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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Sometimes letting things get complicated is the best way to figure it all out.

Mick Randall is on the run, from the biker culture he grew up in and his impossible vision of love. Alaska should be far enough to escape his old life—until he rolls into a wrecking yard and gets lost in a pair of pale, bottle-green eyes.

Scotty Bell has spent years learning to channel his fiery t
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Published February 23rd 2016 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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1 star. DNF @60%. Review posted December 18, 2015

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Torque joins the ranks of plenty of other shockingly weak books I've been reading this year. I'm not desperate yet, but instead of salivating over a delicious and rich meal--meaning an outstanding book--it looks like I have to content myself with small crumbs. Seems to me that I'm slowly starving myself to death when it comes to books. Well, I'm experiencing some first aid when I'm lucky enough to read a good one in between.

I haven't much to say a
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fr, romance-contemp, ng
Something isn't broken if all it needs is a missing piece.

Mick is on the run. Rolling through, taking work to keep on moving, and feeling tired of trying to shake a past that just won't let go. He stops at a wrecking yard and finds some work--and more.

Scott is welding for his gramps and trying to stay out of trouble. Kinda. He bears the burden of carrying a load that was not of his making and one that he chooses in order to help a friend. He keeps to himself, but he's got a short fuse and there'
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
DNF 65%- No rating

Cards on the table. When I read the blurb I read MMF which is my jam! Throw in blue collar and a character with a shady past and I was hitting the Request button like it was Easy Button. Not long after I was approved for the book the blog's promoter sent a blog tour request and I thought, "Great! I'm already reading it, so let's do this thing". As the info for the tour trickled in I noticed the word trans* and did the dog head tilt, reread the blurb and STILL thought, 'wait, wh
BWT (Belen)
Dec 09, 2015 marked it as i-hated-or-dnf
Shelves: mm-fiction, 2015
I'm tired, I'm confused, and I realize I don't care enough to continue on and try to figure out what's happening.

DNF 16%
A.M. Leibowitz
I freely admit I didn't want to read this one at first. The option to review crossed my email in the spring during a book tour, and I felt like I was not in a frame of mind to add it even though the blurb intrigued me. After reading some of the author's other work, I decided to check it out. I'm so glad I did.

Mick is troubled by his bisexuality---to the point he doesn't even know there's a word for his feelings until Mercy explains. Scotty has a difficult history and wars within himself between
Hot Stuff for Cool People
I was soooo excited about this book. It focuses on Mick, a young man on the run from his past, who ends up working with Scotty, who has a complicated relationship with his childhood friend, Mercy. The three of them grow closer and feelings emerge and… It sounded good. You just don’t see a lot of books with asexual characters, or poly relationships, or trans characters, or even bi characters, and this had all of that. And the plot sounded interesting, too. And, man, was I so disappointed.

Okay, s
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My initial attraction to Torque was the cover. It hinted at pain and turmoil and possibly getting gritty and dirty. Reading the blurb also gave me the impression as well. Mick on the run from biker culture, definitely sounds gritty especially when you throw in the story takes place in a wrecking yard. Scotty has anger issues and his best friend is Mercy. Sounds like I was in for a menage! Torque had all this other little bait words to draw me in for a good read. So I grabbed a copy and then…

I kn
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
<3.5 Stars ~ This is a difficult book to review without being very spoilery since not a lot is revealed in the blurb. Mick is on his way to Alaska from California, and he needs to make some money so he can keep his vehicle running. It seems Mick is running from something as well—but we aren’t let in on the specifics of that aspect of his life for a while. He’s good with motors and parts, and he ends up getting a job at a wrecking yard. Scotty, the grandson of the yard owner, works there as we ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
When faced with a book that didn't quite measure up, I try to always start out with the positives. I will say that this book has a great cover, and that the blurb absolutely made me want to read it. The sex scenes were pretty darn steamy, and the two main characters were interesting enough. Unfortunately beyond that, I was sadly disappointed overall. It was my first book featuring a transgender character, which I was excited about, but I felt like the transgender character was done a major disse ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This novel is unique on so many levels, and I really appreciated the interesting characters with complex backgrounds, and the way Charley shows that even flawed people can be perfect in their own way. I especially loved the relationship and the diversity.

