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Handle With Care

(Saddlers Cove #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  607 ratings  ·  167 reviews
What if all you want is the one thing you can’t have?
First grade teacher Emily Towson always does the right thing. The sensible thing. But in her dreams, she does bad, bad things with the town’s baddest boy: Tanner O’Connor. But when he sells her grandmother a Harley, fantasy is about to meet a dose of reality.
And then he goes and calls her “sensible”...
Tanner can’t b
ebook, 405 pages
Published July 30th 2018 by Entangled: Amara
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Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
A small-town romance with the promise of a sweet happily ever after? Count me in. The blurb really got me and I was definitely in the mood for a sweet romance. And Nina Croft more than delivered on her promise.

Tanner O'Connor was one of the towns bad boys. Time spent in prison for a crime he didn't commit only hardened his shell. But beneath it all beat a heart that loved the town of people who judged him cruelly without knowing him. He was a man who portrayed someone who could care less while h
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
He was bad news, and she was the epitome of a nice girl...

The blurb to this book hooked me immediately. I'm a sucker for a small town romance, and then you add a surprise pregnancy into it and stick a fork in me. I'm DONE!

Tanner has been the town's pariah long before he went to prison. He's been out for six years, but the stigma of his drunk of a father on top of his being an ex-con has still follows him. Not that he does much to dissuade the town people of their preconceived
Bookworm Extraordinaire

This book is a little hard for me to review because, for the most part, I enjoyed it a lot. I found it sweet. It was pretty low angst. The hero had been celibate for three years. The heroine wasn't a virgin. There was no OW drama. A little OM drama (but nothing bothersome). It was mildly spicy. It had excellent secondary characters. I especially loved Mimi and Josh, and their secondary romance. I want to read more about Tanner's brothers. I found the heroine quite likable. And the ending was swe
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is my first book by Miss Croft and it wont be my last! Handle with Care took me by surprise. Form the blurp I am expecting a typical cheesy romance between a good girl and bad boy. And boy I was in for a ride. A wonderful ride it is. This book has so many wonderful characters and moral story. For me the moral story is be fearless. Be yourself.

Emily is a typical good shoe woman who arrange her life to be in safe zone. But inside of her is a spirited sassy clever and fearless woman who longs
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 - "Show me how wild you can be…" Stars!

Handle With Care takes us to the town of Saddler Cove and its residents. In particular the Tanner family, teacher Emily Towson and her grandmother Mimi Delaney. We are basically talking about your A-typical small American town, particularly when it comes to it's small-minded, judgemental bigoted residents, who have long memories and little to offer in the way of forgiveness.

She’d had secret fantasies about Tanner since she was old enough to know what b
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
1.5 ~ Not what I was expecting ~ Stars

I normally like small town romances because although the gossip is a sure thing and privacy is an illusion, the sense of togetherness and friendship overrides the negative. I didn't really get that feeling in HWC. In fact I really couldn't connect the dots as to how all the negativity and judgement in this town could possibly be appealing to anyone. In Tanner's shoes, I probably would have reacted the same way, tbh (or you know, left this town in the du
.Under the pages
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, review
Coming out soon! Review available at Under the Pages.

DNF at 15%

I'm only 15% in and already I've encountered all the things I dislike in a romance novel.
▻ Clumsy, goody-two-shoes heroine that turns into a hormonal hornball at the sight of the bad boy
▻ A hero that is a total pig - acts like one, talks like one
▻ Cringe-worthy dialogue
▻ Painful lack of chemistry between the two main characters, however:
▻ Cheesy, overdone first sexual encounter

Let me paint the scene here: Your grandma buys a Harley, and of course you disapprove. So you go down to the
Marta Cox
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok cards on the table and I admit I only picked this as I’ve previously enjoyed the authors paranormal offerings. In fact I’m not really a contemporary romance fan but my curiosity got the better of me so these are my thoughts.
Goody two shoes heroine Emily who has always had a thing for bad boy Tanner finally gets a chance to get her hands on him and goes for it. Yes the apparently sensible teacher has a wee wild side of her own and frankly why not ? Oh well that will possibly be down to the fac
Emily Towson is the epitome of a good girl. First grade teacher, conservative dress, polite, well-mannered, thoughtful. But when her boyfriend Ryan proposes she recoils in horror, particularly when he compliments her on being so sensible. Emily grandmother Mimi might be close to 70 years old but she's young at heart and she sees the way that her buttoned up grand-daughter looks at Tanner O'Connor, the town's bad boy, and decides to engineer a fling. But when a school teacher and the bad boy have ...more
4 stars

Handle with Care by Nina Croft is a sweet and heartwarming read and I really enjoyed it.
Both Tanner and Emily were likable characters, I enjoyed reading their love story.
They both had issues that kept coming up but together they were able to overcome them to be together. I also enjoyed the side characters and how they helped make this such a heartwarming read.

