Book Review: Wood, Screws, & Nails (Hard Hats #1) – Piper Vaughn, Kade Boehme

Hard Hats 1BLURB: 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.


I’m a fan of Piper and Kade and I loved it when my favorite authors collaborate to produce a good story. Although this book I find leaning more towards Piper’s writing style. There’s the usual flare for light conflict and the too detailed sex scenes. There was an age gap which by the way reminds me of Thomas Elkin series – remember Tom who’s dating his son’s bff? Anyways, the story was fine but I didn’t feel that much chemistry between Malachi and Aaron. There’s just something off about their relationship and financially, obviously they’re not equal but disregarding that – their connection isn’t that transparent without the words being said. Overall, this was a good start for the series and I’m pretty sure that the next one will be way better than this.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Published April 23rd 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published April 22nd 2014)

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