Review (#giftedbook): Built To Last

Happy Sunday! I’ve found that the only way to keep the Sunday Scaries at bay is to work on my hobbies that bring me joy…so here is another book review for you today! I do have other book-related content planned, but for now, you’re getting reviews.

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is available now!

Q: Do you enjoy home renovation shows?

Okay. I love home renovation shows and I love this book. This second-chance romance between two former child stars who are then (somewhat) forced to team up for a home renovation show was exactly what I needed to read. I knew I was going to love it in the first couple of chapters and had to keep myself from laughing out loud while I read it on a plane. Erin Hahn does such a wonderful job of filling out these characters and giving us their histories without it feeling like a huge info dump.

Shelby is such a badass. She worked so hard to rebuild her life (lol) after leaving Hollywood and her relationship with her dad is adorable. Also, I love that SHE is the one who is the super talented restorer and not the man. Just saying. Cam is just a big old gooey cinnamon roll who would literally do anything for Shelby (and does) and I adored them both. They both have messy family dynamics that they works through, which I felt the story did justice to. Sometimes side plots like that feel like they either take over too much of the story or are not given enough depth, but Hahn does a great job managing it all. Lyle sucks. That is all.

This felt like a very low-stakes romance, so if you need something fun, spicy, without a third act breakup and with the added benefit of home restoration/renovation…this is for you.

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