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Bluewater Bay #3

Hell on Wheels

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Nash is the reliable one in the Holly family, the guy everyone counts on to keep things going. His genius twin brother is off at university, so Nash runs the family’s auto repair business and cares for his partially-paralyzed little sister while his crackpot father invents. His life seems mapped out for the foreseeable future, however much that might chafe.

So when Wolf’s Landing actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine lands in his life, Nash is ready for a diversion. Spencer is in the middle of a very painful, very public divorce and isn’t ready for a relationship—not that Nash wants one. But they both need a friend, especially one with benefits.

As they grow closer, Nash starts to see his family in a whole new light. Do they really need him so badly? Or does he simply need to be needed? Then Spencer’s ex reappears with a grand romantic gesture, and Nash has to figure out what he wants—and how to get it—before Spencer’s gone for good.

225 pages, ebook

First published November 25, 2014

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December 11, 2014
2.5 stars

I usually enjoy ZAM's stories. I'm gaga for her Cowboys series.

But this one? This one didn't work for me. Not in the slightest.

I never felt the spark between Nash and Spencer. The two were worlds apart, and the author didn't make me believe that they could cross that barrier.

The story focused on many things: Spencer's bitter divorce and his ex wanting to reconcile (maybe); Nash's little sister being bullied and wanting to be independent; Nash's dad and his surprise girlfriend.

There was hardly any steam, and the relationship took a backseat to family drama.

I liked the epilogue and the surprise romantic dinner Nash prepared, but at that point it was too little, too late.

That's right, Ariel; no one wants a damn virgin anyway.

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3,861 reviews5,640 followers
January 6, 2015
*3.5 stars*

I enjoy Z.A. Maxfield's writing so much. I think she specializes in writing really complex characters. No one is 100% good or bad, and they all have issues about something. She never makes it easy on anyone! The characters in this story were no different.

Nash was my favorite of the two MCs. By far. I really related to him wanting to protect his family and being self-sacrificial for the good of the whole. Also, I mean, who can resist a biker dude? Just the thought of all that leather... *dreamy sigh*

Spencer was another matter. I liked him also, but it was hard watching him be so ambivalent for such a large portion of the story. On one hand, I understood it. He had a LOT of history with his ex and he went through a lot with the breakup. On the other hand, it was hard to buy the relationship between Nash and Spencer with Spencer being so emotionally closed off.

In fact, I think that the story seemed to focus more of Nash and his family issues than anything else. I enjoyed that part of the story, but the romance seemed to take a backseat at times.

What I unexpectedly enjoyed was Spencer's ex. He was way more interesting than I originally thought, and I think I would even read a full book on him alone (maybe reformed rake style???). I also could have used a story about Nash's twin.

All in all, typical stuff from Z.A. Maxfield and I left satisfied, though not thrilled, by the story.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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512 reviews60 followers
August 25, 2020
Thoroughly entertained by the first third of this book, loved the spontaneous hook-up scene.

Unfortunately for me, the romance shifted out of focus in favour of family drama. Even on the rare occasion the main pair spent time alone together without being shadowed by family members or nosy PAs, their dialogue revolved around the side characters. That's not the balance I look for in a romance novel, and I ended skimming the second half of the book just to finish it.
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5,814 reviews499 followers
December 8, 2014
Z.A. Maxfield’s ability to create characters that are not just cookie-cutter is what makes me return to her current stories over and over again. In this third installment of the Bluewater Bay series, her writing in Nash brought the satisfaction for me almost single handedly and it was totally easy to love this story for him alone.

Nash is the constant in his family – the rock, the reliable one. His father is quite an inventor, but easily distracted. His smart twin brother is the one leaving to further his studies. And there is his younger paraplegic sister that Nash feels also responsible for. So Nash is the one who stays and takes care of his family. Being needed by his family is what keeps Nash going, that keeps him striving. He is perceptive to other people’s problems too. So when he stumbles upon Spencer Kepler-Constantine, the recurring actor from Wolf’s Landing who is in the middle of a very public divorce, Nash can see that Spencer needs a friend to help him through.

