Book Review: Handle With Care by Helena Hunting
Updated: May 7
Synopsis (by the publisher):
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.
Disclaimer: I was provider an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review and opinions.
These characters took a bit to warm up to. Wren is so self-contained, a pressure cooker has less chance of blowing steam. And Lincoln has so many issues that if I he'd been a real guy, I'd probably run in the opposite direction.But hear me out, can we talk about Armstrong for a second? I'd never wanted to slap a book character as hard as that twatmuffin. Congratulations, Ms. Hunting on creating the perfect book asshole! Is that a thing? We have book boyfriends, now we have a book asshole. If it isn't a thing, I totally made it one.To think toxic men like him run rampant in the corporate world, I have no doubt!
This was a couple that definitely had to grow on me. They work well together, and they dealt with real issues that can topple the steadiest of relationships and they felt real. At times too real. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Romance is not all fantasy and impossible scenarios, romance can show the real,the good, and the ugly. I think Handle With Care managed to show us all of that and that's not an easy feat.
The family issues involving the Mooreheads kept twisting and turning in way that while, dramatic, it wasn't overdone or annoying. The funny thing is, family drama like this does exist, whether the family is rich or poor. Obviously, money and power are greater motivators. Although, I don't know, there are vicious people out there, regardless of social or economic status. Ego,revenge...those are great motivators too.
One thing that I did find incongruent is that this was called a romantic comedy. And while it had its funny moments (hello, grandpa undies) I wouldn't call it that. There was a little too much angst and drama for me to be a romantic comedy. At least none that I've read lately. Calling it something else doesn't detract from the quality of this book. The character building was solid. It was a good read with some unexpected twists and turns, plenty of drama and a couple of chuckles. A definite four-star read from Ms. Hunting.