Overall, Handle with Care is a lovely start to the Saddlers Cove series, looking forward to reading more in the near future.

💘 Downl
Susan (susayq ~)
I really, really liked this!

Emily and Tanner have crushed on each other for years, each thinking they didn't stand a chance. Emily was the good girl, Tanner, the town bad boy. Things happen and they end up dating and getting to know one another and I LOVED watching them fall in love. There were interesting side characters and I can't wait to see what happens with them.

My only complaint is that Tanner's woe is me attitude went on WAY too long. Had he shaped up earlier, I think this would have be
Kristy K
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this melodramatic and long. The writing was good though.
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
-Kacie, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is one of those books where you think the blurb sounds interesting but there’s no way it will live up to the hype. I was wrong! This book/story was so much more than I imagined it would be. I was intrigued and sucked in from the very first page.

Growing up, Tanner O’ Connor was the son of the town drunk. Every one thought he was a “bad boy” so that was the persona he took on. Emily Towson is a sensible person. Everything she does is sensible and safe. After turning down a
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! I love the falling for the bad boy type books. Tanner  is the bad boy who works at the motorcycle shop and Emily is the good girl who is a teacher. But you find out Emily has thought about Tanner her whole life. She has a wild side! I seriously love these types of books because you always find out Tanner is not the bad boy everyone thought he is and he has this sweet side. This is my first book by this author and I can´t wait to read more. Her writing style had me engrossed ...more
Tania's Book Blog
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Tanner and Emily weren’t too bad but it was just lacking something that I can put my finger on. It was a sweet small town romance that focused on two people that were completely different on paper but someway hit it off. Tanner wasn’t the hero I expected him to be and Emily was likeable. The secondary characters made the story much more interesting.

Besides everything else their romance was cute and Emily made it funny especially her grandmother Mimi. She was meddling but hilarious. Tanner’s bro
Sofia Lazaridou
Aug 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
The best ending for this book is the one where Tanner realizes that Emily is one of the worst women he could have into his life and decides to break up with her and leave her alone forever. She didn't deserve him and I am saying that after having read some of his not so finest moments. She kept pushing him away for no reason and was overreacting for half the book. The last quarter of the book was almost unreadable because she was a terrible person. She was saying that she loved Tanner, but she w ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emily and Tanner. Miss perfect school teacher and the town ex-con bad boy. Set up by her Gran Mimi, when she wants Emily to stop playing safe and start living life, Mimi goes to town to buy and Harley from Tanner. Tanner and his two brothers own a shop in town, selling and restoring old hogs.
Tanner is bitter, having served time for killing his best friend when he was younger in a car accident.
Didn't help that the golden boy came from the most elitist family in their tiny town. The Conner brother
Elizabeth Neal
In real life, Emily, a first grade teacher, is a good girl, always doing what's expected of her, never straying from the straight and narrow. But her dreams are a different matter and can't be controlled. And her focus is Tanner, aka the bad boy. Who else would it be? And then her grandma buys a Harley, from Tanner, and Emily is about to make her dreams come true. Well, maybe.

Tanner knows what people think of him, and doing two years in prison doesn't help that reputation even if it was six year
Bette Hansen
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It was one of those books that I had no expectations when I started but before long the awesome characters and the intriguing storyline had me fully invested and unable to put it down. Tanner is known as the town bad boy. He's one of the sons of the town drunk and after a car accident he was sent to prison after being convicted of causing the death of his friend. Emily Towsen is a school teacher and a good girl but she's always had a soft spot for Tanner and never believed he ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bad-boys
3 Baby Hormones stars!


“You’re gonna undo me looking at me like that.”“I want to undo you.”