Like I said, I loved Nash SO MUCH – the way he took care of his family, the way he was able to be the one that Spencer needed. I wish I could write a better description about Nash, but Maxfield herself has written it for me…

“You’re the drums in your family. You’d be the drums in anyone’s life. I hear it when I’m with you, strong and steady. Like the beat of a very warm heart.”

I did find issues with Spencer. At times I felt like he was too stoic and refused to get angry for what Peter did to him and let his-ex walk all over him. Which was why one of my highlights was when Spencer finally lost his cool and ‘murdered’ that Scarecrow Sam *laugh*. I guess, in that sense, Nash made Spencer more alive on page … and without Nash, Spencer was rather bland.

I still didn’t like Peter (Spencer's ex), by the way, no matter what kind of arrangement Spencer and he had in their relationship. Peter had different values than my own, I respect that. But he still didn’t take time to carefully explain to Spencer before he ended up knocking up a woman and walked out of his marriage.

Another thing that I love about Maxfield’s stories is she also doesn’t just focus on the romance of the two main characters. There are always side-stories, often with family members, that accompany the romance. And I LOVE that … I love reading about these characters and their families. In this story, Maxfield gave readers Nash’s father and siblings along with Spencer’s bodyguard and personal assistant. I loved being with them because they shaped up Nash and Spencer as well and I enjoyed knowing more about them from their interactions with these people.

I wasn’t that much impressed with Shelby (Nash’s sister) though. I thought it was a bit insensitive for her to root for the Speeter ship (that was Spencer and Peter) when she knew that her brother actually liked Spencer. She also didn’t really show enough maturity and independence that made me believe that she won that argument to study in Spain. In fact, the way that she demanded this from the family just showed that she wanted to just run away from her problems.

So despite my issues with some of the characters, I still found Hell on Wheels quite a charming romance. Which means, I got another winner from Maxfield right here.

This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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1,859 reviews85 followers
March 14, 2016
'Hell On Wheels' is the 3rd book in 'Bluewater Bay' and again it's by an author whose books I absolutely love reading Z.A. Maxfield. So I am very happily and unapologetically sticking with my Hellyeahthisbookwasawesome!!!!! 5 stars!

In general I love that each book is written by a different author it's just so much fun. I feel like I've been turned loose at the all you can eat buffet and I get to sample a little of everything but without the calories. These authors range anywhere from I haven't read their stuff yet to 'auto-buy' so honestly I am excited to read each book, either because it's a chance for me to read a new or rarely read author such as L.A. Witt or Aleksandr Voinov or to spend time with an author whose books I will buy in a heartbeat such as L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield or Amy Lane.

I loved 'Hell On Wheels' Nash and his family were so messed up and yet at the same time such a strong family unit. I loved that Spencer saw what an amazing person Nash was and that he had such a warm and loving heart to share with the right person and Nash...he saw Spencer not the actor but the person. I feel like he understood Spencer in a way that others just didn't. Certainly not Peter, the ex.

Speaking of Peter, the ex...he was one of two characters in this story that for me were less than likeable but saying more than that is delving deeper into the story than I want to. Also having said this had these two characters not been in the story it would have been less interesting than it was. As much as we love our protagonist we need our antagonist to keep the balance and these two characters combined with the paparazzi filled that role nicely.

There was a lot going on in this story besides Nash and Spencer. Nash's family was heading into a time of family transition. Things were changing and changes for a family unit often brings about changes for each individual member.

I really enjoyed the interaction between Nash and his father. Their conversation about the Saavy Sandwich Maker was not only a laugh out loud moment but it was a 'honey, honey I just need to read this to you.' and bless my honey he listened and he had his own laugh out loud moment...we're all going to hell.

