REVIEW: SARINA BOWEN & TANYA EBY ✭ MAN CARD

REVIEW: SARINA BOWEN & TANYA EBY ✭ MAN CARDMan Card by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby
Also in this series: Boy Toy
Series: Man Hands #2
Genres: RomCom
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four-half-stars

Nothing ventured, nothing banged...

Ash
I still don't know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor--our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down...
It can never happen again. I don't even like Braht. He's too slick. He's a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can't I get him out of my head?

Braht
There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She's the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don't call her the Ashkicker for nothing.
Eventually I'll win her over...if my past doesn't ruin everything first.

Gah. I loved Man Hands for the over the top silly humor and the heart warming love story so I expected Man Card to be similar. Boy, was I wrong. Let me explain.

Ash and Braht are realtors and constantly in competition mode. While Ash wants to beat Braht, he gets off on her cleverness and bossiness. She is always a step ahead of him. Well, that’s what she thinks. In the cleverness department, Braht is on par with Ash.

Suddenly all my office supplies have developed a sex addiction. This morning I found my stapler and my tape dispenser in a compromising position.

I FLOVED these two. Ash is a wounded soul and hasn’t had much luck with men. In fact, her ex-husband is in jail for embezzlement at her old company. That she has trust issues where men are concerned is an understatement and that Braht doesn’t seem to take anything seriously irritates the hell out of her. Most of all, she doesn’t trust her own judgment anymore.

Then there is the issue that she can’t keep her hands off Braht. Over the course of the story you see notably how Ash softens, how she starts to see the kindness and sweetness in Braht. You know how some heroines never get rid of the testiness? Ash isn’t one of them, she is absolutely lovely and yet has so much spirit and fire.

I love your pastel colors and your pedicures. I love that you’re more high maintenance than I am and that I can bogart your moisturizer in the morning. I love that you exasperate me at work and you exhaust me in the bedroom. Of course we’re going to be together. It’s fucking obvious. I want to secure my rate of investment.”

And then there is Braht. He has always a smartass reply on his lips and seems without depth but damn that man is amazing. I loved Tom, so so much, but Braht? Ungh. He is adorably quirky, full of mischief. He loves chick flicks and one of his favorite pastimes is getting a mani-pedi at his favorite spa or facials. Sounds like a pussy? Maybe but this guy holds tight to his man card in every other department. He is a goner for Ash but at no point I felt that he was whipped. He was just deeply in love with the heroine. Braht always tries to make life easier for Ash, he is selfless and has much more depth you might give him credit for in the beginning.

Outside of here, I will hold your purse. I’ll get mani-pedis with you. I’ll cry while watching Lifetime movies with you. I will hand over my man card and be your minion everywhere you want, except in the bedroom. In here, I want you to surrender, just a little bit, and let me take the lead.”

Man Card doesn’t have the howling laughter humor Man Hands had on every page but there is still a lot to laugh about. There are some very clever lines that were so unexpected yet so hilarious. I don’t know how these two authors coordinate their writing process but they create their own kind of magic and I hope that they keep on doing it because the have totally bedazzled me. Man Card is a delightful, cheerful and heartwarming story that might not have the knee-slapping jokes of Man Hands but it will make you smile big and leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling.

“Really, I’ve been a terrible grouch.”
“I forgive you.” I’ll do anything for you, silly girl.

four-half-stars

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