Monday, December 22, 2014

REVIEW: "Hell on Wheels" by Z.A. Maxfield

Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay #3)
Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield
(Bluewater Bay #3)

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For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary

Riptide Publishing -- Published on December 1, 2014
Ebook, 225 pages
Read in December 2014
Received from Netgalley

Small Town Setting

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.

"As Nash leaned into each sharp turn, his heart lodged in his throat."

I continue to enjoy the Bluewater Bay series with Hell on Wheels, an adorable romance between an actor and an auto mechanic.  Nash is the glue for his family with his twin brother away at college, his well-meaning father, and his little sister who was injured in an accident as a toddler.  While he likes his life, he does find himself dreaming about leaving Bluewater Bay.  Then he meets Wolf's Landing actor, Spencer, who is dealing with a public divorce and isn't in any position to start a steady relationship.

I absolutely loved Nash!  He was protective and sweet especially to his family.  I always have a soft spot for someone who just wants to be needed by those they care about and Nash definitely fits that category.  Spencer was another sweet guy and also was surprisingly sexy.  He has been through a lot of crap with his ex-husband and also has the baggage of being in public eye constantly.  But, he can't resist Nash's warm personality and falls for him pretty quickly.

Another aspect of this book that I enjoyed was Nash's family.  They have been through some stuff in the past, but have come out stronger because of it.  His father was hilarious and his children's biggest advocate. And Nash's sister, Shelby, was a typical teenager who was desperate to not be defined by her partial paralysis.  While we didn't get to see much of Nash's twin, Healey, I did find myself liking him as well.

The biggest issue I had with Hell on Wheels was the storyline involving Spencer's ex, Peter.  He just rubbed me the wrong way the entire time.  I have little patience for cheating and was pretty worried that Spencer would go back to him.  I wish that the pages spent on that whole plot point would have been used to show more of Nash and Spencer's adorable relationship.

All in all, I thought Hell on Wheels was a sweet romance that was a very easy read.  Most of the characters were likable and the plot moved along at a nice pace.  I am excited to see where other authors take this series.

I received a free copy of this book from Riptide Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Fever -- Definitely graphic, but still emotional descriptions.

1. Starstruck
2. There's Something About Ari
3. Hell on Wheels
4. Lone Wolf
5. Burnt Toast B&B (Coming 2015)

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