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Hard Wood

(Big Rock #6)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  4,738 ratings  ·  482 reviews
From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a hot & hilarious new romantic comedy AND the final novel in her beloved Big Rock series of standalone romances...
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
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 23rd 2017 (first published October 21st 2017)
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Elizabeth Clinton
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let’s just call Lauren Blakely the Queen Of Rom-Com. Hard Wood is just another fantastic read that you will not want to miss.
We finally come to Patrick Milligan & Mia Summers Story. We have seen this couple skirt around their attraction throughout this series. When an opportunity to see that this is more than a friendly flirtatious attraction you sometimes need to just go for it and hope that those feelings are mutual.
The banter between Mia & Patrick is just so fun to read that you will find y
Lauren Lascola-Lesczynski
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lauren had me at grilled cheese!
So let's start with the rugged and ever so handsome Patrick. I mean who would't fall for a guy who loves pussy? His pussy cat...Zeus! Get your mind outta the gutter people. Mia is a tiny little cosmetic mogul who has Patrick all in a twist. They have this chemistry and this banter that makes it feel like they have known each other forever. I mean I ain't gonna lie...I might be allergic to hiking, but if Patrick and his "hard wood" were my tour guide I would be hum
Peggy Lee (Reading Keeps Me Sane)
It's finally Patrick and Mia's turn to find love in Hard Wood. Hard Wood is a stand alone however both character's previously appeared Joy Ride.

I never fail to fall in love with Lauren Blakely's stories. Hard Wood is a swoony romance that will warm your heart and possibly other body parts. I fell quick and hard for Patrick Milligan, a normal, comfortable guy with a fantastic butt and an in-the-know feline companion.

Patrick's ready to settle down but the woman he wants happens to live clear acro
All Booked Out
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I listened on Audible and was giggling from the get-go to Sebastian York's perfectly timed delivery of Lauren's latest rom-com funny moments.

Patrick is all man, and a furry feline sidekick in Zeus. To say that Zeus is my cherry and icing on the cake is an understatement. Lauren gives good cat! That is all I am saying. I was in stitches.

Having known Mia from other books, I am delighted she has her own story and ended up on the trail of Patrick. He is fit, handsome and a genuinely great guy (swoo
Ginny Rose
You don't know wood.. until you've met Patrick... and his Hard Wood.

I loved this book!! I've enjoyed this whole standalone serial collection of comedy. Can't tell you who is my favorite, because they are all up there and each book just gets funnier. Each book is filled with a special dose of banter, swoon and heat. HEAT! Each book made me love them more.

I really can't tell you who I loved more, Patrick, Mia or Zeus. Patrick is a man who just about appreciates anything. He's dedicated. He's foc
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰


We already met him in Joy Ride - he was the cute neighbor. And he was already interested in Max's sister back then.
And he still is. Mia is his dream woman. And he's ready to settle down.
Too bad that Mia lives in California!
But maybe he can convince her that New York is not too shabby a place to live - and fall in love in!
But Mia's business is in California and she's a bit scared to start something....
But she's already halfway in love with him and his cat!


Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hard Wood is easy to find… ha ha, if only it was! Patrick is rugged, sexy and all man! A nice hard wood is all Mia needs but her and Patrick are just friends, should she really cross that line with him? Mia lives across country but she comes to visit Chase and Max and when she's in town, she runs into Patrick. One night Mia gets to know Patrick a little too well by crossing the point of no return. What happens when she needs to go back home to her life and business? Or when Patrick finds out she ...more
Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book
A rom-com that's heavy on the romance with plenty of humor and a guaranteed happy ending is pretty much my idea of a perfect book. That's why I impatiently await each new rom-com Lauren Blakely releases. She doesn't disappoint! Especially when it’s time for the last of the Big Rock heroes to get his Happily Ever After. With Hard Wood (heehee), we have a best friend’s sister romance told via all-male-POV. This book has everything you could want in a romance: a heartwarmingly sweet love story, lov ...more
Lauren Blakely
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lauren Blakey Fans, Romance
5 Long-Awaited And Worth It Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free
There's a feeling you get when you have been wanting something for a while...A type of anticipation, an excitement in the possibility of what is to come...This feeling can happen about big events you have planned and are counting the days for...But this fluttery feeling can also take place when pondering something simple....easy... and just plain pleasurable...

