Wood, Screws, & Nails

Wood, Screws, & Nails

by Piper Vaughn

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Wood, Screws, & Nails by Piper Vaughn, Kade Boehme

Hard Hats: Book One

Aaron Costa�s summer was all planned. Despite having to remodel the family lake house, it would be a vacation of sorts, and he had every intention of enjoying it�until the friend who was supposed to help him got injured and left him in a lurch. He decides to take the opportunity to bond with his son and hires Julian and his roommate, Malachi, to assist.

As a broke college student, Malachi could use the money, and spending the summer with Aaron for eye candy sounds like a dream. "Look but don�t touch" becomes his motto. But when Julian starts flaking on his responsibilities and Malachi and Aaron are forced to spend long hours alone together, their mutual attraction is impossible to resist.

Aaron can�t fight the temptation sexy Malachi presents. But more than their age difference stands in their way, not the least of which is Aaron�s semi-closeted status and the fact that he�s never openly discussed his sexuality with his son. He has no idea how Julian will react when he learns his father is not only gay, he�s also dating his best friend.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149202119
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 04/23/2014
Series: Hard Hats , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 601,878
File size: 729 KB

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Wood, Screws, & Nails 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
I adored Wood, Screws, & Nails and I’m mad that I waited so long to finally read it! I’m a big fan of Piper Vaughn already and it’s clear that this writing partnership with Kade Boehme is working great because the writing was fantastic. I didn’t want to put this book down because I needed to get to the next stolen moment between Aaron and Malachi. Their chemistry was wonderful and all the covert glances and attempts to talk themselves out of getting involved just built up the tension like crazy! When these two finally get together it’s clear that it’s more than sex and I loved that neither shied away from their feelings. Initially, I was a bit leery of the large age gap (21 and 37) but Malachi is incredibly mature and focused. He’s a great match for Aaron’s steady and dependable nature; both men are down to earth, easy going, and genuinely great people. I also liked that the relationship built up over time as Aaron and Malachi work on the lake house and get to know each other. Of course, their ability to spend time together is dependent on Julian slacking off and not being around. Julian was your stereotypical immature college party boy and though he got on my nerves a bit, he also helped demonstrate how grown up Malachi was. When Julian finds out about his father and his best friend, it’s in the most awkward way possible and there’s plenty of anger going around. But when it comes down to it, Julian gets his act together and doesn’t stand in their way. A quick read with a sexy romance and I can’t wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
austhokie More than 1 year ago
**REVIEW COPY PROVIDED BY AUTHOR** As I look back on this book, I wonder where to begin because for the most I really enjoyed the experience reading this writing venture between Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme. This wasn’t my first time reading Piper (and I’ve highly enjoyed her previous books), but it was my first time reading Kade’s stuff. I will say looking back, that the writing styles between the two blended together so well, I honestly had no idea who wrote what parts (which I loved). I’ll also point out that I loved the double entendre in the title – Wood, Screws, & Nails – not only did it fit within the whole construction theme of the book, but also within the romance and dirty talk (and I am a sucker for dirty talk among couples). I’ll admit the whole age different between the two main characters at first kind of squicked me out – I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like the age-gap idea in romance, but I think it was more the younger guy being the same age as his son. I know that shouldn’t have bugged me, but at first it did. Thankfully, as their relationship started to develop, those feelings that I had dissipated and I liked seeing their love for each other blossom. But I won’t ever be able to look the same way at a construction site if I ever get my house re-done because of one particular scene about ¾ of the way through (but don’t worry – I’m not going to spoil it for you guys who haven’t read it yet). Most of my dislike from the book stemmed from my dislike of Julian. In general, be it books or real life, I hate seeing people who get away with whatever actions they want with no consequence. I spent a good portion of the book, alternating yelling (mentally) at Aaron to do something about him and hoping that nothing serious would actually happen. Even at the end, I felt that the resolution was just too nice and tied up in a pretty bow. That part of the book needed just a little bit more to fully-flesh out the conflict. Aside from the whole Julian issue, I really enjoyed Wood, Screws, & Nails and am interested to see how the next book in the series (Hook, Line & Sinker) plays out – even if it appears as though it has different characters. I like the pairing of Piper and Kade in writing and think this is a partnering that could