Malachi Pereira was a force to be reckoned with, and Aaron wasn’t sure he knew how to recover from this summer, but he wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
Aaron Costa figured a summer spent working on his parent’s lake house would be a great opportunity to reconnect with his son. But when Julian brings along his college roommate, Malachi Pereira, things get really interesting. Aaron knows lusting after his son’s best friend is a bad idea; not only is Malachi way too young for him, but Aaron hasn’t even come out to his son yet, instead leaving it unspoken his whole life. But as they spend more time together, Aaron begins to realize how his secrets have kept him from more meaningful relationships.
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.
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Hard Hats #1 • Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary • Dreamspinner Press • April 22, 2014
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.