I still have books 4, 5 & 6 to go and I am looking forward to all of them but tomorrow I'm jumping into book 7 The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane with my buddies Eleftheria, Jewel, Renee & Sandi for a buddy read. I am so excited 'it's Amy Lane and I know this is going to rock'.
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1,203 reviews65 followers
January 6, 2015
2.5 Disappointed Stars

I'm a ZAM fan and, with a few exceptions, thoroughly enjoy her books. Sadly, this one falls in the exception category. It wasn't a bad book per se but it left me feeling somewhere between huh and meh ... so, muh. The problem for me was I didn't feel a deep connection between Nash and Spencer. They were f*ck buddies and pseudo friends. They came together pretty casually and parted ways just the same. So the longing and angst were nonsensical as was the you must accompany us to Park City. W.T.F.

Also, I love families in my stories but this one (i.e., Nash's family) overshadowed everything to the point of distraction. I get that Nash was all about his family and being needed but, come on. If I had to read anymore about Shelby going to Spain or Ash's inventions, I was going to lose it!

Bottom line: the MCs lacked the necessary chemistry.
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1,572 reviews232 followers
June 24, 2015
*** 2.5 Stars ***

I didn't think this was a bad book, per se, but it just wasn't for me.

I thought the author did a good job of creating characters with depth and back story - really flushing them out and making them feel messy and real. Without question, this level of detail would have paid off in a longer novel. Unfortunately, in a book only slightly over 200 pages, it seems like too much energy was expended on secondary characters and extraneous drama (the baby mama could have stayed entirely off page, for instance, and the sub-plot with Ace's girlfriend could have been cut entirely).

And then there was the chemistry (or lack thereof).

While I totally bought Nash and Spencer as a quick roadside hookup or pseudo vacation fling a la superstar temporarily slums it with a townie territory, I never felt like this couple was Meant To Be. Part of that was definitely that I couldn't figure out what Nash got from his relationship with Spencer. I mean, I fully understood Nash's draw for Spencer - a faithful, family-oriented handyman with a wicked body and a better sense of playfulness?! I'll take a double scoop of that in a waffle cone, please! But Spencer? He was your stereotypical, self-absorbed Hollywood type. He called Bast and Tick friends, yet he never did anything for them or with them to back that sentiment up (and I'm fairly certain Tick called him "Sir" more than Spencer). And while he loathed the highhandedness of Peter's TV Buzz stunt, he sent his minions to practically kidnap Nash and bring him to Utah rather than fly to HIM or, oh, I don't know... pick up the phone and CALL him!

Even the cute epilogue couldn't redeem Spencer in my eyes.

Bottom line: I suppose this is okay for a romance novel, but in real life, this relationship would have fizzled out before the opening credits.
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358 reviews35 followers
December 6, 2014
4.5 stars

I really, really loved this. I've enjoyed the Bluewater Bay series so far, but this one really resonated. It ticked all the boxes...a slightly melancholic feel to it for most of the book, hurt comfort, some well fleshed out and interesting supporting characters... and Nash. I loved Nash.
Some lovely writing too...

“I mean,” Nash clarified, “they’ll still need me.”
“Of course they’ll need you. You’re the drums....Rhythm makes instruments work together.” Spencer’s voice was a little too patient for Nash’s liking.
“Rhythm is steady. It gives a framework to all the melodies going on around it. Without rhythm, it’s impossible for all the other instruments to shine.”
“Spencer.” Nash barely breathed the word.
“You’re the drums in your family. You’d be the drums in anyone’s life. I hear it when I'm with you, strong and steady....."
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2,724 reviews2 followers
December 24, 2014

Disappointing for me. I didn't want to hear about Pop's latest invention and how successful it was going/not going to be, I wanted some HEAT!! Nash was too nice for his own good and Spencer, well he should just have kicked that cheating *a-hole* of an ex to the curb...permanently, no if's, but's or maybe's. 3 stars.
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1,170 reviews72 followers
December 1, 2014
I love a sweet, charming book. That's what this is. 100% charming. 100% sweet. A great addition to the Bluewater Bay series.
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1,167 reviews146 followers
May 4, 2016
Though this book is third in the Bluewater Bay series, it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t got around to reading the rest of the series (and some haven’t even been published yet), but I had no problem fully enjoying this book. So read them in what ever order strikes your fancy. I just chose to review this one because I love Z.A. Maxfield (each book was written by a different author).

