Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Making Waves by Marie Sexton

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 Angsty Stars.

Each short novella in the Wrench Wars series is meant to be light yet steamy, romantic reading, for a few hours of escapism from your daily stressors. My rating is reflected in how I rate books against their peers and others in their series, not every book ever written. This is a short novella, which means in so few pages you can't expect the next bestselling epic novel.

Making Waves was exactly as advertised.

I was entertained. I laughed, and blushed, and emotions were elicited in me, and I couldn't ask for more. Well, yes, I could ask for another Marie Sexton installment of the series (please tell me there will be more?!?).

Ward has been best friends with Dean their entire lives, with Dean being the high-maintenance friend who has to always get his way. In walks in Dean's baby brother, Ash, who has always had a mega crush on Ward. *insert angst here*

Making Waves was a quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed – satisfied, yet left wanting more from the series itself. There was less politics when dealing with the reality program in this installment, solely focusing on the tension and romance, which fit into the story nicely.

I'm a big fan of a well-written novella because I don't have a lot of time to immerse myself in a series or long-winded books while I'm writing. Making Waves was exactly what I needed, fitting into my break.

Book and series recommended to fans of Marie Sexton and LA Witt, short stories and novellas, MM romance, and mechanics. If you need more pages, more than one story thread tying a book together, and more detailing, then perhaps this novella may not be for you.

Note: Just as with how some books by a specific author are better than another, depending on the reader's mood and tastes, the books in this series are no different. Most have been hits for me but one was a total miss, but overall I've thoroughly enjoyed the series and I hope there are more to come.

Wrench Wars is an engaging series of novellas based around a garage reality TV show. They all deal with different pairings, and to an extent, the impact of the show on these relationships.

Here we find out why Ward is best friends with the annoying Dean, and just what (or rather who) will test that friendship more than anything Dean has done before.

Ashley has finally grown up and has a chance at getting the one man he has always wanted... except his brother, Dean, does not agree with his choice. As we watch Ash make clear to Ward what he feels, things start to get out of control. Dean is definitely a man used to acting first and thinking later, so his threats will hopefully not destroy that which both men seem to find important. I hope that we get to see more of these two in future installments.

For a short and hot read, with some interesting examples of just how good a friend someone can be, this is highly recommended.

MARIE SEXTON lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Making Waves (Wrench Wars #4) by Marie Sexton to read and review.

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