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Man Hands #2

Man Card

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Nothing ventured, nothing banged...

I still don't know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor--our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down...
It can never happen again. I don't even like Braht. He's too slick. He's a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can't I get him out of my head?

There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing piece. She's the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don't call her the Ashkicker for nothing.
Eventually I'll win her over...if my past doesn't ruin everything first.

246 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 15, 2018

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Sarina Bowen

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Sarina Bowen is the twenty-four-time USA Today bestselling and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of three dozen books, including: the True North series, and Brooklyn Hockey. She's the co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. She's the author of The Ivy Years series, and more!
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January 15, 2018
4 stars!


When I finished Man Hands, I couldn’t wait to get a Braht and Ash book! Those two had me laughing so hard and I love a good enemies to lovers story! Plus, the duo of Bowen and Erb is fantastic! As soon as this baby hit my kindle I jumped in. I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed it just as much as the first!

Sebastian Braht is not a manly man like his friend Tom. In fact, he’s kind of the opposite. Braht loves romantic comedies, gets manicures, and loves a good facial… but that doesn’t make him any less of a man where it counts the most. Ash is a fun and spunky heroine. She’s fiercely independent and doesn’t need a man. 

Braht and Ash have this love hate relationship. They are in competition at work (they’re both real estate agents) and Braht rubs Ash the wrong way sometimes. He also rubs her the right way sometimes….

The chemistry Ash and Braht had made the book! I loved their back and forth banter and the sexual tension between them. This book made me laugh out loud just like the first, but Ash had some things going on that made the book a little more serious and a tad bit suspenseful at times. Either way, it kept me guessing a bit.

Man Card is just as entertaining as Man Hands. It was an enjoyable story that was a lot of fun to read!!!

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January 16, 2018
5 Honey Bear Stars

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When I finished Man Hands I couldn't wait to get my grubby mitts on this one, but I was worried this one wasn't going to be as good. I shouldn't have worried though I loved this just as much.

We met Braht and Ash in Man Hands when they had very loud messy sex in Brynn's pantry while she was filming a live cooking pod cast. But don't read into that because Ash HATES Braht well at least that's what she tells herself as she works hard to secure the sale of their friend Tom's house before Braht does.

Braht and Ash are both real-estate agents and I found them hilarious, I loved the constant power struggle between them as they both have dominant personalities. The competition and the cute little games they played against each other were fun, so of course when they finally came together they were smoking hot!!

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Just like Man Hands the cast of characters in Man Card is what made it for me, Ash and Braht are so different from Brynn and Tom but just as good. As well as being funny this had a great plot and I highly recommend it but I strongly suggest reading Man Hands first.

I had some very sad things happen last week and this book was able to lift my spirits and bring me out of my funk. I am so happy I found this author duo and look forward to their next release.

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January 12, 2018
Braht is pretty much good at everything. And I mean everything. I’m worried I might be falling for the fashionable fucker. Fuck.

Who knew a dirty talking metrosexual would steal my heart? Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby knock it out of the park yet again with their newest installment in the laugh out loud Man Hands series!

Now look, I'll admit, when I first finished Man Hands and met Braht? Doubt, party of one. This reader does NOT do the metrosexual thing. Me no likey, mkay? It just doesn't do it for me. And what kind of name is Braht? I'd crave sausage each time I read the name.

What? I'm judgy, okay? Quit side eyeing me. I have my alpha standards, dang it!

But now that I finished Man Card I can admit without a shadow of a doubt, Sarina and Tanya have made a believer out of me. A man that spends more time on his appearance than the heroine and doesn't bat an eyelash at a good facial and mani and pedi can still be a card carrying member of the man club. This judgy a-hole is happily eating her words.
I need to say this. I want you, you understand. All of you. Right now. But you need to know this. Outside of here, I will hold your purse. I’ll get mani-pedis with you. I’ll cry while watching Lifetime movies with you. I will hand over my man card and be your minion everywhere you want, except in the bedroom. In here, I want you to surrender, just a little bit, and let me take the lead.”

I loved the delicious antagonism Braht and Ash had going. Their constant competition at work and sexual power plays got my engine revving. I don't know what hooked me more, their sexual tension filled bantering or when Ash would finally give into her inevitable pull towards Braht. Combined, both of those things made for one hilarious and sexy read.
there ought to be a shrine on this property—like those historic battle markers you see for Civil War sites. On October tenth on this spot Sebastian Braht first seduced the woman of his dreams. Casualties: none. Weaponry: dirty talk and first-class salesmanship. Result: only one party shot his cannon, but both parties declared victory multiple times.

As much as I was doubting that I'd enjoy a hero like Braht, I was surprised at how much I did. Admittedly, its still not my preference. I like my alphas rough and with an edge, but I'll take a manscaping, dirty talking metrosexual every once in a while. But he has to have a hidden alpha side with a dash of demanding and like to take control in bed.

Ash was everything I thought she'd be and more. I loved this sassy and sharp-witted female in the previous book, and I enjoyed her even more in her own. The chemistry was through the roof hot, the laughs were plentiful, and the entertainment factor was at a resounding ten.
I drop to my knees. That’s what you do when you worship someone. Or you’re, you know, Elvis and you’ve reached a dramatic part in your song. Whatever.

The story was great and I really enjoyed the revelations and twists; particularly finally learning about Braht and his real name.

