Title: Making Waves (Wrench Wars #4)
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 29th sept, 2016
Genre(s): Romance, Novella
Page Count: 76
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Wrench Wars Story
Best friends since they were teenagers, Ward Kent and Dean Zimmerman work together at Reggie’s garage, where the reality show Wrench Wars is filmed. Outside of work, Dean is a notorious player, and as far as he’s concerned, Ward’s the best wingman ever. Little does he know, Ward is much more interested in the gentlemen than the ladies.
Then Dean’s younger brother, Ash, comes to work at the garage. Ash may be seven years younger, but he’s had a crush on Ward for years, and he’s not shy about going after what he wants.
Admitting his best friend and his brother are gay is one thing. Seeing them together? That’s a bit more than Dean can take, and he’s about to force Ward to make a decision: lose his best friend and his job, or give up Ash forever.
Making Waves is the forth addition to the Wrench Wars series. It can be read as a standalone. It was short and fun and a slow-burn romance between two grease monkeys this time.
Ward and Dean have been best friends since they were kids. Dean has his faults but he is the only guy who has supported Ward and gave him the love of a family. Ward has always let Dean get his way but this time when he behaves like an asshole and try to keep him apart from Ash, Ward will not sit back and let Dean steamroll yet another of his relationship.
Ash is Dean’s baby brother. He has always hung out with his brother and his best friend every chance he got. He had a huge crush on Ward growing up. Now after almost 8 years he is back and working with him. His crush is still in place and he is hopeful of starting something with Ward. It does not take a whole lot of effort on his part when Ward is equally interested. But his big brother is the only roadblock between him and Ward as he still treats Ash as a 12 year old who doesn’t know better. But the connection between the lovebirds is strong and they are ready to make some huge “waves” together and get their HEA.
The romance is slow burn with a little steam and a HFN ending. Dean is the only source of angst in the entire story. He is self-absorbed and selfish. In Ward’s words, Dean has “Tunnel Vision”. He sees only what he wants to see. His tantrums and hissy-fits were annoying. But at the end we learn about the reasons behind his stupid actions and though they were not convincing at all, I kinda hated him a little less by the end of the book.
It is a novella so the romance part was very short. The development is detailed a little but the after part was off-page, which was a bummer.
Overall, it was a nice conclusion to this series. This story touched base with all the other couples in the series and I liked reading about them again. It was a nice and fun read.