Hard Wood

Jenika Snow
Hard Wood
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Carina Press
Release Date
March 2018
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

The Ash Brothers—they know how to handle their wood.

I'm a hard man. A loner. Or so town gossip says. After having my heart sent through the chipper, I've kept to myself. I prefer the quiet of the woods to the ramblings of clingy women who think they can tame a wild mountain man.

Until Mia. Now she's all I think about.

I should have stayed away. She's too sweet for a brute like me, but I can't stop wanting her, picturing her sated in my sheets.

Mia knows just what kind of wood I'm working with. She's the soft to my hard, the sugar to my bitter bark.

And I love seeing her walk on the wild side.

This book is approximately 15,000 words

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Mar 26, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
71 people found the following review helpful
First of all, I love the title. I thought it's pretty clever, the hero being a lumberjack (in fact, all 3 brothers are, hence the word "wood" appears in all the titles, thus tying them as one in the series) and of course, there's the other naughtier meaning. And the slogan just cracks me up--in a good way. "The Ash Brothers. They know how to handle their wood."

Second, the story's written well, and it's short (I think the point of the Dirty Bits category) and easy to read. In today's fast paced life, sometimes you want a fix here and there, and the Dirty Bits books do the job quite well.

Third, here are my complaints/feedback:

1. I thought Chapter One contains a bit of info dumping, and it only works in this instance because of the first person point of view, alternating between the hero and the heroine. I have to admit that at one point, I was tempted to switch to another story, and only being curious about the Dirty Bits books made me read onward.

2. Chapter One basically consisted of the hero's and heroine's backgrounds, why they are the way they are when we meet them in the story. So, I thought the info dumping could've been prevented (or Chapter One deleted altogether) by presenting the info in other ways throughout the story. For example, there was this instance when Mia was in a car accident during a storm and Noah found her by the side of the road. He brought her to his home to heal, because she was injured. It was told to us that they talked during that time about their freaking backgrounds! I thought this could've been the perfect time for us readers to know about it as well via a dialogue between the two main characters. Sharing like this creates a bond between people and we would've seen it happening right then and there.

3. Passive characters. Neither Mia nor Noah did anything to approach the other. It took a storm to bring them together. What if the storm never happened? Or Mia was at home during the storm? Would they never meet and act on their attraction?

4. No conflict, though there's sexual tension. I'm of the opinion a story should have at least one conflict. I've only read one other Dirty Bits story--The Breeder by Lynne Silver--and in that, at least the author tried to inject some conflict or external tension. Even though I knew that problem would be resolved quickly, it did make the story better, enough that I was hooked to the end and was thrilled with the epilogue.

Overall, Jenika Snow is a relatively well-known name in the erotic romance genre, but I've never read a book of hers before so I'm not sure if this is how she normally writes. That said, if it were, it doesn't inspire me to pick up another of her books. However, I will still definitely check out other Dirty Bits books.
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