Saturday, January 10, 2015

ARC Review: Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield

Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay #3)
From the 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.

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.

Heather's rating:

I enjoy Z.A. Maxfield's writing so much. I think she specializes in writing really complex characters. No one is 100% good or bad, and they all have issues about something. She never makes it easy on anyone! The characters in this story were no different.

Nash was my favorite of the two MCs. By far. I really related to him wanting to protect his family and being self-sacrificial for the good of the whole. Also, I mean, who can resist a biker dude? Just the thought of all that leather... *dreamy sigh*

Spencer was another matter. I liked him also, but it was hard watching him be so ambivalent for such a large portion of the story. On one hand, I understood it. He had a LOT of history with his ex and he went through a lot with the breakup. On the other hand, it was hard to buy the relationship between Nash and Spencer with Spencer being so emotionally closed off.

In fact, I think that the story seemed to focus more of Nash and his family issues than anything else. I enjoyed that part of the story, but the romance seemed to take a backseat at times.

What I unexpectedly enjoyed was Spencer's ex. He was way more interesting than I originally thought, and I think I would even read a full book on him alone (maybe reformed rake style???). I also could have used a story about Nash's twin.

All in all, typical stuff from Z.A. Maxfield and I left satisfied, though not thrilled, by the story.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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