Nash has built his whole life around his family and he doesn’t even really mind. He is not a genius like his twin brother, and his little sister and father need all the help they can get. If he occasionally needs something other than his family to help fill his time, he can find that with some random guy. And some random guy is all that Nash thinks Spencer Kepler-Constantine is going to be, when he finds him stranded on the side of the road. Sure, Spencer is a big fancy actor in the TV show that has invaded Bluewater Bay, but to Nash that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Well other than the chance to get his fangirling sister an autograph or something.

But what was just a roadside hookup for both men oddly turns into something more. And as they get to know each other, both men start to realize that they are falling quite badly for the other. However, Spencer is still a star (with an annoying ex in the not-to-distant background) and Nash can’t even think of a life that doesn’t revolve around his family and what they need from him. There seems to be little chance that what they have could ever be anything other than just a nice fling and a good story to tell one day.

My one big regret about this book is that we will never get to see Wolf’s Landing, the TV show being filmed here in Bluewater Bay. I have an addiction to paranormal TV shows, and this one sounds like a hoot. And not just because Spencer sounds sexy and dangerous in his role as Delaine Romanov . All growly and fierce…just my kind of wolf. :P

Though I don’t need to see the show to understand exactly how insane fans of a TV show can get. I feel a lot for (and had to laugh my ass off when she first saw Spencer) Nash’s sister, and the whole fangirling aspect of this book. Fangirls are shit crazy (and I say this as a member of that lamentable club). I still didn’t get why she was behind Spencer getting back with his ex, when Spencer could be dating her brother, but shipping is a very delicate matter and it is best to tread lighting around other people’s ship less you start a flame war.

As to the actual story…I found this book just great. I loved the way that Nash and Spencer interacted, and their first ‘date’ was just awesome. Everyone should be subjected to the horror of theme-park food at least once in their life. And seeing Spencer’s reaction was perfect.

And while I wanted to plunge Peter into the bay and let him soak there for-–oh I don’t know…4 years?–-I liked how Spencer handled him and didn’t let that ruin what could have been something good with Nash (once they finally got their shit together). When Spencer and Peter finally talked things out, I guess I can see why they were together, but I can also see why they were not going to work. They were just looking for two totally different things. Though that whole thing on the talk show was just moronic of Peter.

The only thing I had a real problem with was Nash’s sister. I don’t know, I guess I just wanted them to demand a bit more maturity and responsibility from her before they agreed to let her study abroad. Up to that point she hadn’t shown all that great personal responsibility, and even if I get that she wanted to try to get some independence, I think kids should show some initiative before you send them overseas.

I had a lot of fun reading this book, and am looking forward to picking up the others. This was a wonderful idea for a series, and having all these different authors write stories about this little town is going to be blast to read about.

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Author 67 books743 followers
December 20, 2014
My Review:
Spencer is the character in this book whose life is filled with upheaval, but this is really Nash's story. And every time the book really delved into his life, my heart just broke for him. And it's not even that his life is bad...it's not. His life just revolves around his family and they are all at the point where they are ready to move on from what has been the norm for so long. For Nash, he's never considered anything else besides the life that he lives so all of this change is a bit disturbing to him. He doesn't know his place anymore.

On the other hand, Spencer has had nothing but change and havoc over the last year. So when he gets around Nash, that solid force that Nash provides anchors him and settles him.

It was an interesting book just in that the story moved in a way that I didn't expect it to. With the set-up I would have thought that Spencer would be the focus, but I love that Nash was instead. Because Nash is the person who takes care of his family. His father Ace is an inventor, but he hasn't done the best for his family. He's left that to Nash. Nash has taken over running his father's auto-shop and home. Nash is a twin, but his brother has always been the brilliant one...bound for better things that can be offered in Bluewater Bay. And then there is Shelby...the younger sister who's required extra care ever since she was in a bad car accident as a child. Nash has been the one who's held them all together. But in this book, they are all moving in different directions which leaves Nash floundering for his purpose. And honestly, that's my one complaint about this book and why it didn't get a full-on A/5* rating. While Nash does get his HEA, I didn't walk away from this book with a feeling of resolution about where he goes in his life from here...except into Spencer's arms.

