Thursday, July 7, 2016

Last Mechanic Standing by L.A. Witt

Everyone at Jim Irving’s garage is gung ho about Wrench Wars, a new reality show featuring mechanics. Everyone, that is, except talented mechanic Chandler Scott, the sole employee who has refused to sign the contract. The rest of the mechanics are pressuring him too, because without Chandler—and his volatile interactions with his boss—no one’s getting on the show.

Chandler’s one ally is Jim’s son, Mark, who’s being forced to work for his dad until he pays down his student loans or finds a better job—and who’s been Chandler’s secret lover for a while.

Then a playful tryst in the garage blows up in their faces, giving the network ammo to blackmail Chandler by threatening to out Mark to his father. Now Chandler is backed into a corner, and Mark needs to decide how far he’s willing to go to protect the man who’s been sharing his bed…and may have stolen his heart.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Last Mechanic Standing was set to the backdrop of a reality program. Chandler is the last hold-out on signing the contract to allow filming in their shop. Everyone has to sign, or it's a no-go. In a failing economy, the owner is close to losing his business, and his fellow mechanics don't have another career to fall back on, so there is a lot of stress on Chandler's shoulders as he tries to make an informed decision. But his sole focus is how this would affect Mark, his best friend.

Mark, Chandler's best friend, returned from college to help his father – the owner of the mechanic shop, who happens to be a homophobic bigot, forcing his son to stay in the closet. Buried beneath student loan debt, living with and working for his father, Mark's entire future hinges on the reality program being a success, but his best friend turned lover comes first.

Last Mechanic Standing was a quick read. The novella showed the behind-the-scenes antics the producers are willing to go to influence what is shown on the program. Blackmailing Chandler and his fellow mechanics, they are being strangled by the show. Just beneath the surface of the frustration, Chandler and Mark's romance blooms.

Recommended to MM Romance fans, as LA Witt is always a crowd-pleaser.

This short, but very hot and sexy read is very enjoyable. Chandler works in a garage that is being courted by a TV production company for a reality show. He is not keen, not keen at all. His boss is a homophobe, and Chandler and Mark, the boss's son, have been in a friends with benefits situation for the last two years. Not something that needs airing on TV. As things unravel for these men, they also come together – so sometimes maybe a push into the unknown can work out for the best.

Ms. Witt has written a lovely short story; I recommend it to you.

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Last Mechanic Standing (Wrench Wars #1) by L.A. Witt to read and review.

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