Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely | Review & Excerpt

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a hot and hilarious standalone romance about what happens when you have one week to convince your best friend’s little sister that you’re the one for her. What could possibly go wrong? It looks like things are about to get hard in the woods…Don’t miss the laugh-out-loud and insanely hot story, HARD WOOD!

Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely | Review & ExcerptHard Wood by Lauren Blakely
on October 23rd, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour Host
Amazon US

Women often say a good man is hard to find. And a hard man is even better.

That’s why I’m quite a catch— good, hard, loaded, and wait for it…I’m ready to settle down too. But the woman I want to pitch my tent with lives clear across the country. Neither of us wants to get lost in those woods. All I have to do is resist her for the week she's in town.

I try. I swear I try. But yeah, that doesn't work out.

And after one fantastic night with Mia, I’m ready to give her years of nights under the stars. What's a few thousand miles when love's involved? But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my adventure tour company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean business. Number one on my list of iron-clad rules?
Don’t screw your customers.

But what's a guy to do when she's so hard to resist? How hard can it be to keep our hands off each other for a quick group tour down the hills and over the trails? I’m about to find out, and I have a feeling I’m going to need a new badge of honor because things are about to get very hard in the woods.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mature Content

Hard Wood is a fun and sweet, friends-to-lovers romance with a perfect, slow-burning build up to a happily ever after. We have two lovable characters and a feline companion that completely steals the show, and the best thing is it’s told in Lauren Blakely’s hilarious and realistic male POV.

Distance, past relationships, and current friendships hold back two people who have this strong and undeniable connection to cross that line past friendship. Patrick and Mia have this ease in their interactions while they were friends, and especially even after they were more, that shows exactly why friends to lovers romances are amazing.

“I don’t care about the miles. I don’t care that we live on different coasts. All I care about is how I feel, not only when I’m near you, but when I think of you.”

What I love the most about this pair is how Ms. Blakely depicted a very realistic pair who are in a fresh/new relationship. They’re trying to find their way into a steady and solid relationship. Because of the new relationship, they won’t always know the right things to say or do, and I like that they had a conversation about not being able to read minds and that they’d have to communicate to make sure they’re in the same boat.

I love both Patrick and Mia! They’re equally focused on their careers and because of that, they both have successful businesses. They’re also very in-tune to each other’s interests and feelings, and very connected to each other. They’ve both close to their families, both looking to settle down, and both fun and adventurous. It’s a match made in heaven.

Shout out to Patrick for being so swoon-worthy! This man is romantic and serious about finding the one he’ll spend the rest of his life with, and when he’s 100% sure it’s Mia, he’s persistent in his pursuit. No going behind Mia’s brother or anyone, no pretenses. He’s upfront about it and I absolutely love it!

I’ve read about this pair in Ms. Blakely’s previous works and have always wondered when they were going to go from friends to lovers, and now that I have it, I’m very satisfied. If you think about it, it’s a really long build up for them. Their story didn’t start in Hard Wood. From sitting on the sidelines in Joy Ride to Stud Finder, then finally taking the reigns in Hard Wood, Patrick and Mia’s love story was the ultimate slow burn. And it’s great to see the other pairs in the Big Rock world living their life after their happily ever after, too.

If you’re looking for a light and fun romantic-comedy with great banter and sizzling chemistry, you’ll enjoy Hard Wood.

And Zeus? I want that cat for a pet. Pet of the year. Adorable.

Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Brother’s Best Friend
POV: First Person, Male POV
Standalone: Yes

I let go of her hand and thread my fingers through her hair. “Get on me.”

Then I grab her hips and move her so she’s straddling my lap. She gasps, a sexy noise that turns into a moan as she sinks down on my hard-on.

I hiss because it feels so fucking good.

“I wanted to come over the other night. After dinner. After the elevator,” she blurts out.


She nods. “Dinner ran late, but I couldn’t stop thinking about you.”

“What were you thinking?”

“That we didn’t get to kiss, and I wanted to so badly.”

“I can fix that problem right now.”

I take her face in my hands and bring her to me. Then the world spirals away as I kiss Mia Summers for the very first time.

It’s extraordinary. Her lips brush against mine, and she wastes no time. She slides closer, rubbing on my dick as she presses her chest to me. It’s as if she’s climbing me, and God, how I want this. How I want her like this.

I thread my fingers through her hair, pulling her closer, kissing her deeper. Tasting her. Her mouth is soft and sweet, and she makes these little sounds—whimpers, sighs, gasps—that make me nearly lose my mind.

I’m kissing Mia. I’ve been crazy for her for so damn long, and she’s on my lap, rubbing against my erection, kissing me as if her every last breath depends on it. Her tongue tangles with mine, and in a hot second, the kiss become furious. Greedy. Like two people who are mad about each other. I curl my hands around her head, wanting to get as close as I can, but she bats them away.

I break contact for a moment and raise a questioning eyebrow.

“My turn.” She lifts her hands, cups my cheeks, and then she strokes my jaw. Reverently. Hungrily. And I know what she’s doing. She’s feeling my beard. She’s touching my stubbled jaw with eager fingers, as if she’s wanted to get her hands on me for as long as I’ve wanted to touch her.

I don’t stop her. I drop my hands to her hips, and I guide her along, moving her so she grinds against my cock, and she’s gasping and murmuring as she kisses me.

We consume each other. We are ravenous. My brain turns to static, firing pleasure signal after pleasure signal to every nerve in my body. I want to live in this moment for the rest of the night. I don’t ever want to forget how good it feels not only to kiss her, but to be kissed by her.

She rocks harder, goes faster, murmurs louder, then she separates and looks at me with desperate eyes. “You have no idea.”

I shake my head. “I do. I have every idea.”

Order your copy of Hard Wood
Amazon US | UK | CA | AU | Paperback | Audiobook | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

And don’t miss Lauren Blakely’s other standalone Romantic Comedies!


✮✮✮ Enter to win this amazing HARD WOOD GIVEAWAY! ✮✮✮

The HARD WOOD Urban Adventure Pack ($380 value) is filled with:

A stylish Michael Kors backpack for when a purse is not enough for your shopping adventture

$50 Gift Card to The Body Shop to pamper yourself after a long day

Your very own plush Zeus to snuggle with

A Smores Making Kit for a backyard adventure



About Lauren Blakely

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In October she'll release HARD WOOD, a sexy, standalone romantic comedy.

Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK, MISTER O and WELL HUNG, which were instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she'll release THE SEXY ONE, a swoony contemporary romance.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Don’t want to miss another post? Subscribe to Of Pens and Pages by e-mail or WordPress.


Tags: , , , ,

One response to “Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely | Review & Excerpt

Leave a Reply