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Hard as Teak (Hard as Teak #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  188 ratings  ·  33 reviews
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Kevin Marks escapes to the north woods to reignite his passion for photography and women. But the only flame he seems able to spark is for his latest photography subject, Teak Hildalgo, and Kevin's never been in a man's arms before.

Teak, the raven-haired, photographer's dream come true, is hell bent on capturing Kevin's heart. He takes K
ebook, 318 pages
Published June 27th 2011 by Noble Romance Publishing
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Lena Grey
When I'm lost, either literally or figuratively, I retrace my steps and go back to where I started. It's the only way I can recapture what I was doing so I can move forward. In 'Hard as Teak' by Margie Church, Kevin Marks essentially does the same thing. Despite his success in business, he's unhappy. He can't escape the nagging feeling that things are just not right. Kevin travels back to where he grew up, hoping to gain perspective. He soon comes to the conclusion that what he's been missing is ...more
A.B. Gayle
Hard core m/m readers may be put off by the fact that Hard as Teak opens with a couple of (very short) traditional male/female sex scenes. Don’t be. These are crucial to the plot as they immediately show that while Kevin Mark’s body might be performing, his mind and heart aren’t in it.

What follows is an exploration of self as he heads for the northern part of Minnesota to see if he can recapture the magic that is lacking in both his love life and his other passion -- photography.

Once there, he m
Crys Harris
This is not good! I have shelved this book without finishing it. I never do that! The dialogue is ridiculous, the smexing is abundant and boring. The premise is unbelievable and the plot progression is plodding. The characters are wooden. The pseudo-angst is repetitious and the secondary characters are shrill and uninteresting. There is nothing here to keep me reading. I didn't even skim. I want my money back!
Kayla Jameth
Margie Church's Hard as Teak heralds her foray into m/m romance. Her voice gives you a sense of her het origins. Overall the story is well written and an enjoyable read. Her brief, but frequent sex scenes showcase a man's exploration of aspects of his sexuality he had previously suppressed. A nice coming out story.
Sep 03, 2011 Sadonna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm, pdf
This is the first book I've read by Margie Church and I have heard that this is her first m/m story. The story is about Kevin - a successful photographer who seems to be losing his enthusiasm - for his girlfriend, his work, etc. He decides to go to his cabin in Minnesota to "recharge" his batteries. He meets Drew at the local gas station and then he meets Teak outside the local store. He immediately feels an attraction to Teak and he had also noticed that maybe Drew was kinda flirting with him. ...more
T.A. Webb
A nature photographer who is gaining a name for himself, Kevin is in a bit of a rut. His success is growing, but everything else His work is beginning to bore him. His relationship with his girlfriend is stagnant and he is having trouble completing sex with her. And he's picturing men in his fantasies.

So he decides to pack it all in and take a working vacation to his cabin in Minnesota and gain some perspective. As he gets there, he meets Drew, a local guy, and then Teak. Teak, who

Warning: Anal Sex, Toys and sweet M/M loving. Also for those just expecting M/M, be advised there is also some M/F within its pages.

My first M/M story. I actually loved it. Now, though I have said that from jump-street, let me say I didn't think I would. And no, that has nothing to do with it being M/M. I have read plenty of menage with two males and females on up, so I was ready to see if I enjoyed M/M as much as I enjoy the other combinations. I wasn't disappointed.

Let's take the hero of the s
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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This book jumps into a man’s life at the moment he realizes that his energy and enthusiasm for his current lifestyle is gone – his passion, his focus, his sense of self-satisfaction is in a confused state of stagnation. What’s a man to do when he has no idea what’s wrong to even begin to fix it? And is he strong enough to make a stand for his own happiness?

Kevin is the main hero who has to find out these answers out for himself. Prof
Nov 25, 2012 tknck rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Recommended to tknck by: reviews by Molly
I'm a virgin here! I admit this is my first m/m book and first book by MS.Church and it won't be my last. I have read erotic romance that has had gay or bi sexual characters in the plot line but never a whole book devoted to that story line. I decided to start my reading of this book due to a blog I read, Reviews by Molly. My only concern was that being a woman I might be turned off by the sexual nature of the book but this was so not true. This is an awesome read of romance and true love that j ...more
2.5 - 3 stars. I liked the book, but I wanted to like the characters more than I did. Plus, I could of done without the m/f scenes in the beginning. (so hardcore m/m fans like myself, be warned!)

No real angst; Kevin had doubts and concerns about himself, but he dealt with them rationally and relatively pain-free (the most emotion he showed was regret at hurting his ex-girlfriend). I had a harder time liking Teak for some reason.

The writing was good. I would read more of this author's m/m books
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I like photographers in stories and tattoos, so this seems like a match made in heaven. But while most of the story itself wasn't bad, many of the writer's choices, specifically in dialogue and while in bed, kept me from enjoying this as much as I could have. However, this is definitely a personal feeling--what bothered me may not bother another reader. See more details below.

