When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. Surviving a failed marriage and an illness that almost takes her life, high school teacher Mallory Hamilton needs the Ladies Who Lunch more than ever . . .
After a year of upheaval, Mallory has had her fill of change—with one exception. Her house is a disaster, and she wants it fixed. Hiring a contractor to finish the projects her ex-husband started will help her banish the past so she can return to the life she had before everything went awry. But her contractor is sexy, sweet, and single, which threatens the peaceful, solitary life Mallory has planned for herself.
Ben Carpenter has had a hard time raising his daughter without his ex-wife’s help. His new client’s projects will give him the extra income he needs, not to mention afternoons alone with a gorgeous woman. Though their attraction is undeniable, Ben sees the fear and pain hiding in Mallory’s beautiful eyes. But how can he help her if she won’t let him in? Ben can fix just about anything—but can he fix Mallory’s broken heart?
Received review copy from NetGalley!
The Bottom Line begins when Mallory decides to finally get her house fixed up. It has been a year since her divorce, and she finally wants her home to actually be "her home."
So she hires Ben Carpenter to help repair her house. What starts out as a simple relationship soon turns to more. But Mal, and Ben both have a past that makes it hard to have a relationship but they are going to try for each other.
This was a sweet easy romance, with little drama, and no angst. It was really nice to see how Ben and Mal got together. I also felt like Ben's daughter, Amber, brought a lot of character to the book as well. There were only a few things that bugged me. One was the fact that Mal seemed to let her friends tell her how she should have a relationship.. I thought that was kind of dumb. Then towards the end Mal sort of got on my nerves. Other than that I enjoyed the book. I liked the plot line, and all of the characters as well!