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.
To be honest, Witt’s books have always been touch and go for myself. But there was something about this blurb that pulled me in and I just wanted to read it.
And I must say that I’m glad that I did! This was a different book than what I have been reading recently. I loved how even though it’s a shorter story, I didn’t feel as if anything was missing from it. The characters were well thought out, and they worked well together.
I did also love the way that you could tell how much the blackmail was getting to Chandler, and how it was hurting him being forced to do something that he didn’t want to do. But he still did it to protect Mark. The sexy-time scenes were also done well in my opinion. It wasn’t done overly crude, but it was just right for the pace of the novel.
Overall, I thought that this was a really good start to a series (which I did find out that fact after I finished this one) and I can’t wait to read more in the future.