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When it comes down to it, rats in the oven trumps Lesley’s desire to never set eyes on another Brennan family member. So Lesley, a pro at property redevelopment, scrambles to Dominic Brennan’s hardware store for supplies. Dominic knows poison — rat and otherwise — and he sees it in Lesley. The woman ruined his brother’s life. Now that she’s back in town, Dominic’s afraid s ...more
ebook, 333 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Escape Publishing
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Jane
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Stars

Ok, this started out as a very solid 4-star read for me but it ended up 2.5-stars for lack of sufficient grovel.


Lesley's Family - her 92-year old grandfather was my favorite secondary character. He is Sicilian and has a foul mouth and is insulting and bossy. However, he has developed a crush on an Irish lass who not only sits in front of him during mass but frequents the same senior center. His pursuit of her was so funny and so cute and sweet. Her mother and father were very funny as wel
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Sarah
6/1 - Alrighty now, back to normal reading/reviewing schedules after the craziness of Christmas.
The argument over the tweezers on page 34 got me laughing and in a romance that's always a good thing.  The line "No!  What do you mean no?!" in response to a request for a particular item is always funny (for me), it's like the literary equivalent of slapstick comedy.  Keep the laughs coming, please.  To be continued...
 
27/1 - Unfortunately this was one of a number of Netgalley books I didn't get fin
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Jenny Schwartz
The voice is what grabbed me from the first page. Clear, fun, ironic and real. All the characters live, breathe and step out of the kindle to share your life. I got so caught up in the story that I cried.

And GP maybe stole the show :)
Marg
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aww2013
4.5/5 - fun debut novel. Will definitely be looking for more from this author!
Jennifer
I am so happy I found this book! I'm thrilled to say that in A Basic Renovation, not only are both leads in their 40's, but the book itself is fun, sassy, sexy, smart and emotionally intense. The pace is sharp (no saggy sections), and the author's voice is clear and strong and reminds me of two of my current favorite contemporary romance authors, Ruthie Knox and Julie James. I picked the book up with few expectations, so it was doubly sweet to discover such a great read, completely out of the b ...more
Ally  Cakes
A copy of the story was supplied by NetGalley for an honest review of this book.

This book was like a bad episode of the Jerry Springer show. All the characters were comical, asinine and unlikable. The lead male character was a jerk at his best and a dull and insecure bore at worst. The female lead was like a 20-year-old stuck in a mid 40-year-old body. She was unsure of her self or her feelings for the story's jerk face lead, which was supposed to be the hero story. The cast in this book was su
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Elise Ackers
Excellent book. Complex characters, wonderful subplots, and the first mature-aged romance I've read. I look forward to Antonelli's next book.
Poppy*Reads*Romance
I was expecting a basic contemporary romance, and what I got was something that was a little more complicated! A Basic Renovation is a charming book, but hardly simple. Plenty of interesting characters, witty dialogue and twist and turns that elicited chuckles, belly laughs and yes, even a flood of tears. The heroine's Sicilian grandfather is a riot, and the hero and heroine are well-matched (although I do think she forgave him too easily in the end). You'll get plenty of book for your money (le ...more
Sue
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd actually give this 4.5 stars, but am limited to whole stars on Goodreads!

In A Basic Renovation by Sandra Antonelli Lesley has come back to her hometown for two reasons...to visit her family and to renovate and flip a fire damaged house she's bought. She has no desire to stay in Los Alamos...besides the memories and her controlling parents, life is just too dull there compared to Chicago. Lesley is a 40 something woman, comfortable with herself and her life as it is. She doesn't expect to fin
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TJ
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the story and the romance! It felt real. The hero and heroine were both in their 40s and had to deal with problems that were sometimes nasty and hard to accept.. But, it is life in all its guts and glory. The downside for me was that Dominic was forgiven WAY to easily after the horrific verbal abuse he leveled at Lesley. There is no excuse and we needed to see this wasn't something he would continue every time he got angry. As it stands, the reader will close the book with a happy but uncom ...more
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Foxy doesn't end at forty.
Welcome to Adult Contemporary Romance Fiction.

I write novels for grown ups and smart asses probably because I'm a smartass--who isn't very grown up.

I write silver foxes, silver women and men, 'seasoned' romance with characters who have four decades or more of life experience.

I write silver foxy women and men who may or may not have silver hair, but they fall in love and
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