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Hard Wood Audiobook

Hard Wood

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Publisher's Summary

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 tough 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. 

©2017 Lauren Blakely (P)2017 Lauren Blakely

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    V Nerd 05/11/2017
    V Nerd 05/11/2017
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    "Lauren Blakely does it again!"

    Another fabulous short smexy story from the always fantastic Lauren Blakely.

    Told from 1 POV Sebastian York #SebYes takes the audio lead, and his wonderfully gravely voice gives you the usual tingles all over that he is famous for.

    A cat called Zeus takes the medal for me in this book, who knew that a cat could go hiking? I almost want to buy one and drag it my local mountain for a walk!

    If you are looking for a friends to lovers, short little Rom-Com, then look no further my friend..........You're welcome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LilleyLoohLah 02/11/2017
    LilleyLoohLah 02/11/2017
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    "Drama free romance"

    Light easy predictable sweet read following Patrick and Mia, the story, told from Patrick’s POV (with a few hilarious chapters from Zeus the cat) is a completely lighthearted angst free love story, with a few super sexy moments. Patrick is best friends with Mia’s brother Max, and he has had a secret crush on her for years. He has never acted in his crush, not because he thinks Max would object, but because they live on opposite sides of the country. When Mia returns for their friend’s wedding it appears that his crush is not all one sided. Drama free romance that includes all the main characters from previous books in the series, I must say it was great to find out what they were all up to. That said, this story can be read completely as a standalone. As usual Sebastian York nailed the narration making all the sexy scenes appear even more intense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heavenly Good Books Leeds 02/11/2017
    Heavenly Good Books Leeds 02/11/2017
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    "I loved it but.."

    I love Lauren’s books and Sebastian York’s narrations. Where I loved the story and how drama free it was, I wanted female voice too. Normally I’m not bothered about male narration of woman but here I just needed that extra. But I still loved his narration. And his narration of Zeus? Perfect. Made me chuckle every time.

    If you are looking for a fun, sexy and drama free story. This one is perfect. It made me realise I needed a drama free romance.

    Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindling Micky 19/10/2017
    Kindling Micky 19/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Easy listening with plenty to amuse you"


    This was a low angst, cute tale of newish friends becoming more. There was Blakely’s usual flair for humour shining through but this was a book I was less keen on. The story didn’t overly excite me and I admit to being affected not by insta-connection but by insta-commitment; it was too much to be tangible for me. However, this is easy listening and you can’t help but chuckle as you listen.

    Patrick was an all round nice guy and I liked that he was insecure and felt on the back foot. Mia didn’t wow me as a character and I felt an aloofness from her. There’s a secondary star and that was the feline. This cat had a POV a few times in the book and don’t let it put you off, it was hilarious.

    The narration was single POV from the male perspective and I do enjoy SebYo on occasion so it worked.

    Whilst I wasn’t as keen on Hard Wood as some of the other male POV audios, I know I’ll probably like the next Lauren Blakely offering because I normally do.

    A copy of this audiobook was provided by the author in return for a honest review.

    Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Williams (All Booked Out) Wales, United Kingdom 16/10/2017
    Helen Williams (All Booked Out) Wales, United Kingdom 16/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Pass me my boots!"

    I was giggling from the get-go to Sebastian York's perfectly timed delivery of Lauren's latest rom-com funny moments.

    Patrick is all man, and a furry feline sidekick in Zeus. To say that Zeus is my cherry and icing on the cake is an understatement. Lauren gives good cat! That is all I am saying. I was in stitches.

    Having known Mia from other books, I am delighted she has her own story and ended up on the trail of Patrick. He is fit, handsome and a genuinely great guy (swoon). Although not a fan of hiking and the woods myself, I can see the attraction of getting up close and personal in a tent with this man to keep me safe and HOT! Pass me my boots, I am booking a trip.

    With some old favourites from the past popping in, it is romance, friends and just what I want to relax and enjoy some fun, flirting and forking of marshmallows over a camp fire.

    Get ready to go all soft inside for the hard wood.

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  • Sunshine
    Texas
    19/11/17
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    "In deep for his bff sister! "

    I enjoy LB books for my road trips. They are low drama, steamy and make me smile, plus you can't go wrong with Sebastian narrating. This is a shorter listen than I'd like but it was also a shorter driving time for me too. This is about the bff sister and just going for it. I will admit it was a little cheeze-y and really no drama but it was worth my credit because I had SYork for my 5 plus hours of driving time.