If you loved Man Hands, you're sure to enjoy Man Card. And if you love a sexy rom com, this is simply a series you need on your TBR.

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2,645 reviews3,214 followers
October 24, 2022
4.5 Like Champagne or Caviar Stars
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So Wendy what the hell does Champagne or Caviar has to do with this book, Huh...Well, many feel those items are an acquired taste...Some love the taste of Champagne with all the fizz that can go to your head...and then there is the salty taste of Caviar... it can be a wonder or too much...It just depends on who makes the product and the quality level...

Man Card (Man Hands, #2) by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby is like those luxury items...These two authors created a series of characters that have a special, humorous, sometimes biting way of communicating, and because of their talent and ability to build characters and story...this particular series is like the best Champagne and Caviar...Rich, Silky, and Oh, So Very Special.

These characters were introduced in Man Hands.
We knew right away another book needed to be done...they were people who were begging to have their romance told... They just didn't know it yet...

Well, that isn't totally correct... Braht knew from his first moment with Ash. These two are competing Real Estate Agents who are part of the same company. Each person is driven to be the best but for different internal reasons. We learn of their backstories and as the story progresses, it is touching to see the impact family actions can make.

Now as to these specific people...Ash is beautiful, brilliant, and capable. She is organized and has an ex whose behavior made her be more than cautious. She had to be watchful.

Braht...this is a man who loves the finer things in life...and with good cause. He has worked to take care of his brother and every success has been fought for...

So if Braht doesn't fit the usual Alpha Male Picture... do not let that fool you. This is a man so secure in who he is and what he is packing... he can do mani/peds with the best of them. No really... Braht is an enlightened MetroSexual of the highest order...

And there is a moment in this enjoyable read where he lays it out to Ash just how a Real Man should be with a woman...Every Single Word is perfect. If that is all you take away from this story... then you got what was important.

Although there was so much more...Laughs and Sexy times which deserve a review all on their own....and a story that worked for me.

This series is fun, and sexy and I have a sneaky suspicion Braht's brother might have his own book coming... and that will be fantastic. Here's to more first-rate Champagne and Caviar!

Man Hands (Man Hands, #1) by Sarina Bowen Man Hands (Man Hands, #1)
Man Card (Man Hands, #2) by Sarina Bowen Man Card (Man Hands, #2)
Boy Toy (Man Hands, #3) by Sarina Bowen Boy Toy (Man Hands, #3)
Man Cuffed (Man Hands #4) by Sarina Bowen Man Cuffed (Man Hands, #4)

~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~
What a Delicious Way to Start My New Year's Reading...
Right Up My Resolution...
Read Something Delightful...
Something Stimulating...
Just Read For the Joy Of It!!!
Ohhhh Lookie Now...
We have our Cover and it is Perfect...

In this Corner we have Ash- Temptress in Stilettos..
She Rules the Real Estate Market and is not to be Crossed...

Then we have Braht...The Man who makes every Challenge his Mission...
He has been Pining for Ash and Will Not Stop till She Sees the Light...

Two Combustible Personalities... One Goal
And We Win with the Man Card!


Is it January yet???
No...Well, then I will just have to wait...
Patiently. I guess...

Because Sarina and Tanya
Have promised us Something Special...
Something Fun...Someone might have to give up his...

Man Card (Man Hands, #2)- January 2018

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987 reviews1,813 followers
February 19, 2018
We met Ash and Braht in the first book, Man Hands. They can't stand each other and their banter was hilarious in the first book, so when I knew this book was Ash & Braht’s I couldn’t wait for it.

At the ending of the last book we caught them doing some licking and a little sucking with each other in Brynn’s pantry (Ash’s bff’s). That will never ever happen again according to Ash😜, right??????

Man Card picks up a short time later and the sexual tension is still throbbing. And the banter — hilarious. I thought I knew Braht in the precious book but the Braht we get in Man Card is fricken even better. These authors amaze me with their talent to develop a manscaped and moistened man and making him simply the best!! He’s almost everything in a man you want.

He's doing everything to hold on to his man card and not hand it to Ash on a silver platter, but theres a chant in his head that won't go away, he doesn't want to say good bye to his card.....

There’s some light drama, money issues, and a crazy ex (an easy fix though) that bring these two together in a easy lighthearted way.

So, if you want a book to put you in a feel-good mood and bring a smile to your face, with many deep laughs, then Give Man Card a try. You will be grinning from ear to ear when you read this book. It’s quirky, light, funny and absolutely adorable from start to finish.

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January 15, 2018
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✭ ✭ ✭ 4.5 STARS ✭ ✭ ✭

Gah. I loved Man Hands for the over the top silly humor and the heart warming love story so I expected Man Card to be similar. Boy, was I wrong. Let me explain.

Ash and Braht are realtors and constantly in competition mode. While Ash wants to beat Braht, he gets off on her cleverness and bossiness. She is always a step ahead of him. Well, that's what she thinks. In the cleverness department, Braht is on par with Ash.

Suddenly all my office supplies have developed a sex addiction. This morning I found my stapler and my tape dispenser in a compromising position.

I FLOVED these two. Ash is a wounded soul and hasn't had much luck with men. In fact, her ex-husband is in jail for embezzlement at her old company. That she has trust issues where men are concerned is an understatement and that Braht doesn't seem to take anything seriously irritates the hell out of her. Most of all, she doesn't trust her own judgment anymore.

