Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Carpenter

Title: The Carpenter
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Silver Publishing
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ISBN: 9781920501334
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When his father died three years ago, Tom Halderson inherited his construction company. He’s a carpenter who’d rather be working with wood than struggling to find projects to keep the business afloat. Things aren’t good and when his estranged brother, Derek, arrives demanding what he’s not entitled to, Tom and his partner realize they’re in trouble. Letting Derek move into the family house doesn’t help and neither does giving him a job…he messes everything up so when he’s fired, Derek’s furious and swears to get even. 

After his mother commits suicide, Matt Lanford arrives in town to renovate his grandfather’s old house.  His plans are to fix it up and then sell it, so he can return to his life in Africa. But meeting Tom completely changes his plans and makes him think of settling down, for the first time in his life. The question is whether Matt fills the needs of a stay-at-home Tom? 

The Carpenter is the fourth release in Serena Yates’ Workplace Encounters series. It’s another well paced and written addition to the family of books, this one covering the crippling aftermath of sexual abuse. Not only does Ms. Yates deal with this subject sensitively but she does it while juggling a new love interest and with a lying, deceitful brother out to destroy a man already victimized. To these plot threads, she adds in some great secondary characters, mixes in lots of angst and passion and comes up with a believably developing relationship while dealing with Derek and his betrayal. 

I liked these two. Tom’s lovable, charming, hardworking and artistic. Matt is more dominant, successful, outgoing and self-assured. They make a pair of perfect opposites and Ms. Yates did a nice job developing their personalities and how they interact with each other. I really like that she took the physical part of the relationship slow, allowing the wounded Tom to have the time he needed to get comfortable. This allows his love to blossom under Matt’s tender care.

The problem with Derek is ongoing throughout the story, but doesn’t overshadow the romance.  The resolution of the problems facing the construction company is handled satisfactorily.  My only niggle is that in the last portion we didn’t get to find out what actually happened to the culprits…Derek and his co-conspirators. I was left wondering.

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