When I read the blurb, I knew I needed to have this book. It's an unplanned pregnancy, ladies! Add the arrogant bad boy to the mixer and the town pristine sensible teacher and I'm a goner.

“He was bad news, and she was the epitome of a nice girl”

I must admit that the story of Handle with Care wasn't what I really expected which disappointed me, yet it was an okay read with interesting characters and a s
Tasha Mahoney
Handle With Care starts out smoking hot. Tanner is the stuff that women’s dreams are made of and Emily Towson is no exception to that rule. Gorgeous, guarded, seriously hot with his good looks, moody persona and bad boy reputation. Is it any wonder that he turns heads.

Tanner’s family had for many years been given a hard time by the town and then Tanner went to prison for killing his best friend in a car accident. His best friends father just happens to be town royalty and many shun the O’Connor
Britt The Hatters
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Whew! Angst, steam, and swoon are all prominent in Handle With Care and take you on one heck of a ride! This book is certainly a roller coaster of emotion and brought out so many feelings in me as a read it. Everything from heart melting romance to utter frustration and tears, I felt it while I was reading this.
Emily was hard for me to love. While she was sugary sweet to nearly everyone, her attitude towards Tanner at times really came off as judgmental and snobbish. It was a lot of one step fo
Jazmyne [Ramblings of a Bookworm]
"How did I look at him?" She wasn't sure she wanted to know the answer to that one.
"Like you looked at Beauty that day at the pony auction. When you were six years old. Like he was all you wanted, and you would die happy if you could just have him for your own."

It took me a little while to truly get into this story. The characters were great, especially Mimi! But there was something about the beginning flow of the story that I just felt ... disconnected from it. Could've been me, but eventually
Love & Lavender Book Review
3.5 Stars

Handle With Care is a mixed bag for me. I wanted to love it, and some parts I REALLY did!! The first 35-40% were totally on point; I was totally invested in Emily and Tanner. Their secret crushes on either other that blew up into one hot scene was FIRE!

I thought for sure this small town romance, mixed with a surprise pregnancy and a grandma matchmaker and I'd be swooning. But then the story slowed right down. I was honestly disheartened by how long it took me to read Handle With Care.
Bibliophile  Chloe
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Saddler Cove Series

Well, it happened again! I found another new to me author to stalk! 

Handle with Care is the first book in a hopefully new series.  This book is a fantastic introduction to the people of Saddler Cove. Small town drama and small town living.

This story is more than just the love story of Tanner and Emily.  It's so much more! I loved the multiple POV's and the secondary romance that was going on!

Emily is a fantastic character! I loved her honesty.  I enjoyed the fact that she was
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
I was hooked when I read the blurb of this book, however I was a bit disappointed.

I enjoy books like this, bad guy, good girl, etc. And for the most part I loved it, but then it became tiresome, the constant back and forth, just was too much for me.

Emily has had a crush on Tanner, the town bad boy for a while. And because Tanner went to prison he is even more bad boy than she can handle. But then her grandmother decided it was time that her grand daughter, miss sensible got out of her rut and sh
Heather 123
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Eh... this book was just okay.

Honestly if it wasn't for the added story of Mimi/Josh I think I would have stopped reading it. At least that extended the book a little for me.

While I felt for Tanner and what he was going through, I kept wanting to shake him. The constant whining and complaining just got old. If he hated the way people saw him why not do something about it?

Emily was too stuck up and selfish for me. She kept wanting to change Tanner when it was her who needed to be changed.

I also
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Stars!

4 Stars!

Nina Croft is brand new to me but she definitely hit a few of my marks with this likeable romance. Easy. Sweet. Sexy. Light hearted. Unforgettable. Just the right amount of push and pull to keep me hanging on... Saddler Cove was an amazing, page turning small town romance with all of the feels, emotions, and warmth these romances promise in a sweet little package.

Handle With Care took me on quite the ride and from that blurb I knew it would be fun. The bad boy who isn't all that
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having a craving just like the character for a bad boy this one filled it to the fullest. Emily being a teacher has a set of standards that especially in today's time is important so dreams it is. Dreams though can come to life don't ya know with this having Tanner larger than life. When they cross paths and things happen this author will have you following their every step. Astonishingly to you will get a shake up with you pulled to the edge by these two with you not going anywhere until you se ...more
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