Then there is the issue that she can't keep her hands off Braht. Over the course of the story you see notably how Ash softens, how she starts to see the kindness and sweetness in Braht. You know how some heroines never get rid of the testiness? Ash isn't one of them, she is absolutely lovely and yet has so much spirit and fire.

I love your pastel colors and your pedicures. I love that you’re more high maintenance than I am and that I can bogart your moisturizer in the morning. I love that you exasperate me at work and you exhaust me in the bedroom. Of course we’re going to be together. It’s fucking obvious. I want to secure my rate of investment.”

And then there is Braht. He has always a smartass reply on his lips and seems without depth but damn that man is amazing. I loved Tom, so so much, but Braht? Ungh. He is adorably quirky, full of mischief. He loves chick flicks and one of his favorite pastimes is getting a mani-pedi at his favorite spa or facials. Sounds like a pussy? Maybe but this guy holds tight to his man card in every other department. He is a goner for Ash but at no point I felt that he was whipped. He was just deeply in love with the heroine. Braht always tries to make life easier for Ash, he is selfless and has much more depth you might give him credit for in the beginning.

Outside of here, I will hold your purse. I’ll get mani-pedis with you. I’ll cry while watching Lifetime movies with you. I will hand over my man card and be your minion everywhere you want, except in the bedroom. In here, I want you to surrender, just a little bit, and let me take the lead.”

Man Card doesn't have the howling laughter humor Man Hands had on every page but there is still a lot to laugh about. There are some very clever lines that were so unexpected yet so hilarious. I don't know how these two authors coordinate their writing process but they create their own kind of magic and I hope that they keep on doing it because the have totally bedazzled me. Man Card is a delightful, cheerful and heartwarming story that might not have the knee-slapping jokes of Man Hands but it will make you smile big and leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling.

“Really, I’ve been a terrible grouch.”
“I forgive you.” I’ll do anything for you, silly girl.

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337 reviews991 followers
January 24, 2018

Man Card is a fun and hilarious office romance between a smart, sassy, and witty heroine, and a hero in a whole new league of his own.

Ashley Power and Sebastian Braht have been at it like cats and dogs since they became competitors in the real estate business. She can't stand the man (although we all know she begrudgingly finds him charming and hard to resist), but Braht obviously adores her. He takes every chance to flirt with her, and after a certain incident in a pantry, Braht is more determined to win her over.

Now that their best friends are pretty much married and they're officemates, Ash and Braht are in each other's company even more. But if you think it's easy cruising from here on out, you've got another think coming. There are houses they have to sell, ex-husbands out of prisons they need to avoid, and feelings one of them continues to repress and the other continues to nourish.

Ash is as loyal, headstrong, and fierce as I remember her in Man Hands. She's considered one of the best in the business because she's resilient, hardworking, and puts in the time and effort to become the best. Her past marriage has her closed off to men, so it takes her a while to open up to Braht. I love her relationship with her parents and with her best friends, and from that you can see what kind of person she to the people important to her.

Like a lot of other readers, I wasn't too sure about Braht when I first met him in Man Hands. I've never met such a high maintenance and flamboyant man such as Braht in romance fiction before, so I didn't know what to do with him. That doubt was all in vain. If anyone deserves to hold that veritable "man card", it's this guy. He's so confident of his masculinity, so sure of it, that he's not worried about getting in touch with what people would consider his feminine side. He's not an alpha, and not a beta either. Braht is his own kind of man. And I have to say I'm loving his brand of man very much. He's not afraid to let Ash lead the way, but knows when to take control. He's sweet, caring, and is the total romantic.

I had a lot of laughs reading this, but there were also times when I was on the edge of my seat in suspense, wondering what was going to happen next. Man Card is a sweet, entertaining, and a definite laugh-out-loud book. The chemistry is through the roof, the banter fantastic, and the story jam-packed with smart wit and an overall refreshing tone.

Tropes: Office Romance
POV: First Person, Dual POV
Standalone: Yes

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1,447 reviews1,158 followers
January 15, 2018

His Man Card is earned with bonus points…

I really enjoyed Man Hands but I absolutely LOVED Man Card. I went into this one with a big smile on my face. Then, little frown lines appeared. I didn’t fall out of bed laughing? Sure, a grin stayed plastered on my face from start to finish but I wasn’t gut-busting laughing. But, I think this one is better for it. See, these authors are SMART. You create different characters, you need different quirks and personalities. We didn’t get the same stories with slight variations, we get Ash-kicker and Braht with his bratwurst and they are a whole different kettle of fish.

Braht was not at all as I expected and I loved him for it. I thought Braht was a trust-fund brat, wearing preppy clothes with a touch of slimeball salesman mixed in. What he turned out to be was a loving, sweet and dedicated man who works hard for what he’s got. I loved knowing what he’s been through and survived has made him into the man he is. And, he’s all man, who just happens to like to get a mani-pedi, wear pastel, and follows a moisturising routine that I envied. The best part about Braht was his devotion to Ash and what he will do to show her how much he loves her.

Ahhh…ain’t love grand. Well, it’s eventually grand once Braht climbs the obstacles around Ash’s heart.

