Friday, September 30, 2016

ARC Review: Making Waves (Wrench Wars 4)

Best friends since they were teenagers, Ward Kent and Dean Zimmerman work together at Reggie’s garage, where the reality show Wrench Wars is filmed. Outside of work, Dean is a notorious player, and as far as he’s concerned, Ward’s the best wingman ever. Little does he know, Ward is much more interested in the gentlemen than the ladies.

Then Dean’s younger brother, Ash, comes to work at the garage. Ash may be seven years younger, but he’s had a crush on Ward for years, and he’s not shy about going after what he wants.

Admitting his best friend and his brother are gay is one thing. Seeing them together? That’s a bit more than Dean can take, and he’s about to force Ward to make a decision: lose his best friend and his job, or give up Ash forever.

Dani's rating:

This is a lightly steamy, low-angst novella that ends with a HFN.

The story takes place at Reggie's garage (Wrenches, Regrets, & Reality Checks) where Chandler and Mark (Last Mechanic Standing) as well as Kasey and Brandon (Normal Enough) work. I like how the series came full circle, and we got to briefly visit with the couples form the first three books.

Making Waves focuses on Ward and Ash. Ash is Dean's younger brother, and Dean is Ward's best friend. Ash's arrival at the garage is Dean's "big surprise" to Ward. Ward hasn't seen Ash for years, and the awkward kid he remembers is now a man, and a damn good-looking one at that.

Ash flirts with Ward shamelessly, and Ward genuinely likes Ash. Ash is fun and easygoing, not at all like his controlling brother.

The conflict in this story is Dean. I hated Dean. There, I said it. Dean is selfish and self-absorbed. He throws a hissy fit when Ash and Ward get together. He's in denial about Ash being gay and about Ward being bi-ish (he prefers men) and about Ash being an ADULT who can make his own decisions.

Besides freakin' Dean, there is no real tension in the story. Maybe because this book is so short, I didn't feel like I really connected with or got to know the MCs. I wanted them to spend more time together. Even their out-of-town trip was summarized, which was a bummer.

Even so, this was an easy, enjoyable read, and a nice end to the series.

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