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Good With His Hands

(Good Love #2)

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A sexy best friend's brother romance from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente!
I'm the wrong guy for her.
She's sunshine and cherry pie. I'm whiskey and fast cars. I'm also keeping one hell of a secret from the woman I've wanted for years.
But when I find a list my sister left behind for Ruby, I've got no choice but to offer the sexy, big-hearted girl next doo
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published December 19th 2020 by Independently published (first published December 14th 2020)
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Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
“It’s so easy to feel the hard thing, but so hard to say it.”



The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: ❤️💜💙💚💖
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 😞😙🥸😎😍

The Setting: Brooklyn, New York

The heroine: Ruby Valentine - just finished two years of physical therapy after an accident that nearly destroyed her ability to walk and killed her best friend Claire. The Hero is Claire’s brother and they have helped each other through the pain but always remained in th
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Syndi
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF

It is so sad that in the last hour of 2020, I still have to shelved another book into my DNF. When I sae Miss Valente name on Good With His Hands, I thought the story will be rom com. And what I found is a boring story.

Jesse and Ruby has been on the friend zone. After Jesse's sister die, both of them decided to checked out the bucket list from the said dead sister. I am not a stranger to romantic story with road trip theme.

But I was bored to death listening to the audiobook. The chemistry,
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Lauren Blakely
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
GOOD WITH HIS HANDS is here!
You’ll love this hot and heartfelt best friend’s brother romance with all sorts of twists!
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Leticia (jerseygirl)
"You can make all the plans you like; you never know how life’s going to play out until you’re looking in your rearview mirror."
First book by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente. Why did I get it? I'm a sucker for book covers, but this time it was the title that caught my eye.

I have to confess it took me a bit of time to warm up to Jesse and Ruby, I'm not really sure why and I know it's probably me-related. However, once I got into both of them, I couldn't have stopped reading if I wanted to.

Jesse a
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... Lost  Bookland...
Just seeing the book, the amazing authors, the excellent title…… I was expecting a beautiful story, but as I progressed in reading, I realized that this book exceeded my expectations. Very much...
A beautiful book about love, in every form. A brother's love for his sister; the love between a man and a woman, friends’ love, but also pain… So much pain, that we even wonder how much pain the human heart can endure.
The story of Ruby and Jess - two hearts that share the same sadness, the same pain ...
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Carmen Rae
Lauren Blakely is one of my top go to authors for happy, light romance. Her books are angst and drama free for the most part. So, whenever I just need a book to read that is going to make me smile she's at the top of my list. And when I saw she had teamed up with Lili Valente, who is right up on that list with her I was super excited.

But I absolutely did not get what I expected. And maybe that's all on me. Because I thought I was getting a light, possibly humorous, best friends brother romance.
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Dali
Heroine: After a tragic accident that almost left her paralyzed, Ruby Valentine has worked hard for the past two years in order to regain the ability to walk and is ready to continue with her life working for her family’s pie company. Until Jesse reveals two life changing surprises.

Hero: Jesse Hendrix is Ruby’s best friend’s older brother. He’s known Ruby since they were kids but after that accident took his sister, Jesse and Ruby relied on each other to get through their shared pain.

P
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⭐Toonasa⭐ •Romance Book Lovers' Haven•
“It’s so easy to feel the hard thing, but so hard to say it.”
Emotional, Angsty, With Laughs, Fun, Steam, Swoons... Overall a Whole lot Of Goodness!
#This wasn't my 1st book by Lauren but This is my 1st book by Lili + Them as a Duo!
I liked how this story was low on External Drama, a little jealousy but no other Lovers involved. I LOVED Jesse, Ruby and adored their Families & Friends and liked how supporting they are through thick & thin. (Her Cousin Gigi, is sweet & Fun; I'm so excited for her Boo
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Pam Nelson
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the book I had a hard time connecting with the characters but the longer I listened the more I liked Ruby and Jesse.

Ruby is herself no matter how hard or easy it is she says what is in her heart. Putting herself out there isn’t always easy but I loved her honest. She knows what she wants and goes after it. She is learning to life for herself and I like that we see her heal.

Jesse is who I struggled to connect with but as the story moves forward I see how much he feels. He is a
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Cynema
A DAMAGED GIRL, A GUY, AND A BUCKET LIST ... FINDING ONE'S BEST LIFE AND LIFE-CHANGING LOVE

“Love is like zombies. You can bury them, but they’ll keep coming back.”


