Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 27, 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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HE WANTS TO LOSE CONTROL.
Between his parents’ messed up marriage and his narcissistic younger brother, Lincoln Moorehead has spent the majority of his life avoiding his family. After the death of his father, Lincoln finds himself in the middle of the drama. To top it all off, he’s been named CEO of Moorehead Media, much to his brother’s chagrin. But Lincoln’s bad attitude softens when he meets the no-nonsense, gorgeous woman who has been given the task of transforming him from the gruff, wilderness guy to a suave businessman
SHE’S TRYING TO HOLD IT TOGETHER.
Wren Sterling has been working double time to keep the indiscretions at Moorehead Media at bay, so when she’s presented with a new contract, with new responsibilities and additional incentives, she agrees. Working with the reclusive oldest son of a ridiculously entitled family is worth the hassle if it means she’s that much closer to pursuing her own dreams. What Wren doesn’t expect is to find herself attracted to him, or for it to be mutual. And she certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Lincoln. But when a shocking new Moorehead scandal comes to light, she’s forced to choose between her own family and the broody, cynical CEO.
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Handle with Care is a book I was so excited to read once I binge read the first few books in the series earlier this year. I love getting so many books from this world and with these characters, and was so excited to read Lincoln’s story, especially since we finally got to meet him in Making Up after hearing about him mentioned in earlier books.
I sped through this book so quickly! I had this on my tbr for The Reading Rush, and used it for the prompt of reading a book in the same place. Going into the book all I knew was that it’s about Lincoln, and honestly that’s all I needed to know.
“It’s only taken me more than a decade to realize that healing happens a lot faster when you stop placing blame and start putting in an effort to make a change.”
Handle with Care follows Lincoln and Wren. For most of his life Lincoln has been away from his toxic family, but has to come back and help with his family’s business after his father dies. Since his family’s business is well known, and everyone will be focusing on him, his mother hires Wren to help Lincoln adjust, and to make sure he acts and looks the way that is expected of him. As the two begin spending so much time together, they start having feelings for each other.
I loved reading this book, Lincoln and Wren had so much chemistry and the slow burn was amazing. I kept wanting to get up and pace and tell them to just get together already. I loved their relationship, and how they actually communicated with each other when a big issue comes up. It was so refreshing to read a romance novel where the angst doesn’t come from the characters not communicating with each other.
My one complaint with the book is that I wish some of Wren’s backstory would have been explained more at the beginning/throughout the novel instead of just being alluded to, because when it comes into play I didn’t feel the emotional impact I was expecting to.
Overall this was an amazing addition to the Shacking Up series, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Helena Hunting, as well as to anyone who wants to read a fun contemporary romance!