Author: Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Ronaldo Gutierrez (Photo credit)
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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.
Hook Line & Sinker by Piper Vaughn is set in the same world as her co-authored work Wood, Screws, & Nails (http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2014/04/wood-screws-and-nails-by-piper-vaughn-and-kade-boehme-review-by-brandilyn/). This time we look at the friend whose injury paved the way for Aaron and Malachi to get together, Blake. This story, however, could be read as a stand alone.
Castor and Blake have been frenemies for much of their life. Well, that is a bit of a misnomer. They were frenemies as teens, with their grandparent’s living across the street from one another. They didn’t keep up with each other as they grew up and left the nest, so to speak. As life brings them back into each other’s life, they find it more fun to give in to all the lust and desire they felt all those years ago. While it isn’t an easy road, it is hot and sweet.
Vaughn has another winner with Hook, Line & Sinker. Both main characters have the douchebag moments, but they manage to find their way back to each other time and again. The prose and dialogue are both tight, and the plot is entertaining enough to keep me engaged. I can’t ask for much more.
I am hoping Gavin and Riley will be the next story in the Hard Hats series.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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