Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hook, Line, & Sinker by Piper Vaughn

Title: Hook, Line, & Sinker
Author: Piper Vaughn
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Hard Hats #2
Main Characters: Cas and Blake
Release Date: November 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Hard Hats: Book Two 

When they were teens, Castor McCormick was the bane of Blake Kowalski’s existence. Their mutual animosity led to summers filled with rivalry. Now, nearly two decades later, Cas is moving back into the neighborhood to live in his grandmother’s old house. Blake tells himself he isn’t interested in seeing how snarky little Cas grew up, but when his mother dupes him into visiting his former nemesis, he finds out “pretty” can evolve into “sexy as hell” on the right man. 

Cas didn’t think he wanted to see Blake again. No one has ever pushed his buttons like the arrogant boy he remembers from their youth. Turns out, the adult version of Blake still gets him hot under the collar—and everywhere else. With Blake on leave from work to nurse an injured leg and Cas taking time to move and unpack, they form a tentative friendship that turns into a sexual affair neither man can deny. But when Cas’s job sends him out of state to deal with a difficult client, their new relationship will be tested, and if they fail, Blake’s broken leg might not be the only thing to end up scarred.

My Review:
Oooh, I like m/m stories where the guys start out in a confrontational relationship. Cas and Blake spent much of their childhood living across the street from one another...and doing everything they could to harass and give each other a hard time. (yeah, there was some serious sexual chemistry brewing between them way early in life.)

But they both end up coming home at the same time...Cas is moving into his grandmother's house and Blake is home because he broke his leg which made living in his 4th floor walk-up apartment impossible. I like that the book takes place 19 years after the guys last saw each other. While they are no longer those young guys out to just antagonize the other...they've matured past that...they still don't fully trust one another. 

This book is sizzling. Although Blake is older now and more mature, he still has a bit of a temper and can be domineering and possessive. For the most part, that works for Cas...but it does cause problems too. This book had a very real feel to it that I love in my contemporary romance. These guys are normal guys with normal issues. They have doubts and insecurities and problems just like everyone else...especially when it comes to their relationship with their past. But I did love them much. 

I smiled through a lot of reading  this book. But it wasn't all happy. I thought my heart would break through the "dark moment" of the book. I fell in love with these two characters and experienced all their emotions right along with them because of that. It was a fun and entertaining book and DEFINITELY one that I recommend if you like contemporary m/m. 

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