Normal Enough (Belen’s Review)

Normal EnoughTitle: Normal Enough (Wrench Wars #2)
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 3rd 2016 3rd Edition
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 82 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.7 stars out of 5
Blurb:
A Wrench Wars Story

What is “normal”?

When Brandon Kenner shows up at Kasey Ralston’s garage with a 1970 Chevelle SS 454, Kasey is smitten by both the man and his car. But Kasey is hiding an embarrassing secret: his love for old muscles goes beyond what most would consider normal. His unusual fetish has kept Kasey isolated—estranged from his family and even distant from his coworkers.

But when Brandon figures out the hot mechanic’s secret, he’s not repulsed. In fact, he finds Kasey intriguing, and he’s determined to have him for himself.

Everything about Brandon revs Kasey’s engine, and he’s more than willing to get down and dirty with the charming man. What worries Kasey is what will happen after. Is there any chance of a future for them? In the past, expecting anything long-term has only led to heartbreak. But Kasey can’t help hoping that, despite Kasey’s fetish, Brandon will be the exception.


Short, but sweet, and I liked the premise but only really felt like I got to know Kasey and missed getting to know more about Brandon.
Kasey is a shy and lonely mechanic who stays under everyone’s radar and doesn’t call attention to himself. He is also very turned on by particular classic muscle cars.
When Brandon, a lawyer who collects classic cars, brings in a 1970 Chevelle SS 454 for Kasey to repair, he quickly realizes Kasey has a car fetish, and Brandon has a thing for guys with fetishes. Brandon pursues Kasey, and though Kasey doesn’t have very high self-esteem, Brandon eventually breaks down some of Kasey’s walls.

“I don’t want you to leave me alone. But I can’t figure out why, of all the guys in the world, you seem to have chosen me.”
“Because you’re cute, and sexy, and sweet. Because I find your shyness endearing. Because you’re employed. Because we’re passionate about the same things. Because your ego isn’t bigger than a house, and after dating around for a while, I know that’s not an easy thing to find. Because you like dogs. Because I find you intriguing. Do I need to go on?”
Kasey ducked his head, smiling despite himself. Nobody had ever said so many nice things about him. Not since his mom had died, at any rate. “Uh… no. That’s enough.”
“Good.”

Though there are some good bones here, and I enjoyed what I got to read, I felt like we didn’t really have the relationship development I would have liked to see. I would have definitely preferred a longer story with more interaction between Kasey and Brandon and not feeling like so much got stuffed into such a short timeframe. Finally, I also would have really liked an epilogue or something more tangible to set the HFN or give a solid HEA.

Wrench Wars Series


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Galley copy of Normal Enough (Wrench Wars #2) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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Though there are some good bones here, and I enjoyed what I got to read, I felt like we didn't really have the relationship development I would have liked to see. I would have definitely preferred a longer story with more interaction between Kasey and Brandon and not feeling like so much got stuffed into such a short timeframe. Finally, I also would have really liked an epilogue or something more tangible to set the HFN or give a solid HEA.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

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Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future