But regardless of that, the book was a great read. I felt for these guys...both of them, although I definitely loved Nash more. This series is one of those that I just love. All the books are written by different authors so they each definitely work as stand-alones, but the premise of this little Northwest town serving as the site for the werewolf TV show is fabulous. And I will readily admit I would LOVE to see another book featuring Nash's twin brother!
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359 reviews23 followers
December 4, 2014
I thought this was a very nice story. I really liked both Nash and Spencer and I thought they were very cute together. It was lovely to read about two guys who are both just genuinely nice and caring people. I also thought they both had a good sense of humor. Nash's family was great as well, I liked the support and the teasing he got from his dad, sister, and twin.

I did occasionally get a bit tired of the plot with Nash's sister though. I didn't think it merited the page space it took up, it felt a bit like filler to me and I didn't think it moved the story along. I wanted that page time to be spent on Nash and Spencer getting to know each other more. It made parts of the latter half of the book drag a bit for me.

Overall I thought this was a very worthy addition to the Bluewater Bay series, although it would work just fine as a standalone as well. Looking forward to the next one!
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978 reviews119 followers
December 14, 2018

I got
- A romance to root for
- Great characters
- Character development
- Romance build up
- Many LOL moments
- A stupid smile on my face

and a satisfying HEA what more can I ask for?
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1,416 reviews127 followers
November 17, 2021
3.5 stars.
Loved the beginning of this one, liked parts of the middle, got frustrated as hell at parts of the middle and enjoyed the ending. Is this the definition of a wild ride?
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2,560 reviews63 followers
March 26, 2016
I liked Nash, but never got an inkling of his dreams. He must have put aside some dream in order for his twin to follow his dreams. What made him think he was not smart? He repeatedly made that comment even though he obviously was far from dumb. I wanted to know these things. Nash was a nurturer. Taking care of his family was what he did.

I like this series and I am glad I have returned to it. The characters are worth spending my reading time with. Nash was responsible. He stayed home taking care of his sister and humoring his father while his brother, "the smart one", went off to college.

Nash was different. He wasn't driven. He thought of himself as content. He wanted to stay home and be there for the people he loved. People he could trust with his heart. In the end, he was better off with the things he knew and he was reasonable certain that even if there were greener pastures they'd come with just as many cow pies.

Nash had an adorable relationship with his sister. I loved her. Spencer was not a good personal time in his life. The scene of their initial meeting was sensuous. Spencer was a commanding presence who hid his sorrow.

The sheer force of Spender's personality had nearly knocked Nash over. He'd had to lean against the wall to keep from being blown off his feet by an unseen crackle of energy, like static electricity just before a storm.

Spencer's very presence filled a room with heavy tension, a pressure that hung in the air. It made Shelby swoon. It drove Nash's blood straight to his dick. People noticed when Spencer walked into a room. That kind of poser was something to behold, even if it wasn't entirely comfortable.

Nash Holly prided himself on keeping his cool, but Spencer had blown his composure all to hell. Even now, thoughts of that lean, elegant and handsome face had him thinking about reaching for his dick.

I liked the relationship between these two MCs. It had ups and downs and problems, just like any real relationship. It didn't hurt that they were also hot.

I understood why Spencer, after being with Peter for years, was heart broken and still got emotional when he talked with or saw his ex. I still thought he was too easy on Peter. For someone in the public eye who even had friends sign a confidentiality agreement, it seemed out of character for the BJ from a stranger.

Still I liked the story. I like this series.
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3,731 reviews105 followers
April 10, 2019
I love the fact that the 'Bluewater Bay' series is written by different authors. It gives me a different feel for each book, and not just new main characters. As a big fan of ZA Maxfield, it was a no-brainer that I would enjoy 'Hell on Wheels'. Particularly after I read the blurb - I do love a bit of the bad in my boys.

“It’s probably good to get it out, though.”
“Is it?”
“Well. Sure. You can’t keep this stuff bottled up inside forever.”
“I’m English. We pride ourselves on doing exactly that. Stiff upper lip, eh? Don’t ever let them see you flinch.”

