Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ New Adult/ Reviews 25th October 2017
Hard Wood by Lauren BlakelyHard Wood by Lauren Blakely
Published by Lauren Blakely Books on October 21st 2017
Pages: 191
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three-stars

Women often say a good man is hard to find. And a hard man is even better.

That’s why I’m quite a catch— good, hard, loaded, and wait for it…I’m ready to settle down too. But the woman I want to pitch my tent with lives clear across the country. Neither of us wants to get lost in those woods. All I have to do is resist her for the week she's in town.

I try. I swear I try. But yeah, that doesn't work out.

And after one fantastic night with Mia, I’m ready to give her years of nights under the stars. What's a few thousand miles when love's involved? But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my adventure tour company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean business. Number one on my list of iron-clad rules?

Don’t screw your customers.

But what's a guy to do when she's so hard to resist? How hard can it be to keep our hands off each other for a quick group tour down the hills and over the trails? I’m about to find out, and I have a feeling I’m going to need a new badge of honor because things are about to get very hard in the woods.

The friend of a friend of a friend, whose numerous siblings (throw in twins to make things more complicated) also have other friends who might or might not hook up with one another is pretty much how this whole series of stories go. I’ve probably lost track of who’s who and who’s actually related to whom, to be honest.

But all these books are standalones, and while some have been hits while other were misses, one thing they have in common is the smug, cocky male POV that’s sustained through this series with a title which is styled deliberately to be a double entendre. And all of it is something to get used to as these have become defining trademarks of these books; otherwise, that’ll only prove to be a stumbling block.

Lauren Blakely’s ‘Hard Wood’ is the next in line as Patrick and Mia get their HEA and as always, it’s mostly angst-free, with gently rolling hills for obstacles instead of the high peaks and valleys that can make a story hard to get through. It’s a very easy read as well—easy enough that it can be done in a single sitting—especially with Zeus the Adventure Cat stealing the show, though I shouldn’t be forgetting that ‘Hard Wood’ is also a sweet story with flirty sparks flying long before the characters hit the bed.

three-stars

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