When interior designer David Snyder buys a beautiful century-old house in eastern Washington, he is reeling with heartbreak and looking for somewhere to put down roots. Unfortunately his new home comes with a laundry list of problems: electrical, plumbing, heating...things David knows nothing about. When his mother offers him the business card of a local handyman, David pictures an overweight, balding man in his fifties. But Jackson Henry couldn't be further from that stereotype.
Dark-haired, muscular, and handsome, Jackson left a large construction firm in Seattle to take care of his sick mother. However, his hometown still has an active "good old boy" network, and finding employment in construction is almost impossible for an openly gay man. Determined to persevere, Jackson takes odd jobs as a handyman. He's exactly what David needs - in more ways than one.
David isn't ready for his attraction to Jackson, not considering the way his last relationship ended. But as the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear that the heart often knows best, and it rewards those willing to listen.
©2016 Diana Copland (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press
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"A wonderful story "
A wonderful low angst love story. Higley recommend for those who like sweet hurt comfort stories.
"Really lovely book and an excellent performance!"
What a sweet, sexy and sentimental book! I just loved this so much! This is kind of a mutual hurt/comfort story about two guys who’ve had it a bit rough. David’s ex is really an asshole and he (later) really turns out to be more than just a bad break up. Jackson’s family makes his life hard and makes him feel inadequate. Together, with the help of their wonderful mothers, the two find their place in life and love.
I thought the romance was sweet, organic and sensual. The bit with David’s ex was a bit OTT but… it also reminds us that this stuff can happen in real life and it pays to be safe.
The stuff about the houses was interesting too. Having been a homeowner, I could relate to the never ending list of fixes and thought that having a new handyman boyfriend would be any homeowner’s secret fantasy!
I loved David’s mom and that David was unapologetic about it and that Jackson appreciated it too. The solution that they find at the end is perfect and we get a lovely sense of the coming couples (I’m talking about you Gil!) in future books.
If you want a fairly low angst, high romance story – this is for you!
4.5 of 5 stars
Michael Pauley is an excellent narrator. He has a great sense of timing and emotion and knows how to give the right emphasis on words and phrases to really draw a listener in. I liked the voices he selected for David and Jackson and felt the females and other secondary characters were excellent as well.
This is a great way to enjoy this great story.
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.75 (rounded to 5) of 5 stars
"Beautiful love story"
Great interaction with friends and family. Enjoyed the feeling of a real life setting with the background characters, plus neighbors.
One of the few I couldn't put down. Enjoyed it from beggining to end. The writing and narration were fantastic.
*Audible code provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my listening pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*
For me, David, Renewed is just the perfect book and audio. The story is sweet, sexy, low angst and gives a slow build to a relationship between David and Jackson. There's no immediate jumping into bed together, it's two men getting to know each other. You could see the gradual change in the men's interactions with each other through the story. David had just come out of a bad relationship, and purchased a house, not realizing what he was really buying. He was overwhelmed with all the repairs needed to his home. His mom had recommended a handyman, and David wasn't really happy with the option but decided he had nothing to lose. He met with Jackson and was put at ease and hired him to make the necessary repairs. That was the relationship between the men until you could see the shift to friendship and the shift to interest in each other. There's a lot of outside influences on David and Jackson, but I loved that they faced those together and didn't allow it to push them apart.
The narrator, Michael Pauley, was just terrific! I loved the voices he gave the characters and it wasn't hard to tell any of them apart. He has a great voice that's easy to listen to, and his cadence and pace were perfectly done! This was the first audio I've listened to by him, but I'd love to hear more from him.
David, Renewed is everything you could want whether reading or listening. It's a beautiful love story and flows so easily. I highly recommend both the audio and the book. For myself, I know this is one that I will listen and read over and over again.
Overall: 5++ stars
Performance: 5+++ STARS
Story: 5 ++ stars
I could not stop listening to this book. Great story and narration. You will not be disappointed.
"This was a very entertaining listen."
The three words that I would use to sum up David, Renewed are; relaxing, entertaining and unpredictable.
The overall way in which the two main characters treated each other.
I thought Michael Pauley did a fine job telling the story in a smooth and professional way. I really liked the sound of his voice.
Happiness is what you make of it.
I listened to this book in one setting. It held my interest every inch of the way and never did it drag. I don't like books that have page after page of just filler. Just a bunch of words that do not add to the story, but are just there to make the book longer. The main reason people read or listen to books is because the story interests them. If the story is not interesting most of us don't bother to finish the book.
This story was so perfect. I want to read this a hundred more times. The character development was spot-on it felt like a real relationship was blooming. I felt like I could run into these characters on the street and we which somehow act like old friends because of how well I knew these characters. The narration was a little iffy, in my opinion, at times but that doesn't change the overall quality of the story.
I absolutely loved listening to this story!
I loved Michael Pauley's character voices, which felt spot on and not at all over the top. I loved his pacing, his timing, and the emotion he infuses into the dialogue and story.
This is absolutely going into my re-listen auto-rotation.
This just worked for me. The characters are all sharply written, the dialogue, the scenes, the sex, the side plots...everything was just absolutely lovely. I loved David and Jackson, and their relationship was such an organic build. It never felt too slow, and it just thoroughly entertained me from start to finish.
I loved the HEA and really, really hope Diana Copeland will continue this as a series.
"Amazing book, horrible narrator"
One of the best
This narrator should never read another audiobook ever. The voices he gave Jackson, Gil, Vern....all sounded like old men. He had a distinct way of making Jackson sound anything but sexy. Also his voices for women like David's mom made them sound like pretentious bitches, the total opposite of Beverly Snyder.
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