Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I just wanted an easy summer job…
That didn’t happen. Now, I’m in a living nightmare as I work alongside this monster of a man with mesmerizing emerald eyes that look at me inappropriately every time I see him. To add insult to injury, he has a tan I just want to lick, and a butt worth drooling over every time he purposefully walks by me. But, he's an asshat, and looks are everything. I mean, aren't. LOOKS. ARE. NOT. EVERYTHING. Why do I have to keep reminding myself of this?
His job is to clean, cook, and tend to the house we work in. That's why I call him the manservant. Oh, and because it drives him nuts. That's what he gets for torturing me.
This is a story of little restraint, too much desire, questionable actions, no strength whatsoever, and the best sex I've ever had.
The question is: Do I fall for this crude manservant whose idea of a fun time is to tie people up and do obscene things, or do I give him a taste of his own medicine?
All I'm going to say is . . . Things get weird, then hot, then weird again, and—you get my drift.
Go ahead and laugh. It might not be so funny if it happened to you.
Manservant is a fun, fun, fun read! I’m not sure when the last time was that a story left me giggling like a school girl from chapter one all the way until the end. Shari Ryan really shows off the diversity in her writing and plot range. Manservant follows Julia, a wholly likable and klutzy heroine, as she navigates the rough waters in a small seaside town (she can’t swim at all). While she is there to tend to Dylan, a precocious ten year old boy, she quickly finds herself in a bit a quandary.
The story kicks off with Julia preparing for a summer in Maine; searching for “the Shermanator” and reminiscing on the event that brought them together *giggle*. That was the first hint that Manservant was going to be a highly entertaining read. And it’s not too long before we meet Liam, the housekeeper for the family where Julia has taken on a summer job as the nanny.
Liam, the other star of the story, has that certain something. He’s charismatic and snarky all in the same breath. When he loves someone he is ferociously protective, which is kinda hot. The two hit it off in spectacular fashion and it doesn’t take long for them to get under each others’ skin. Yes, she and Liam have a contentious relationship and Julia finds herself on both the good and bad side of Liams’ favor. The story is fast paced, taking place over just a week when emotions burn hot and intense. What’s she to do about the prank playing and highly irritating Liam? Soon her biggest problem is that she has to decide which of the towns surf gods she spends time with, Sterling or Liam (I was firmly in Liams’ corner). There’s just that special connection between them.
All in all, it was really easy to get into the story and I took to all the characters pretty quickly; Jade, Julia’s bestie adds her own drama to the mix, Samantha and Daniel, and even Clearly, Sterlings very quiet brother. If you are looking for a story filled with sassy characters and a hot insta-hate/love relationship, and a teeny tiny love triangle, this is for you. 4.5 Stars and recommendation 🙂
~Review by Cyndi