Also by this author: His First
Knock on Wood by Jenika Snow
Series: The Ash Brothers, #2
Published by Carina Press on April 16, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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The Ash Brothers—they know how to handle their wood
They call me Big Johnny, and they’re not wrong. I’m big all over, and burly, too. But when it comes to her, I’m a freaking pussycat.
There’s never been a time when she wasn’t on my mind, not even when she left Rockbridge for college. Those four years were the hardest of my life. Literally.
Saving myself for her has never been the problem. It’s telling her how I feel.
She’s back now and it’s painfully obvious to even a lumberjack like me: Flora’s not a teenager anymore. She’s a woman who knows what she wants.
That’s me…and the wood I’m packing.
They called me Big Johnny because of my size. At six foot seven I was a beast compared to most men—even my brothers, who were well over six feet themselves. But there was one woman who made me feel even bigger than that.
I stared off as the car pulled away from the lumberyard. Flora was in there, and yet I didn’t have the balls to go and speak with her. She was too young for me, too innocent. At only eighteen she had the entire world at her fingertips, her future so damn bright I wasn’t about to muck it up because I had feelings for her. I was twenty-five, seven years older, far too old to want anything romantic with her.
She’d bloomed into a woman. Before this summer I hadn’t paid much attention to her. She was just the daughter of family friends, not someone I’d even thought about. But shit, this past summer when we’d had that big cookout and she had come over with her folks, she was all woman. But I still wasn’t going to touch on that, wasn’t going to go after her. That would have been crossing a whole lot of fucking lines.
I wiped the sweat from my face with a rag I’d gotten out of the front of my truck. I stared off as the car disappeared down the road. I felt someone watching me and glanced at Noah. The look he gave me told me maybe he had a suspicion about what I felt for Flora, or maybe I was reading too much into it. Maybe I was feeling guilt over it all. And I kind of did feel guilty. I couldn’t understand why I felt this way, but the emotions were right there at the surface, wrapping their hands around my neck and refusing to let go.
Shit, it was good she was going off to college. She’d meet a nice guy her own age. But the very thought of that pissed me off. I felt rage boil up in me at the very thought of her with another guy, of some asshole touching her, holding her. I wanted to be the one to do that, to make sure she was safe.
Fuck, get a grip.
I finished wiping the sweat off and got back to work. No, her leaving was a good thing, even if it fucking sucked. And if she did meet some guy, had a nice life with him, well, she deserved that and I’d deal with it. I had no choice.
Knock on Wood is insta-love that spans back several years. Both Johnny and Flora have loved each other since she was eighteen but it’s always been from afar. Neither one has let their true emotions out and it’s been difficult on them. They both want each other but they were too scared to say it.
Once Flora gets back from college, Johnny wanted to make a move but he always wanted to give her time to settle back home. When the possibility of a threat happens, Johnny slowly makes his move. Watching these two finally get out there feelings instills a slow burn that is torture. I’m not going to lie, I wanted to scream at them and tell them to get it together and tell the other that they love them. I will admit that this is the reason why my rating isn’t a five star. I took me a long time to connect to them but I honestly think it was a “me” issue.
Now that their feelings are out, there’s no stopping these two. We get a sense of relief when they FINALLY admit their love to each other.
If you are looking for insta-love with a slow burn (sounds confusing, I know) and a desirable protectiveness from smooth talking alpha, then you want to read Knock on Wood.