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An Irresistible Force

(Handymen #2)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  26 reviews
She needed a safe place. He was determined to give her one.

TV landscaper Eli Zorn has always been a fixer. But when a family medical situation teaches him there are some things you just can’t fix, he’s desperate to return to work for a distraction. The demolition of an old cottage in tranquil Muskoka, Ontario, is just the ticket.

Unfortunately, a gorgeous woman has handcuff
ebook, 337 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Totally Bound Publishing
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~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Really liked it!

I loved that this book is more of a slow burn and that Eli and Bernie connect at a deep level and have emotional, real conversations. Really appreciate that! Also their chemistry and banter were off the charts! You can tell they are attracted to each other from the get go.

I also want to say thay I really appreciate the respectful way Rosanna handled the topic of bullying (they were both bullied in the past)

Overall this was a great book that I highly recommend.

Sarah Smith
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my holy god, this book is AMAZING! I am a huge fan of Rosanna's Handyman Series and absolutely LOVED A Good Man, the first book in this series. I have been waiting on the edge of my seat for book #2, and it was worth the wait because this book delivers. It has a feisty heroine, a sweet and protective hero, and a forced proximity enemies-to-lovers trope that is my personal catnip.

Eli Zorn has a home renovation series with his two other brothers and is the landscaper expert. When they're taske
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book grabbed at my heartstrings and I was almost crying by the end. Bernie and Eli recognize a kindred spirit in each other when they find out that they are both victims of bullying in high school. Eli first encounters Bernie when he finds her handcuffed to the central pillar in a cottage that belongs to her uncle and that is fixing to be destroyed. Eli is tasked with trying to talk some sense into her and it is during their discussions about the house that he learns about her being bullied ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-novels
4 really solid stars for An Irresistible Force! We may like our romance on the historical side, but we sometimes make exceptions. And we can't promise anything, but we can say that if a contemporary romance features a behind-the-scenes look at a reality TV show starring three hot handyman brothers, then it's likely a book we'll make an exception for. ⁠

An Irresistible Force starts strong with some great main characters. We really liked the Canadian setting, the mature protagonists, and the villai
Queen of the Geeks
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TW: Bullying

I am a huge fan of Rosanna Leo and this book is no exception to this. I absolutely loved this book. So much playful snark and sarcasm but beneath it all so much loneliness and pain. Both Eli and Bernie both had a sad backgrounds as kids that gives them a irresistible pull to each other. Together they both learn they can let go of the past and have a future they determine.

Eli is both a gentle and thoughtful hero who patiently waits for Bernie to trust him, not only to trust him but
Laurel Greer
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to get to read an ARC of An Irresistible Force, and the book lived up to my anticipation in every way. Eli’s combination of protectiveness and compassion, as well as his willingness to believe Bernie, melted me. Bernie was a wonderful heroine; it was easy to root for such a determined character. Also, the family cabin angle hit all my nostalgia buttons, and the handyman parts are as delicious as they were in Handyman #1. The romance was emotional, hot, and believable. I apprecia ...more
Helen (Blissfully Bookish Besties)
An Irresistible Force is an amazing read. Well written and heartwarming, Eli and Bernie's story had me hooked from the very first page. I'm loving this series and can't wait for book 3!!
Karla Kratovil
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet & Sexy! Rosanna Leo hits the perfect balance of melt your heart and melt your panties! Eli Zorn certainly lives up to his nickname. This was a lovely story of two people who both struggled with bullying in their pasts and found a safe loving space with each other. I loved this book. ...more blog~
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 STARS!!!
Fantastic book! I am blown away by this author! An Irresistible Force is only the second book I've ever read from Rosanna Leo and it is an understatement to say I am impressed. The first book in this series, A Good Man was amazing as well. That book was original and real. I know the research this author went to, to make everything flow with the subject was spot on. In An Irresistible Force, the subject research was even more obvious. This book was about the consequences of bullying and
The Word Nerd Reviews Blog
An Irresistible Force is an emotional tale of facing the trauma of your past and being determined to come out the winner. Following on from The Good Man, this story follows the middle Zorn brother, Eli, the landscaper of the group. Enjoying an opportunity to reconnect and work with his old mentor, Peter, he meets Peter's niece, Bernie, and learns that not everything is always as it seems. Bernie's tough as nails exterior hides a traumatic past, and it is her damaged soul that calls out to Eli's ...more
First things first; I love the cover of this book!
An irresistible force is the second book in the ‘’handymen’’ series. I devoured this book in one sitting and was satisfied throughout. I found the writing style easy to follow, the characters likeable and the storyline entertaining. Eli Zorn is the middle Zorn brother and is the landscaper in the team. When they get a new project Eli ends up working with his old mentor. This job could really put his team/career/business on the map. What he doesn’
Behind Closed Doors Book Review
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bullying
Amount of sex 2 / 5
How explicit are the sex scenes 2.5 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

An Irresistible Force is the second book in the Handymen series written by author Rosanna Leo. Each book in this series tells the story of a different couple and can be read as a standalone romance. However, I do recommend reading the books in order. I believe it will give you a better foundation to understand and appreciate this storyline. Just know that it is a suggestion.

An Irresistible Force tells the stor
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simply put, this is an around great contemporary romance in a great series. While it can be read as a stand-alone, if you haven’t read book 1 of the Handymen series (A Good Man), I Strongly Suggest grabbing it up and reading it first as the characters and storyline do overlap and it will make for a much better reading experience.

