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Work in Progress

(Cook Brothers #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,473 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Jamie Cook is a work-in-progress. He’s always wanted what his parents have: a good marriage, lots of kids, and financial security. He thought he’d have the first two with his ex-girlfriend while the third would come once he got his house-flipping business off the ground. When his ex doesn’t subscribe to his five-year plan, he makes Cook Brothers Construction his sole focus ...more
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Published May 22nd 2019 (first published March 22nd 2019)
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Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Life as a single mum has not been easy for April. After things went massively bad with her ex-husband she has been raising her gorgeous son Axel with the help of her mother-in-law. April works shifts at the local hospital as a nurse and things have been crazy busy for her. There is no time to focus on the things she wants, every minute she has spared is dedicated to Axel.

When she is trying to get some peace after a long day at work and disturbed by noise, at the recently sold house next door, it
Dilushani Jayalath
Actual Ratings = 3.8 stars

Now that was a really cute story. Although I would't have minded more information regarding the house flipping too (Occupational hazard I guess, lol). I felt as if we didn't get enough information to know about the house.

The romance was teeth hindering candy sweet cuteness. There was no angst although I would n't have minded some maybe from an annoying ex or something (sometimes I surprise my own self by the amount of angst I expect in books. Feel almost like a black
Melissa B (bookaddict_fanatic)
Work in Progress is the first book in the Cook County series that will have you laughing out loud with each encounter between Jamie, the hot houseflipping neighbor and April, the sassy single nurse. This book seduced me with the witty banter, sassy comebacks, fiesty attitude and explosive sexual chemistry that had we wondering when my pages would catch fire. Add in a rambunctious little boy who had my heart from the moment he snuck in. If you love a great family rom com then you definitely need ...more
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a huge amount of love for those Cool brothers, oh my god!

ARC received in exchange for an honest review

I knew from the moment I read the info about this book that I was going to love it and I wasn’t wrong. This book was so freaking good and I’m in absolute awe of how perfect it was.

When I read romance’s I fully expect a big disaster, a break up and crying, lots and lots of crying and sadness but not this one and it was quite refreshing. It was different, a good different and I absolutely
Spoilers ahead,2.5*

Single mom and her neighbor
This was a pretty low angst/no drama read. The h was a divorced single mom with an adorable little boy. She hadn't been with a man since her divorce from her cheating husband
H and his long term girlfriend broke up. He wasn't a manwhore
His brothers and family members were great secondary characters
Axel was my favorite character
Jessica Alcazar
What incredible fun this story turned out to be!! If the blurb doesn’t scream fun and #oneclick for you, let my words assure you that it was! #trust

Single parent romances, in my experience, tend to lean more towards tugging at your heart than making laugh out loud, but Work in Progress didn’t lean towards anything. It was the perfect blend of everything. From beginning to end I had a huge smile on my face. Both April and Jamie were well thought out and developed. Honestly, I can’t find a sin
Jul 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-but-not-read
Work in Progress is on sale for $0.99 (regular price $3.99) on Amazon today (7/27/2019)💞
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2019-books
Work in Progress is the delightful start to this Cook County series. This tale of Jamie Cook and the woman who would turn his world upside down and around simply made me happy! BJ Harvey once again gives us characters who can't help but be wonderful while finding a rightful place in our hearts. As Jamie treads lightly with his neighbor April while rehabbing a home right next to hers, it is just a matter of time before these two find themselves falling for the other while on a journey filled with ...more
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 5 Spunky Stars ~

What a fun, entertaining and sexy read!! Work In Progress is a great start to BJ Harvey’s newest series…..Cook County Series.

This series is a spin off from Ms. Harvey’s Game Series. Each of these books will be about the Cook Brothers. We first met the Cook Brothers in the Game series because they are Abi’s brothers (Game Saver) No the Game series doesn’t have to be read first to enjoy this newest book.
Escape into a Booksite
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
*4 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

Where can I find my own Jamie? This guy. What an adorable, sexy, wonderful male lead. I loved his sense of family, work ethic to do something he loves and had set his mind to, and the way he respected and treated, not only April, but Axel and Betty as well.

