Ginny soon regrets her impetuous decision to sell her condo and buy an aging farmhouse in rural Maine. The house is in terrible shape. She knows next to nothing about home repair and the bid that she is given by the local contactor, for all the work to be done, is outrageously high. After spotting an ad in the newspaper for a local carpenter, Ginny decides to give him a try, hoping for a better price. However, when she opens the door to meet her new carpenter for the first time, Ginny doesn’t know which she finds more amazing; how young Michael Standish is, or the fact that he has brought her long dormant libido roaring back to life with just one glance.
Mike Standish is only 24 years old, but he has been around the block a time or two. He learned his love of building and power tools from his grandfather, and is trying hard to be both a carpenter and a man to make his grandfather proud. Mike didn’t intentionally underbid so badly on the job to repair Ginny Chase’s farmhouse. He tells himself that he’s merely doing the job to get future referrals and not because he finds himself extremely attracted to the beautiful owner. After spending time with Ginny though, he realizes that she is the woman for him, but how does he convince a woman who has suffered such a loss to take a chance on loving him?
I’ll admit that I was hesitant about reading an older woman, younger man erotic novel at first. I wasn’t sure if the story could come across as authentic and real. Boy, am I glad that I took the chance. Sierra Dafoe has captured the emotions of both Ginny and Mike beautifully; their mutual attraction, their insecurities and Ginny’s fear of letting herself love again. Their love affair is both passionate and complex, just like in the real world. BUILT TO LAST is more than just an erotic novella; it truly is a love story and one that will be sure to find its way onto your keeper’s list.