Review: Touch Wood – Jenika Snow

Review: Touch Wood – Jenika SnowTouch Wood
by Jenika Snow
Series: Ash Brothers #3
Also in this series: Hard Wood, Knock on Wood
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: June 25, 2018
Genres: Romance
Pages: 59
Source: NetGalley

I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My rating: One StarOne StarOne Star

The Ash brothers—they know how to handle their wood.
A new smoking-hot Ash Brothers novella from USA TODAY bestselling author Jenika Snow
I’ve been celibate for years, by choice. No woman has held my interest long enough to be worth sacrificing time spent at Ash Lumber, energy spent building the family business.
All that changed when a feisty redhead walked into our job-site trailer.
Her skirts drive me crazy and her trying so hard to flat-out ignore me does the rest. Her flushed cheeks when we flirt are enough to send me to bed for a week.
Andra might be supervising this development deal, but there’s no way we’re going to be able to keep things professional around here. My celibate streak is over, and I owe it all to her.
This book is approximately 13,000 words
One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!
For those times when size does matter. The Dirty Bits from Carina Press: quick and dirty, just the way we like it.

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This is the third in the Ash Brothers series of Dirty Bits novellas, though it could be read as a standalone.  The previous couples do play a prominent part, however, so you’d probably be better off starting at the beginning of the series.

“Truth was, I was just as stubborn as he was, and even though I wanted him, even if I would have gotten undressed and gotten in his bed if he’d asked, the whole game we played was far more fun. He thought his charm and good looks, his cocky attitude, would get him in my pants. He was wrong.
If he really wanted me, he’d have to work at it.”

Liam is the last girlfriendless Ash Brother, though it’s not so much of a surprise to him as he’s been celibate for quite a while.  Andra is the construction manager (honestly, I’m not sure her exact job title was ever in the book) in charge of the the latest project the lumberjack brothers and their construction company are working on.  Liam and Andra have a serious case of insta-lust going on, which Andra is attempting to hide under a mask of indifference.  Andra’s a bit of a control freak (though it’s never explained why) and, frankly, that’s half of Liam’s attraction to her.

Like the second book in the series, there was a lot of repetition, especially both Liam and Andra obsessing over why they can’t just give in to the lust between them.  There’s a lot of words spent on both of them individually thinking about the other person, but not a lot on them actually interacting with each other before they actually fall in bed with each other (or, er, have sex in front of the fridge).  Besides  the fridge sex, the story did deliver on its promises of being short and steamy with an HEA.

This is the last in the series, and I have mixed feelings about it.  While I still like the idea of an interconnected series of super-short novellas, this fell short on execution.  I still like the first in the series, but the other two suffered from being too repetitive, which is especially noticeable and annoying in a story this short.

Overall, this was just an OK read for me.  If you want short and steamy romances about lumberjacks, however, I’d still recommend the series as a whole!


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