Wood, Screws, & Nails (2014)
Wood, Screws, & Nails (2014)
3.73 of 5 Votes: 3
1627988017 (ISBN13: 9781627988018)
Dreamspinner Press
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REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCEI have no idea what it takes or how it works when two authors collaborate on a book but whatever it is Piper and Kade hit it right on this one.This story has humour, great characters who developed throughout the story and I found myself unable to put it down.Aaron was a teenage dad after a little bit of sexual experimentation left his best friend pregnant. The only drama came from their religious parents who wanted them married but it wasn’t that sort of relationship and thank god they stood up for themselves. They also managed to stay friends and raise their son amicably. Aaron, who is now 37, owns a construction company and has a pretty good life but still hasn’t come out to his family keeping that side of his life private.When Aaron needs help on a work project at his parent’s house he hires his son Julian and his college roommate Malachi. Julian has very little work experience as he has had his college life supplemented from his parents. Malachi is very different and his parents could never afford to support him so he is not shy of hard work and getting his hands dirty. He is also openly gay and it doesn’t take him too long to figure out Aaron is also gay and he certainly can’t help notice how sexy the older man is.Whoever said that in a relationship you need to be the same age or thereabouts was talking crap. Age is a number and although the age gap in this story is something that bothers Aaron, Malachi is a man on a mission with his sly looks and obvious flirting. Above that flirting though there is real chemistry and the two men become allies and friends.There is jealousy from Julian which seems only natural given how close his father and best friend seem to be but he has no idea that it goes much deeper because his father has not been honest with him and told him he is gay. This becomes an issue, not least of all due to the kitchen scene, but finally Aaron realises he is going to have to be honest with his son but also it seems that Julian is ready to start growing up a bit.The ending seemed to happen very quickly and I wonder if there is a follow up planned or maybe we will get to see these characters in a future story. I hope so!My View – Narration:Paul Morey. What can I say? Another great job! 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.
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