OMG!! Ash is me. Well, not exactly me, but I could really relate to her. She’s not a touchy feely person and finds it hard to show her friends physical support and comfort. Like her, I sometimes struggle to know what to say or do when a friend is upset. I have been known to give a pat on the arm for comfort and as soon as Ash did it, I laughed out loud. So, ME! I think this is another example of the authors’ talents. Ash is a real woman of 35 who has seen the good and bad in life and has a sticker to show she survived. She’s a little wary of men and relationships considering what her ex-husband did to her, so Ash doesn’t jump into relationships willy-nilly. But, Braht pushes her buttons…and boy does she enjoy it.

There are so many parts to Man Card that I loved. Braht is definitely the funny one in this story. One minute he’s talking mani-pedi, the next he’s picking out his favourite movies (including one of my very favourites – Working Girl) and after that, he’s whispering dirty talk in your ear. This guy is PERFECT!! Best friend, loving boyfriend AND able to make you ecstatic in and out of the bedroom. HOW GOOD IS THAT?

Man Card was bloody awesome. Sometimes the second instalment can be a little disappointing, but in this case, Man Hands #2 was better. There is drama and excitement, love and laughter, tears and emotions, mixed in with some very sexy times. We get to catch up with the gang and hear about their news and issues as well. I love this series and I can’t wait for more.

How exciting to add my first addition to the Stacey is Sassy-Favourites-2018 shelf.

Stacey is Sassy, received a complimentary copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.

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2,239 reviews3,437 followers
July 28, 2019
“Have another taste?” I invite her. It’s a miracle that I can say this casually, because I’m dying right now. That hungry look on her face is everything. “You did such a great job last time. Most women can’t handle me.”
She swallows roughly and closes her eyes. “You have the biggest ego I ever saw.”

Another epic read in the series 👍😂

This time the story is about Braht who is madly love with Ash. And who keeps trying seducing her for the duration of this book.
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January 16, 2018
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Man Card introduced me to a completely different type of Hero. Braht wasn't a man that would be found outside building something with his hands, or under a car with grease stains on his hands. No, he would most likely be found at a salon getting his nails done and a facial. I loved that these authors created such a unique character. Sure, this type of man is nothing new out in the real world, metrosexual is a big thing now-a-days, but for the romance world, it's a character type that I've never read before.

I wouldn't really describe Braht and Ash's relationship has a enemies-to-lovers type because really they were rivals, yet I never got the sense that they hated each other. Instead they had this tension that pushed them together more than separated them and it's what had me captivated the entire story. I loved that connection they shared, which ended up being my favorite part of their relationship.

If you're in the mood for a not so Alpha, but just as sexy, Hero than this is the book you want to pick up!
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2,752 reviews1,471 followers
January 7, 2018
4 Funny Funny Funny Cute Stars

Man Card is the second book of the Man Hands series. You don’t have to read them in order, but I suggest you do, because there are glimpses of each character in each book.

If you want a book to put you in a feel-good mood and bring a smile to your face, then Man Card will do its job. You will be grinning from ear to ear when you read this book. It’s quirky, light, funny and absolutely adorable from start to finish.

I love Ash, she’s strong, feisty and a little competitive. I love a hate to lovers relationship story too. I’ll be honest and it took me a bit to get on the Braht train. He’s not the typical Hero you read in books. He’s VERY metrosexual. I love a man who knows how to dress and keeps himself groomed but it’s hard to be into someone who uses more products than you. Braht is a unique character and although he’s very aware of his looks, he has charm and wit.

I love the tension between Ash and Braht, it’s very explosive and the banter is cute to read. Ash and Braht work together as relators and even though they work together, there’s always a little sabotage between the two of them and it’s hilarious to read.

I like the lighter notes of the book and story. There is some drama with an ex and family and money problems to keep the story flowing. Ash does frustrate me at times and so does Braht! So be prepared for mild angst. All and all if you are a fan of the series and want to laugh out loud then Man Card is for you.

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664 reviews838 followers
January 15, 2018

‪★‬4 STARS‪★‬

January 15th is known as “Blue Monday” aka “the most depressing day of the year” here in the U.K. and I choose to believe Bowen & Eby purposely chose this day to bestow the much-awaited second release in their hilarious romcom series.

Although MAN CARD can be considered a standalone, it features two standout characters first introduced in MAN HANDS. Ashley Power is the no nonsense, go-getting firecracker of a real estate agent. She’s successful and serious and has no time for irritating and excitable Sebastian Braht. Not only is he her nemesis and rival competitor, most annoyingly he’s the object of her unsolicited porny daydreams.

Braht has made no secret of his pursuit of Ash, as far as he is concerned it’s a matter of time before she gives up the ghost and gives in to her attraction to him. The fact that he has transferred to her offices should help move things along nicely. Much to Ash’s chagrin his presence becomes more sought out than an annoyance and we see their “rivalry” become more of a romance.

By all means Braht is very much the metrosexual male, and there is no denying his lovability. Be that as it may he’s not afraid to bare his teeth when it come’s to protecting his ladies honor. I really enjoyed exploring the emotional side to him and discovering more about the man beneath the coiffed hair do.

You can consider me a fully paid up, card-carrying lover of this series! It’s full of romance, comedy and dialogue that had me in stitches on many an occasion.

