Book Reviews

Him Improvement (Dreamspun Desires) by Tanya Chris at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-September-2019

Book Blurb

The course of true love runs through every neighborhood….


Only one thing stands between Gregory MacPherson II and his dream revitalization project for the gritty neighborhood of Ball’s End: a rinky-dink, run-down used bookstore called Hailey’s Comic. But when master negotiator Mac shows up to make a deal with the owner, he comes face-to-face with quirky, colorful Hailey—unexpectedly good-humored about Mac’s attempted eviction and, also unexpectedly, a hot guy. 


Hailey won’t give up his lease, no matter how much money Mac offers. When it comes to consummating their mutual attraction, though, he’s a lot more flexible. Soon Mac has as hard a time prying himself out of Hailey’s bed as he does prying Hailey out of the building. But Hailey doubts Mac’s plans serve Ball’s End’s best interests, and he insists Mac give him a chance to prove his case. If they’re going to build a happy ever after, one of them will have to be remade…. 


Book Review

As sweet romances go, this is a good one. It has adorable main characters, just enough tension to keep me interested, and while the contrast between Gregory MacPherson II (Mac) and Hailey’s personalities is pretty pronounced, they manage to deal with their differences in a refreshingly straightforward and honest way. This results in a story with an interesting lack of conflict on the personal/emotional side – from the beginning, there was no doubt in my mind that Hailey and Mac would end up together. On the other hand, their different personalities and business interests are about as far apart as the North Pole is from Antarctica – and watching them learn and accept each other’s quirks was very entertaining.

Mac is a master negotiator, a tough businessman, and his lack of empathy is as notable as it is disturbing. He evicts people from their homes on a daily basis, all in the interest of “improving” their lives whether they want it or not, whether they can afford the new homes or not, and no matter that it results in the destruction of existing communities and neighborhoods. It is shocking how little attention Mac pays to these “details” – but I suspect a lot of it is not just a lack of empathy, but active repression. If Mac had looked at himself and what he does honestly before meeting Hailey, he would have stopped being a successful businessman years ago.

Hailey is determined to resist the eviction orders as long as he can, and as soon as he meets Mac, he makes it his personal mission to make Mac see the true human cost of inner-city revitalization. Hailey has a few quirks and secrets of his own, he knows his neighborhood and the people who live there on a personal basis, and he simply refuses to give up. His great sense of humor and very clever countermoves made me laugh more than once. He is as determined as he is charming, and that makes for an amusing adventure.

If you like sweet romances with a touch of tension, if you think a real estate developer can learnt to find his human side, and if you’re looking for a fun read that may not be totally realistic but will tug at your heartstrings, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 227 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-September-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle
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