Spencer is the epitome of an English gentleman, even though his husband left him for a woman he got pregnant, and the tabloid media is insane. Luckily for him, he meets Nash who doesn't believe in bottling anything up, and somehow they become friends. With benefits, of course, because they're wildly attracted to each other. But, it's the friendship that is really wonderful to watch. Spencer doesn't have any friends, although his bodyguard and personal assistant are pretty close to him (and, hysterically funny), but they're employees so it's not the same thing.

Nash is just a down-home, family oriented, grease monkey who figures "what the hell", he'll be friends with benefits with this gorgeous man and teach him how to let loose a little. Nash doesn't need to worry about his feelings getting involved because Spencer is way out of his league and would never look at Nash for anything long-term. Plus, the guy is going through an ugly divorce - everyone is safe from getting too involved. Right?

"Nash kept him off-balance in the best possible way. Nash aroused him and challenged him and left him breathless. Nash exhausted him. Nash was good for him, too. He was funny and frank."

I was very pleasantly surprised to see the author focus just as much on Nash, his family, and his worries over losing them to their own lives, as she did on Spencer and Nash's relationship. I very much enjoyed this addition to the series, but my heart will always go with the underdog and nobody deserved a happy ever after as much as Nash and Spencer did. Great job, ZAM!

NOTE: This book was provided by Riptide Publishing for the purpose of a review.
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136 reviews8 followers
December 5, 2014
3.5 Stars

I actually am confused with this one. I liked it better than There's Something About Ari (that's the only reason I rated it 3.5 stars) but nothing has beaten Starstruck Bluewater Bay 1 for me. Also, even though I liked this one, I wasn't nearly attached to it. I almost skimmed some parts.

Spencer was a nice British gentleman. I had a love and hate relationship with him as sometimes, his thoughts were dumb, to be quite honest. I loved how he and Nash were really awesome together.

Nash was such a biker hottie. I really loved his attitude because he wasn't a big asshole like most biker characters are. He was actually sweet, responsible and very true. He had temper and such but not in a bad way. I loved how he loved his family. His identical (and gay too) twin brother and he had an amazing relationship. Too bad we didn't get to see him more in this book. His younger sister was okay. His dad, Ace, was... interesting.

The only sex scene I was really into was the one in the boat. The others felt so unnecessary especially the first one. The connection between them was there but it was on and off for me. Why? Because it felt like their love story was not the main plot.

Like seriously, the family plot of Nash overshadowed the story. Like seriously. I had a hard time rolling my eyes and thinking, "can we get over this already?" This plot made Nash and Spencer's progress of being in love a subplot.

Overall, it was an okay read. L.A. Witt's book in this series has yet to be beaten.
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642 reviews76 followers
January 7, 2015
Really liked it. A couple of things put me off giving this novel a five star rating.
1) Picky and very, very minor....Eggs Benedict. Well done Nash for making Spencer his most favourite meal at the end of the novel. It sounded delicious, but although you mention all the ingredients and how it was layered and served, you forgot the second most important ingredient in an Eggs Benedict, which means it wasn't an Eggs Benedict at all.
2) Spencer I am quite frankly shocked that within the first few pages of this story you were receiving oral sex in your broken down car, in the foggy darkness from a biker guy that just happens to pull over to see if he can be of assistance! What the hell are you thinking!!! Have you never heard the urban legend regarding the axe murderer banging the decapitated head on the car roof? Are you mad as well as a total slut?
3) Evelyn Van Ausch. Do you have a death wish? Are you of sound mind? What woman in her right mind would have sex, without using a condom, with a known, man whore bisexual? I mean, seriously, do you know how many men and women Peter Perfect screwed before he got round to you and YOU end up pregnant because the pair of you didn't utilise the barrier method. You stupid, stupid woman.

....Apart from that I liked it.
4 x Stars
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974 reviews119 followers
April 5, 2015

This worked for me right up until the end. I'm still not sure what I think about it. The rest of the story? I pretty much loved it. Nash and Spencer worked well together. Hot and bantery. Great secondary characters, really great secondary characters.

