Author: Charlie Descoteaux
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Rating: 2.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb:Sometimes letting things get complicated is the best way to figure it all out.
Mick Randall is on the run, from the biker culture he grew up in and his impossible vision of love. Alaska should be far enough to escape his old life—until he rolls into a wrecking yard and gets lost in a pair of pale, bottle-green eyes.
Scotty Bell has spent years learning to channel his fiery temper into the heat of a welding torch. His sexual heat has always been slower to ignite, but one look at Mick rouses confusion alongside desire. In all his life, he’s only been attracted to one other person—his best friend, Mercy Taylor.
Mick lands a temporary job at the yard, and finds an uneasy crash pad at Scotty’s place…where the ragged ends of his emotions get tangled up in Scotty and Mercy’s relationship.
But when Mick hears a Harley engine from his past bearing down on him, his first instinct is to go back to the half-life he’d been living. Lest his secrets destroy the only two people who’ve ever made him feel whole.
Review: Based on the blurb and the cover I felt like this book may be a different and gritty read for me. It was different but it didn’t work for me. I was never really connected to the characters. Things moved along so quickly I barely had time to get to know the characters or time to settle into what was happening. I didn’t love this one. For me it was missing the desperation and depth I feel like the author was trying to achieve.
Mick is on the run from his past. He’s moving from town to town looking for work at salvage jobs. They usually pay cash and don’t ask questions. His latest stop introduces him to a grandfather and grandson run yard. Scotty’s grandpa is nice guy and offers Mick a job pulling parts. This puts him in contact with the scrappy but likable Scotty. Mick is attracted instantly. Scotty offers friendship but Mick is hesitant to draw Scotty into his trouble. Friendship leads to more when Mick relaxes and gets his first taste of acceptance. He’s hidden his desire for men his entire life. Mick also knows he’ll have to run again so he never quite settles into the relationship he so badly wants with Scotty. Of course he never tells Scotty about his past either. Mick is after all a coward.
Scotty has always been picked on. His father is a junkie in and out of jail that pops up to steal from them at random moments. Scotty was also deemed mentally slow as a student so he faced a lot of ridicule from his peers. Scotty identifies as Asexual. He leads a solitary life with the exception of his friend and of course his grandpa who is awesome. His best friend is transgender. Scotty sleeps with her sometimes. It’s never really explained how this came about. The story has him saying hi to her one minute and she’s bent over the table the next. When Mick comes into his life he also starts sleeping with him. Somewhere in this book they all form a poly relationship where they all sleep together. Or two of them hook up randomly if someone isn’t there or in the mood. But emotionally they’re all a unit. I honestly don’t know how that all came to be. It just did. There was no build up beyond the attraction and giving into desires.
This book just felt like it was missing pieces. I didn’t connect with any of the characters. The past Mick is running from was kind of a let down for me. The relationship seemed to be built on availability and lust more than anything substantial. Like they were all stuck there and liked each other enough so…. The best thing about this book for me was the relationship between Scotty and his grandpa. Who was always there for Scotty no matter what.