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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Romance on Aisle Sixteen—opposites attract amid the hammers and screws of the home improvement store.

Gabe Mason became a father at seventeen, and his daughter, Ellie, is the most important thing in his life. But being the parent the courts demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams—education, making furniture, a gay social life—to be a model dad with a steady, relia
ebook, 192 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
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Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019, mm, dsp
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Emily Seelye
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, m-m, musicians, age-gap
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this.

Jerry is a famous musician who just wants to take a break from his busy life so he buys a house off the grid.

Gabe is a single father who ends up overseeing the renovation of Jerry’s house. He will do anything for his daughter, including taking a crazy side job.

They slowly fall in love, and I love that the teenaged daughter is a big part of their life.

The only negative part of this is that it takes Jerry too long to admit who he is, hurting Gabe in the process.

Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book. I've enjoyed Ms Lain's books for a long time, and I predict that this will be another hit. Gabe (works at a hardware store, gay dad to a teenage daughter) and Jerry (Uber famous rock star) come together in this sweet love story.

A charming romance, but also the two guys struggle to see how they can work together. Despite this, the story isn't dripping in angst and is quite a happy love story throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed reading how Gabe and Jerry's love grew, and also how
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here it goes....this story is really cute. Yes, I said cute. Gabe is a single dad doing his best to raise his daughter. He has given up some of his dreams to give her a stable life. His ex-wife is a constant source of tension in their lives. Gabe doesn't date because he is aware that his ex is likely to use his dating as a cause to change the custody arrangements. And then Gabe meets Jerry and his world is turned upside down. Jerry is an incredibly awkward dude. He stops in at the home improveme ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Home Improvement by Tara Lain is a sweet single dad romance that I just adored. Gabe Mason is a gifted carpenter but there isn’t a big market for custom furniture where he lives so he works in a home improvement store and makes do so his daughter can see her mother. I loved Ellie the daughter. She is smart, gifted and a terrific kid. It took me a bit to warm up to Jerry but by the end I loved him just as much as Gabe and Ellie. This story is guaranteed to warm the cockles of even the hardest hea ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very standard story of rock star meets ‘common man’. You can see the plot coming from miles away. But because Tara Lain writes it well, it’s very enjoyable. The storyline with the ex was a bit weird, that could have been done better (I always have a problem with a character suddenly doing a complete 180- it always feels like it’s done because it’s necessary for the plot). Also there are not a lot of sexy times.....
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free copy of Home Improvement. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*

4.5 stars

Home Improvement was another amazing story by Ms. Lain. I loved Gabe and Jerry, and I think I fell the hardest for Ellie, Gabe's daughter.

The sales person from home improvement and the mega rockstar really hit it off, and their sparks were strong and in all the colors of the rainbow. I enjoyed the fact that Jerry was hiding in Oregon, and how he and Gabe got to know each ot
Elaine Gray
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Tara Lain never disappoints! Home Improvement is a sweet, romantic, fun, happy love story. Jerry is a rock star living in the closet and Gabe is a single dad raising his daughter. It's a slow-building romance and they took their time getting to know one another. Gabe knew something was up but couldn't quite put his finger on it until he went to a concert. All Jerry wanted to do was live his life to fullest but was scared to come out. The attraction between is shown from start to finish ...more
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 Stars

Spoiler-Free review.

Home Improvement was the perfect afternoon read. Read in one sitting, I was hooked from the start, finding the interactions between the characters realistic and endearing.

Gabe is a single dad to a teenage daughter. While he feels as if he's struggling at life, he isn't in the parental department. Ellie is a good kid, taking after her father, so no fear on this front. A solid character, Gabe's passio
Jenny Wood
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gabe’s life consists of two things… working at the homewares store and providing the best life he can for his teenage daughter. He puts everything else on the back burner, partly because he wants her to have the best life, but also because his ex-wife, depending on the man she’s with at the moment, is just itching to take him back to court to get custody of their daughter, even though she’s almost 17 and able to make those decisions for herself…..

