Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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.
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I enjoyed this story. It had many layers and storylines that all complimented one another. The characters had depth and emotion. I’ve not read many of the author’s works, but I am glad I picked this one up.
Hell on Wheels is the third story set in the Bluewater Bay universe. It focused on Nash, a local, and Spencer, a minor yet popular character on the show “Wolf’s Landing.” The most obvious plot line focused on these two men learning to navigate in the ever invasive world of acting. Nash and Spencer were opposite personalities and did not quite fit together at first. I liked Nash at the beginning but was weary of Spencer. I did not see how this would work. But as the story progressed, I liked Spencer and started to dislike Nash. Nash made some comments and his actions were not of a man worthy of the Spencer I had come to love. I honestly still did not know how this would work. But in the end, the author pulled it all together nicely, and I was happy with the HEA. It was utterly romantic and sweet. The two men were able to stay true to themselves, but together they twisted the way they viewed and executed their desires.
So how did the author pull it all together and change my mind about the pairing? Well, she used the supporting characters and plotlines to show character growth in the MCs. Nash’s family helped him see his true nature and showed him that it was OK to break out of his current situation. Spencer’s ex, his personal assistant, and his bodyguards helped him revisit his ideals and realize he was settling and deserved only the best. The various angles and depths of the story all melded together to show the many perspectives of love and what love can do to transform anyone who allows it.
There were some aspects of the story I did not care for. I felt Shelby needed a bit more development or maybe just a bit more history for the reader to truly see why her independence was earned. It came across more as selfishness and entitlement rather than truly “earned” independence. Also, I did not care for Peter, but I think that was the author’s goal. However, I felt Peter was a bit over the top and his part in the story allowed Nash to have too many moments of self pity which was pushing my limit. Nash almost crossed my line and became that character I just could not care about. I also would have liked more of Nash’s history. The author mentioned that his previous attempts at love were part of the reason he understood anger so well. She mentioned this multiple times, but never really explained why. I was curious and my curiosity was never satisfied.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. There was drama and romance. There was humor both subtle and obvious, that was done so well, it often shuck up on me and had me laughing out loud. ACE and his inventions were a constant source of entertainment and I LOVED Spencer’s descriptions especially when he was venting his anger or tasting junk food with Nash at the Theme Park.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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