Wrenches, Regrets, & Reality Checks by L.A. Witt ~ Book Review by Queue

o-wrenches-regrets-reality-checksTitle: Wrenches, Regrets, & Reality Checks
Series: Wrench Wars, Bk 3

Author: L.A. Witt

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/31/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


2nd Edition

When Reggie’s garage became part of a popular reality show, business went through the roof. And he supposes having his shop in the black is a fair trade for jumping through the network’s hoops.

As the show’s lowest-ranking producer, Wes is tasked with proposing a new spin-off show to Reggie. The sexy mechanic makes him sweat on a normal day, but this time, Wes is holding cards he can’t show. With execs breathing down his neck, he’s expected to pitch a show Reggie will never agree to do, even if his rejection puts his existing show on the line.

The network is counting on Reggie refusing to sign. But they’re not counting on their messenger falling for the man they’re trying to fire.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, 2015.

My View:

I’m normally a big fan of L.A. Witt and have greatly enjoyed almost everything she’s written. This one is not one of her best. It reads like it was hastily written without her usual top notch characterization. But even a bad L.A. Witt is still a decent read. And that’s what this one is—decent.

This installment of the series focuses on Reggie, an owner of the garage on a reality series, and Wes, a low ranking producer. Wes is tasked with convincing Reggie to do a spin-off but not the kind of spin-off that would make sense. They want him on a dating show a la The Bachelor. The execs actually want Reggie off the show and they think trying to convince him to do a dating show will make him break the contract. This is a fairly big part of the plot but it’s not fully explained why they want Reggie off the show, especially since the ratings are still doing well.

The chemistry between Reggie and Wes is actually the book’s saving grace because otherwise the rating would be a lot lower because the plot was so weak, Even the solution to Reggie’s problem came about too simply. I liked their rapport and the sex scenes were written quite well but there isn’t much time of them together. Nor is there an HEA or even really an HFN. I didn’t really see why they were together other than a physical attraction so I couldn’t but into a successful long term relationship.

Witt certainly could’ve spent more time solidifying the plot and making the puzzle pieces fit better.


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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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