The word “perfect” is barely adequate to describe this feel-good romance – such a sweet love story about perfect-for-each-other lovers, a treasure map meant to change a stuck life into a best life, and the promise of life’s possibilities. These two crazy kids are crazy about EACH OTHER. In a rare example of perfect writing, their inner
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Wendy'sThoughts
Oct 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
October 21, 2020
I've Always Done Whatever My Sister Asked...
That's What A Brother Does Right...
So When Stumble On The List
My Sister Did With Ruby's Name On It...

My Choice Was Made...
Ruby, Who Was All Sunshine And Cherry Pie...
Was Going On A Road Trip With Me...
All Whiskey And Fast Cars...

Ruby, Who Has No Idea...
I've Wanted Her For Years...

Ruby, Who Has No Idea...
I Have Secrets No One Knows...

Never Mind...
This Wonder Of A Woman...
Will Have A Chance To Dream...

It Will Be Seven Days...
Only Seven
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Rochelle
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this friends to lovers/best friend’s brother romance by the awesome writing duo of Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente. I feel in love with Jesse and Ruby. Their story felt so real. I was invested from page one and it stayed with me after I was done. You could feel the emotions that each character had for the other. The love between Jesse and Ruby gave me the feels. Loved them together and loved this story. Highly recommend it and I can’t wait for book 2.
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
Good With His Hands is the first book in the Good In Bed series, by two of my favorite authors, Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente! These women are fantastic authors on their own( I have read ALL of their books), but when they collaborate it's always genius level storytelling! Good With His Hands is a best friend's brother romance that made me laugh, tear up, smile, fan myself and laugh a little more. Jesse and Ruby suffered the loss of his sister, Claire, and her best friend two years ago. They've ...more
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
Good with His Hands is the first book in the A Good In Bed series by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente. My two favorite authors are a duo once again and I couldn’t be happier! I have read and loved every one of their books separately so when they write together...it’s magic.

Two years ago, Ruby and Jesse’s lives changed forever. She lost her best friend and he lost his sister. At the same time Ruby lost herself in that accident. She was happy and full of life then she woke up broken and empty. Now
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Kim
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 stars
Ruby Valentine is starting a new chapter in her life. She has been through something terrible and came out of it on the other side, but now it is time to move on. But she has been kind of stuck in a rut, and her friend, Jesse Hendrix has just the way to get her unstuck and to broaden her horizons.

Jesse is Ruby's best friend's brother and they became closer friends during a difficult time for them both. He knows how hard it has been for Ruby to overcome. So now he is providing her with
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Rachel
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Ruby just finished physical therapy after a terrible accident that left her life changed and claimed the life of her best friend. Her outlook has changed with her situation, but she is feeling a little stuck as she looks to what is next now that she is fully healed again.

Jesse found a bucket list of sorts from his deceased sister that he thinks Ruby needs to complete and he wants to be the one to help her. He is moving in a week, but this is the perfect opportunity to spend a few final
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Brittney
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Be nice for fucks sake because there are too many mean people in the world and that sucks."

You know, sometimes a book hooks you in with just the prologue, and Good With His Hands does just that.

Jessie and Ruby's story starts with a roller coaster of emotions and ends with them happily under a love umbrella. But it's the story arc in between that had me hook. This is about Jessie & Ruby's love story, but I believe most importantly it's a story about friendship, in particular, female friendships.
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Bookish Lauren
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second time Blakely and Valente have teamed up and it was another hit!

I really liked that it was a little more emotional and angsty than most of Blakely’s books. Both characters are dealing with the death of a loved one. His sister, her best friend (the same person). They share in grief but make an effort to live a full life while falling in love.

The friends to lovers trope is a favorite of mine because you don't run the risk of the insta-love issue.

Family is very important to Ruby
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Red Cheeks Reads
5 SMOOCHES!

I absolutely loved Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente’s first co-written novel, so when I heard they were teaming up again to write the Good in Bed series together, I was thrilled! Individually both of them have written some of my favorite romantic comedies, so I knew going into Good With His Hands that this pairing would be romcom gold. I was not wrong. Completely in sync, Lili and Lauren’s writing styles blended so brilliantly, transitioning indiscernibly between the two of them, to cr
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Mel
4.5 “we are inevitable” stars!

