Title: Last Mechanic Standing (Wrench Wars #1)
Author Name & Publisher: L. A. Witt (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 6, 2016 – 80 Pages
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.
This was a very quick read. I didn’t really enjoy it due to its predictability. Before you arrived at the conflict, you knew what was coming.
While this story was a good story, it lacked depth and complexity. You knew right away that the owner of the garage was mean and a bigot, you knew that Chandler and Mark would live together.
I think that this would have been a much stronger story had you begun with the end of this one and continued on in their lives – what happens next?
The characters could develop more in their new lives and you would have seen more of what is happening now.
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.
She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…