April was a fun and spunky female lead, and a strong one at that given her past. I also really loved Axel. That kid. He sure gets his spunky attitude from his Mum.

This was a re
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars!
Cute, safe, steamy story.
Safe book!!
Single mother, hot neighbor and a lot of sexy banter!
Love MC!! Hero was a book boyfriend! Heroine is sassy sexy spunky woman!
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the Cook County series had me from the start. The blurb, the title and the cover do everything to draw you into opening the pages to this story and getting lost amongst the words. Jamie is a man on a mission out to prove something and April is the single mum who is not about to be pushed aside and forgotten again. Jamie will win your heart with his personality, his charm, his endearment for April and the way he cares for her six year old son. Work In Progress is a story that is ...more
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, alpha-male
I Absolutely love single parent romances. And then to add in that its a new series of brothers, awesome.
This is both of that and i have to say the first book in the series was definitely a good read for me.
Jamie was an ordinary guy who was trying to find his passion, so he decided to start flipping houses. So with the help of his brothers and friends he finally found something that he is passionate about. Now if he can only convince the sassy, sexy single mom next door to see more than the first
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Work In Progress is a really fun, light hearted, easy to read rom-com featuring a single Mum, and her gorgeous house flipping neighbour. Bit of a slow burn romance, with lots of banter and chemistry between these 2 neighbours to keep the reader entertained.

Jamie, the house flipper, doesn't make the best first impression on his new neighbour April. He has his work cut out for him winning over the single Mum who has completely captured his attention. He also finds himself occupied at times with Ax
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

The first installment of Harvey’s new Cook Brothers Series was a light and sweet read. I was really excited when I found out she was going to be making a series for Abi’s brothers. Work in Progress was a fantastic introduction to the series and the brothers.
Harvey delivers endearing characters and an engaging storyline. Jamie Cook was incredibly charming. I was smitten. April Williams was feisty and cute. I enjoyed their story. We got to see a sweet romance blossom and grow. There wasn’t a
Becky Rendon
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Work in Progress is definitely the kind of home improvement I can get behind. I'm a klutz, an accident waiting to happen so it's in my best interest to keep power tools, nails, and hammers (oh my!) far, far away from me.

This DIY flipper and his new neighbor have chemistry oozing from them. Add in a smile inducing, rambunctious six year old to the mix, it's kryptonite to any romantic. With sass and spunk, our heroine had me at hello- even if it took forever to "learn" her name. Work in Progress
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this little beauty, including the sexy ass god on the cover!
Jamie is such an amazingly sweet guy. He falls for Sassy April and her adorable little boy from the first moment he meets them. April’s no nonsense attitude and sarcasm had me laughing out loud throughout.
What I liked most was that it was actually a realistic novel. The characters were normal! No millionaires, no sexy boss types..... my kinda book!
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Work in Progress is a beautifully written feel-good romance! The characters were all well done, and I would definitely hang out with them. I loved Jamie and April, but I think April's son, Axel, was my favorite! He was a fleshed out character and not only there as a prop.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
↪ R E V I E W ↩

Not my first read by this author but official review I guess! I have read BJ Harvery books a while ago and for a long time so, I am familiar with the writing.

Okay, from the start this was epic, by start i mean the BLURB. After-all it's really what grasped me, I LOVE LOVE Single-parent romance especially Mom's. This was one of the best ones. When Jamie's "plans" derale he decides to make it his life mission to up-bring Cook Brothers Construction, his current main focus. The meeting
Erin Lewis
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 star Review Work In Progress(Cook County #1) by B.J. Harvey
Book one in a brand new series and I for one cannot wait to see where BJ Harvey takes us, if Work in Progress is any indication. This is a great example at RomCom at it’s finest.
There is nothing that I did not enjoy about this book. From the first to the last page I was all in with Jamie Cook, April Williams and in fact the whole Cook family.
For April life as a single mum has had it’s challenges, throw in a mother who is a determined
Chanah Dickson (The Book Whisperer)
What a super hot single parent read, the chemistry between the two characters had me waiting for my kindle to burst into flames it was smoking and when we did get to the hot parts the temperature soared off the scale!