Any moment of any day Scott was as handsome as they come, but with Mercy’s hand in his back pocket, his lips swollen from kissing her…a man could go blind from looking at something that dazzling.

I could have done withou
Ruthie Taylor
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

4.5* of brilliance

This is a really good book, with some difficult themes, dealt with in a beautiful way. I enjoyed it very much, and loved the ending. All the way through each of the main protagonists gets to tell us their story, so we build up a wonderful picture of them. It reminds us of just how cruel the world can be, and how friendship and acceptance is a gift that should not cost so dear. Oh, and most of all - fami
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately this didn't really work for me. I wanted it to. I was happy to see the author included a transgender character and I was excited about that. The plot was ok but the characters were lacking imo. We didn't really get to know them and I was not invested in them at all. My biggest issue was this is a complicated three person relationship but it all fell so flat. There was a lot of telling not showing. I felt no emotional connection between them at all (not even between the two who were ...more
A.M. Arthur
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, menage
I one-clicked this book after seeing someone on Twitter mention it had characters who were bi, ace and trans, and there simply aren't enough of those characters in romance right now. And I think my experience reading was colored b the fact that, as an ace woman, I couldn't figure out which of the three main characters was ace. I had to be told, when it was specifically stated in by one of the other characters. And I did the cat head-tilt thing.

I loved the blue-collar, junkyard setting, though. I
Elisa Rolle
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Torque Charli Coty
1) Torque is one of those stories that is a full sensory experience. Red dust - I could almost taste the dry red dust pluming up around spinning wheels. The title is absolutely perfect, reflecting the tension in the narrative, and I loved the characters, the setting - pretty much everything about the story. Whilst I could have happily done without the intimate scenes (personal preference), the stark emotional connections and the open, hone
Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I got way more than I bargained for with Torque, but in a good way. Based on the book’s warning, I knew that one of the male characters was gay and one of the male characters was bisexual. What I did not know, did not expect, and was taken off guard by was that the female character was actually transgendered and while she dressed like a woman and had breast implants, she still had her male member. Yes, my heterosexuality and
Stevie Carroll
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:

I’ve complained a few times about the comparative rarity of romances with believable bisexual characters in them. Romances with gender-queer or trans* characters are even rarer, and romances with asexual characters are practically non-existent, even though the acer community includes a broad spectrum of individuals, not all of whom are both asexual and aromantic. So this story, given that it also included bikers, car restoration, and a cat
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Full review can also be found at The Novel Approach

This is a difficult book to review without being very spoilery since not a lot is revealed in the blurb. Mick is on his way to Alaska from California, and he needs to make some money so he can keep his vehicle running. It seems Mick is running from something as well—but we aren’t let in on the specifics of that aspect of his life for a while. He’s good with motors and parts, and he ends up getting a job at a wrecking yard. Scotty, th
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: whit
Review can be read at It's About The Book

2.5 stars

Based on the blurb and the cover I felt like this book may be a different and gritty read for me. It was different but it didn’t work for me. I was never really connected to the characters. Things moved along so quickly I barely had time to get to know the characters or time to settle into what was happening. I didn’t love this one. For me it was missing the desperation and depth I feel like the author was trying to achieve.

Mick is on the run
Daniel Mitton
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the author / publisher for an honest review.)

Well, this one was a departure from my long line of fantasy, sci-fi, shifters and what-not. And not in an entirely bad way.

