Hook, Line, & Sinker
(Hard Hats, Book 2)
by Piper Vaughn
Genres: M/M, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Castor McCormick made Blake Kowalski’s summers a nightmare, but they say time heals all wounds. In Piper Vaughn's world, time leads to smokin' hot sexual chemistry.
I loved the lighthearted introduction Piper gives readers to the main characters and their initial interactions had me laughing so hard I almost cried.
As the story progresses, what starts out as a whole lot of lust between Cas and Blake develops the potential for love and, like all relationships, that transition is where the heart of the story lies.
Caring and commitment bring them closer but insecurities from their past, personality differences, and expectations arise that challenge the foundation of their romance. While there continue to be moments of lightheartedness, Piper really delves deeply into what makes each character tick, and reveals the whole spectrum of their emotions.
I loved that HOOK, LINE, & SINKER is a perfect balance of reality and romance. The main characters are written as flawed human beings, but at the same time their moments of brilliance and combined chemistry reach out to readers and grab their attention. A well written and fast paced stand alone story, I would highly recommend HOOK, LINE, & SINKER to readers looking for a book that offers a unique spin on the much loved "frenemy" plot line.
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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.