Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wood, Screws, & Nails by Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme

Title: Wood, Screws, & Nails
Author: Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m) 
Series: -
Main Characters: Aaron and Mal
Release Date: April 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:

I liked this book. There were so many little details that made it such a great read. The setting...a huge house out on a lake for the summer. The, sweaty, sexy guys without their shirts and low-slung jeans while they work on the house...yes, please. The interesting twist to this love story that really worked for me.

This book features three characters:
*Aaron...the dad. He owns a construction company and has told his parents that he will take the summer off to redo their lake house. He had Julian (Jules) when he was young and confused about his sexuality, so he experimented with his best friend. She got pregnant and they remain really close even after Aaron decided that yep, he's gay. It's not something that he spreads about, but he doesn't try to hide it either. He's never been in a serious relationship, so the subject has never come up between him and Julian.
*Jules...the son. As the only son and grandchild, Jules hasn't been deprived of much. He's also never really had to work for a living. should never work for their dad's. Jules also likes to go out partying a lot so he leaves Mal and Aaron to pick up his slack...a LOT, which also leaves a lot of time for them together to get to know each other. 
*Mal...the roommate and other half of this story. He has had to work for everything he's ever had AND he grew up working construction with his dad so he knows what he's doing. The two characters, Aaron and Mal have so much in common and just simply work really well together. 

It was such an interesting (and impossible) dynamic. I got on Facebook at the 57% point and sent a message to Piper Vaughn about how worried I could see it coming. This wasn't going to turn out well (btw, have I mentioned lately how much I DON'T do non-happy ending books?!?) But the two authors pulled it off and I loved the way that they wrote it. Just a brilliant ending to all of it...and right. Every single action that happened through the end felt real in that the characters kept their priorities where they should have been no matter how painful those choices were at the time. No spoilers, but I'm very happy with the ending. 

It was a good book. I definitely recommend it. In fact, it would be a GREAT summer vacation type of read while you hang out by the lake and imagine those hot, sexy, sweaty bodies hanging out with you there. ;)

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