A down-to-earth carpenter. A Prada loving personal shopper.
A Habitat for Humanity project that erects more than walls…
The word “nail” has so many meanings:
Ainsley Hall’s manicured nails belong in the Museum of Modern Art.
The fashionista hammers nails at Habitat for Humanity.
She desperately wants to nail Owen Phillips.
Unfortunately, she mistakenly thinks he’s gay.
Owen’s never-ending divorce has taken a turn from messy to downright vindictive. Yearning for the simpler things in life, like working with his hands, he joins a Habitat build. Turns out he also wants to work over Ainsley Hall…but the confusing bombshell flirts blatantly with other men.
When Ainsley discovers Owen’s true sexuality, their mutual attraction ignites, but he hasn’t shared the extent of his divorce drama. If he can’t disprove his ex’s false allegations, it will take more than hammers and nails (and nailing studs) to keep their walls from caving in.
Stud is the first book by this author that I have read but it will not be the last, It was overall a cute romantic comedy that had me smiling more than once throughout the book. However, I did at times almost stop reading it because I felt like something was not working quite right. I liked the premise of the book but I do believe I would have liked the book more had I read the first book. It says it is a standalone but I feel like I missed something by not having read it. There is a dynamic with Ainsley and her friends that needed to have that background known when going in.
I liked Ainsley but at times I also wanted to shake her and scream for her to not only wake up but grow up. Owen was dealing with the soon to be ex-wife from hell, he didn’t need Ainsley’s drama on top of his. I thought my husband’s ex-wife is a piece of work but she is nothing compared to Owen’s. I felt for Owen, he had the odds stacked against him with Ainsley from the start and he was a nice guy who didn’t deserve everything he went through.
I think I will go and read the first book and read this one again because I want to read the next book as well. While this one wasn’t a total hit for this book whore, it was still overall an enjoyable read.
A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—gummy bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.