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January 11, 2018
After Man Hands failed for me, I don’t think I could be blamed for going into Man Card with some reservations. And here I am, eating my words, because this absolutely wiped the floor with it.

description I finally got it right this time.”


Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby have taken stereotype and tipped it on its head, bringing us a man who is manscaped, manicured and moisturised, and owns it with pride. He rocks pastel colours, can cook, is witty and works hard and has a bit of a dirty side, and all that to me? Sexy. As. Hell.

As for Ash...oh how I loved her.


Being that non-touchy-feely, slightly awkward friend who struggles in certain situations and will pat you on the arm as comfort, Ash was so hugely relatable. I loved her sharp, witty retorts, her fears and her focus, but what I loved above everything else was seeing Braht work his way through her tougher exterior, and whilst he’s a softie, he also knows just how hard to push her...and how much of her pushing back he’ll take.


Sexy and light, with a smattering of drama added to the mix to keep you on your toes and plenty of moments to make you giggle, Man Card has restored my faith in the Bowen/Eby brand and I hope that there’s a book for Sadie in the pipeline.

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574 reviews3,299 followers
February 3, 2018
➳A rom-com filled with angst, sexiness, love, passion, and so many emotional attributes that captivates you to the next page...

➳Sarina Bowen and Tanya Elby have officially become my favorite authors this year amongst the genre of Rom-Com, and I am keeping my fingers crossed there is more to come from them both...

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2,138 reviews1,188 followers
January 15, 2018
... if you haven't read the first book yet - DO IT NOW → MAN HANDS




We already met Ash and Braht in the first book. They can't stand each other. Or rather, Ash can't stand Braht - he's already planning the wedding! ☺

At the end of the last book we caught them doing licking and sucking things to each other in their friend's pantry. That will never ever happen again!!!! ☺
But since they both work for the same real estate company, they'll have to see each other all the time.

And when suddenly Ash's criminal ex turns up again, she runs straight to Braht - because her girls Brynn and Sadie have their own stuff to deal with.

Braht could be over the moon, but of course he's very worried about his girl.

And between fighting and working and doing sexy stuff together, he's still trying to figure out why she can't see a future for them - they're just perfect together in his eyes!

And then there's his past that might come calling and destroy everything he so patiently built....






We already loved Braht in the first book. He's so hilarious and weird and perfect.


He's the total opposite of what Ash wants in a man - if she would want a man - which she doesn't, not after her first unsuccessful attempt at a happily ever after.

Braht is ... metrosexual. He gets manicures. He wears pastel. Loafers. Khaki shorts. And a beautiful silly grin, whenever he sees Ash. Too effing cute!

I just loved those two together. Of course it will take poor Braht a long while to get his happily ever after. But we have an amazing time watching him fight for it.

We have LOTS of adorable & funny & swoony moments and some very serious moments and some suspense/mystery and some very sexy moments!

For me it was the most perfect romance! I loved every minute of it!

And I SO need to see this series on netflix or passionflix asap!

And I also want to read Bramley's story and Sadie needs a new Happily Ever After too!!!!

Another thing I really liked - the setting of those two books. We're in Grand Rapids, Michigan. No book has ever stepped foot into Michigan. I really love it when we're in a real place. Not some imaginary town in Anywhere, USA.

The tiny little detail I don't like? The Covers. Both covers (Man Hands & Man Card) are too ... colorful or comic-y for my tastes - BUT that doesn't change my thoughts about the amazing story INSIDE! ☺

MAN CARD was the most amazing romance!
• Hilarious • Sexy • Adorable •
• Serious • Just Perfect •
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Braht!
This one is MINE!!!! ☺



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3,843 reviews5,559 followers
July 6, 2018

*3.5 stars*

Man Card is another light, fun book by the writing duo of Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby, and I really enjoyed it. Yes, it wasn't blow-me-away level, but sometimes you just need something on the more fluffy side.

I really liked the narrating combo of Luke Daniels and Erin Mallon, though Luke Daniels is really the stand-out for me. Both of these narrators are pros and they feel like pros, which makes the listening experience super enjoyable.

The book was sort of one long hate-love-sex fest. The two MCs hated to love each other and loved to hate each other, and I liked their fun chemistry. I wish some of the communication was better (killed me at times! I hate fake drama) and some of the situations were a little forced, but the listening experience just flew by.

Recommended for those who like easy, funny romances and want something on the less serious side.
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2,837 reviews623 followers
March 14, 2019
Man Hand was hilarious funny. I am expecting the same funny on the Man Card. But Man Card makes me stomach churns a bit. The story is flat and does not flow as nice as Man Hand. The banter is not funny and feels flat. The heroine does not click with me at all. She is very bitchy and annoying.

Braht gets my attention at the beginning, but because the story does not allow his character develop well, at the end I feel disconnect from him too.

I still give it 3 stars because a bit banter still funny.

3 stars
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778 reviews2,115 followers
May 26, 2020
This review will be short and sweet.

Braht - what a name :D - was introduced to me the first time in Man Hands, the first book by this author couple. And I couldn't get enough of him. He was UNIQUE. To describe him would go further into detail then I'm willing to go, just know that he is hilarious, smart, and in love with his crush and biggest competitor Ash.

Ash is a ball busting heroine, who is determined to keep men at arms length. Her history confirmed that she was lousy at choosing stand up guys. So, Braht was already on the losing end - except he hadn't gotten the memo yet, because he intended to tame Ash and make her his.

