Book Reviews

Hook, Line, & Sinker (Hard Hats 2) by Piper Vaughn at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-December-2014

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

I'm a recent convert to this 'Hard Hats' series, so I was excited to jump into book two, 'Hook, Line, & Sinker'. "Convert" might not be the best word. I mean, it's not as if someone had to convince me to read anything by Piper Vaughn. I adored book one, and I was eager to delve into this one, mainly because I knew the writing would keep me interested, and the short introduction I had to Blake in the previous book let me see a guy I was fairly certain I was going to really like. Win-win, right?

What's the saying about there being a thin line between love and hate? As teenagers, Blake and Cas, despised each other, although a lot of that hid their newfound knowledge of wanting the other. Meeting again, after almost twenty years, the lust is off the charts, which comes as no surprise to either of them. The fact that they become friends, and then delve into a relationship with ties to deeper emotions, does surprise them. Doesn't stop them, though. *grins* It's amazing how quickly your "frenemy" from childhood can become your lover. And yeah, the two of them together are enough to practically start fires. Of course, the true test will be if they can handle Cas being out of state for two months, on a job, and only coming home on the weekends. Do they have what it takes to make this a forever thing?

A wonderful book, which I enjoyed even more than the previous. I'm really hoping there will be more in this series, especially, since I can see book three about Gavin and Riley. You know, just a suggestion. I loved Blake and Cas! Thank you, Piper, it's incredible.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novella, 192 pages/46329 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-November-2014
Price $5.99 ebook, $14.95 audiobook
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