Justin Walker is used to being the hookup but never the boyfriend, and that’s okay. Justin has goals—he might sling burgers by night and work on his car by day, but he has plans to go to school and make a life for himself. He also has a few friends and loving parents.
What more could a guy ask for?
Hot, muscular, manly Shane Steel is a walking wet dream. Justin fantasizes about having Shane as more than a casual acquaintance, and one night he works up the courage to flirt with Shane. To his surprise—and terror—Shane is interested. Very interested.
As they bond over their love of cars and drag racing, Justin begins to believe he can be more to Shane than a side guy. Too bad Shane’s manipulative and dangerous ex is dead set against letting that happen.
Beyond the Grill is a quick, passionate, full of angst and emotion, story. Justin and Shane are friends who start to date until Justin’s self-esteem gets in the way. Then, something happens and neither Justin nor Shane question it and just go on as is. I had huge issues with this story and where it went.
What I liked – I enjoyed the beginning of Justin and Shane’s relationship and their dating, the excitement of being together, the attraction, and the fact that alpha Shane wanted it to be more than just a casual thing. Their mutual love of hot cars and restoring them.
My dislikes – Tristin. Just the entire character gives me the creeps. Justin’s lack of self-esteem. It was not clear how old Justin is, but he seemed like a wishy washy, complaining, woe is me kind of guy. The acceptance of Tristin by Shane. Ugh. The guy was so creepy and stalker-ish and Shane allowed it.
Overall, I think this story has potential, but didn’t work for me.