What impressed me most is some of the instances that are set up for classical major dramas that the author doesn't
Margie Hall
I have to say that I loved this book. I was truly surprised that it was Margie Church's first attempt at m/m. I understand that a lot of people are put off with the beginning m/f scene, but I think that it enhances the struggles and changes he is undergoing. Many people struggle with excepting who they are and must face the reality of what they may loose if they embrace their true nature. This struggle is evident throughout this story as the lead Kevin goes off to spend a working vacation at his ...more
Sunne Manello
I have read this book a while ago and now reread it because I picked the sequel up free on amazon. I remember why I hadn't bought other books by this author. Despite she had built a nice world and some good visuals and characters, I didn't like her MCs that much.
Some say it's the cheating. That didn't tickle me that much, Kevin had to admit to himself that he no longer wanted the relationship with his girlfriend. And I actually found his attempts to tell her personally better than just
Kevin is a famous nature photographer who also owns his own studio. He has wealth, fame, success and a beautiful girlfriend but he's not happy or fulfilled. Kevin decides he needs to take a break from his life and heads to the remote cabin he spent his summers at. While there he meets Teak, a local lineman. The two men strike up a friendship but Kevin immediately recognizes that he's sexually attracted to Teak. Teak is up front with his bisexuality but Kevin struggles with what exactly he is. He ...more
Margie Church
Jun 27, 2011 Margie Church rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: People who enjoy gay romances
This is Kevin Marks' coming out story. It's erotic, romantic, and powerful. If you enjoy an unconventional romance that has some twists and turns that mimic real life, then I encourage you to read Hard as Teak. The book definitely keeps your attention and lives up to my moniker: Romance with SASS: Suspense, Angst, Seductive Sizzle.
Monique Ito
This is a great story about finding your true self and finding your true love at the same time. Kevin is trying to find out what is missing between him and his girlfriend. He is a Nature Photographer,decide to go his cabin to take pictures and fix it up. While he is there he meets Drew and Teak. Teak is living in Wescott,Minnesota,because he followed Drew to see if there was something there. Teak is waiting to leave but has not yet. He meets Kevin. Kevin only thinks he wants to take Teak picture ...more
J.j. Massa
I enjoyed this book thoroughly! Margie tells one heck of a story, let me tell you.

In this book, she paints a vivid picture of two men, both looking for something that's missing, whether they'll admit it or not. What they find could melt steel.

Good book, Margie, very hot. Two thumbs up!
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Amazing love scenes, exactly the way I like them: hot and detailed, nothing left to the imagination. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Church puts out next in the M/M genre. To read this review in its entirety, please visit
I'm pretty new to m/m romance but I have to say this one is sizzling hot. beyond that I adored the emotional connection between Kevin & Teak, Overall I loved the book.
Starting this book I really worried that I was going to dislike Kevin. I thought he was going to be your usual dilly-dallying, undecided, scared to make a decision, confused man. But he proved me thoroughly wrong. both he and Teak weren't afraid to communicate from the very beginning their feelings and were both thoroughly deserving of every bit of good that came their way. I can't wait to see what happens next for them and for Drew. Margie Church definitely has a new fan in me.
The story was OK. I really didn't like Kevin and the way he strung Teak along. The fact that he had decided to tell his girlfriend back home that he was breaking up with her, to her face, was commendable. It's a shame he was cheating on her, though, so he went back to being sleazy, in my opinion. Teak, who I had thought was a strong character, ended up being a bit of a needy love sick romantic fool. He'd fallen in love with Drew and followed him from Dallas to the frozen Tundra and that didn't w ...more
Demoted due to unethical self-rating (Former rating: 4.5 stars)

4,5 Stars because the villain is "too much" villain, and her motivations lack consistency.

As relevant points, the story is agile, steamy and romantic simultaneously. I loved the non traumatic coming-out of Kevin.

I like very much Chiyo, of whom I would like to guess something more in some sequel that follows the development of the relationship between Teak and Kevin, though also I would like a story dedicated to Drew, another lovely
Margie Church
Jul 29, 2014 Margie Church rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book triggers all your emotions. From their first meeting and Kevin's awkward awakening of his true feelings about Teak, you'll fall in love with these two men. They're so good together and when someone tries to destroy their relationship, all hell breaks loose. This is a great book. I hope you enjoy it.
I did quite like this book but I think it was the dialogue during the sex scenes that stopped me from truly enjoying it. Whereas in the rest of the book the dialogue was natural when the MCs were intimate it sounded too much like a porn film for me. Otherwise it was a good GFY story.
I don't want to be mean though I want to ( that's how much I didn't like it) I"ll just say I struggled with this book. I can't find anything good to say about it. There, I've said it.
Didn't like the cheating aspect, and it took awhile for me to see the chemistry between Teak and Kevin, but in the end it worked out.
Sweet read, it just needs more pages~
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Sep 01, 2012 Veronica / V marked it as sorry-not-for-me
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