Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Nash is the reliable one in the Holly family, the guy everyone counts on to keep things going. His genius twin brother is off at university, so Nash runs the family’s auto repair business and cares for his partially-paralyzed little sister while his crackpot father invents. His life seems mapped out for the foreseeable future, however much that might chafe.
Review: Nash grew up in Bluewater Bay. He’s never really had any desire to leave. His family is there. Nash thinks it’s his purpose in life to support and help out his family. He’s content until he meets the sexy stranger named Spencer. Spencer is an actor of the popular TV show Wolf’s Landing that’s filming in his town. Their naughty little quicky on the side of the road would have been a one time deal if Nash hadn’t left his wallet in the car. Getting busted by the tow truck driver with his hands down a celebrity’s pants tends to make a guy leave in a hurry.
Spencer only has a supporting role on Wolf’s Landing. So he’s only in town to finish up shooting this season. He just got out of a very messy and very public break up with his husband. The paparazzi is loving the fiasco that was once his love life. He’s really not in the right head space to meet a new guy but Nash is like a breath of fresh air that he can’t ignore. Spencer returns the wallet and Nash is happy but surprised to see him again. They exchange numbers, something Spencer never does. Both men realize there’s some chemistry between them and they like each other. The guys aim to keep it casual because Spencer is leaving town soon but feelings develop for both guys. Of course neither admits it to the other because they had an understanding with each other.
I really liked this book. Nash was such a likable character. Supportive and fun. Sexy and up for anything. He really helped Spencer let loose. Spencer’s character was a stuffy but friendly British guy. Nash is kind of carefree and flirty so coaxing Spencer into some fun, even when he’s down, isn’t too hard. It was fun to read about. Despite Spencer’s character being a little dull their banter was great.
Nash’s family was so much fun. Quirky and warm. I’d be broke if It were my family because of that damn swear jar. All the secondary characters minus the other woman were vivid and likable. Spencer’s body guard and assistant added a lot of humor to the story while helping me understand Spencer a little better. I enjoy quick witty dialogue and there was plenty in this book.
One of the twists I was surprised I enjoyed was Spencer’s Ex. You’re so ready to hate him based on the things you hear about him. It really drove home the point there’s always another side to the story. And that some relationships have different rules and expectations. Also that ultimately you can’t change a person if they don’t want to change. It helped Spencer understand what he wanted from a partner. There was a whole lot packed into that part of the book!
I think this one may be my favorite of the series so far. Hell on Wheels could definitely be read as a stand alone. If you’re in the mood for a fun and sexy read with some humor and likable characters, I’d recommend picking this one up. I’d be thrilled if we get to read about the other characters in this book finding their love interests. The brother or assistant. Or just more from Spencer and Nash. Good book!