Last Mechanic Standing by L.A. Witt
Series: Wrench Wars #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 6th, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Everyone at Jim Irving’s garage is gung ho about Wrench Wars, a new reality show featuring mechanics. Everyone, that is, except talented mechanic Chandler Scott, the sole employee who has refused to sign the contract. The rest of the mechanics are pressuring him too, because without Chandler—and his volatile interactions with his boss—no one’s getting on the show.
Chandler’s one ally is Jim’s son, Mark, who’s being forced to work for his dad until he pays down his student loans or finds a better job—and who’s been Chandler’s secret lover for a while.
Then a playful tryst in the garage blows up in their faces, giving the network ammo to blackmail Chandler by threatening to out Mark to his father. Now Chandler is backed into a corner, and Mark needs to decide how far he’s willing to go to protect the man who’s been sharing his bed… and may have stolen his heart.
Most novellas fall into two types for me: throwaway ones that I am glad were short, and ones that torture me because I want a full book instead. This book fell into the later category.
This was a short but sweet novella that I wish was at least twice as long as it is. I want to know what happened to Chandler and Mark after the book ended!!!!!! I also wish I could have read more character development, but seeing as this was a short book it is understandable that there wasn’t as much as a regular book would have.
Chandler was my favorite and his rage against having to be on a reality show was something that I could relate to. I would pop a gasket (PUN INTENDED) if someone backed me into that corner.
Mark’s reaction to Chandler being forced into doing the show was understandable, but the way he handled it was surprising.
This was worth the read and I am interested to see what Witt does with the rest of the series!
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.
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