I love a good friends-to-lovers romance and this one is entertaining. It has the right amount of heat, humor, and heart, and is the perfect mix of serious and silly.

Jesse and Ruby were always friends, but a tragedy brings them closer and they form a bond unlike any they’ve had before. To help Ruby heal from the tragedy that changed her life, Jesse gives her a list left by his sister and Ruby’s best friend, Claire. They have two weeks to get through a list before he
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PP's Bookshelf
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good With His Hands was such a bright and incredibly warm journey with adorable and deep feels. Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente gifted us a swoony and lovable romance that helped me escape.

Ruby has lost her best friend Claire in a car accident and was herself severely injured. As she is getting back on her feet- both physically and mentally, her best Friend's brother Jesse gives her a to do list left behind by Claire. A way to refresh her life. He promises to help her till he leaves for LA in tw
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Michele McMullen
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I love Lauren and Lili's books and now they have combined their talents to gives us Jesse and Ruby's story in Good with his Hands.
This couple has grown up together. Ruby was the best friend of Jesse's younger sister Claire. When the girls are involved in a tragic car accident that takes Claire away from them and leaves Ruby barely surviving it is time for them to join forces to learn and cope together.
Jesse is talented mechanic that restores old cars back to their glory. His talent and restora
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Sofia Lazaridou
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good With His Hands is the first book in the Good in Bed series by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente. I have read and enjoyed books from both authors so it was no question whether or not I was going to read this book. I had some minor issues, to be honest, but overall I have positive feelings about the book.

My biggest issue is that I felt like I had missed a part of the story when it came to Ruby, Jesse, and Claire. Ruby was in an accident with Claire, who is Jesse's sister. Ruby made it out aliv
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Melinda
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good With His Hands by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente
4.5⭐️

Ruby and Jesse have become the best of friends after a car accident took the life of Claire - Jesse’s sister and Ruby’s best friend. This same accident also caused enough injury that it took Ruby two years and intense rehab to recover from. Now that her rehab is over, Jesse has a surprise for her: a list Claire left behind with things she wanted Ruby to do to ensure she’s living her best life. Jesse offers to work through the list with
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Kari Hansen
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The tragic accident that took her best friend Ruby left her with serious injuries that have taken two years to heal. With the help of her friend Jesse, who also happens to be Claire’s brother, she has started to reclaim her life but along the way she lost the woman she used to be.

Jesse is still trying to heal from the loss of his sister and the effect it had on Ruby. When he finds a list of experiences that Claire wanted to have, he convinces Ruby that this is something they should do together
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Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
Ruby Valentine just finished her physical therapy of an accident nearly caused her to never walk again. It is also killed her best friend

Jesse Hendrix is her best friend’s brother. He owns a successful car restoration shop. And he has always been attracted to Ruby. But now it feels so much more complicated since his sister died and he can’t even talk to her about it, like maybe ask her permission to date her best friend.

Jesse finds a bucket list that his sister left for Ruby and decides to help
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Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente are two amazing authors on their own (big fans of both, especially Lili!) but when you smash them together in a duo book, you get absolute brilliance in the very best ways. This isn't their first time writing together and I pray it won't be their last.

Good With His Hands is the first standalone book in the Good in Bed series and y'all, just you wait until you meet both Jesse and Ruby... irresistible and unforgettable in every single moment they had. These
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Karin
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Jesse lost his sister Claire and Ruby lost her best friend these two still remained close and when Jesse gives her the do list that Claire made for her before her death she knows she needs him to do it with her and he also wants to bring life back to Ruby but they get more then they bargained for. This story was so sweet but also sad
Sharon
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for this one! Can't wait for more from this dynamic duo!

What a great heartfelt story written by this amazing duo, Lauren & Lili!
This story will take you on a journey of two souls, Ruby and Jesse, who have suffered a loss like no other, her best friend and his sister.
When Jesse presents her with a list, written by his sister for her to complete, will she have the strength to do it? Can she get past her feelings for Jesse, ones that she's had most of her life, or will working side by sid
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Emma
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good with his Hands is a feel-good story which leaves behind a lot of warm and fuzzies along with the desire to find a relationship as good as this one.

Ruby has spent the last few years rebuilding herself following a car accident which took the life of her best friend, Claire, who also happened to be Jesse’s younger sister. Although they were friends before, Claire’s death bonded the pair in their grief. With Jesse becoming very protective of Ruby and her recovery, not wanting to jeopardise her
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