This short contemporary erotic romance is a great start but felt a little too truncated to me. I like the growing attraction between the guys but the shift from reluctant exploration to a full-fledged relationship, accompanied by the drama that turns Harry’s life upside down seemed a little too instantaneous and not well-developed. I would love to read a longer story featuring these two guys that gives a better sense of who they are and I hope that this was just an introductory story that will be added to in the future.
“Handy Harry” by Erin M. Leaf is a m/m novella that depicts the introduction of artist Rufus Ward to the contractor, Harry Hande, who has been sent by his sister to work on the water damage in his house. The surprising connection that they feel is complicated by the fact that Harry has never considered himself to be attracted to the same sex, but Rufus is unashamed to go after what he wants and he can be pretty persuasive when he wants.
Reclusive artist Rufus Ward’s house needs repair, but he hates demolition and dust. However, when handyman Harry Hande rings his doorbell, Rufus lets him in. He’s everything the famous painter likes in a man: young, sexy, and somewhat confused about his sexuality. Rufus thought he was done with dating, but Harry is hot enough to push him from loneliness into love.
Harry’s sensible demeanor disguises desperation. His brother is a jerk and he needs to move out, but his fledgling business isn’t quite ready to support him. Rufus is supposed to be just another client, but when they meet, all of Harry’s preconceived notions of attraction are demolished. Lust launches him into the dare of a lifetime. Will letting Rufus draw him nude destroy him, or will his true nature come out?