Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ARC Review: Wood, Screws, & Nails by Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme


Aaron Costa’s summer was all planned. Despite having to remodel the family lake house, it would be a vacation of sorts, and he had every intention of enjoying it—until the friend who was supposed to help him got injured and left him in a lurch. He decides to take the opportunity to bond with his son and hires Julian and his roommate, Malachi, to assist.

As a broke college student, Malachi could use the money, and spending the summer with Aaron for eye candy sounds like a dream. Look but don’t touch becomes his motto. But when Julian starts flaking on his responsibilities and Malachi and Aaron are forced to spend long hours alone together, their mutual attraction is impossible to resist.

Aaron can’t fight the temptation sexy Malachi presents. But more than their age difference stands in their way, not the least of which is Aaron’s semi-closeted status and the fact that he’s never openly discussed his sexuality with his son. He has no idea how Julian will react when he learns his father is not only gay, he’s also dating his best friend
Dani's rating:

Woods, Screws, & Nails was a smokin' sexy, fast-paced story with real depth and relationship development.

Aaron, 37, a successful contractor, is spending the summer renovating his parents' lake house. Needing an extra pair of hands (or two), Aaron hires his son, Julian, and Julian's roommate and best friend, Malachi, to help out. But with Malachi, Aaron gets more than he bargained for. The delicious, Brazilian 21-year-old is mature, works hard, and has a body made for licking all over.

But what happens when a father sleeps with his son's best friend who is 16 years his junior? Hot, steamy, wall-shaking action, that's what. Lord, the sex scenes in this book were some of the hottest I've ever read.

There's so much more to this book, though. The age difference works and is handled well. The dual POVs allow us to see each man's hesitations and desire. The summer flings turns into something deeper, and we are privy to the small moments (the lingering glances over coffee, the slow buildup of lust).

The only problem was Julian, Aaron's son, who was a selfish, immature, jealous punk. I was a little frustrated with Aaron for treating Julian like a golden egg and for allowing Jules to come between him and Malachi. And Julian's sudden change of heart felt abrupt and sudden.

That's a minor niggle though. This book worked on so many levels. It was funny and well written with interesting, complex characters and a lot of dirty fun. The ending was a bit tentative for me. I would love a short follow-up to see how these guys are doing.

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