Series: Carved Hearts #1
Published by Self-Published on July 21st 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased from Amazon
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"It’s the sign of a true artisan when he can create beauty from what others consider trash. It takes heart to use a twisted bit of scrap and make something from it as if it were good wood.” Somehow Joe survived the unlivable, and now he's just going through the motions. An endless string of one night stands does little to dull the ache from all he's lost. Even though he distracts himself daily with back-breaking work, his violent rage still simmers just under the surface. Then along comes Molly, the feisty baby sister of his two best friends. Joe hasn’t seen her in years, and he's unprepared for his reaction to her when she falls out of the food truck and into his arms. Molly is still as mouthy as ever, and now she's as delicious as the food she's serving up. It's totally against "The Bro Code", but he just can't seem to keep his hands off of her. Molly has come back home to Austin to mend fences and feed a whole new crowd. Dealing with Joe's demons doesn't figure into her business model. Something is very different about him and she craves the ‘Old Joe’ she used to have a crush on. Still, the broody carpenter's swagger is damn near irresistible. And all work and no play makes Molly a cranky girl.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I purchased this book from Amazon*
“Life is a messy, painful, unfair shit hole on a good day. On a bad day, it can be downright unlivable. But we have to deal with the situations in our life. To find a way to live everyday no matter what life throws at us.”
Good Wood starts off with Joe leading his perfect life, or what he believes to be perfect, when it all comes undone in one night. Three years later and he’s still not over it. Enter Molly, sister to Joe’s two best friends. Growing up Molly was in love with Joe and would follow him around like a love sick puppy, not that Joe figured it out. Well, all that comes back full force for Molly when she sees him again. But time has also transformed her, and she’s no longer the same person either. She has her own ugly past to deal with. And unlike Joe, her ghosts are still haunting her in the flesh. First of all, I’d like to say I love Molly and Joe separately and together. I just loved Molly and her fiery spirit. Her ability to verbally smack someone was awesome. The fact that Molly went through so much with her ex-husband and still had her fiery personality just made me love her more. And the cover model was perfect! She was exactly who I pictured the whole time and I loved that I had a good visual to go with because sometimes I think a little too hard about who I visualize as the leads. As for Joe, he was a mess. A hot, in the physical and emotional sense, mess, but still a mess. I felt so sad for him for everything that happened and the fact that he wouldn’t let it go. Just tore my heart at times. Being that he was still so devastated it did surprise me how fast he started changing and jumping on the Molly train, but she does make orgasmic food so I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised ;). I did cringe a little with how he handled Molly’s brothers. I was like “Dude!? Really? That’s how you’re gonna play it. Okay? Good luck.” But, watching the way Molly handled the situation may have been worth it so it’s a toss-up. I will say that the part in the bakery had me smiling like crazy and was definitely the highlight for me. Ahh so good! As much as I loved this book there were a few things that I was disappointed about, like an oh so important voicemail message that we don’t get to see play out but just get told about. That bummed me out. I really wanted to see the reaction. I was also surprised how Joe’s issues with his family played out considering it seemed like a huge thing in the beginning of the book. It was also another thing we don’t actually see happen but are just told about. In the grand scheme of things though, those are minor things that didn’t take away anything from the story or lessen my overall enjoyment of the book. It was just something that stuck out to me. Like I said, overall, I really enjoyed this book and am excited for the next one. I’m interested to see where the next one goes since I thought this one tied up everything pretty nicely. Also, as a side note, I really wish this book had pictures because I would love to see the things Joe built. And also maybe taste so I could sample Molly’s food because it seriously made me hungry at times. It was almost as bad as watching cooking shows and not being able to smell or eat anything you see. But back to the point, great characters and story! I look forward to more from these two.