The interaction between Ash and  Braht were my favorites. They played off of each other perfectly, it was effortless and the source of some of the finest scenes in this book. I chuckled, smiled and just enjoyed those two driving each other nuts.

Besides Ash and Braht, the entire gang from book 1 was back and in wonderful spirits. Man Card was a true rom-com, with a fast paced plot, a good amount of sexual tension, and many LOL scenes. Sometimes those comedic situations were a little over the top, but all in all it was a wonderfully balanced novel.

Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby have a way of writing exceptionally well-rounded romantic comedies. The dialogues were good enough to be featured on SNL. Witty, sassy and hilarious - a winning trifecta.

It's not clear if there will be a third novel in this series, but I wonder if Sadie will get her story - she definitely could use a MAN TOY.:D

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620 reviews348 followers
January 15, 2018

“It’s the guy who has a firm grip on his man card that can hold your purse. He’s not afraid to be seen with that Tory Burch you like to carry—nice color, by the way. He’ll free up your hands because he likes your hands, and he remembers all the terrific things you can use them for.”

First 5 stars of the year and it feels so good! I'm in a weird mood lately, can't really find books that hold my attention even with an never ending TBR so finding an amazing book that kept me entertained the whole time is incredible.

Before Man Cards I read Man Hands a couple of week ago and I already liked the book a lot. Well let me tell you this one is even better! Ash & Braht have that little something I needed. The fact they fight each other like cats and dogs is hilarious. They give as much as they gets. If Ash is nervous around Braht, he in the other hands enjoys every minute of their time.
The guy couldn't be more perfect the way he sees his relation with Ash.
Certain events force them to spend more time together and the inevitable happens, well it already happened in the previous book but it happened... again.

“We don’t just give each other clients! That’s not how it is with us.” Brynn lifts an eyebrow. “How is it, then?”
“We hate each other! We flirt and then destroy each other.”

Ash is a character you'll start appreciate while reading. I wasn't her biggest fan, not really understanding why she was so reluctant to some kind of friendship with Braht but you quickly realize she is hiding a heart of gold.

Braht will make you fall right away, well maybe not because of how different from your usual alpha male he is but still you won't resist him long. I know I didn't. Not only the guy is funny but he's a experienced dirty talker. I wasn't expecting all the things that comes out of his mouth! My panties were on fire

Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby are really a pair that rocks the rom com genre! I don't read it that much but these ladies makes me want to try it more.

Now I'm really hoping for some more books from both of them, starting with Sadie's story.
Can I also hope for a book with Bramly, Braht's brother?

~I voluntary read a copy of this book provided by the authors~

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564 reviews93 followers
January 17, 2018
This story had odd similarities to Sex, Not Love. From the one eyed cat, to the ex-con ex husband to even some secondary characters names!! Made me wonder if the 2 authors planned this or if they genuinely didn't know. Anyway, this story was executed more to my taste than the other story, so I rated it a bit higher.
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859 reviews417 followers
November 3, 2018
Braht and Ash. Standalone but part of a series with recurring characters. Told from dual POV. Rom-com. It has a HEA and an epilogue.

I will say, after reading Book 1 I was not sure I was going to like either character. Braht seemed way to feminine and Ash seemed overbearing and her “humor” was a bit over the top. Ok, I was wrong. These two really won me over.

Braht: he’s definitely not your typical alpha male. He likes to wear pastel and matches his alligator shirts to his socks. He manscapes and when feeling stressed likes to get a pedicure. He's a sensitive guy, cries at a puppy commercials and his top 5 favorite movies are chick flicks. Sounds like a bit of wimp, doesn’t he? But to quote Braht, “Any man who tells you that chick flicks are for pussies can’t be any good in bed. Because that man does not speak the language of women.” Well, isn’t he just full of all kinds of confidence and cockiness. Lol. He is definitely NOT in danger of losing his man card.

Ash: she is a hard core competitor, loves a challenge, has some major sass and is a bit cynical. She has some trust issues because of her ex and does not like to relinquish control. She comes from a loving home and her parents are good roles models of a healthy loving relationship.

These two are competitors in the real estate business and have some very entertaining moments as they try to one-up each other. Both are good pranksters (who knew office supplies were capable of sexual positions) and good sports. They have really fun, witty banter and great chemistry. Braht’s protective side comes out when Ash’s ex is released from prison and when Braht’s big secret is revealed late in the book, Ash’s attitude and desire not to give up was fantastic as it really showed growth in her character. I had lots of LOL moments and really enjoyed this story. Considering I went into this book a little skeptical about the main characters and was completely won over, it’s a great testament to how much I liked the book.

“The sound of footsteps spurs me to action, by which I mean I adjust my spur and let my polo shirt fall over the tent I’m pitching in my trousers.”

“She smiles widely, the way an electric eel might smile before snatching down its prey”

“It smells like a pumpkin spiced latte threw up around here. I am definitely not feeling at peace with the fall spirit.”

“I’m not like other men, Ash. I’m Man 2.0.”

“Why can’t Ash admit that we are perfect together? I mean, I saw stars. Literally. And I swear to god the way her toes curled she must’ve at least seen a comet. A moon.”

“He needs to be held accountable. And by “held accountable” I mean “he needs to meet my fist in a parking lot at high noon.” I am not above going a little Westworld on his ass.”

