Release Blitz + Review – Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely

HARD WOOD, the final hot and hilarious standalone romantic comedy in the Big Rock series by Lauren Blakely, is AVAILABLE NOW!

Cover Design: Helen Williams

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Title: Hard Wood

Series: Big Rock #6

Author: Lauren Blakely

Release Date: October 23, 2017


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 is precisely the one I need to stay far away from.

After that fantastic night with Mia Summers, I’m ready to give her many more. But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean adventure tour business. One of the iron-clad rules?

Don’t screw your customers.

I can follow my own guidelines. After all, it’s only a week-long trip with Mia and her employees over the trails and down the hills I guide them on. I can obey the rules—even if it’s hard in the woods.

I’m about to give myself a badge of honor when the storm of the century hits, sending everyone else running for cover, but us—my biggest temptation and me, alone for a long weekend. You don’t screw the client, especially when you’re already in love with her . . .

But what’s a guy to do when she’s so hard to resist?

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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.”



Hard Wood was amazing and one of my TOP FAVORITE romantic comedies of the year! Lauren Blakely is so incredibly talented and never ceases to blow me away with every novel she releases. She is definitely one of the Queens of romantic comedy and she truly exceeded my expectations with Hard Wood. Patrick and Mia’s story was wonderful and I couldn’t have loved it more if I tried.

   Patrick and Mia were two of my favorite characters that Lauren Blakely has written so far. I loved their personalities and chemistry together, and how their story and relationship progressed throughout. The pacing of the story was pretty quick, but it wasn’t annoying in the slightest. I prefer to read books from both character’s perspectives, but I’ve really enjoyed reading the Big Rock series solely from each hero’s POV. Patrick was by far my favorite hero in this series and I loved him and Mia as a couple. They were a perfect match for each other in every way, and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic with the conclusion to their story and the entire Big Rock series.

I loved all of the secondary characters, and I was beyond excited to see all of the previous couples in the Big Rock series again. It was amazing to find out more about them and what was going on in their lives now. Lauren Blakely did a phenomenal job with tying all of the couples’ stories together and creating an absolutely perfect ending for each and every one of them.

   Hard Wood was sexy, addicting, hilarious and entertaining, and my absolute favorite installment in the Big Rock series! I honestly loved everything about it and it was definitely my favorite novel from Lauren Blakely so far. She truly outdid herself and I couldn’t have been happier with the conclusion to Patrick and Mia’s story and the entire series. It was absolutely perfect and made me extremely happy. If you haven’t read any of Ms. Blakely’s books yet, especially the Big Rock series, I highly recommend you do so ASAP!

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

FIVE “Patrick & Mia” STARS!


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About the Author

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 seventy-five times, and she’s sold more than 1.5 million books. In May she’ll release JOY RIDE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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