I first want to say that I adored this story, bu
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a pretty sweet story, but a reminder that secrets can hurt.
Jerry is trying to keep himself hidden. He goes into a home improvement store looking for stuff to renovate his new home, but really has no clue where to start. But meeting Gabe, who works there, has settled Jerry in a way he really never had been and he wants to hire Gabe immediately to renovate his home. Gabe has no clue with most of the stuff but knows people who do and they get started. Pretty soon the house is looking like
This was pleasantly sweet, a little unrealistic, and a different take on the whole “rock star” trope.

I’ll start with what I found unrealistic, which begins with the blurb. I don’t know of any court that would demand a parent give up pursuing an education, because an education (read, degree) means better job prospects and better job prospects are win-win for families. That rankled me.

The book also flipped between saying at 17, Ellie has a voice in the court system, to no, she would arbitrarily
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

If a fluffy romance between a carpenter and a rock and roll god sounds like your brand of screws, this delightful story will hit the nail on the head.

Gabe Mason is a 33 yr old single gay man raising his 17 year old daughter. His ex-wife is still in the picture, just enough to threaten his ability to have a life without worrying about her taking him to court. He makes his own furniture in his spare time, but living in Oregon doesn't truly afford him an opportunity to get his business off
Gabe becomes a father at 17 and spends the next 16 years supporting his daughter, working at a steady job and making beautiful handcrafted furniture in his spare time. Or as his daughter says "I live with a man who pretty regularly gives up what he wants to do in his life for somebody else, namely me. It's great, but it's not a sustainable strategy." Or as Jerry says: "Gabe gave up his childhood to assure she had hers."

Jerry, wearing a weird beanie and sunglasses, shows up at the ImproveMart whe
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, romance
4.25 stars

“Home Improvement” by Tara Lain features single father Gabe Mason, who is content to devote his life to providing for his soon-to-be seventeen-year-old daughter. His life gets complicated when an unusual customer at the home improvement store hires him for a home renovation that is going to be life-changing for both of them.

This lovely adult contemporary gay romance reminds me of why I adore this author’s stories so much—I’m always smiling by the end, and the angst is relatively low-k
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Gabe was a young father who gave up his dreams to raise his daughter. He has spent his life taking by care of her no matter the cost to himself.

Working at the local home improvement store affords Gabe the freedom to be there for his daughter and make a decent living. Sometimes he gets lonely but being the best dad he can be is his priority right now.

When a strange man walks into the store, Gabe goes to help and is mesmerized by him. He helps him and then he comes back to ask Gabe for help at hi
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet romance, a true Tara Lain story with easily lovable characters and an enjoyable story.
Gabe is the best father he can be to his wonderfully smart teenage daughter, working a steady job and staying away from dating to prevent any possible backlash in his custody of her. He definitely didn't bank on Jerry. He's so freaking adorable right from the start with how nervous he is around people and with such an innocence about him. His immediate attachment to Gabe makes for some fun times an
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hits on Every Level

What a surprise, and what a beautiful book this is! Cover man Gabe Mason is a 33-year-old single father of 17-year-old Ellie which sets the stage for the entire plotline and romance.

You can see what is likely to happen as Gabe, who is a customer service person at a home improvement store, gets snookered by the mysterious mid-20s slacker-like Jerry Castor into taking over the complete renovation of an incredibly stunning, yet decrepit, mansion in Ashland, the tony town up the
Joyfully Jay
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

Please forgive me if I gush a bit about Tara Lain’s latest novel, Home Improvement. I loved this story. From the wonderfully mature and loving Ellie who had her dad’s back, to Jerry who just wanted to be seen for who he really is, to Gabe who has sacrificed everything, including a personal life with a potential partner for his daughter, this book is a sweet and tender romance, as well as a lovely reminder that family is what you make of it and not necessarily what y
Amy Dufera
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tara Lain's Home Improvement is a fantastic romance. There's some mystery, as Jerry's hiding something. He's sleeping on an air mattress, but can pay for handmade furniture. Gabe knows something's up, but it takes a while for him to figure things out.