Like this book Hard Woo
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FINALLY!!! I have been waiting for Patrick and Mia's story. We saw their attraction building in the background of her brother's books and now we get theirs!!
I loved Patrick so much he knew what he wanted, he wanted Mia! But outside factors had him faltering in a GO GET YOUR GIRL attitude.
This was told completely from his POV so you would think we would be as clueless about her feelings as he was but there was his special know all, see all cat who told us her feelings, in cute little cat POV chap
*** I received an advanced copy and chose to review it ***
** 100% spoiler-free review **
* 5 purrrrfect swoon-worthy stars *

Nobody makes me swoon like Lauren Blakely and with this book, I swooned HARD ! Hard Wood is Blakely's newest standalone story told from the male POV. It follows Patrick and Mia, two characters who have appeared previously, dancing around each other for awhile on the fringes of those stories. But now? Now it's finally their turn to find their happily ever after and Blakel
J. McCoy
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You can't have Patrick! He's MINE MINE MINE! All of his manly, sweet, funny, cat loving hunk a hunka burning love is ALL MINE! What girl doesn't want a guy who KNOWS her - to a freaking T... and not only that, but LOVES her, for being just who she is! Not only that, but one who is so head over heals that he doesn't even care that he's a goner?! I don't think there's a girl on the planet who doesn't want any of those sweet, sexy, romantic things including ME! So I claim him, okay? Dibs. First. Sh ...more
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romcoms

➦If you are looking for a short, flirty and fun read with pretty unique characters then this is it! I don't think I will forget a hot man walking a cat through the wilderness any time soon, nor the chapters told from the cat's POV, which, by the way, were hilarious!

➦This book is real low on angst, but sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered!

➦Brother's best friend trope is one of my favorites but this book didn't really have that crazy overprotective brother who is on standby to cut the h
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
Lauren Blakely's newest book, Hard Wood has been a long time coming. I feel like we've been waiting in the wings forever watching this couple dance around each other, flirt, stare at each other a little too long. We know there's attraction and friendship and we finally get their story! Lauren writes fantastic characters who get into your heart and mind. I get invested in them and I long to see what they are doing, thinking and who they are going to run into. We have known Mia for a while. She's ...more
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4 stars!

Review and Excerpt at Of Pens and Pages.

Hard Wood is a fun and sweet, friends-to-lovers romance with a perfect, slow-burning build up to a happily ever after. We have two lovable characters and a feline companion that completely steals the show, and the best thing is it’s told in Lauren Blakely’s hilarious and realistic male POV.

Distance, past relationships, and current friendships hold back two people who have this strong and undeniable connection to cross that line past friendship.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 5-star
**ARC generously provided by Author**

Lauren Blakely's writing is my kryptonite. I'm not sure how she does it-how she makes me fall in love over and over again, but she does. She can take a trope I've read hundreds of times before-falling for a friend's little sister-and make it seem so fresh, fun and unique. This book had me swooning, laughing, sighing and grinning. I didn't want it to end but couldn't stop grinning when it did.

Mia was so much fun. I adore her sense of self, her strength. I admi
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Although most of her books can be read as standalones, they do have characters that intertwine and I recommend reading in this order.

Big Rock Spencer and Charlotte

Mister O Nick (Spencer’s best frie
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Review of Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely

Patrick and Mia - 5+++++ stars

I absolutely LOVED this story! We've already met both of the main characters from previous books in the series and this pretty much ties up all the couples. Patrick has been harboring feelings for Mia since he met her but since she lives on the west coast and he lives on the east coast, he's held back. Mia's had feelings for Patrick as well, but since he is her older brother's best friend, she has been holding back.

Which guy a
Alex ♈
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe, hero-i-liked
3.75 - 4 stars

It was definitely, nope - for sure!, the safest book by this author I ever read.

