A new virgin-hero novella from USA TODAY bestselling author Jenika Snow
The Ash Brothers—they know how to handle their wood
They call me Big Johnny, and they’re not wrong. I’m big all over, and burly, too. But when it comes to her, I’m a freaking pussycat.
There’s never been a time when she wasn’t on my mind, not even when she left Rockbridge for college. Those four years were the hardest of my life. Literally.
Saving myself for her has never been the problem. It’s telling her how I feel.
She’s back now and it’s painfully obvious to even a lumberjack like me: Flora’s not a teenager anymore. She’s a woman who knows what she wants.
That’s me…and the wood I’m packing.
[This book is approximately 15,000 words]
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Quick hot read
I liked the previous novella in the Ash Brothers series, Hard Wood, so I was looking forward to reading the next story featuring Johnny and Flora, who were both introduced in that book. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work as well for me. Johnny is the second Ash brother, and he’s the definition of the strong silent type. Flora, who’s seven years younger, also grew up in the small mountain town of Rockbridge, but left to go to college. She’s been in love with Johnny for as long as she can remember, and Johnny’s been in love with her since her eighteenth birthday. They’ve been back in the same town for almost a year, but neither has been able to confess their feelings for each other. It’s a undeniably sweet story, but I felt like too much time was spent on each character moping and yearning for the other, and not as much on the two actually communicating. For such a short story, a lot of the internal monologue felt much too repetitive – each character is too old/young for the other, or too pretty or too whatever. Once they actually start communicating – by a blurted out “I love you,” which was absolutely adorable – they move quickly to having rampant bunny sex, which, given that they were both virgins, seemed a bit varied to me. Overall, while this one missed the mark for me, I’ll be picking up the third one for sure! I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Johnny and Flora have loved each other for years and yet neither have expressed their feelings to the other. Johnny wanted Flora to go away to college and fulfill her dreams so he held back. Now that she’s returned home he’s so hungry for her he’s afraid he’s going to screw up his one chance. Flora is a bit shy when it comes to Johnny. She doesn’t want to ruin anything between them and so she’s remained silent regarding her emotions. After a serendipitous meeting and near miss, they finally have their moment. This is a quick steamy read with absolutely no angst or drama. It’s a simple story of two people waiting for the opportunity to relay the depth of their feelings. There’s not a lot of plot here but it is sugary sweet and the perfect snack for in between longer reads. This is all insta-everything and a very enjoyable little story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and Carina Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
RATING 4.5 STARS Knock on Wood is the second book in The Ash Brothers series by Jenika Snow. This is a very short, insta love, insta lust story that will leave you feeling plenty of warm and fuzzies. Johnny Ash and Flora Beaumont love each other. The problem being that neither one of them has told the other. Johnny is a lumberjack, working with his brothers in their family owned business. Johnny and Flora have barely spoken over the years. Johnny is seven years older than Flora and it was on her eighteenth birthday he first noticed her as a woman. He knew right away that she was the only woman for him. But she had plans to go away to college and he didn’t want to get in the way of that. So he kept his feelings to himself. Flora is completely tongue tied whenever Johnny is around. So she mostly prefers to worship him from a distance. They have hardly ever even spoken. But she loves him. Through all the years of college, she saves herself for Johnny, not even knowing if he could have found someone else. Johnny has never felt any sort of attraction to any other woman than Flora. So he saved himself for her. If she found another man that makes her happy then he will just have to face a lifetime alone because no other woman will ever do. What will it take to finally get these two to have a real conversation, to finally tell each other how they feel? Or, will they wait too long? This is a very quick read but a perfect little feel good story that is sure to make you smile. I love these. I love knowing that I won’t have to wait long for my happily ever after. I can guarantee you that this will heat things up as well. Jenika Snow most definitely has a talent for writing steam. This was such a fun little book and I definitely want to read more from this series!
Knock on Wood by Jenika Snow The Ash Brothers #2 Short quick romance between two people that have wanted to be together for years but were too shy to communicate their interest. I had a bit of trouble believing that the two were so enamored with one another that no other person caught their eye for five years – or longer – but the story based this sweet but also steamy story on that and the idea that the two had kept themselves pure until their time together happened…in this novella. One more brother to go – the hook for that story with who might end up with is implied in this one. Thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for the ARC – this is my honest review. 3 Stars