“It’s the guy who has a firm grip on his man card that can hold your purse.”

“We can’t both have a meltdown today, okay? Let’s arm wrestle for it. Winner gets to have the panic attack. Loser buys the tequila.”

“I would put you out of your misery right this second, except prison food is too carby and I don’t look good in orange.”
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932 reviews440 followers
August 10, 2018
4.5 stars

Sabrina Bowen and Tanya Eby have combined their formidable forces once again to bring readers a wildly entertaining mother of all romantic comedies. I liked Man Hands a lot, but I loved Man Card.

Ashley and Braht were introduced in Man Hands. Ash is a tough-as-nails real estate agent who has hate/lust feelings towards her main competitor, Braht. Braht (I still can’t get over his name) loves a feisty woman, and he has a major thing for Ash. It seems like the more shade she throws, the more into her Braht becomes.

I thought I wouldn’t like Braht. In the previous book he comes across as too pretentious and his nicknames as super annoying. To my surprise, I absolutely adored him in this book. Somehow, his egotistical, metrosexual nature—complete with pedicures, top of the line facial products, and designer everything—only helped endear him more. Well, those things as well as his sense of humor and devotion.

We get to see that there’s a lot more underneath Ash’s tough exterior. She may be an awesome badass, but I love that Braht, of all people, allows her to safely show her vulnerable side. Whether they’re fighting or sexing it up—sometimes both at the same time—there’s a wonderful connection between them. These two are freaking hilarious together, and I enjoyed the evolution of their romance.

If you’re looking for a sexy little story that will have you laughing out loud one minute and swooning the next, be sure to check out Man Card.

Recommended for fans of:
Romantic comedy
**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**

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1,764 reviews3,836 followers
January 15, 2018
3.75 Nothing ventured, nothing banged! Stars

There were some great one-liners in this one but it's less lighthearted than Man Hands. Man Card picks up shortly after the conclusion of the first and involves the hard-nosed Ash and the guy who worships her, Braht. Who also just so happens to be her biggest rival at VanderMollen Realty.

Both of these characters have suffered hardships in their past and those hardships play large roles in the narrative. How their pasts intertwine was a clever twist that I wasn't expecting but solidified them and their coupletry in my mind.

Overall Man Card is what I would categorize as enemies to lovers lite. Yes, Ash "hates" him and puts up a decent front but she's unconvincing in her hatred especially considering every two minutes she's thinking about jumping on Braht's brat. Granted, she views this as a character flaw but try as she might, she is unable to resist him. The thing is, she doesn't trust herself anymore so she's reinvented herself as a together, self-sufficient woman who is highly organized with her color coded... everything, planner with inspirational stickers and washi tape who absolutely, unequivocally is not interested in a relationship.

Underneath the Ash-kicker exterior though something in her seems to recognize that Braht is for her and that evidences itself in little ways that add up to everything. As they become closer over the course of the story she begins to trust him and seek him out when she needs comforting. She's still take no prisoners when it comes to besting him in the real estate biz, but some part of her recognizes that Braht would never hurt her, never betray her.

Braht is one of those characters that's hard to resist. He's cocky, self-assured, charismatic and oozes confidence with his exceptional wardrobe, manscaping, excellent hygiene and constant usage of cheesy endearments. The thought that his honeybear a.k.a. Ash won't be forever his some day never enters his mind. No matter how much she snubs him, he just keeps pounding at her gates. He is a force but he's also intuitive particularly when it comes to her and I never expected to like him as much as I did.

Looking your best is 70% confidence, 20% raw material, 10% imported photographic lenses and 5% lighting. Pay no mind to the total of more than 100%, because in my case that’s what you’re getting. The poster is 105% awesome.

What these authors are really bringing to this series, aside from their chemistry, is the sexiness. If these two aren’t banging each other they’re thinking about banging each other. Braht even gets Ash’s office supplies in on the X-rated fun! If one were to fall into the judging a book by one’s cover category then one would probably believe that Braht with his penchant for spa days, mani/pedis, chick flicks and highbrow facial creams would be extra genteel when it came to visiting Pound Town for fear of mussing his hair or wrecking his manicure.

Exhibit A:

"I don't like you very much," she says in a small voice.
"You'll like me better when I've tied you to the bed in your parents' cottage."
She makes a noise that's half rage, half lust. Oh, I've got her number. I really do.
"I brought four neckties in preparation, Hermès, of course. Very silky."

The defense rests.

He may be metrosexual but he's also a "sex god in pastel", so give that man a platinum man card! STAT!

As sexy as it is it does have more weight than the first in the series. It's still captivating, not overly heavy and left me with the warm fuzzies, but I missed the levity of the first one. In addition to the evolution of Ash getting her HEA, Brynn and Sadie are still integral to the story as is Tom. There were also a couple of tertiary characters that really made an impact in Bramly and Hank. Hank who used the term "pancake sandwich" in reference to someone's balls. Werd. Now, if that doesn't leave an impression I don't know what does.

I really hope Sadie's story is next and that it's not that far off, because that Earth mother needs some happy PRONTO! I *might* have a genuine conniption if it happens to be with Mr. Pancake Sandwich, because epic.

Recommend to enemies to lovers and contemporary romance fans who enjoy low-angst and fluffy reads.