This and the amazing adventure cat Zeus made this book for me *lol*

Such a sweet hero. Untypical for contemporary romance. Not a manwhore, a bit shy, but strong and sexy. Too cocky for my taste, but I wasn’t the woman he wanted, so… *lol*

Shame on me, but I couldn’t remember any of previous characters in this series = side characters in this book. And I read them all! Not a name, ugh! It made it a bit dif
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I’ve read in a row that has been the last of a series. Even though I am saddened that these characters have been put to bed, so to speak, I know that any book I pick up from this author will have the same feel about it. They are full of fun banter, quick wit and loads of emotion.

Mia is the sister of Chase and Max, and has found her four leaf clover when she met Max’s friend Patrick. Distance just wasn’t on their side as she lives on the west coast and him in Manhattan. W
Jackie Wright
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this brilliant rom-com that doesn’t give too much of the storyline away , well let’s start with if you love Romantic Comedy then you will definitely want to read Hard Wood.
Hard Wood is the last of the Big Rock heroes and just like every other book in this series our hero gets his HEA but this the time the journey takes us out into the woods when Mia hires Patrick’s adventure tour company for some team building, what’s wrong with mixing business with a little bit of pleasure
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***ARC Provided by the Author***

I loved absolutely everything about this book. Wait, I am not happy that I finished it and it is over. I don't like that part. This is one of those books, the rare ones, where you wish you could forget everything about the book and read it again, for the first time. I don't want it to be over...I wanted another epilogue, and another, and another.

But, seriously, it was perfection.

Yeah, yeah, I know. I say that about all of Lauren Blakely's books. And, it is true ab
Julia Griffis - The Romance Bibliophile
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs

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 perso
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doc, vp
Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely is a full-length, standalone, romancve novel.
When you liked Big Rock, you´re gonna love this book !

Patrick Milligan is a very busy and successful business owner. He has the hots for his friends sister since forever.
Mia Summers lives on the West Coast and builds her new company. That takes a lot of work and time. Regularely she´s in New York and visits her brothers. And with her brother comes Patrick. She´s smitten, but doesn´t know how to make a long distance relation
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
Hard Wood is a standalone by the amazing Lauren Blakely! At this point I think she could write a rom-com in the male POV in her sleep and it will still make the Bestsellers list. One element I love in a Lauren book is the connections. I have been waiting for this story. The story of Mia (Max and Chase’s sister) and Patrick (Evie’s brother). They met a few months ago while Mia was traveling to NY on business and staying with his friend and neighbor Max. He wanted to get to know her then and falls ...more
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 'Why the hell not?' Stars!
ARC provided by the author via Ink Slinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

I can’t believe this is the last book in the Big Rock world. It seems like yesterday that I fell in love with Lauren’s writing and her wonderful characters. Actually, Big Rock was my first book by hers and after that I could not stop reading: as soon as she drops a release, I am all over it! Well, of course, this one was no exception. And Lauren made it an epic ending!

Hard Wood is, as I sai
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin with this book. Amazing, great, fantastic, page turner, can't put it down. Those kind of describe how I feel about Hard Wood but still don't express how much I loved this book.
Every book Lauren Blakely writes is always great and this one is no exception. Hard Wood though gave me so many emotions. We met Patrick and Mia in Joy Ride and Matchmaker. Patrick lives in the same building as Max and they are best friends and Mia is Max's little sister. They met a few months back and ea
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
Who wouldn’t fall in love with an outdoorsman who loves animals? Certainly not me!! Patrick is such a great character! He’s normal, sweet, and downright swoony. Plus he wants to settle down. He’s a total winner, ladies!

Here’s the breakdown:
Patrick and Mia have been denying their mutual attraction for months. She’s his best friend’s little sister and she lives clear across the country. That doesn’t abate the attraction they both feel and the obvious connection they share. So, how can these make t
Olga therebelreader
In short:
Hero 4/5 | Heroine 4/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 3/5 | Writing Style 3/5 | Steam 5/5 | Romance 4/5 | Angst-Suspense 3/5 | Darkness 0/5 | Humor 3/5 | Secondary Characters 2/5 | Drama-Conflict 2/5 | Mystery 0/5 | Twists 3/5 | Pacing Fast | Action 3/5
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A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She'd love to give you a free book today! Check out her web site to grab your free read: https://laurenblakely. ...more

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