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Title: Hard Wood
Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 23 Oct 2017
Rating: 4/5

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Synopsis from Goodreads

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.


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Lauren Blakely closes her series of interconnected standalone romantic comedies with the last couple standing, Mia and Patrick. All roads have been leading to this moment, especially with their inclusion in Stud Finder. Everyone and their cat knows Mia and Patrick are perfect for each other – the only problem is they currently live thousands of miles apart.

I’ve got to be honest and say while I loved Mia and Patrick, watching them fall in love had all the swoons, it was Patrick’s cat, Zeus, that really stole the show. I may not be an outdoors kind of girl but that hiking cat might just change my mind 😉

All of the barriers you would expect to be a problem for Mia and Patrick are more like small hurdles, their relationship feels as if it was destined in the stars. With each revelation comes a happy resolution while the heat between the pair continues to burn brightly. Their main problem is firstly being brave enough to admit their feelings for each other, and then admitting to themselves just how deeply they have fallen all while navigating the physical distance between them.

I loved the way in which all the pieces fit so perfectly together and how happy Patrick and Mia made each other. The inclusion of all of the other couples featured throughout the standalone series provided such a wonderful feeling of completeness and allowed the reader to see the progression of all the relationships they have been lucky enough to witness. I am sad to see the end of this fantastic interconnected standalone series but Lauren Blakely has a way of sneaking her characters into cameo appearances in her other books, here’s hoping we get to see sneak peaks of everyone we have come to know and love in Lauren’s future stories ♥.