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THE ICEMAN COMETH…Hotel mogul Eben Spencer had learned long ago to keep his eye on the ball and his emotions under wraps. And where had this philosophy got him so far? In business, to the pinnacle of success. And in his personal life, it had brought him one beloved, if unhappy, little girl, and one shattered marriage. And he was not about to embark on another one anytime s THE ICEMAN COMETH…Hotel mogul Eben Spencer had learned long ago to keep his eye on the ball and his emotions under wraps. And where had this philosophy got him so far? In business, to the pinnacle of success. And in his personal life, it had brought him one beloved, if unhappy, little girl, and one shattered marriage. And he was not about to embark on another one anytime soon….But then he met Sage Benedetto. The bewitching nature girl was everything Eben was not--warm, emotional, open--and everything he'd never dreamed he'd want. But lately he was having very different dreams….


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THE ICEMAN COMETH…Hotel mogul Eben Spencer had learned long ago to keep his eye on the ball and his emotions under wraps. And where had this philosophy got him so far? In business, to the pinnacle of success. And in his personal life, it had brought him one beloved, if unhappy, little girl, and one shattered marriage. And he was not about to embark on another one anytime s THE ICEMAN COMETH…Hotel mogul Eben Spencer had learned long ago to keep his eye on the ball and his emotions under wraps. And where had this philosophy got him so far? In business, to the pinnacle of success. And in his personal life, it had brought him one beloved, if unhappy, little girl, and one shattered marriage. And he was not about to embark on another one anytime soon….But then he met Sage Benedetto. The bewitching nature girl was everything Eben was not--warm, emotional, open--and everything he'd never dreamed he'd want. But lately he was having very different dreams….

30 review for The Daddy Makeover

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This cover is an embarrassment, and the title only slightly less so. If the story were better, that'd be a real tragedy. As it stands, it's just as well that it's unlikely anyone will be enticed into this pile of trope fewmets. Both protagonists are shallow representations of their type. Eben is the widower business mogul struggling to understand his young daughter. He broods a lot and does important business things and is unaccountably drawn to the free-spirited nature-girl, Sage. She's the Oreg This cover is an embarrassment, and the title only slightly less so. If the story were better, that'd be a real tragedy. As it stands, it's just as well that it's unlikely anyone will be enticed into this pile of trope fewmets. Both protagonists are shallow representations of their type. Eben is the widower business mogul struggling to understand his young daughter. He broods a lot and does important business things and is unaccountably drawn to the free-spirited nature-girl, Sage. She's the Oregon-coast neo-hippie chick warry of responsibility and getting her feelz hurt. They dance around their attraction and find beautiful sights beautiful and fall in love in a shockingly short time despite both of them simply wallowing in negatively motivated* paralysis. I wasn't quite as cynical about the story until the last chapters, actually. I mean, it was surface, sure, but Thayne is a decent writer and I love that Oregon coast area and could picture it so acutely that I was along for the ride. Those last chapters, though . . . Man. Thayne broke out every cliché imaginable, including a highly unlikely scene with Chloe (the eight year-old daughter) pulling a dangerous stupid that made no sense, whatsoever, just so they can be thrown together more. I mean, (view spoiler)[you can't tell me that a young girl, unfamiliar with the coast, would walk onto a rocky outcrop to become stranded by high tide rolling in in the middle of the freaking night in a rain storm!!! That'd be scary beyond all reason and having a flashlight only makes it more so! (hide spoiler)] And then Thayne doubled down on the stupids with (view spoiler)[Sage pulling a unilateral relationship choice by lying about loving Eben after he'd had the guts to open his heart to her. Yeah, Angsty McBrooderson lays "I love you" on her and she goes all "oh no! I can't take this pain that might happen some day in the future!" (hide spoiler)] These people make zero sense. So we're ending with two stars, but only because the sense of place was so strong and it's an area I love. A note about Chaste: There's way too much kissing for two people who are desperate not to fall in love. Which was also stupid. But no sex so this qualifies for chaste. Even though the story sucked. * Negative Motivations: I kind of hate that the term "negative motivation" isn't widespread, yet. Since it isn't, I'm going to save off this little jag to append to my reviews that feature the term. Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back and it changed how I understand story. The problem with the term is that if you've never heard it before, you'd assume it meant motivations that are harmful or immoral. Not so. What it refers to is motivations not to do something. The thing is that many of us are motivated to not do things for a lot of different, perfectly valid and reasonable, reasons. The problem is that in a story motivations to not do things are a huge drag on the plot—particularly considering the fact that most negative motivations are overcome by the character simply deciding they don't care any more (or, rather, that they do care and are now motivated to do the thing). So not only do you have a counter to action but you also have a situation where to overcome it, all a character has to do is change their mind. Which means eventually, the reader is rooting for the character to get over him/herself already and do the thing we want them to do. Conflict drives story. Conflict between a reader and a main character drives readers away from story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    Cute story, if a bit rushed as it takes place in the space of a week or so. Just what's expected from this type of book, but, as usual, this author is able to create believable characters that the reader cares about. On to the next book in this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dora Okeyo

