I received A Man Like Mike by Sami Lee through NetGalley, thanks to Harlequin Enterprises Australia/ Escape Publishing.
Summary: Corporate professional Eve O’Brien needs a crash course in parenting when her dearest friend Jacinta and her husband die, naming her sole guardian of their baby son Bailey. As if bright orange goo on her business shirts and terminal exhaustion aren’t enough to deal with, Bailey’s uncle shows up, insisting on being part of his nephew’s life.
Roguishly handsome with a devil‐may‐care attitude, Mike Wilcox is always first with a quip or a flirtatious smile. When he breezily suggests he move in with her temporarily, Eve sees noway to refuse, as the cottage in which she lives was left to Mike by his late brother.
On the surface, Mike seems like the perfect house mate. He’s a successful chef, so Eve’s diet goes from fast food to five star overnight, and he effortlessly takes on daytime care of his nephew, while working at a local restaurant in the evenings. But he wears muscle‐ hugging T‐shirts and makes the cottage seem like a home, things that appeal to Eve more than she cares to admit.
A lonely, neglected child, Eve has learned to rely only on herself, but having Mike around soon makes her want to believe things can be different. How can she trust a man who’s lived life by the seat of his pants to stick around for the long haul? (GoodReads)
My Review: The overall storyline of A Man Like Mike is a more unique concept. I haven’t read any books with that storyline, which I think will draw in the readers. I really enjoyed the Hero, Mike, and thought he was someone many readers would fall for. He was sweet and caring, fun, but deep. The heroine, Eve, was a different story. She was serious and overly cautious. I understood the way she felt and behaved, but I’m not a fan of heroines with self-doubt issues. This is the second book I’ve read this week where the heroine drones on and on about how she’s not good enough. It was enough to make me want to give up the book.
In the end, I gave this book 3.5 stars. It held my interest and the hero was dreamy, but the heroine just didn’t cut it.
This is the first book I’ve read by Sami Lee and I’m looking forward to reading more of her writing!