last through a few more books (pretty please!). Overall, I gave Wood, Screws, & Nails 3.5 stars, but rounded up to 4 for B&N
ChristinaWade More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars so rounding up to 5 i was a little apprehensive about the story line - father hot for son's best friend - for a couple reasons. first being the age difference and the second is there is another kade book with a father/son's best friend romance (wide awake). i'm not sure why i doubted these authors, i absolutely loved this story. i wish it was longer - i always wish kade's books were longer - i could read his writing all day. this is my first experience with piper and i'm anxious to read more! how can you go wrong with a sexy, experienced construction worker dad that has a sweet, sensitive side and a young, virile BRAZILIAN cutie with soft curls and an equally hot body? throw in sneaking around so the son doesn't find out and you have a smoking hot read!  i loved all the characters in this book. they dynamic between aaron, julian, carrie and jeff is pretty great. considering aaron and carrie had to grow up quickly with the teenage pregnancy they are pretty well adjusted and work well together raising julian. malachi has always worked hard for what he has and is mature for his age. as such, guys his age don't have much appeal. he and aaron have great chemistry.  the angst was a bit predictable but that didn't make the story less enjoyable. even though i was skeptical i'd get my happy ending, i was pleasantly surprised with the end of the story. i'm also very excited to see book 2 is already out so i can continue on with this series!
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
FIVE Do-It-Yourself stars! You know how, sometimes, you read a book and the second it ends you want to start over? That giggly bubble of happiness is bursting in your chest and you can't believe it all turned out...perfectly? That's me right now. I've read some other Piper Vaughn books, and loved the close relationships the men built against tough odds, but this one just GOT me. Aaron is in 37, a hardworking contractor from Chicago's suburbs. He's gay, but not OUT to his family, and especially not to his college-aged son, Julian. Aaron was a teen, trying to figure out his sexuality by messing around with his friend Carrie when she got pregnant. His parents took her in, and they've had a good life--though Carrie married another man who has been a great stepfather to Julian. Needing help rehabbing his parents' lake house in Lake Geneva, WI, Aaron asks Julian to spend the summer there--and earn a bit of cash. Julian agrees, and enlists his best friend and roommate, Malachi, for the task. Malachi is an out gay 21 y/o man. He's Brazilian and a dedicated worker, aspiring to become a teacher. For years he's learned carpentry from his own father, so this summer job is perfect. Problem? Well, Malachi thinks Aaron's pretty perfect, too. See, Malachi's seriously into older men, and continually working around Aaron's big, toned body is just the spark to light Malachi's fire. The two men recognize the value of their friendship, comradery and enjoy working together, but the sexual tension is fierce. It doesn't help that Julian's soon sulky and then shirking outright. Aaron's upset over the friction between himself and Julian, and finally succumbs to Malachi's desire to soothe him. It's eReader-melting, quite honestly. Well, until Julian arrives at a most INOPPORTUNE moment. Ahem. Catching a full-on 'drilling' session between father and friend wasn't on his To-Do List. Ever. There's lots of hurt feelings, embarrassment and apologies, but at the end, oh the end!, it's an HEA to make the most curmudgeonly smile. For real! *swoon*
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
It feels so great to read a story that although it deals with a complex subject matter, the authors manage to make it a light sensual read that leaves the reader wanting so much more from the characters. I loved Malachi. I admired his integrity, his maturity and the way he let go of himself to explore his attraction to Aaron. Mostly I loved that his heart was in the right place and that he never lost his head. Aaron was a great character too. You had to admired the great lengths he went to make his son a priority. It was great to see how frustrated he became when confronted with Malachi's presence. He tried so very hard to fight the attraction he felt to Malachi. But maybe if that was all they shared, it could have been easier. But it wasn't. Although his connection to Malachi progressed over the course of the story, it was always an ever present entity--taunting him, challenging him until he relented. I have to hand it to the authors, their work was one packed full of the elements I have come to love from the genre. There was the deep connection that grew and strengthened with every interaction exchanged. The was the humor mixed in between and last but certainly not least were the emotions. From hesitation to acceptance all the way through joy and disappointment, the range in emotions was enough to bring forth the characters' state of mind to the surface without dragging the story down. As for chemistry, well that you just have to experience for yourself. That first encounter alone had so much tension that it made worth all the anticipation I experienced until it happened. Hot. Very, very HOT! All in all, a great romantic read with the unlikeliest of pairings but so very enjoyable.