    I liked: the theme- love is always something good to read about, it even gets better if some loss and fear are involved. Overview: Rich Dad to Chloe, meets Sage-simple and full of life lady and he's in love, she loves him too but she believes that his world is nothing like hers and she wouldn't be good to him, and the eight year old girl-Chloe, believes that her Dad is the best Dada and she wants him around more often than anyone else. Award: 3 stars Reason: There's the story and you read along kno I liked: the theme- love is always something good to read about, it even gets better if some loss and fear are involved. Overview: Rich Dad to Chloe, meets Sage-simple and full of life lady and he's in love, she loves him too but she believes that his world is nothing like hers and she wouldn't be good to him, and the eight year old girl-Chloe, believes that her Dad is the best Dada and she wants him around more often than anyone else. Award: 3 stars Reason: There's the story and you read along knowing that Eben (the rich hot guy with green eyes) will indeed conquer Sage's heart- you read hoping that she admits she loves him too Read it: Because it is time well spent on a story about love.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ess

    1.5ish stars! It just frustrated me how the issues weren't really dealt with and they were just glossed over. Everything wrapped up so fast and I was left feeling unsatisfied. Also I didn't really believe that they were in "love". Meh...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Liked Conan the big, red dog. :) Sage is a naturalist, interesting career. Chloe, 8 yr old daughter is dynamic. I must admit..i am tired of insta-love so that skewed me against the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    An older book by Thayne and I think her skill has improved since but still a sweet book about love. I wish she had tied up more details for the ending but this was only a minor distraction.

  7. 4 out of 5

    charmaine White

    Good Read A little slow getting there,but when it does,it gets really good.A love story with a lot of twists and turns.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gwen S.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Eben and the Naturist, Sage B., Make Four! 3.75*****Spoiler Alert! Eben Spencer, hotelier single dad, widower, returned to Cannon Beach to purchase Sea Urchin Inn from the Wus. Only to have his eight year old daughter, Chloe, Conan the dog, and Abigail's spirit, work their matchmaking skills on Eben and Sage Benedetto as they fell in lust, like, and love. Sage's understanding of Chloe, stemmed from her abandoned childhood insecurities after her mother's death, by her workaholic father/surviving p Eben and the Naturist, Sage B., Make Four! 3.75*****Spoiler Alert! Eben Spencer, hotelier single dad, widower, returned to Cannon Beach to purchase Sea Urchin Inn from the Wus. Only to have his eight year old daughter, Chloe, Conan the dog, and Abigail's spirit, work their matchmaking skills on Eben and Sage Benedetto as they fell in lust, like, and love. Sage's understanding of Chloe, stemmed from her abandoned childhood insecurities after her mother's death, by her workaholic father/surviving parent. She projected her feelings and fears upon Eben, especially when he considered sending 'nanny-destroying ' Chloe to boarding school. Tempers flared, but they reconciled into a HEA! Great characters especially that of the recently deceased Abigail, along with this rapidly evolving, predictable, romantic plot which created this novel's gravity defying appeal. The theme of grief and loss of a loved one altering one's path in life, courses throughout this novel. A quick Summer read! 08/25/20- 08/25/20 COVID-19 CAShInPl.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rosemarie Grainer

    Great start to a new-to-me series! There are a lot of nuances in this story. It is totally character oriented with no major action or steam. I think Chloe, the 8-year-old daughter was the best character of them all. Her father Eben takes a little longer to get to know, but he really tries his best to take care of Chloe, and doesn't always succeed, which most parents will recognize! Sage is a cool character, with her huge dog Conan, that she shares with Anna her housemate, and her job as a natural Great start to a new-to-me series! There are a lot of nuances in this story. It is totally character oriented with no major action or steam. I think Chloe, the 8-year-old daughter was the best character of them all. Her father Eben takes a little longer to get to know, but he really tries his best to take care of Chloe, and doesn't always succeed, which most parents will recognize! Sage is a cool character, with her huge dog Conan, that she shares with Anna her housemate, and her job as a naturalist, teaching others to love and respect nature. All of these characters are complex and we watch them grow and develop. The whole story takes place in a week, yet the pace feels relaxed. The tone is emotional. Like I said there are many nuances to this character driven story. But if this sounds good to you, I can assure you that it is great! Try it and enjoy!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was short and sweet novel! It's less than 300 pages and I read it in two days. It's a clean romance, no sex scenes and only one use of the b- word towards the beginning. While I liked Sage, I wish she wasn't a sourpuss so often. I don't really enjoy characters who hold everyone at arms length because they are afraid of getting hurt. I'm glad that Sage was written in a way where she felt bad for her snooty behavior and started to make small adjustments, becoming better friends with her roomm This was short and sweet novel! It's less than 300 pages and I read it in two days. It's a clean romance, no sex scenes and only one use of the b- word towards the beginning. While I liked Sage, I wish she wasn't a sourpuss so often. I don't really enjoy characters who hold everyone at arms length because they are afraid of getting hurt. I'm glad that Sage was written in a way where she felt bad for her snooty behavior and started to make small adjustments, becoming better friends with her roommate especially. I liked Eben (that's a weirdest name for a man I've ever heard btw, I never got used to it), but I felt similarly about him. His transition from cold to warm was smooth. The title made perfect sense for him. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    April

