Book Review: Hand Picked by May Archer

Hand Picked

Author: May Archer
Series: Sunday Brothers, book 2
Publisher: Independent (April 11, 2022)
Kindle edition, 318 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary M/M Romance


Once upon a time, I moved to Vermont… and wound up accidentally sort of married.

Webb Sunday is the straight single dad next door.

He’s lumberjack-gorgeous,

Strong and steady as the trees in his family orchard,

A grumpy fairytale prince…

And entirely off-limits.

Or so I thought.

Until the drunken night the two of us walked into a bar…

And landed ourselves in the middle of small-town history.

Who knew hand-fasting was still a thing?

The town of Little Pippin Hollow did.

And once this bunch of meddling Vermonters gets wind of our accidental betrothal, they are determined to see us seal the deal.

But while the chemistry between us is hot enough to melt the winter cold, Webb isn’t interested in a relationship…

And I’m not sure how long I can keep pretending I don’t want our hand-fasting to be real.

Because while the man might not be the happily ever after I came to Vermont for…

He’s looking more and more like the one who’s been hand-picked for me.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book, out of all of them in the series, has the vibes most like May’s Licking Thicket series (co-written with Lucy Lennox). I cannot tell you the obscene number of times I laughed out loud reading this. This is also my favorite book of the series so far.

I love the dynamic between Webb and Luke. Webb has a huge chip on his shoulder about Luke – he hates that he’s an interloper in their small town who just won his house and land and didn’t have to work for it; he hates that his son Aiden ADORES his teacher (Mr. Williams, AKA Luke); he hates how upbeat and sunshiney Luke is; and he hates how weirdly attracted he is to this man.

Luke just… he broke my heart. He tries SO HARD, and he just wants to belong and be loved. UGH. I just wanna hug him and squeeze him and tell him it’s all going to be okay! There’s a moment where Luke says something to Knox about it being so hard to keep being positive when he’s being crushed by the weight of his loneliness, and I straight up ugly cried. Poor Knox gets a big-time reality check as he gets to know Luke and realizes basically EVERY assumption he had about the other man was completely wrong.

After their accidental drunken betrothal (oops), these neighbors (slash one-sided enemies) become friends and eventually so much more. Swoon. There are lots of fun small town shenanigans and folks meddling, and this book is just a rollercoaster ride of laughs, love, and aching hearts. 100/10, definitely recommend.

This is the second book in the Sunday Brothers series, and can be read as a stand-alone.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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