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  • MA Reader
    Texas
    18/11/17
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    "So much fun!"

    I always enjoy this author's books, whether I read or listen, and Hard Wood was no different. Hot and hilarious, I'll definitely be listening again!

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  • Rebecca
    winter haven, FL, United States
    15/11/17
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    "awesome book!!"

    awesome book! Especially the cat's imput. Sebastian York is the best. look forward to the next Lauren Blakely/Sebastian York collaboration.

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  • Sarah
    14/11/17
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    "So Sweet!"

    I love this one! There are a couple of chapters that are narrated by the cat, and I love that so much! Totally what a cat would think or say. :) "Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kimbacaffeinate
    Midwest
    11/11/17
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    "Love the pov from Zeus the cat"

    Hard Wood is a standalone romance. However, characters from previous novels appear beginning with Big Rock. Fans requested the series order, and they are now all under the Big Rock series and numbered if you want to meet them all.

    One of the things I love about Blakley's romcoms is that no matter what kind of a day you are having, you know when you listen you are going to a good place.  A beautiful happy place filled with humor, good friends, adorableness, heat and swoons all delivered from the male point of view.

    Hard Wood shares Patrick Milligan's story. This sexy cat lover fell for Mia the first time he saw her but has never acted. First, she is his best friend's sister and second Mia Summers lives on the West Coast. Throughout the novels, we have witnessed these two together and felt their chemistry, so it was beautiful to watch their romance unfold.  Delicious back and forth banter, unexpected moments and passion made the relationship feel genuine. 

    It was fun watching them navigate their feelings, get nervous and deal with family, friends and work ethics.  Hikes, grilled cheese sandwiches, and kitties kept me entertained allowing the outside world to slip away as Sebastian York shared their story. One of the things I like about York, aside from his sexy, soothing voice is his ability to handle the female pov. His rendition of Mia was fantastic. 

    Are you a cat lover? Wait until you meet Zeus, Patrick's cat. Blakley treats us to his pov, and it was fantastic.

     "She was taking too long. He needed food, and he needed it stat. He’d have to try her other leg. Perhaps rubbing that one would activate the can opener."

    Hard Wood is the last book featuring characters we first met in Big Rock, but we did get updates on couples and enjoyed a sweet epilogue. 

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Selina Burford
    05/11/17
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    "Good story"

    This was a good story but almost too short. Would have liked it to start back right after the two first met each other. Would have liked to heard about the dates in California. But other than that enjoyed every minute.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    04/11/17
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    " Hardly met my expectations."

    The story line hardly met my expectations. The story lack the heat I have come to expect from Lauren. There was little chase. Patrick and Mia were a forgone conclusions from the beginning.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bones And Cat Fan
    01/11/17
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    "ALERT ALERT ALERT One voice/narrator is a cat. No, that's not a typo."

    How do I get my money back? Either this author feels too entitled and too comfortable with her audience that she thinks people will read any drivel or this "book" bypassed the editing phase completely. For shame. I try to give each book the old college try but after the second time the cat was the voice and there had been zero action with all dialogue and cat monologue, I was done. Such a disappointment from this author.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jonella A. Moore
    Indiana, USA
    30/10/17
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    "Laughing, sexy romance!"

    Okay, first of all I fell in love with his cat! The awesome writing of Lauren Blakely never fails to lift my spirits, make me smile and fall in love with her hero. In this particular case our hero owns a travel adventure company that he kind of pimps out using the rescue cat his sister guilted him into taking care of. He’s got an easy flirty way with women, but in the heroine he meets his ideal match! Their interactions are sexy and funny, this author knows how to write repartee! Loved the ending and of course the narration was perfection with the indomitable Sebastian York telling his tale!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cyndi
    Michigan
    24/10/17
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    "Gotta Love a "Boy Scout"!"

    Another great Male POV Rom-Com from Lauren Blakely! She is a master at making me feel warm and fuzzy from these sweet alpha males and their journey to get their girl.

    Patrick is a boy-scout, he is sweet and adventurous and he knows what he wants! Mia is a workaholic who needs to be reminded how to slow down and relax and Patrick is just who she needs to help remind her. Their story is sweet and sexy. And to no surprise for most this book is filled with pets ;)

    The narration was great as always! I don't care what anyone says I never tire of Sebastian York ;)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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