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You're in Good Hands with Al Tate
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Copyright:  December 14, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781465944092

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This romantic comedy is just the thing for a great weekend read, proving LOVE can be FUN too!

Hilarity and steamy romance reign in this romantic comedy filled with hilarious situations that build to a steamy evening of passion.

Susan Pierson needed a man who was good with his hands. And she needed him now.

The constant drip of the kitchen faucet was driving her up the wall and totally ruining her concentration for her story for Sizzling Desire magazine.

Drip. Drip.

Don't listen to it. Just type.

Drip. Drip.


Susan gazed at the computer perched on the small table. Modem, phone and electric cords tangled like a mound of overcooked spaghetti.

The city fire marshal would have a heyday if he could see it. But maybe he'd belong to that precinct with the gorgeous Firemen of Station Forty-three calendar. She'd have to throw herself on him, er, on his mercy, swear to straighten up the hazard and invite him back... to double check. After all, she was a safety first kind of gal. Most of the time. Well, once in a while anyway.

Good thing a large computer desk would be delivered today. Let's see, where had she stopped?

Carl led Alice from the crowded nightclub dance floor. His heated gaze locked with hers and his pulse beat in time with the rock music that filled the air. He pulled her close and said--

Gurgle, drip, drip.

"Jeeze Louise! I'll never get this done."


She shot an angry glance in the direction of the impudent water faucet. "Don't even do it again."


Aaagh! Who needs plumbing? Maybe she should just turn the water off completely. Right. And the flower boxes outside would make a great privy.

Bang. Bang.

"Now what?"

Bang. Bang. Bang.

"What in the world is going on out there?" Frowning, she stepped onto her patio and peered over a short rock wall.

God. What a hunk. He could be a poster child for steroids and suntan oil.

The damp ends of the man's dark brown hair curled against his neck while his bare shoulders and back glistened with sweat from his exertions. His well-muscled arms strained as he hammered pieces of metal together.

And his tush. Lord, when he bent over to retrieve another piece of framework, his worn jeans only emphasized every angle of his tight round buttocks and long legs. Mercy.

"Since you're there, how about handing me that crescent wrench."

Susan jerked her gaze upward. She saw his square jaw, full lips and coffee brown eyes. And the knowing grin on his face. Heat washed over her hotter than the midday sun. Quickly staring at the tools spread out along the top of the stone wall, she wondered what she wished for most: for the patio floor to open up and swallow her or that somehow she could figure out what in blazes a crescent wrench looked like.

She'd just have to guess. Who knows, maybe she'd get lucky. Really lucky. Yeah, and maybe she'd figure out which one was a crescent wrench, too. Lightly running her fingers over the metal implements, she felt their hard surfaces and absorbed heat. Some were long and thin, others short with a big head. Just like men. Eenie, meenie, miney, moe. Catch that stud and love him slow.

"Knock it off," she silently warned her over-active imagination.

His voice drew her attention. "I beg your pardon?"

No. Surely she hadn't muttered it out loud! She felt her face heat hotter still. "I'm sorry. I was thinking about your manly array." Oh, God. "I mean uh, your tools, but I don't know which one you want."

The drop-dead gorgeous man strolled over with a smile. "I'm Alan. Alan Tate. Welcome to the complex."

Susan gazed up at his friendly smile. Too bad she wasn't in advertising. She'd sell his image to weight loss clinics all over the country. They could make millions by putting his picture up as an incentive for female clients like the post office did with wanted posters. She could imagine the caption.

Do you know this man? Would you like to?

Maybe she could have her mouth glued together for a while. Say, till she was a size ten. But by then, she'd be on Medicare.

Professional Reviews

Good hands indeed!
I normally don't read romantic comedies because so many have been done before that I tend to get bored--not the case with YOU'RE IN GOOD HANDS WITH AL TATE! It was anything but boring!

I had a blast reading it! The puns were delicious, the humor was spot on, and the characters' timing when speaking to each other was perfect!

I won't describe the plot or the characters or even give you a summary, because honey, you need to read it!

This was a delightful story to read especially after a hectic day of work. Sometimes, laughter truly is the best medicine. And trust me when I say, you will definitely be in good hands with Al Tate! Sexy, shy, and a good 'ol boy--he's a man that will have you begging for those righteous hands!

Hilarious love story!!
A laugh out loud hilarious love story. I had people staring at me because I couldn't stop laughing when reading this book. In this romantic comedy Deborah brings you passion, sexiness, and lots of humor. This book was very refreshing. I haven't read something this light in a long time and I really needed and enjoyed it. I thought this book was extremely well written. This story flowed perfectly.
Deborah's descriptions and details will take you inside the story with these special characters. I love how Deborah always let us know what the characters thoughts were. This is why I love reading books instead of watching movies.
There were some scenes and this book that were so funny my ribs were hurting because I was laughing so much. Deborah's characters are so realistic.

Al Tate, is a stockbroker. He is not overly confidant in himself and I found that endearing. He is physically fit and very handsome. He is tired of the city life. He is looking forward to leaving it all behind and moving to the country. He wants to find someone he can share that with.
One day he is putting together a exercise machine outside when he was introduced to his beautiful new neighbor. He felt a connection to her right away. That day started an hilarious roller coaster ride.
I really loved how Al constantly had Susan on his mind. The things he wanted to do for her and with her was so very romantic. He is very dreamy. sigh

Susan, a beautiful, small town gal moves out to the big city. She writes for a exotic magazine. She wants a life of glamor. She moves into her new apartment. She is trying to finish her writing because she is on a deadline to pass it into her boss but she can't manage to stay concentrated on her work. Her kitchen sink is dripping and there is banging outside. She goes to check out the banging outside and that is when she noticed a hunk of a man with his shirt off. Sweat glistening off his sun kissed body stops her dead in her tracks. That is what started it all. Susan's thoughts of Al were so funny.

Both of these main characters were oh so lovable. I truly enjoyed how Deborah always let us know what each of the characters thoughts were. I never laughed and sighed so much while reading a book. This one is a must read. You will not be disappointed.

Happy Surprise
When Susan Pierson is annoyed by a noisy neighbor and goes to see what they're doing to cause such a ruckus, the last thing she expects to find is a hot, eligible hunk on the patio adjoining her own. So begins a hilarious and at times clumsy romance between the two that will leave your sides aching from laughter. Both are strong characters that capture your interest and empathy immediately with their missteps and humor.
Al is a successful stock broker who yearns to get away from the big city and start a small business of his own, settle down and start a family. Susan is a romance writer from a small town who yearns to experience life in the big city.
As Susan and Al grow closer they both begin to feel that they might change their life plans to hold on to what they share together. We giggle as Al tries to repair the dripping faucet in Susan's kitchen and her incessantly running toilet, with little success. Al's little sister becomes involved when Susan helps her get a job at the magazine she works for and inadvertently destroys more than one planned romantic evening. The story takes an unexpected turn and all of the characters plans change dramatically.

You're In Good Hands With Al Tate was truly a happy surprise for me. I could not put it down until I finished it. I laughed, cried, and laughed some more and when it was over I was a little sad that I was done with it. Deborah Gafford has created great characters and a strong plot line in this book, getting to know Al Tate and Susan Pierson is an amazingly fun way to spend an afternoon or evening. I look forward to reading more of Deborah Gafford's work in the future.

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