Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: Hammer & Nails by Andria Large

Harley Jameson is not your typical woman. She’s a rough and tumble, beer drinking, hockey loving, smart mouthed, kind of woman. In fact, she owns her own contracting company. Most men just treat her as one of the guys; that is, until she meets her newest client… 

Nolan Hammerstein is most definitely not a guy’s guy. He’s rich, spoiled, well dressed, and oh yeah - rich. His father owns the NHL’s Boston Bruisers, and he’s worked for his father since graduating from Harvard. Needless to say, he lives the life of luxury. When he purchases a new home, Nolan calls Jameson Contractors to schedule a consult with a man that he thinks is the owner… 

Harley and Nolan’s first meeting does not go well, so you can imagine her surprise when he actually hires her to renovate his house. While snarky comments and arguments are simmering on the surface, sexual attraction and tension are brewing underneath. But will Nolan’s uptight father and a handsy hockey player get in between their already volatile relationship? Or will they learn to accept each other’s differences and bond tighter because of them? 

Note: This book is a standalone with a HEA. For mature audiences only, as there are hot, steamy, and explicit sex scenes throughout the book.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

Hammer & Nails is a sweet, fun, witty and quick read that I loved.  It had the perfect blend of humor, sexiness and sweetness.  If you are looking for a refreshing read without all of the drama then this book is for you.

Harley Jameson owns her own construction company.  Her mother died when she was born leaving her to be raised by her father and her four older brothers.  She is feisty and has a spunk to her that I loved.  Growing up with all men in her life and now owning her own construction company she isn’t exactly a girl girl.  She is beautiful and smart and good at her job but at times can come across as one of the guys.

Nolan Hammerstein is the son of the NHL Boston Bruisers owner.  He works for his father even though it has never been his dream to do so.  He had other plans that quickly changed when money was waved in his face.  He can come across as a rich spoiled pompous ass but a really cute one may I add.  His father basically molded him into the man he is today so he really knows no other way.  But meeting Harley Jameson changes his perspective on a lot of things and he starts to realize that he does not want to be just like his father.

When Harley and Nolan first met it was more of hate at first site.  Harley is hired to do the construction in Nolan’s new house.  He is not a big fan of Harley’s when they first meet but cannot deny that she does good work.  Harley has a way of getting under his skin like no woman ever has before.  There is no denying that underneath the tough exterior is a beautiful woman who he cannot stop thinking about.  But these two come from two different worlds.   Can they make it work?
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book.  For one I loved Harley.  She didn’t hold back at all.  She said what was on her mind and at times she purposely pushed Nolan's buttons to get a reaction out of him.  But I think that is part of what made him fall for her.  She made him see life differently.  He smiled when he was with her and she helped him to follow his dreams.   Together they were a perfect fit. 

One of the things that I love about Andria’s writing is the humor and witt that she adds to her stories.    It's the back and forth banter between the two characters that had me smiling.  Nolan was such a great hero who I loved.  I loved watching him grow and realizing just how much he did not want to be his father.  He was a good guy who I think was a pompous ass at times because that is how he was raised to be.  But deep down that just wasn't him and I loved that we got to see the real side of him.  the guy who cared about others and loved Harley for who she was.  He would do anything for her.  The supporting characters in this book were such a wonderful addition.  They were Harley's brother and I really hope we get to see more of them.  If you are looking for a fun, witty, refreshing and quick read then this book is for you.  

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