Review: What a Woman Wants by Judi Fennell

Posted March 21, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 7 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: What a Woman Wants by Judi Fennell
What a Woman Wants

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Series: Manley Maids,
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on March 4, 2014
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Manley Maids just got the “Man” in Manley. When the Manley brothers get together for a friendly, but high stakes game of poker, their sister joins in and wins the pot. Mac’s wager was to clean their houses for a month or they have to work for Manley Maids for a month…good thing Mac wins! First up to work for Manley Maids is Sean. Thus starts What a Woman Wants by Judi Fennell.

Pinning all his hopes on obtaining a mansion below market value has Sean Manley in a Manley Maids uniform, cleaning and fixing up the place upon the death of the matriarch. He just needs to close the deal and open the bed and breakfast resort that will make him rich. Just one problem. A long lost granddaughter shows up making him re-evaluate what needs to be done.

Livvy Carolla has lived all of her life being unwanted. So when her biological kicks the bucket and leaves the estate to her, she moves in with all of her “family”. Make that her farm animals and dogs. Each one had a name and personality that left me confused and scratching from having animals in the mansion. Imagine Sean’s surprise when Livvy arrives with a load of animals…and a thunderstorm on the way. They take up residence in the house and basically start about destroying it.

But Livvy’s grandmother didn’t go out with a hitch. She set up a scavenger hunt for Livvy to find out about her roots. If she completes the hunt within the set time period, she inherits it all. If not, then it is open to Sean to buy. The key part is Livvy doesn’t know who Sean is, nor about his disability through the majority of the story. So this leaves Sean with a conundrum in letting Livvy know who he is, helping her or even trying thwart her to get what he wants.

Sean really does redeem himself through the story. He falls in love and battles his need to prove he can make it big. He has to make tough choices. Livvy shows him there is more than money in life, but I just never really got into her character. It felt pushy at times. I understood her life wasn’t the easiest. She had no one who loved her or looked after her, so she kept Sean at a distance at times. She made her own business, but those animals just got on my nerves unlike how Sean grew to love them.

These two click and click often ::wink:: if you get my drift. It is more sweet than sexy. Sugary than hot. But they do it a lot.

In the end I loved Sean, but never really grew to like Livvy much. Now I look forward to the other Manley Maids finding their loves and cleaning houses!

Delighted Reader Giveaway

The publisher is graciously giving away one paperback copy of What a Woman Wants by Judi Fennell!

To enter, leave a comment answering one of the questions.

What kinds of animals do you have? Anything unusual?
Do they live in your house or outside or barn?
How would you like to have a “Manley” Maid clean your house?

Giveaway ends March 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT. US only.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • Janie

    We’ve always lived in an apartment and many don’t allow pets, so the only pets I’ve had are fish, especially bettas.

  • We have a siberian husky and he stays outside. I’ve had other pets like guinea pigs, rabbits, birds and stuff but nothing weird. And anybody who’d clean the house for me is OKAY, I wouldn’t mind it at all. Love the sound of this novel, so cute and romantic.

  • We have a siberian husky and he stays outside. I’ve had other pets like guinea pigs, rabbits, birds and stuff but nothing weird. And anybody who’d clean the house for me is OKAY, I wouldn’t mind it at all. Love the sound of this novel, so cute and romantic.

  • Texas Book Lover

    We have three dogs all over 80 pounds who live outside and have access to my husbands workshop. They have about one and a half acres to play on so their happy.

    I wouldn’t mind a manly maid every now and then but I bet my husband would have a big issue with it!

  • Froggarita

    I have 2 inside dogs that are shetland sheepdogs and 4 kitties all inside kitties.

  • Daniel M

    just a cat, stays indoors

  • Brandi

    We had a Hermit Crab in the house, it was my nephews, but it just recently passed away. =( So now we don’t have anything at the moment. Growing up I had about 5 cats & 2 rabbits,… they all lived in the house.We didnt have them all at the same time,… we had 2 cats & a rabbit, then we got rid of a rabbit cuz it got to big for the house, then my friend found a baby rabbit that got separated from it’s mom & she couldnt keep it, so we took care of it until it was too big for the house. After the 1st two cats & the rabbits were gone, then we had the other 3 cats So we had no more than 3 animals at a time lol. We had goldfish & beta fish too, but those were after the cats were all gone lol.

    And I just have to say, I would not mind having a manly maid around my home. 😉 lol! The book sounds pretty good & i’m adding it to my TBR list. =)

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