Title: Hook, Line & Sinker (Hard Hats #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Piper Vaughn (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 19, 2014 – 181 pgs
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.
I really enjoyed this. A great low-angst romance. Blake is a perfect blue-collar hero. The contractor loves fishing and baseball. He injures himself playing road hockey. Castor is his childhood nemesis turned adult crush.
It is refreshing to read a story about two men in their thirties who are both self-confident and generally happy. The relationship dramas are small and very real. It takes a while for Blake to get his mind from hook up to relationship. Castor has to work out of town.
Piper Vaughn’s sex scenes are alway steamy and this is no exception. Even the pre-pubescent versions of these two had chemistry! I loved the supporting characters. Blakes mum and Castor’s grandma add warmth and humour to the story.
This is a sweet, very believable and endearingly simple love story.
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.