    A man on a mission to acquire and a girl with a neglected background have to issues to work out when they meet and are attracted to each other. Eben has a daughter Chloe who sneaks out in the early morning to look for sand dollars and meets Sage. Sage is a naturalist who runs a camp for kids in Cannon Beach, Oregon teaching about nature. This sounds like a lovely job. Sage has a way with Chloe and it brings Eben and Sage together over the course of the book. There are issues to work out but love c A man on a mission to acquire and a girl with a neglected background have to issues to work out when they meet and are attracted to each other. Eben has a daughter Chloe who sneaks out in the early morning to look for sand dollars and meets Sage. Sage is a naturalist who runs a camp for kids in Cannon Beach, Oregon teaching about nature. This sounds like a lovely job. Sage has a way with Chloe and it brings Eben and Sage together over the course of the book. There are issues to work out but love conquers in this sweet romance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marcia Haskell

    Can 2 people get past their fear to be happy Another well written book by RaeAnne Thayne. Once again she gives us a small town setting with characters I would love to have as friends, problems of fear of trust, back stories that I, for one, could understand and sympathize and a little sense of predestination. Enjoyed this book and related both to story and to people who were written about. Would rate it at 4 1/2 *.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Aase

    It was satisfying as usual. I. Always a sucker for the single parent story! Sage is a nature girl, living in Brambleberry house with Anna after inheriting it from Abigale. When Sage finds Chloe alone on the beach during her morning run she is highly irritated with Chloe’s rich, cold, handsome father- mainly because he reminds her of her own father who shared the same characteristics. Their lives intersect while Eben stays in the town trying to buy a hotel. Will they fall for each other?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    We’re reading this book in RaeAnne Thayne’s Facebook book this month. I’m reading all in the series. I definitely always start a series from the beginning and read them all when I love the authors books. Abigail leaves her home when she died which includes three apartments to Sage and Anna.Abigail seems to make some mysterious visits. I know she truly loved these women.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Loved It! I enjoyed this story very much. It shows that first impressions aren’t always what they seem to be. It’s a story about letting go of past hurts and heartbreak and opening your heart to new beginnings, with a little help from beyond.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis Halstead

    The ?Daddy Makeover A delightful book. Characters seem real. Well written and planned. Great descriptions and plot. We need make good feeling type of books. I would highly recommend this book. Phyllis

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Spreen

    A nice little romance in a pretty setting (coastal Oregon). He's the bigshot owner of a hotel chain, she's an earth goddess skeptical of wealth and privilege. But really, they have something in common. Ended too soon, but a good story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Teon

    Wonderful love story. Sage is mourning the loss of her friend and landlord, Abigail. Eban is a single dad w/ his head too wrapped up in business. Chloe is 8 yrs old and a terror to nannies and schools. A week at the beach may help everyone find some happiness.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Severinsen

    Typical Raeanne Nice story. The first of the series and I look forward to the rest. While a bit predictable I find Raeanne's calming stories a break from my busy life.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mum

    An enjoyable romance. Not overdone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A really good read, a great start to this trilogy!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen Geurts

    A good read I liked the story and the characters. Conan was a great one, he seemed more human than dog. I am glad that Safe and Even and Chloe got their HEA.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Loved this book I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the premise that Abigail had a master p!an to bring Eben and Sage together. Looking forward to the rest of this series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suze

    THE DADDY MAKEOVER RaeAnne Thayne is one of my favorite authors, she makes all of her characters come to life- even the elusive Abigail.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    4.5 Stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Theresa LeBlanc

    Moving story Tender, heartfelt, moving story. I don’t think RaeAnne Thayne can write a bad novel. Old friends, new friends, romance, my, heartache, it’s all here.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monique E. Lacroix

    Another wonderful book from RaeAnne Thayne I have read so many books of her, I lost count but I have loved every single one of them!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Chambers

    Another great read from RaeAnne Thayne. Great mix of characters, all with complicated stories of their own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    The secret is super.

  30. 5 out of 5

    D

    Great character development! Lovely and adorable child with a troubled father leads to a fun story with HEA.

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