I Can Handle Him
by Debbie Lum
About the Book:
Quinn Corbin’s got nothing to lose – except her life.
The 24-year-old bubbly optimist has arrived back in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, with her new Master’s degree in hand, a great teaching job secured and romance on her mind. She and her best friend Tory Taylor are eager to reconnect with each other and some old friends, especially their handsome former coffee shop co-worker Nick Allen, who has recently opened his own coffee shop featuring the most delectable cinnamon rolls in town! However, Nick is recovering from a disaster: his girlfriend Sienna Brown died when a fuel line burst as she was driving his car. Many in town blame Nick’s poor car maintenance for the fiery accident. Although Nick was never charged, Sienna’s older brother Reed thinks he should be. And Reed knows a thing or two about cars: his family owns the largest car dealership in town.
But Quinn believes Nick is innocent. So does her best friend Tory, a law student and sarcastic realist. Soon Quinn and Nick find their relationship growing when suddenly their world upends. Now Nick is in major trouble again and Quinn may have made the biggest mistake of her life. With incriminating evidence mounting against Nick, Tory works to prove his innocence. But Nick finds himself in a bigger battle when he must fight to protect, and win, his true love.
“Teasing and titillating until the end, I Can Handle Him is a bubbly and suspenseful romance.” - Foreword Clarion Reviews
“An enjoyable romantic drama that keeps readers guessing.” - Kirkus Reviews
“A fresh, enjoyable tale that should have great appeal to new adult fiction and contemporary romance fans.” - Blue Ink Review
About the author:
DEBBIE K. LUM is an unlikely author of five novels, a non-reader who was inspired by a self-esteem ad campaign encouraging little girls to dream big. Her romantic suspense novels (The Plebeian Series and The Doctor, The Chef, or The Fireman) feature fun, flawed characters with steamy and complicated relationships (and plenty of surprises!) She is a native of Tampa, Florida and earned her baccalaureate degree in Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. She was an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, serving that organization as Sunshine District chairman and president of the Tampa chapter. She enjoyed a 28-year career in marketing, working in banking, tourism and higher education. She splits her time between Florida and Texas. She is married and has two sons, one in law school and the other in college. I Can Handle Him is Debbie’s fifth novel.
Blog tour landing page: https://www.debbielum.com/
I Can Handle Him is my first read by this author and I think I about dropped my coffee with a few twists in this book. So not where I saw this story going, but fate had other plans and the Lilies were wanting to bloom in a different garden is how to best describe it to as to not give away any spoilers. Nick has a horrible record with cars and girls and this small town is out to prove he’s guilty. Quinn and Tori (BF) are back in town and in for a ride of their live they did not expect- A small town mystery. As the story unfolds my heartbreaks for Quinn and Nick, but Tori or T is the sarcastic law student and Quinn’s BF and friend to Nick, so she’s determined to prove Nick’s evidence and innocence.
I love coffee and if I had to choose between Indigo and Faze, my spot would be Faze. We meet Frank, Nick’s brother who is an FBI agent and Plebian band security in his next phase of life, so it makes me wonder if this leads to a spin off, which I would totally read. I loved Tyler and Gigi and wanted to hit Blaine and Reed numerous times throughout this story. I’m sure you will agree as you read this book. Daniel is hilarious and loves tacos AKA Socats. That’s awesome cause I never realized this and would totally mess up my order if I had to do this. Tongue twister or pig Latin anyone? Oh boy, the next story though just screams Read Me, maybe forgiveness is out there for some! We shall see over some tacos and coffee.