Title: Last Mechanic Standing (Wrench Wars #1)
Author: L.A Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 6th, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Reality TV, Coming out
Page Count: 80
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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 book was short, like really short. If you have read the blurb then you know the story. It’s a novella, i know but still i felt like i was cheated out of a nice story with a grease covered hunk. L.A Witt always writes charged and emotional stories, so i was expecting this book to be something similar but it got over just as soon as it started. This was more of a section of a story about Mark and Chandler than an entire romance.
Mark and Chandler is having a clandestine affair behind Jim, mark’s father’s back. Mark has a huge student loan to repay and until and unless he does that, he has to stay under Jim’s roof and suffer his bad-tempered, homophobic ass. Chandler is secretly in love with Mark and despite of his inhibitions about filming the reality show: Wrench Wars, he signs the contract to be in the show to protect Mark. The reality show is sucking the life out of Chandler as well as Mark and only Mark can free Chandler out of this obligation by coming out to his father. Mark knows that he will lose a place to live and his family by coming out, so will he man up and do the right thing??? Well, u got to read this book to find out.
This was too short a book to properly love or know about both Chandler and Mark. They have been friends since they were kids. They have a casual friends with benefits arrangement which is working out great. But, Chandler is in love with Mark and he is unsure of letting his feelings out afraid of losing Mark. He does everything in this read, just to protect the man he loves.
Mark is not scared of being ostracized by his family, because he knows it is going to happen whenever he comes out. He is just biding his time before he can stand on his own two feet. I loved his courage to finally come out while freeing Chandler and also acknowledging his feelings for Chandler in one go, that too in front of the camera, no less.
I would have liked a novel based on these two characters than a novella. Both Mark and Chandler were great and i would have absolutely loved to read more about their relationship and finally love. This series is going to be a collection of novellas, about different couples somehow related to the Wrench Wars show. So, hopefully there will be more hunks in grease covered coveralls in the near future!!!