An ARC was provided by the publisher.
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3,749 reviews441 followers
January 16, 2018
Hilarious and sexy…

“And this is very, very bad. I can’t fall in love with Braht.”

If you have read Man Hands (and I heartily encourage you to if you have not) than the rollicking hilarity and warmth in Man Card will come as no surprise. Ash and Braht had a, shall we say, interesting encounter in the first book so nothing these two do should surprise me. But it does! Their personal and career hijinks should be juvenile but they just aren’t. They are hysterically funny with no mean-spiritedness which speaks volumes to the feelings between them (that they don’t acknowledge). The jokes and shenanigans are open and honest even as they are smartly devious. And the awesome thing? They apologize to each other after every cunning move (what an awesome half-Canadian move)!

“I’m not like other men, Ash. I’m Man 2.0.”

And he so is! A man who can appreciate a mani-pedi, good clothes and the finer things in life? Evolution aside, he still maintains his man card in the way he looks after Ash in all ways including going he-man when required. I admit I’m a sucker for an alpha male and I wondered how I would get on with the Braht-man but he was so unlike any hero I’ve ever met, how could I not be all in? #TeamBraht. After all…

“Braht is a charming fucker.”

Ash was an awesome bad drama-less, good drama-full leading lady. She faced the good, the bad and the downright pornographic with an aplomb I could only admire. And the trio of besties? Brynn, Sadie and Ash are beautiful together. They keep it real – very real – in a funny, saucy and all kinds of crazy way. Cream puffs for the win!

From sexually active office supplies to cunning professional one-upmanships, this story read way too quickly for my liking! This series is on my fave list for the year already! I am in stalker mode now for Sadie’s story. She really, really deserves her own happily ever after! Plus Bramly… Yup, I don’t want this to end! ~Diane, 5 Cream Puff stars!


5 Honey Bear Stars

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When I finished Man Hands I couldn't wait to get my grubby mitts on this one, but I was worried this one wasn't going to be as good. I shouldn't have worried though I loved this just as much.

We met Braht and Ash in Man Hands when they had very loud messy sex in Brynn's pantry while she was filming a live cooking pod cast. But don't read into that because Ash HATES Braht well at least that's what she tells herself as she works hard to secure the sale of their friend Tom's house before Braht does.

Braht and Ash are both real-estate agents and I found them hilarious, I loved the constant power struggle between them as they both have dominant personalities. The competition and the cute little games they played against each other were fun, so of course when they finally came together they were smoking hot!!

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Just like Man Hands the cast of characters in Man Card is what made it for me, Ash and Braht are so different from Brynn and Tom but just as good. As well as being funny this had a great plot and I highly recommend it but I strongly suggest reading Man Hands first.

I had some very sad things happen last week and this book was able to lift my spirits and bring me out of my funk. I am so happy I found this author duo and look forward to their next release.

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440 reviews26 followers
February 8, 2018


I loved Man Hands and thought that no way book 2 could be better. But it was! It was so much better! Ash and Braht is the best couple ever! I love their banter!

I must confess I was skeptical about Braht when I met him in Man Hands. The dude is so vain, not alpha enough… BOY WAS I WRONG! He is so likable, so funny and so adorable. And he is manly in his own way. He is so ridiculously funny! Seriously! Couldn’t stop laughing! And also: what a dedicated man. There is no better company for a girl. Really!

If you want a funny, sexy and fast-paced story, Man Card is the book for you!

(Fingers are crossed for more stories in the series!!!)

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1,603 reviews1,238 followers
January 19, 2018
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4.5 Permanent Man Card CROWNS

Man Card by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby is absurdly hilarious, sweetly sexy, and pure enjoyment. From the first page, Braht had me laughing and swooning.

Braht makes this story. He is adorably absurd. From the way he dresses, his beliefs in manscaping, and the ludicrous nicknames, these ladies had me falling in love with this man. Although he is probably the most feminine hero I have ever read, there were still enough moments of masculinity to make me adore him.

Ash is a man-killer in business and life, which is explained as her character is developed, but she is an absolute Ashkicker. Her interactions with Braht are hilarious, and readers will love her as much as him.

The story moves a quick pace. The sexual attraction is in the air from the first page, and readers will be entertained by their antics from the first chapter. Their relationship moves fast with little real development between them, but their connection is authentic enough that I didn’t mind the fast relationship progression. The conflict seemed way more ominous then it actually is, but Man Card is a rom-com so the level of angst should be low. Either way, these two ladies deliver a fun and flirty read.

Man Card is a definite must read for rom-com lovers. You will laugh and swoon, and there is even some heat to get you cooking.
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Author 2 books148 followers
February 28, 2020
⭐️ [4.5/5 Stars] ⭐️

Uh. I have never read a character who is my clone. Ash is my clone. We are very very similar and it’s kinda freaking me out? I’m obsessed with her and also obsessed with Braht. He’s outrageous, ridiculous and so fucking cute. I love love love these kinds of characters. The men who don’t give a shit about masculine roles. Sigh. I want one he’s just so CUTE and he loves Ash so much and the sex was soooo steamy. Mmmhmm. Yes ma’am.

I love Sarina Bowen. I literally love everything she writes.
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1,787 reviews159 followers
September 11, 2018
Super funny and super sexy with a little mystery.

Absolutely loved it. Can't wait to read Boy Toy next.
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