Dana reviews Wood, Screws, & Nails (Hard Hats book 1) by Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme (Audio release date January 18, 2015, Published by Dreamspinner Press, April 22, 2014, 176 pages)
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.
The Narration: I have listened to quite a few audiobooks narrated by Paul Morey. Other than a sometimes over-the-top southern accent he uses, I always enjoy his narrations. He has a voice that’s clear in a way that it doesn’t reflect any particular age and can easily voice Aaron and the much younger Malachi. He always differentiates the characters unique accents or vocal tones as well so the listening experience is not one dimensional.
The Story: Wood, Screws, and Nails is a fairly straight forward romance. Boy meets boy, they feel attraction, and then finally stronger feelings develop. Only Malachi is the college roommate and good friend to Aaron’s son, Julian, who has no idea that his father is gay. Okay, there are a few complications. While they hide their relations everything seems to be good, though Aaron has to deal with his issues regarding their age difference. However when caught in a compromising game of pool, things do get a little dicey.
I always enjoy Piper Vaughn’s books, and this is the first time I’ve read any of Kade Boehme’s. The story flows as if it was written by one author, and it’s not apparent of who wrote which parts. Though there was a little bit of trouble for the pair, honestly not much compared to some couples in m/m romance, Wood, Screws, and Nails is a comfort read. There is a happy resolution to the story and Aaron even gets to strengthen his relationship with his son. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.