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From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a hot and hilarious standalone romance about what happens when you have one week to convince your best friend’s little sister that you’re the one for her. What could possibly go wrong? It looks like things are about to get hard in the woods…Don’t miss the laugh-out-loud and insanely hot story, HARD WOOD!
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Lauren Blakely delivers a fun and sexy conclusion to this fantastic series of standalones. Like the previous books, readers can expect swoon-worthy heroes, likable heroines, and a steamy romance to entertain for hours.
Patrick is the type of hero readers have come to expect from this standalone series and from Lauren Blakely’s romantic comedies. He is sexy and smart, and he is looking for someone to be his one. Patrick is the type of man to know exactly what, and in this case, who he wants, but he is also incredibly realistic about the plausibility of this potential relationship. As a result, he tries desperately to keep Mia in the friend zone. His attempts, however, prove to be futile, as their chemistry and almost physical intimacy dances on the proverbial line. Once Patrick goes all in, though, he is all in, and he exemplifies what we want in a significant other. His honorable traits entice readers, his prowess in the bedroom is above par, and his desire to find the one and settle down make him another top book boyfriend contender.
Mia shares many similarities with Patrick, amongst them their love of animals. She is sweet and kind, but beneath the exterior she is a bit of a seductress. She tempts and teases Patrick all throughout the novel until they both let go. There is initial hesitance from Mia about pursuing a relationship with Patrick, but the reason behind her resistance is given. Although this reason is plausible, I would have liked to have more of the story to truly understand what is driving her throughout the book. Even with this tiny splice of background information, readers will enjoy Mia’s character for her passion for animals and her willingness to go after what she wants, to take her passion and turn it into a career, and to make her personal life what she wants with who she wants.
Hard Wood is another laugh-out-loud romantic comedy. With the chapters from Zeus’s perspective to the animal memes, readers will enjoy this steamy and hilarious romance from cover to cover. Lauren Blakely also delivers another couple who has phenomenal chemistry in and out of the bedroom, and readers will root for them to finally confess their feelings for one another and make a real go at being together. Like some of the other romantic comedies, the conflict, although real and authentic, lacked the angst or drama needed to make an impact on the story. Personally, I needed something more, a bigger obstacle or surprise revelation, to make the story a 5 crown read for me. The ending, though, is the perfect, and as a lover of all of these standalones, I enjoyed seeing everyone again and getting a glimpse into their current lives and potential futures.
Lauren Blakely continues to reign supreme in the world of romantic comedies. With heroes to swoon over, heroines to adore, and so many steamy moments to heat you up, she never leads you astray. You can always count on her to deliver!
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From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…
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 my good friend 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.
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“Hard Wood is the kind of heart-racing, hope soaring, face-flushing love story that I love to read! It was sexy, romantic, funny and an absolute pleasure to read.” ~Red Cheeks Reads
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“HARD WOOD was such an adorable love story! A hot guy and his famous cat looking for their happily ever after … Perfect #RomCom!” ~Bianca at BJ’s Book Blog
I haven’t seen Mia in almost a month, since the last time she was in town staying with Max. I didn’t realize she’d be back a full week before her other brother Chase’s wedding, and am I ever glad to see her again.
She makes all parts of me quite happy indeed.
By happy, I mean hard as a rock.
Okay, fine. It’s not like I’m operating at full power this second. I’m thirty-three, not fifteen. I have plenty of self-control in the “when and where to pitch a tent” arena. All I’m saying is this woman gets me going, and I feel that zip down my body when I see her.
She’s on the phone, her eyebrows pinched, her expression harried. She drags her hand through her caramel-blond hair. As I walk closer, I hear her say, “I understand. Yes, I understand. Things happen.”
And that’s the sound of someone being disappointed.
Which is a terrible thing for this sexy-as-a-fiery-sunset woman to experience.
When she stops and ends her call, she spots me. She tilts her head, her eyes piercing, her brow furrowed, and her dimples killing me with cuteness. Her eyes roam from me to Zeus, and then she points at my boy. “I don’t know if anyone has told you this . . .”
I raise my eyebrows. “Tell me. What could it possibly be?”
Her eyes drift to the ground then back up. In a deadpan tone, she says, “But there’s a cat in your hat? Well, on your back, actually.”
“There is?” I crane my neck to peer over my shoulder. “You’re right. How did he get there?”
She parks her hands on her hips. “You’re in big trouble.”
“I’ve been bad, have I?”
She pushes my shoulder then wags her finger at me. “How did you keep this from me?”
I quirk an eyebrow. “The fact that there’s an awesome new Italian place down the street? It opened last month, and I planned to tell you.”
She huffs, rolling her eyes. “I’ve known you for months and you didn’t tell me you had a cat. Friends don’t hide pets from friends.”
She’s not in town that often. She hasn’t ever been to my apartment. And I don’t take Zeus upstairs to Max’s. But I’m not going to state the obvious. I’m going to have a little fun with her. Flirt with her. Because . . . that’s what we do.
“There’s a reason for that.”
Her eyes go wide, and she taps her toe, waiting. I drag a hand through my hair. Evie says my light brown hair is floppy, and she tells me this is a good thing. The ladies love floppy hair, she says. She’s been right so far. My hair’s been a big hit with the ladies, and other parts have, too.
“It’s a good reason,” I add.
“I’m waiting, Patrick. This really isn’t the type of intel you should hold back.”
I heave a sigh as if I’m going to make a huge admission, then I park a hand on her shoulder. Because, well, I’m a sneaky bastard and I’ll look for any opening to touch her. “Look, I’m going to be blunt. If I told you I had a hiking cat who rides shotgun in a backpack and can purr like he’s a jazz superstar, you’d have had no choice but to fall in love with me.”
“I never fail to fall in love with Lauren Blakely’s stories. Hard Wood is a swoony romance that will warm your heart and possibly other body parts.” ~Peggy Lee, Reading Keeps Me Sane Book Blog
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✮ A Smores Making Kit for a backyard adventure
About Lauren Blakely:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In October, she’ll release HARD WOOD, the final standalone romantic comedy in the Big Rock series. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter