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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.
Good lord. This. Was. Good.
I am a huge sucker for boys in the closet and when the closeted boys find someone who will do just about anything for them, including snuggling in that closet… I am a goner who has melted into a big puddle of goo. And goo, if ya don’t know, is good.
This is a short story so I’ll keep the review a short as possible.
Chandler and Mark are childhood friends and recently friends with benefits. Chandler works at Mark’s dad’s shop as a mechanic and Mark also works there as he attempts to crawl out of his student loan debt. What dear old homophobic and assholish daddy doesn’t know is, his son is gay and doing the horizontal mambo with the dude he butts head with on a daily basis. That right there is angst enough for me to love a story but throw in a reality TV series that pins auto shop against auto shop with camera’s everywhere every second of the day and you gave a ginger who may be drooling.
The odd thing is, I cannot stand watching reality shows and yet I love it when romances include them. There is something about the forbidden romance that gets ramped up another level when you have the chance of camera’s catching that which should not be seen and this… yeah, it’s good.
So, Chandler and Mark have an understanding of casual sex but for Chandler, it has gone way beyond that for some time. Mark, he’s good with getting it on with his best friend and knows that Chandler will keep his secret, but Mark is fooling himself with his feelings. Only, he hasn’t figured that out yet.
This wasn’t about the physical anymore. Orgasms would happen or they wouldn’t. Mark didn’t care as long as Chandler didn’t let go.
When the shop signs up to be on Wrench Wars, Chandler is the only one holding back from being on the show but the tension between Mark’s dad Jim and Chandler is the drama the producers want to air and they will do anything to get Chandler to sign on the dotted line. That anything comes from a beautiful, albeit risky move by Mark and Chandler that leads to blackmail and even more drama.
I hated what the producers did to Chandler and what the rest of the shop guys that they turned on the boys too. I hated that the drama was pushed and almost scripted but what comes out of the ugly was emotional and really tender. The moments of stress that give Mark and Chandler the intimate time together was so gooey I was sighing and hugging my Nook. It was lovely to see Mark work through his feelings and come to terms with them and do what’s needed. When he becomes oh so brave in front of the camera’s I gave a yelp and a fist pump for him. It was so damn good and I would have loved to watch that moment on TV. *sigh*
Yeah, so totes normal for me I have rambled but this was good. I loved seeing the boys all hot and bothered but seeing the smaller moments that became huge to their relationship was what really did me in.
Last Mechanic Standing was super sweet and sexy book about doing anything for the one you love and not accepting losing them. This was a fun start to the series and after the sneak into the next book? Bring. It. On.