Author: Judi Fennell
Series: Manley Maids #1
Published by: Berkley
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
What happens when three irresistibly sexy brothers lose a poker bet to their enterprising sister? They get hired out for her housecleaning venture. Now, the Manley Maids are at your service. Satisfaction guaranteed. It’s what a woman wants...
Resort entrepreneur Sean Manley was all set to buy an historic mansion at a great price, making a name for himself while making millions, when the seller and a poker bet change the game. Now he’s in the place as a hunky male maid and there’s one more complication: Livvy Carolla.
The house is Livvy’s inheritance. Her plan? Unload it to the highest bidder and use the cash to start her own bakery business. One look at “the help” and she’s hot to take him with her. Until she finds out he’s got a secret agenda.
But when Sean falls for the free-spirited, strong-willed Livvy, he has new ideas for the estate—and Livvy’s part in it. If all goes well, they’ll both be getting what they want. And then some.
When I was in high school, my friend and I always talked about starting a company like Manley Maid. Okay, so our plans mostly ventured into more salacious endeavors, but it started with innocent intentions. I swear! I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t want to watch a hunk down on his hands and knees scrubbing the floor, with his rippling biceps and …. ? Ahem. Anyway, so you can understand the appeal What a Woman Wants had to me. While the road was a little bumpy, I ended up liking it.
Livvy inherits a historic family manor from a grandmother who never gave her the time of day, so you can imagine Livvy harbors some resentment. She wants to sell the place and be done with it, and use the money to expand her baking business. Unfortunately, dear ol’ grandmama had a few cards up her sleeve that requires her to go on a scavenger hunt before she gets the place. Enter Sean Manley. He wants the mansion, and he wants it bad. In fact, his livelihood is riding on it.
I wasn’t in love with these characters, but I did like them. However, Livvy drove me up the wall at times, especially in the beginning. I definitely felt Sean’s pain when she showed such disrespect to the home and its contents. I get her reasons, I really do, but it still made me cringe. I warmed up to her after a while though, and liked her more when she and Sean actually verbally flirted and teased each other. Sean was a pretty good guy. It was funny how he had to deal with Livvy and her chaotic herd of animals.
I didn’t feel the chemistry between them for the first part of the book, the connection seemed more superficial. I finally had to start skimming parts where they kept ogling each other, because it was over and over. They were constantly getting lost in thought while in the middle of conversations, usually having dirty thoughts. They had to be brought back to reality numerous times by the person they were talking to, and it got old real quick. I swear if someone zoned out around me as much as they did, I would think there’s either something wrong with them or they were high. It just would’ve been nice to have some more verbal banter instead of them constantly getting lost in their own heads.
Also, I got tired of hearing how every little thing gave him a boner. We get it, seeing Livvy gets you aroused; hearing Livvy gets you aroused; thinking about Livvy gets you aroused! Livvy makes you hard! Message received. And, I was curious about something regarding Sean that was just kind of left open. It isn’t a big thing, just curious.
The scavenger hunt was interesting and fun. I liked how Livvy learned more about her family history with each clue, bringing her closer to understanding her family. It was fun when Sean and Livvy worked together, even though he had ulterior motives.
Sean’s family is a fixture in this book and I really enjoyed that aspect of it. Sean has two brothers and a sister, and this book is a great starting point for each one of their individual stories. I suspect the author is going to have each book take place during the same timeline, which is actually a great idea! I love the prospect of that. I’m looking forward to each one and seeing how they unfold.
So overall, I did like What a Woman Wants. I promise! I just had a few issues with it. Despite the issues, I’m eager to continue the series.