When we meet Mick Randall, we know he is on the run, and know it isn’t from the law…but we don’t know much else. In fact if you didn’t read the blurb, like I didn’t before I read it, you won’t know until a good way through the book (more than half way) what he is
Melissa Mendoza
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: alpha-book-club
Author: Charley Descoteaux
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Genre(s): M/M Transgender Romance
Page Count: 189
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Mick Randall is on the run, from the biker culture he grew up in and his impossible vision of love. Alaska should be far enough to escape his old life—until he rolls into a wrecking yard and gets lost in a pair of pale, bottle-green eyes.

Scotty Bell has spent years learning to channel h
Molly Lolly
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Original review of Molly Lolly
Three and a half stars!
I really enjoyed the story up until the storyline with Mick’s brother ended. The tension between Mick, Scotty and Mercy was very well written and you could feel Mick’s internal struggle between his wants and what he feels he should want based on his past. However when the switch came from the end of the chapter with Chuck riding away and the start of the next it was jarring for the three of them to magically just jump into bed without really r
Lila Hunter
Rating: 3.5 stars

My View: In this story, the plot and the characters' relationship can be seen as separate, yet, intrinsical to each other. The steps they took, got them together, but at the same time were not important in the development of the MCs' relationship. The book was more about them working together to find what worked for them, than overcoming obstacles to get to their HEA.

I didn't see Torque as a romance novel even when the three main characters made their relationship worked and exc
Love Africa Book Club
I can't remember the last book I read where I wanted to give the two lead characters a big hug each right from the moment I met them on page. This is one thing the author did very well with this book, getting the reader to connect easily with the characters right from the start.
Perhaps it was the vulnerability of the characters. Perhaps it was that I could visualise them as real human beings trying to get on with their lives even when life keeps throwing shit at them. Perhaps it was their resili
Kim Davis
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mmf, trans, ace, bi
Reviewed for ***Prism Book Alliance***
This book, overall, had a nice storyline and some intriguing characters. It definitely picked up toward the end, though the beginning was a little rough for me.

My main beef with the book is that the main character, Mick, has weird knowledge gaps. A lot of the tension in his character arc centers on his fear of being discovered to be not-straight, and on his lack of M/M experience. He’s 20-something and has never watched gay porn and seems to literally believ
Katherine DiLauro
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, review
To the author of Torque a big pat on the back. Thanks for coming and trying to play the game and we all appreciate what you have put into this novel.
I really hate this because I wanted to like Torque so dang bad, but I just couldn't love it. Not a lot of authors have broached the subject of a sex identity crisis yet, but I really didn't see so much crisis going on here. This story could have had a lot more plot development. There was so much more promise to it. Unfortunately it fell short.
Andrea Goodell
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Just not sure what to make of this? Lots of stuff going on, and none of it flows very well together.

We’ve three main characters, all of which seem to have sexual issues. Mick thinks he bi- never been with a guy. But really they way he treats the woman, I’m guessing confused gay man. Scotty is supposed to be asexual but wants to hump more than rabbits and Mercy is Male, that learned at a young age she’s trans to female. All three of these people have deep issues that even with back stories we rea
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Mick is on the run and had been driving throughout Portland looking for a place that would pay him in cash. Soon....before his VW bug died on him...again. He stumbles across Bell's wrecking yard and decides to give it a try.

Walt and Scotty run the wrecking yard. Walt is Scotty's grandpa, but Scotty is only allowed to call him grandpa after working hours.

Scotty and Mercy have known each other since they were kids and they have a friends with benefits relationship. Mercy is tough around the edges
Jan 22, 2016 marked it as revisit-later
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Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great contemporary romance.
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Charli Coty also writes under the pen name Charley Descoteaux. Book One of the Buchanan House series was a USA Today Must-Read Romance of 2015.

Charli misspent a large chunk of their youth on the back of a Harley, meeting people and having adventures that sometimes pop up in their fiction. Mx Coty writes everything from contemporary to paranormal, always with a happy ending. Charli has survived ear
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