where the good guy wins with heart-melting honesty and protectiveness.
SO MUCH SWOON
Everett is one of the Monroe siblings introduced in Crime and Periodicals so much hot and so much geek all in one body. Everett is utterly adorable with a heart of gold, he has also completely infatuated by his new tenant, Willa.
Willa is a Green Valley native, however, she eloped at 17 to escape her emotionally abusive mother. Only to find herself in another abusive relationship with a controlling, possessive husband. Finally escaping his clutches, Willa has returned to Green Valley in the hope of putting down the roots she has desperately missed. Willa, as can be expected, has a lot of emotional baggage and no longer trusts her own judgment. Something I can completely relate to. Willa, has an amazing support system within Green Valley with her three sisters, extended family and best friends.
The chemistry between Willa and Everett is off the charts and inescapable. While the flesh may be willing, Willa’s heart is a little more reluctant, not for her sake but in order to protect Everett.
I absolutely adored how Everett remained a constant presence and support in Willa’s life as she tried to regain control over her life and emotions.
There is a lot going on in the plot of Carpentry and Cocktails with fantastic cameo appearances of previous characters from both Nora’s previous Green Valley story as well as the iconic Penny-Verse characters.
While the romance is the core of the narrative, Carpentry and Cocktails provides powerful insight into the permanent damage verbal abuse can create and its ongoing impact on the lives of its victims.