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As a broke college student, Malachi could use the money, and spending the summer with Aaron for eye candy sounds like a dream. "Look but don't touch" becomes his motto. But when Julian starts flaking on his responsibilities and Malachi and Aaron are forced to spend long hours alone together, their mutual attraction is impossible to resist.
Aaron can't fight the temptation sexy Malachi presents. But more than their age difference stands in their way, not the least of which is Aaron's semi-closeted status and the fact that he's never openly discussed his sexuality with his son. He has no idea how Julian will react when he learns his father is not only gay, he's also dating his best friend.
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By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 03-09-15
May/December MM Romance
What made the experience of listening to Wood, Screws, & Nails the most enjoyable?
Paul Morey! The man has this voice that just drips off the headphones like honey.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Malachi. He is so young but so sure of exactly what he wants.
Which scene was your favorite?
The hotel room. Chris, I needed a cigarette after that scene, and I don't even smoke!
If you could take any character from Wood, Screws, & Nails out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Again, Malachi. I think he'd be the most entertaining of the three.
Any additional comments?
What is supposed to be an easy summer, working with his best friend and roommates dad at their families cabin, turns in to both the best and the worst summer ever for Malachi. He has always been attracted to older men, and Julian's dad is no exception, even if he is off limits. But when Malachi and Aaron wind up spending much of their time alone, sweating, working on the remodeling by themselves while Aaron parties his socks off, their mutual attraction can't be ignored for long.
It's just a summer thing, a fling, a chance for two guys that are extremely attracted to each other to use each other to their advantage. When the summer is over, so is their little romance. Both men argue with themselves over the growing attachment to the other, it was one of my favorite aspects of this story. I'd love to know some day if the actual person and their words was one author, while their inner monologue with no one but themselves was the other, that would be sheer genius! While Malachi is of the opinion that what happens between him and Aaron is no one elses business, Aaron struggles with the secret he is keeping from his son. The anticipation of that explosion was another aspect of the story I really enjoyed. And when Julian learns the truth, not only is his father gay and never told him, but he is screwing his best friend that is sixteen years his father's junior, well, it wasn't pretty.
Three relationships hung in the balance at this point. Julian's relationship with his father who hasn't been honest with his son about who he really is. Julian's relationship with Malachi, his best friend who has been romancing his dad behind his back. And then there is the relationship between Aaron and Malachi. Once mind, body and soul have become attached to another, it's not easy to walk away, no matter what you tell yourself. Malachi showed maturity beyond his years when he chose to apologize to Julian and walk away from the situation, even if it did break his heart. Does Aaron follow?
Narrated by the great Paul Morey who can make anything interesting to listen to. But having a well honed manuscript like this one certainly made his job that much easier. The story flowed well from start to finish, there were all these different moments of anticipation strategically placed perfectly throughout the book. That first kiss, their first time, the secret revealed and then that ending. Morey really captured the uniqueness of each character as they were written with tone inflections and attitude. There was passion, romance, intrigue, anticipation and a little bit of sadness as well.
If you are a fan of May to December romance, hard fought happy ever afters and stories that at the core are about being true to who you are, then you will be a fan of this book. I must warn you, there is a scene in a hotel room that is absolutely filthy. Sweaty, limbs locked, head board banging the wall, no one else within a five mile radius of that damn room will be getting any sleep tonight for all the shouting and screaming that is taking place in that room, christ I need a cigarette filthy. I loved it!!!
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