Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hell On Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield


Title: Hell On Wheels
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bluewater Bay #3
Main Characters: Spencer and Nash
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
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.

So when Wolf’s Landing actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine lands in his life, Nash is ready for a diversion. Spencer is in the middle of a very painful, very public divorce and isn’t ready for a relationship—not that Nash wants one. But they both need a friend, especially one with benefits.

As they grow closer, Nash starts to see his family in a whole new light. Do they really need him so badly? Or does he simply need to be needed? Then Spencer’s ex reappears with a grand romantic gesture, and Nash has to figure out what he wants—and how to get it—before Spencer’s gone for good.
 

My Review:
Spencer is the character in this book whose life is filled with upheaval, but this is really Nash's story. And every time the book really delved into his life, my heart just broke for him. And it's not even that his life is bad...it's not. His life just revolves around his family and they are all at the point where they are ready to move on from what has been the norm for so long. For Nash, he's never considered anything else besides the life that he lives so all of this change is a bit disturbing to him. He doesn't know his place anymore.

On the other hand, Spencer has had nothing but change and havoc over the last year. So when he gets around Nash, that solid force that Nash provides anchors him and settles him. 

It was an interesting book just in that the story moved in a way that I didn't expect it to. With the set-up I would have thought that Spencer would be the focus, but I love that Nash was instead. Because Nash is the person who takes care of his family. His father Ace is an inventor, but he hasn't done the best for his family. He's left that to Nash. Nash has taken over running his father's auto-shop and home. Nash is a twin, but his brother has always been the brilliant one...bound for better things that can be offered in Bluewater Bay. And then there is Shelby...the younger sister who's required extra care ever since she was in a bad car accident as a child. Nash has been the one who's held them all together. But in this book, they are all moving in different directions which leaves Nash floundering for his purpose. And honestly, that's my one complaint about this book and why it didn't get a full-on A/5* rating. While Nash does get his HEA, I didn't walk away from this book with a feeling of resolution about where he goes in his life from here...except into Spencer's arms.

But regardless of that, the book was a great read. I felt for these guys...both of them, although I definitely loved Nash more. This series is one of those that I just love. All the books are written by different authors so they each definitely work as stand-alones, but the premise of this little Northwest town serving as the site for the werewolf TV show is fabulous. And I will readily admit I would LOVE to see another book featuring Nash's twin brother!


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