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Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield
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really liked it
bookshelves: adult, contemporary, male-male, quick-read, steamy, romance

This is Book 3 in the Bluewater Bay series, and can be read as a standalone.

Nash Holly is an impulsive out gay man living in Bluewater Bay managing his family's garage and working as lead mechanic. Nash's twin brother (Healey) is away at Stanford, and Nash and his father spend a lot of time caring for/managing Nash's younger half-sister, Shelby. Shelby's 15 and permanently disabled due to a traumatic spine injury as a child. Nash is used to being the rock on which people lean, and he's always eager to lend a helping hand--which is what he does when he meets a stranded motorist one foggy evening.

Spencer Kepler-Constantine is in the midst of a divorce from his husband, Peter, who has--it turns out--impregnated one of the many women he slept with. Peter's not into monogamy, not that he had ever been during their courtship, but Spencer feels (rightly) betrayed, not least because Peter's baby-mama is an attention-seeking, sniping actress. Spencer's in Bluewater Bay to film a few episodes of the on-going Wolf's Landing show on which all these linked books are based. A couple more weeks and he can just hole up in his quiet Park City home out of the spotlight. He wants to get over his heartache, but he doesn't know how to relax--and meeting Nash is a cool breeze compared with the burning celebrity spotlight.

At first, they are casual. A make out with benefits. A secret date hidden for the paparazzi. But, their secret is soon discovered and Nash's family gets caught up in the moil. Plus, they have their own drama to manage. Shelby wants more and more independence. And, Nash's dad seems to be dating. It leaves Nash feeling....unneeded. And he is, unfortunately, beginning to like Spencer more than he should. The filming is wrapping soon, and the fireworks between Spencer and his ex are coming rapid-fire. Peter is making all sorts of 'grand gestures' and Nash knows he can't compete.

Can he? He's just a rebound guy, after all. Right?

I really enjoyed this. Spencer and Nash are two lovely men who have sincere emotional landscapes. Nash continually throws Spencer off-kilter by having no agenda other than to help Spencer feel good/better. And Spencer is so sexy and responsive to Nash--it's the ultimate turn on to be wanted so desperately. They make a sweet, kind couple and their brief separation only pinpoints how much their feelings have evolved over their courtship. I enjoyed getting to know Nash's family, and seeing a functional family unit support Nash when he needed it.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 6, 2015 – Shelved
January 6, 2015 – Shelved as: quick-read
January 6, 2015 – Shelved as: steamy
January 6, 2015 – Shelved as: romance
January 6, 2015 – Shelved as: male-male
January 6, 2015 – Shelved as: contemporary
January 6, 2015 – Shelved as: adult
January 6, 2015 – Finished Reading

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