Saturday, December 13, 2014

ARC Review: Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay 3) by Z.A. Maxfield


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. 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.

Dani's rating:

I usually enjoy ZAM's stories. I'm gaga for her Cowboys series.

But this one? This one didn't work for me. Not in the slightest.

I never felt the spark between Nash and Spencer. The two were worlds apart, and the author didn't make me believe that they could cross that barrier.

The story focused on many things: Spencer's bitter divorce and his ex wanting to reconcile (maybe); Nash's little sister being bullied and wanting to be independent; Nash's dad and his surprise girlfriend.

There was hardly any steam, and the relationship took a backseat to family drama. I didn't feel like Nash and Spencer were fully realized character. I loved the idea of a structured British actor and wild mechanic who rides a bike getting it on, but that passion never came through for me.

The writing was strong, and I liked the epilogue and the surprise romantic dinner Nash prepared, but at that point it was too little, too late.

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