Every single character featured in this story made this a perfect read from start to finish, from Jamie’s wild and crazy brothers to April’s hilarious son Axel and his much loved gran Betty they all gave us moments of laughter that had me falling deeper for this book with every pag
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, multi-pov, sexy-time
Have you ever had one of those neighbors that was loud and obnoxious and didn't seem to know that he was being loud and obnoxious?
Well, lucky you. April can't say the same--at least not when she first meets Jamie Cook. Because he's just that: loud, obnoxious, and drunk.

And so begins the natural back-and-forth banter that spurs this book along. Jamie and April are so much fun and sweet. The push-and-pull, the toe-to-toe, the chemistry.... It's all there and it makes for one heck of a book.
Paige Nicole
What a sweet, funny, angst free book! There is next to no drama in this book and I’m all for it (woah adults having rational conversations and working out their issues, rather than dramatically breaking up for little reason).

Six year old Axel was very funny. Such a little spitfire, and seemed pretty realistic to the age.

Both Jamie and April were fantastic. You could see the impact of their previous failed relationships, but they weren’t “damaged.” They were actual adults, behaving like adults,
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book (given by the author)...

3.5 stars

This is a spin-off from the Game Series.

This was a cute read about Jamie, Abi's (from Game Saver) brother, and his sassy neighbor, April. Jamie and April meet under interesting circumstances which totally hooked Jamie right from the beginning. I loved all the characters in this book especially Axel and I loved Abi, Cade and Jase.

I did enjoy the book, but there was really no drama or ordeal that Jamie or April had to conq
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
This was fun. Seriously romantic comedy. If you love watching flip house shows and romance you will find this one to be just what you were looking for to have them both at the same time. I loved getting to meet the characters. Jamie was more than just a pretty face and hot body. He was a man that had deep dreams. Behind the bad hot boy exterior was the soul of a man that wanted a family and a loving marriage. He find that next door could be his answer. No. It was not just that simple. April woul ...more
This one was a fun read. Sometimes it's nice to read something that is perfectly nice, something I have absolutely no problems with (not any major ones at least). I liked the characters, I liked the plot and I just liked the overall vibe. It was fun loving and while it didn't evoke any deeper emotions, I had a good time nonetheless.

My only one problem was that Jamie didn't actually apologise in the very beginning. I don't understand why that's been bothering me but it has. Apart from this thoug
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fun to read ... who doesn't love a single mom read. I really liked Jamie and April as there own people but then add in the chemistry and it makes it scorching. This book doesn't have the typical drama that most books have an it makes it read quicker for me. Can I just say that Axel is beyond adorable and I would totally steal him. He keeps you on your toes through out the book. Can't wait too see what happens in the next book im glad that all worked out in the end.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jamie is starting a new venture in his life and hoping for the best. What he doesn’t expect is his feisty next door neighbor. April and Jamie don’t have the best first encounter with each other but you can’t stop the immediate chemistry between them.

Jamie and April both have their own baggage from their past and they have to deal with that before they can move forward. I also loving little Axel and he had laughing throughout this book. I loved personalities of both characters and the supporting
Noel Hicks
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why can't more books be like this no angst just them falling in love and making a go of it. If the rest of the series does this too then I will be very happy
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!

This was the best Rom-Com I've read in a long time. The way the story of April & Jamie evolved was definitely fun & interesting. I am definitely going to get but the rest of the series! This was the first book I've read by this Author.
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BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Bliss Series. She also regards herself as a smut peddler, suspense conjurer and a funny romance thinker upper.

An avid music fan, you will always find her singing some hit song badly but loving every minute of it. She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful girls, and hails from what she considers as the best country in the world—New Zealand. Currently

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