About the ending.

One thing though. Ace, I know you're a car guy and I get why you called your twins Nash and Healey. I mean that's a cute take on it but then you've saddled one of the guys with the moniker Healey Holly. That's not so cute, that's kinda mean. Just saying.
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1,658 reviews1 follower
January 16, 2015

My first 4 stars rating in the Bluewater Bay series! Yay! This one is a full novel and it was easy to fall for Nash and Spencer, they make a sweet couple.

I really enjoyed getting to know Nash's dad and his sister Shelby, they support Nash when he needs it. It would have been nice to meet Nash’s twin Healey in person, though. He seems to be a cute guy. Maybe he gets his own story? Now on to book four…
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1,893 reviews56 followers
December 1, 2014
I received Hell on Wheels in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This series just keeps getting better and better. I’m really enjoying my time in Bluewater Bay ;)

I do have to kind of admit that I wasn’t really sure about Nash and Spencer at first. Things happened kind of quick. I usually lose respect for characters when things happen that fast, but the more I got to know them, the less it bothered me.

Spencer had a history and was still reeling from what his ex had put him through. He had a lot of realizations to come to in Hell on Wheels. Nash had a family that he needed to be needed by. It sounds a lot more complicated than it was… or maybe not.

I think my favorite aspect of Hell on Wheels was the family dynamic between Nash, Healey, Shelby and Ace. The banter between them and the obvious love and respect that they had for each other was real. It provided the perfect contrast to the Hollywood craziness that their small town had was surrounded by. Of course, Spencer had his own pseudo family that was comprised of his body guard and assistant. Tick and Bast definitely kept things interesting.

There were some rough spots, times when odds were against them and some moments of doubt, miscommunication and crazy madness of the ex-lover variety, but there were just as many heart felt moments, like these….

“Of course they’ll need you. You’re the drums.” Nash didn’t think he’d heard correctly.
“I think that cold water got to you a little, Spencer, I could swear you just said—”
“Rhythm makes instruments work together.” Spencer’s voice was a little too patient for Nash’s liking. “Rhythm is steady. It gives a framework to all the melodies going on around it. Without rhythm, it’s impossible for all the other instruments to shine.”
“Spencer.” Nash barely breathed the word.
“You’re the drums in your family. You’d be the drums in anyone’s life. I hear it when I’m with you, strong and steady. Like the beat of a very warm heart.”

I loved that quote so much I just had to share it. *sigh* In case you’re curious, you don’t have to read the rest of the series before picking up Hell on Wheels. Other than a little bit of background, you won’t be missing anything. I still recommend reading them all though. Each author has added their own little twist on life in Bluewater Bay, and it would be a shame to miss any of it. The next book in the series, Lone Wolf by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt, (one of my favorite writing duos) promises to be interesting. I can’t wait ;)
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2,061 reviews201 followers
February 15, 2015
The book is filled with quirky endearing people, there is an attempt to make people multi-dimensional rather than use a typical ‘bad guy’ mould. Unfortunately it lacks connection, there’s zero spark. I sensed no attraction, it all started as an opportunist rebound hook-up and nothing that came after convinced me it was more. Given focus it would be a great read.

Nash is a martyr without cause, more universal fix-it mechanic/therapist than an individual. He was too passive about the ‘relationship’ never felt it was something that mattered to him except for what he considered unbeatable sex.

Spencer. Very reserved (British don’t you know?!). It could have worked well, but when they spent time apart Spencer was still debating if he still loved his ex, not thinking of Nash – that doesn’t scream HEA to me. Spencer never really opened up or let his emotions out.

Peter, the ex. There was an attempt to make more of him that mainly had me wtfing! Then that big gesture WTF! Actually everything that followed that had me rolling my eyes, until then I was 3starring because despite the flaws the writing is engaging and smooth reading.

Supporting Cast
Nash’s family – heard way too much about them, likeable but overwhelming, the story is more about them than a romance. Ace’s inventions would only need that much page time if Ace was the main character! Trick & Bast, no idea if they’re meant to be a couple or not but I kind of wished I was reading their story at times.

