The Mechanics of Love: 22 Tales of Handyman Romance

We can’t explain why men who work with their hands and know their way around a toolbox are so sexy, but there’s no denying that they are. This list contains more than 20 hunky men—and a couple of talented women—who know what to do with a hammer.


Gimme Some Sugar, by Kimberly Kincaid

Being one half of a celebrity cooking couple is a wonderful thing; finding out your husband is sleeping with the manager of the restaurant where you both work is not. After catching her husband in the act, Carly di Matisse leaves New York City to become head chef at the Pine Mountain Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She meets Jackson Carter when the hunky contractor fixes her deck. The chemistry between them is off the charts, but neither is looking for love. Sometimes, though, that’s just when love finds you.

Sultrysultry With A Twist, by Macy Beckett 

When Mae-June July Augustine, known as June, left Sultry Springs, Texas, she vowed never to return. On the verge of realizing her dream of opening up a martini bar in Austin, June discovers that there is a warrant out for her arrest. June returns to Sultry Springs, where she is given the option of jail time or a month of community service working for Luke Gallagher, the one that got away and broke her heart in the process. Luke was abandoned by his mother when he was only 12, and since then, he hasn’t believed he’s worthy of anyone’s love. After some time in the military, he returned to Sultry Springs, where he runs a construction company and helps out those in need. A sweet, small-town romance ensues.

midnightTalking After Midnight, by Dakota Cassidy

Marybell Lyman has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight. Her job as a phone sex operator at Call Girls might not be everyone’s ideal, but it works for her, and she has a home she loves and close friends. With her hair in a multicolored mohawk and goth clothes, no one sees the person she is underneath her flamboyant exterior—that is, until she meets contractor and handyman Taggart Hawthorn, who wants to know everything about her.  But Marybell doesn’t think love is worth the risk. When the truth comes out, will she lose it all, or could she wind up with more than she ever dreamed of?


Blueprints, by Barbara Delinsky  

Built, by Jay Crownover

Built to Last, by Aurora Rey

Everywhere and Every Way, by Jennifer Probst

Doing it Over, by Catherine Bybee

Don’t Tempt Me, by Lori Foster

Draw Me Close, by Nicole Michaels

Dream Lake, by Lisa Kleypas   

House on Blackberry Hill, by Donna Alward

Just What I Needed, by Lorelei James

Justice Falling, by Audrey Carlan

My Stubborn Heart, by Becky Wade 

Perfect Hope, by Nora Roberts 

Recipe for Disaster, by Stace Ballis 

Sea Rose Lane, by Irene Hannon  

Second Chance Cafe, by Allison Kent  

The Secret Sister, by Brenda Novak  

Simply Irresistible, by Jill Shalvis

Unwrapped, by Katie Lane




About the Author:

Ilene Lefkowitz is a supervising librarian at the Denville Public Library in Denville, New Jersey. Along with C. L., co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). When she is not reading romances she can be found cooking up a storm or attempting to be crafty. Follow her on Twitter @ilefkowitz. C. L. Quillen is the director of the Spotswood Public Library. In her spare time, she likes to get creative in the kitchen, travel, and spoil her already very spoiled Siamese-mix cat. She is the co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). Follow her on Twitter at @cielle.

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