Review: Dad Bod: Hammered by Jasinda Wilder

Reviewed by Caitlin

Jasinda Wilder is a new-to-me author. I was intrigued by the blurb – older MC’s (40 and 44), a nurse living in a fixer-upper needs help from a handyman who fixes more than just her window – and because it was only 99 cents, I figured I would give it a shot. The last two books I tried were both DNFs, so I was hopeful this would turn that around.

It did. This book is a warm hug on an off day when you really, really need it. I fell in love with Jesse O’Neill and I was totally rooting for Imogen Irving to get her groove back.

Imogen is recently divorced from a man who slowly stole her spark over the course of their 12-year-long relationship. She works as a nurse for a doctor who doesn’t appreciate the fact that she basically runs the place, and she’s flat broke after the money she saved up for years was essentially drained by her philandering husband. All she wants is to wash dishes with a bit of a breeze, but the window is nailed shut. In frustration, she breaks the window – but it’s going to rain tomorrow, so she needs it fixed.

Dad Bod Contracting is perfectly happy to send someone to her at 9 PM on a Friday. After almost a bottle of wine, Imogen opens the door to Jesse. And it’s instalust for both of them.

Jesse is 6’4″ and VERY muscled. He’s a goofball who sings Journey while he works and genuinely wants to help Imogen. He’s in a local band that plays covers in dive bars because he likes it, but he also likes working with his hands and helping people, which his job as a contractor allows him to do. He is upfront with how much he likes and is attracted to Imogen from the get-go, and is willing to tell her as many times as she needs to hear it how sexy he finds her.

And she needs to hear it a lot, because Imogen’s ex made comments about how she’s gained weight during their marriage. He stopped making her feel at all treasured very early on, and Imogen was left feeling lonely. She has trouble trusting that Jesse really means what he says.

I loved this book. I already bought another of Jasinda White’s books. The chemistry between the two leads was believable. Jesse was patient, kind, fun, and still insecure about a few of his own hang-ups (never went to college, people judge him for his tattoos and long hair, etc). Imogen is the first women in a long, long time that he really wants to date. Yes, he has a bit of a sexual past, but he has always been upfront and honest and respectful of the women he’s been with.

(This, by the way, is how you can write a sexually experienced hero without making him a dick.)

I heartily recommend this book, about two lovely people who deserve a happy ending. The second one is already out, and there look to be two more to follow after that.

Rating: A-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Dad Bod: Hammered
by Jasinda Wilder
Release Date: June 29, 2018

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