This romance is fun and intriguing. But it isn't until half way through that things really get good. I was surprised at the difference between the first and second halves. The first part is okay, but the second half is awesome.

Gabe's relationship w
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tara Lain has been on my TBR list for quite some time now and Home Improvement caught my attention with some of my favorite tropes: opposites attract, single father - is home improvement a trope? It really REALLY should be.

It’s a bit predictable - It’s kind of like looking at a map, you know you’ll start at point A and end at point B but its all the roadside attractions along the way. And because this is a romance we’re guaranteed a HEA.

A reluctant rock star. A home improvement store employee.
*A copy was provided by the author for free in exchange for an honest review*

Another sweet lowkey read. I really felt for Jerry in his desperation for something real. Gabe I both liked and had issues with. I loved Ellie! The plot is pretty predictable and plays out fairly obviously. I had issues with Gabe's holding Jerry accountable for the assumptions Gabe made. He has a black card that works. He's obviously not broke. It's not his fault you jumped to that conclusion. Don't punish him because y
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - There's a lot to like about this story of a single dad who meets an eccentric guy and can't help being drawn to him, eventually becoming ensnared by him. This new relationship allows Gabe to stretch his skills beyond what he has conscribed his future to be in order to provide for and protect his teenage daughter. Gabe soars with his new job and new relationship, but Jerry has a secret that causes things to start falling apart. Gabe had questioned his new reality in the beginning, and ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Finding your heart and choosing your future theme is beautifully done in this story. Carving our a bit of life for you when the world is demanding so much of your time can be daunting. These MC's both have immense demands on their time and their commitments are important. I really enjoyed the low angst and beautifully crafted plot that moves the reader on a journey that will touch your heart.

Gabe and Jerry are wonderful characters that i found touchable and was rooting for them to find their wa
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This was an adorable story. Gabe has focused on being the best father he can since Ellie was born, which means he put his own life on hold a bit for her, but he would never regret the great women she has turned out to be. Working for Jerry seems like a great opportunity to earn some extra money for Ellie's college fund but turns out to be so much more.

Gabe and Jerry's first meeting was a little strange as were th
Erica Fisher
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Home Improvement A Love Story by Tara Lain was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Working at a home improvement store has its share of weird people and Gabe has had a few but never one like Jerry. Jerry, shy and very private, just bought a house in need of some major renovations and finding Gabe was a lucky trip to the store. I absolutely adored this story, I loved the house with all the renovations which were so well described I could really see the work done. I would love to love in ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
3.5 stars. A cute story, but it didn't wholly work for me. Jerry at the beginning was too big a contrast with Jet and the development of the relationship went too fast from just interested to forever love. And just like in Knight of Ocean Avenue the sexy times had a bit of a weird vibe. I loved the inclusion of Ellie and the family feeling the three of them created though.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such an amazing story. I love Gabe and Jerry! Gabe is such an amazing dad to Ellie even though he had her when he was a kid himself. The Jerry I just wanted to wrap up in a hug. He is so shy and awkward but has a secret. This is such a sweet story and I love that it's a friends to lovers slow burn romance. I just couldn't stop reading.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a charming, fun romance to read. I thoroughly enjoyed Home Improvement by Tara Lain.
Gabe and Jerry seem like they could not be more unsuitable for each other yet they are exactly what the other needs.

Add in that one is a single dad and I'm sold! Tara has such a wonderful ability to show the heart of her characters. As a reader you become invested in their HEA!
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I have to say, I’m in love with this story! Rock God falls in love with single dad who works in a home improvement store *signs happily* Jerry was just so beautiful, and Ellie was wonderful, best kid ever! I was just so happy with the overall development of the story, and the ending was just amazing! 🖤🖤
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Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara had the first novel she ever wrote accepted for publication in 2011. She’s now on book 45 and counting. After an exotic life of travel all over the world an ...more