The author has written a very well written romantic storyline with characters that are down to earth and very believable. In it have the quiet protective Eli and a heads
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This storyline is about bullying and the affects just an FYI.

--If you're a fan of HGTV then I highly suggest reading these books , this is book 2 in "The Handyman Series" this follows landscaper Eli Zorn who's such a cinnamon roll, he's so caring I really liked him alot, their was so many laugh out loud moments with the witty banter between the main MC's as much as the main heroine Bernie was so sassy she almost comes off abrasive using that as a cover, she's scared of letting people in after b
Rebecca Goss
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eli is the middle Zorn son and a part of a trio of brothers on “The Handymen” a television show that renovates homes and their gardens. Eli was elated to work on the garden of a cottage that would land him a spread in a magazine. He was shocked to find a woman handcuffed in the home, in protest of the demolition. He is assigned to watch Bernie when her protest and storms slow progress. They discover that they share a history of trauma, which has been brought forth recently. They are also very at ...more
Kat Turner
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, romance
An Irresistible Force is just that: irresistible. It's so full of heart and sweetness and is basically the perfect comfort read. Eli and Bernie are totally charming together and their romance has it all: banter, mutual care and respect, heat, and humor. They have a playful way about them that's so whimsical and refreshing--they absolutely read like two people falling in love who make sense together despite the obstacles they face.

The little moments they share bring their story to life in all of
Donna Sweeney
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kindly provided with an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review......

This was Eli and Bernie's book and what a great tale it was !!!. Eli is just such a gorgeous soul and when you finally peel back the abrasive layers of Bernie she is perfect for Eli.

This book is chocked full of wit, drama and PLENTY of twists and turns to keep you GLUED (well I was !!) to your kindle. Certainly this book was an "irresistible" read !!! I Loved reading the banter between the Zorn crew !!!. It can be q
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it had some sensitive issues involved and I really feel for Bernie & Eli as I suffered from bullying in my childhood as well. I thought these issues were handled very well and I love that the characters got some resolution! Bernie & Eli were perfect for each other and they certainly have an interesting 'how we met' story to tell!! I can't wait for Nick's story! I also kinda hope that maybe Lacey will get a story, even if it's within a story as I feel she's earned her ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story from Rosanna Leo. It's a hot romance, with an incredibly powerful backstory. It deals with the topic of bullying and shows just how much it can affect you, even through your adult years. It's a great story of finding the strength to overcome that and how finding the right person can help with the journey. Rosanna has obviously spent a lot of time perfecting this story, and you really get sucked into the book. I couldn't put it down.

I received a free review copy of this book
Kay Blake
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 in The Handymen Series
I havent been able to read much this year as my head space has been all over the place. This is the first book I've read in months and it delivered like Book 1.
Story was sweet, had moments that mad eme sad, and the steaminess was well worth the wait. Another great read from this author.
I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily offered to leave a review.
♥️Fantasy Land  Book Reviewer♥️

Book two of the Handymen series is just as sweet and wonderful as the first one. In An Irresistible Force, we get Eli's story and I have to say I could not put it down.

Rosanna took this story to a difficult level but kept it enjoyable. I am sure every person that will read this book will have dealt with the issues that go on in this story. Some times it was hard to read this book because it brought back memories of my own issues, but it is just what this book needs. It brings the family issues
Maria Rose
If you enjoy home renovation shows, this is definitely a romance you'll want to read! Eli is a TV handyman who is more interested in the work than the tv fame and the latest assignment for his crew involves renovating (mostly tearing down and rebuilding) a family cabin. The only problem is that the niece of the owner, Bernadette, has a fondness for the place and doesn't want it destroyed. She's even offered to buy it from her uncle and as a last resort she's handcuffed herself to a support insid ...more
Anise Eden
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There was no way I could resist AN IRRESISTIBLE FORCE! The second book in Rosanna Leo’s fabulous Handymen Series tells the story of Eli and Bernie, two beautiful souls I was rooting for from the very start. Leo has built a rich, fascinating world with the Zorn Brothers’ home improvement TV show, and the Handymen Series is populated with good-hearted but complex characters who readers will grow to love. In this book, it’s Zorn brother Eli who is thrown together with the angry and passionate Berni ...more
Ally Machala
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I. LOVED. This. Book.

The snark. The tension. The laughter. The *steamy* sex. The healing. Ugh, my heart.

Bernie Nolan is taking back her life. The first step? Stopping at nothing to prevent her uncle and The Handymen crew from demolishing her family's summer home. Including, but not limited to, handcuffing herself to the house and resisting the very sexy middle Zorn brother as he tries his best to convince her to leave. Eli just wants to build his garden. He wasn't looking to get stuck in the m
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
When TV Handyman Eli shows up to demolish her family's lakeside cabin, Bernie takes a stand - and Eli's heart. A romance with heat & healing. ...more
Meg Richmond
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really fun romance! Loved the reality TV angle. Deals with serious issues but the romance is definitely the focus.
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Rosanna Leo writes contemporary and paranormal romance. She is the First Place Winner of the 2018 Northern Hearts Contest (Contemporary Romance) for A Good Man.
From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her husband and their two sons, and spends most of her time being tolerated by their cat Sweetie. When not writing, Rosanna works for her local library, where she is busy la

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