Book Reviews

Wood, Screws, & Nails (Hard Hats 1) by Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 30-November-2014

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

The May-December trope is one I enjoy very much, particularly if it's done well. In 'Wood, Screws, & Nails', book one in the new series 'Hard Hats', Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme have written a wonderful, fun, sexy book, highlighting all the best features of this trope. It features Aaron as the late-thirties, hot, yummy contractor, and Malachi (Mal) as the twenty-one-year-old college student, and best friend of Aaron's son, Julian.

Aaron was a confused young man, at sixteen, when he and his best friend got pregnant and had Julian. Aaron went to trade school, worked in construction, and started his own contracting business, working hard to be where he's at now. He's been an every other weekend only dad for much of Julian's life, although, unlike for a lot of kids, Aaron and Julian's mom remain very close friends. So this opportunity to spend time with Julian for the summer, fixing up the family home, is Aaron's chance to reconnect with his son. Unfortunately, what Aaron begins to recognize after a few weeks, is that Julian doesn't seem to have inherited his parents’ work ethic, and is spending more time slacking off than working. This leaves Aaron with way too much time spent working with Mal.

The inevitable occurs, as Julian is gone more and more, and Aaron and Mal have time to explore the heat between them. Of course, there's plenty of worry about getting caught, and, as time goes on, what to do when summer is over since they're both feeling more than they anticipated. The ending was fairly predictable, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. This is a fun, sexy read, with some drama and angst. Overall, very enjoyable and easily recommended.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 176 pages/46745 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-April-2014
Price $5.99 ebook
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