Hook, Line, & Sinker

Hook, Line, & Sinker

by Piper Vaughn

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Hook, Line, & Sinker by Piper Vaughn

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.

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BN ID: 2940150360396
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 11/19/2014
Series: Hard Hats , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 446,099
File size: 618 KB

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Hook, Line, & Sinker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CarlysBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Castor McCormick made Blake Kowalski’s summers a nightmare, but they say time heals all wounds. In Piper Vaughn's world, time leads to smokin' hot sexual chemistry. I loved the lighthearted introduction Piper gives readers to the main characters and their initial interactions had me laughing so hard I almost cried. As the story progresses, what starts out as a whole lot of lust between Cas and Blake develops the potential for love and, like all relationships, that transition is where the heart of the story lies. Caring and commitment bring them closer but insecurities from their past, personality differences, and expectations arise that challenge the foundation of their romance. While there continue to be moments of lightheartedness, Piper really delves deeply into what makes each character tick, and reveals the whole spectrum of their emotions. I loved that HOOK, LINE, & SINKER is a perfect balance of reality and romance. The main characters are written as flawed human beings, but at the same time their moments of brilliance and combined chemistry reach out to readers and grab their attention. A well written and fast paced stand alone story, I would highly recommend HOOK, LINE, & SINKER to readers looking for a book that offers a unique spin on the much loved "frenemy" plot line. My OFFICIAL REVIEW written for Carly's Book Reviews
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Hot. Real. Love *swoon* Blake is a construction contractor and an impetuous man in his late 30s. A broken leg has him sidelined from work and staying back in his mom's ranch home as he can't quite manage the stairs to his three-flat condo in Chicago with the cast and crutches. While recuperating, Blake's mom attempts to catch Blake up on all the neighborhood gossip. Turns out, the neighbor across the street has moved, selling her home to her grandson, Castor. Like Blake, Castor is gay. And, Blake cares not a whit, because Cas was a prissy, one-upper when they were kids and time has likely only made that worse.... Castor is a qualified professional, traveling the country to help upgrade Human Resources software and training new clients on its use and implementation. And, he's sick of it. Well, he's sick of traveling. He's anxious to settle down--and buying his Gram's outdated house is that first step. He's also been promoted, which means less travel. Yay! He's an active gay man, with good friends and some casual sex partners, but finding his childhood nemesis, Blake, on his doorstep, ready to add more than a coat of paint to the avocado green-era kitchen, isn't the beginning of his new settled life...or so he thinks. See, Blake was told Cas wanted help refurbing his fixer-upper. And Cas? Well, he wasn't told anything. Polish mother plus Irish Grandmother. Can you hear the scheming? LET THE MATCHMAKING BEGIN! These guys are really fun together. Their youth relationship still holds sway, for a bit. But, then they decide to just start over. And, they are smoking hot together. Neither expects to find love, but who can deny the fire between them. Besides, they do share some hobbies--like fishing, and watching baseball. They are fit, virile men, living across the street from each other, albeit temporarily, and they exploit the short commute from bed to bed with zeal. (Double Yay!) When Cas decides to have a full remodel on his house, they are comfortable enough in what has developed between them to co-habitate Blake's Wrigleyville condo, now that Blake's cast is gone and he's back to work. In fact, these guys are looking forward to a "trial run" of living together. Their chemistry has been great and well, they recognize that each could be THE ONE! for the other. Then, Cas's job comes crashing down. He's got to satisfy an irate client by rebuilding a whole HR platform, onsite. In Colorado. It's supposed to take 4 weeks. And he can come home for weekends. But, the weeks stretch on and job is only getting more complicated. Four weeks turns into six, and then eight, and then.... With absence stressing their fledgling relationship, can Cas and Blake make it work? It's a real romance, with solid characters and fun and flirty scenes. The smexytimes? OMG. Off the scale. Blake has to learn to get over his insecurity about infidelity, and Cas has to learn work/life balance--neither of which is easy for these men. I really enjoyed watching them step out of their boundaries. And I'm glad they were able to connect, and reconnect--even if it wasn't easy. For all the "first love" stories out there, I do appreciate the effort of writing about mature men finding happiness. They have a lot of self-constructed hurdles to leap, which makes for a satisfying read. This book brought back some characters from the first book in this series--WOOD SCREWS AND NAILS--which was really fun, and introduced us to charming new characters who will undoubtedly carry the next book. I received this book from the author; this is my honest review. I can't wait to get her next release. /fangirl ;)
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book, Wood, Screws, & Nails, but there was something truly special about this one. Based on the description I was expecting a lot more of an enemies to lovers relationship, which honestly is one of my least favorite tropes. However, both Cas and Blake realize that many, many years have passed and that neither one of them is the same person they were as teenagers. Other than an initial gruff meeting these two get along great and I loved that they went so quickly into a friendship and let bygones be bygones. Of course this all gets started with the help of Blake's mom, Karina, and I absolutely loved her! She seems like an amazing mom and I love how much she would meddle but then try and keep the most innocent face whenever Blake would try to question her about it; she was just hilarious. Probably the biggest reason behind why I loved this book so much is the relationship between Cas and Blake who I think are just perfect together. I was pleasantly surprised by Blake who was way more of a soft heart and a romantic then I was expecting. During a camping trip things move quickly into sex for these two when they realize how compatible in the bedroom (or tent) they are, but both of these men are quick to admit they want something more and I really appreciated that in the story. Of course things get derailed when Cas's work sends him out of state for what should only be 2 months but ends up getting dragged out. Watching them struggle to make things work while being separated had me wishing to hug them both and make everything all better. Everything is not perfect and they have their ups and downs, especially when Blake's insecurities start to kick in. But at their core both of these men are incredibly caring and loving and it was a joy to watch them find each other.
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SCarr1 More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love a good enemy to lover story and this book didn’t disappoint.  Castor and Blake hated each other growing up.  Every summer they constantly tried to one-up the other and went out of their way to make the other’s life miserable.  Now, almost 20 years later they meet again but things are definitely different.  With the help of a meddling mother and grandmother, these two reconnect and with explosive results. I really liked the relationship build between the characters.  Everything happens quickly but it didn’t seem completely unreasonable.  Not only was there an enemy to lover theme, but this story was also an opposites attract as well with Blake working in construction and Caster working in a fast paced tech job.  Their friends are a great addition to the story and I really want to read more about Riley and Gavin.  Another plus to this book was the heat factor.  These two were HOT together! What I didn’t like was the big argument between the characters.  Blake takes a lot of the blame but Castor wasn’t completely innocent.  It just didn’t appeal to me that Castor couldn’t see how his actions resulted in Blake’s response.   This is the second book in the Hard Hats series and I want to point out you DO NOT have to read the first book in order to understand this story.  I have not read the first book in the series, and followed the events of this story without any problems.  To be honest, I didn’t know that there was a first book until I went online and looked to see if there was another story after this book.  I will definitely be reading the first book though because this was such a fun read I can’t see how the other story isn’t. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago