Whatever You Need (The Haneys #2) by Barbara Longley
Painfully shy electrician Wyatt Haney is a pro at complex wiring jobs, but when it comes to women, he just can’t seem to make a lasting connection. If he had even half the courage of the superhero he penned for his comic book series, he’d finally be able to talk to his beautiful neighbor, Kayla—and stop hiding behind a hoodie. When an electrical fire breaks out in Kayla’s apartment, Wyatt comes to the rescue, sparking an attraction neither of them expected.
Kayla Malone has had enough surprises. First an unplanned pregnancy at eighteen, then losing her husband in war, and now a fire in her apartment. Thank God her hot neighbor has the skills to help. As Wyatt repairs Kayla’s apartment and forges a relationship with her son, he also makes inroads to her heart. It’s clear that Wyatt has fallen for Kayla, but is she willing to risk another heartbreak—or will she ignore the electricity between them and miss her happy ending?
Okay, this book was super sweet and I have a feeling Longley is going to become an author I am more familiar with. Yes to the representation! Wyatt’s character was extremely shy, they had women in leadership roles in male dominated industries, a family member with down syndrome, and even had great feminist discussions on men taking women’s last name after marriage. The representation was an excellent in a well written book.
Wyatt, an extremely shy electrician is enamored by his neighbor and her son. He is very creative and writes and illustrates his own superhero comic books as well. He finally works up the courage to ask out Kayla, a young single mom putting herself through school to become a dental hygienist. Can Wyatt be the superhero Kayla didn’t know she needed?
I really liked the story. Both characters grew as individuals and together which was great. I loved how Brady, Kayla’s son was written as an actual kid for his age. Sometimes I read books where the child’s dialogue just does not fit or isn’t age appropriate, so Longley’s writing was really nice to read. My only complaint, and this is pretty minor is how abruptly Wyatt overcomes his shyness. I am not a psychologist, so maybe I am incorrect in my assumptions, but it sort of felt 0-100 rather than being a bit more gradual, which I think would have made it more realistic.
If that was my only complaint, I think you can tell I already recommend this book. I am very excited to read more books by Longley. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited.