Review – Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely

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Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lauren Blakely continues to captivate readers in a rom-com collaboration that is LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY meets LUST-FILLED LOVE with a cast of charming characters who feel like family, making these interwoven stories come to life. A FUN, FLIRTY, and FEEL-GOOD friends-to-lovers tale, HARD WOOD is as HEARTWARMING as it is HOT—achingly sweet and addictive like s’mores.

This story is one you’ll read with a permanent smile painted on your face. You’ll do a Hard Wood happy dance when characters so perfect for one another come together in the most magical of ways!

Patrick is a MAN’s MAN: one tall, fit, and HOT Tour Outdoor Guide Extraordinaire. This hot god is mega crushing on his friend, Mia. If he crosses the friendship line of no return, he will have to contend with his good friend who is Mia’s big brother. What a HARD dilemma Mr. Outdoors Man God, Patrick, is in … so hard.

I won’t be satisfied with snacks of Mia. I’ll need the full meal.

Mia is as smart as she is stunning, so sweet and independent…the perfect catch. Her brother’s friend doesn’t feel so friendly anymore as it is something more that could backfire.

The SWOON factor is HIGH…

”Everything crackles when I’m with you.”

The SIZZLE is even higher…so HOT!!!

”Get on me now.”


Patrick is pitching a different kind of tent down under with a frequent hard wood situation that is also HOT…FIRE-HOT!!! Petite beauty, Mia, hot bearded beast, Patrick, are are made for each other!!! I ADORED them both and lovable fur ball, Zeus, too!!!

”I don’t know how to stop wanting you.”

This Big Rock series can’t end!!! I’m not ready to say goodbye to these spellbinding characters who I’ve grown close to, who feel like friends, whom I LOVE SO MUCH!!! This series is one of my top rom-coms, as it has all the laughs and all the love!

Hard Wood is FRIENDSHIP ON FIRE!!! This story sizzles with smolder and swoon!!! With its FLAWLESS FUSION of heat, humor, and heart, Hard Wood is the perfect ROM-COM!

How would you feel if you never took the chance?

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 s’mores good stars


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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 my good friend 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.


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.”



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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, the final standalone romantic comedy in the Big Rock series. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!




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