The Swear jar.
FUCK the FUCKING swear jar.
It was quirky at first but seriously a family member breaks down and the first thought is for you to say together ‘swear jar’?

I liked the writing, I liked the setting, I liked all the characters, but I didn’t really like the book.
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2,003 reviews231 followers
January 21, 2015
This was just what I was expecting it to be; a sweet, fun, opposites attract romance.

Nash's life has revolved around the needs of his sister and father, working at the family business, with no room for him to move on or settle down. Spencer is an actor recovering from a nasty break up with his husband, who he had been with for the past six years. The two waste no time hooking up and that's the beginning of a friends with benefits relationship. After all, Spencer is moving on shortly and appears to be way out of Nash's league. Nash has had a taste of life with one of the actors on the show and doesn't want to get involved in that lifestyle. As their relationship progresses, both men have to face some truths about they way their lives have been unfolding and seeing themselves from the perspective of others really opens their eyes, but by then it might just be too late.

I enjoyed both the MC's and even admit to coming around to liking Spencer's ex Peter, more than I expected to. This book easily works as a standalone even though it is a part of the Bluewater Bay world.
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1,796 reviews243 followers
December 21, 2014
Hell on Wheels is the third book in the Bluewater Bay series, and might just be my favorite, so far.

We have Nash, a mechanic who also helps take care of his little sister and runs the family business and Spencer, a British actor who is going through a rather public divorce.

They seem a bit unlikely, on the surface, but I liked them together. Nash still knows how to let go while Spencer is all buttoned up and British. But no one needs to learn how to blow off some steam more than Spencer. So while both Nash and Spencer go into their dalliance with zero intentions of it ever being more, they both end up feeling more.

I liked what they had in common, and what was different about them. I liked Nash's need to take care of those around him and Spencer's need for something real. And the romantic dinner was well done. Cute and romantic, for sure.
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147 reviews14 followers
September 6, 2015
What a nice read! I have to admit this was such a nice change of reading themes for me and ZA Maxfield is just the one to deliver, you can't help but enjoy her writing.

Nash and Spencer's story is just the right amount of sweet for me, not diabetes inducing but savory and enjoyable. The hunky car mechanic, Nash, is such a natural draw for a gear head like me and his unwavering love and support for his family shines through in the writing. Spencer's broken heart at the hands of his self-centered ex, Peter, just melted me and I could feel his angst and indecision. Peter was very well developed, nice touches of narcissism.

The sex scenes are fantastic, especially the one in the boat! ZA Maxfield's touch of humor and enjoyment in her sex scenes are always such a pleasure, and she delivers again

I keep going back to Bluewater Bay and I have yet to be disappointed.
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1,030 reviews102 followers
September 11, 2016
***Audiobook***Narrated by Nick J. Russo***4.5 stars! I've seen mixed reviews on this book, but I really liked it. I liked Nash. He has a big heart and needs to be needed. He's loyal to his family, especially his sister who's in a wheelchair. It should also be mentioned that Nash has an identical twin brother, Healy, who's also gay. I found that interesting. Makes me wonder how common that is. Also makes me wonder if we'll be getting Healy's story at some point.

Spencer is a British actor with an occasional role on Wolf's Landing. Nick Russo did an outstanding job with the British accent. He's definitely one of my favorite narrators and one of the main reasons I have enjoyed this series so much!
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220 reviews11 followers
June 8, 2020
Maybe it was the mood I was in when I read this book, maybe it was the lame excuses Peter gave for screwing everything that walked, maybe it was Spencer's lame acceptance of, "his share of the blame," that put me in a foul mood, but I just didn't like this volume of Blue water Bay. I didn't like Peter, of course, I didn't like Spencer either. I did like Nash, although I hated that the wrong guy bottomed! (or rather I didn't buy Spencer as a top.)

It started out nice enough but just didn't keep me in the plot. I don't know what else to say, I'll just read the next one, at least I know it'll be different author.
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