Wrenches, Regrets & Reality Checks by LA Witt

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Wrenches, Regrets & Reality Checks by LA Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (67 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When Reggie’s garage became part of a popular reality show, business went through the roof. And he supposes having his shop in the black is a fair trade for jumping through the network’s hoops.

As the show’s lowest-ranking producer, Wes is tasked with proposing a new spin-off show to Reggie. The sexy mechanic makes him sweat on a normal day, but this time, Wes is holding cards he can’t show. With execs breathing down his neck, he’s expected to pitch a show Reggie will never agree to do, even if his rejection puts his existing show on the line.

The network is counting on Reggie refusing to sign. But they’re not counting on their messenger falling for the man they’re trying to fire.

Wes hated being in front of a camera, so he did production instead. He’d only met Reggie, the owner of the garage they used to film Wrench Wars, a few times, but Wes couldn’t help the attraction he felt to the tough, tattooed mechanic. Reggie often finds himself hating the reality show, but his shop needs the gig, and so do his guys. When the network wants to set him up on a reality dating show – a heterosexual one – Reggie had never felt quite to hemmed in by the contract. Can Reggie and Wes manage to negotiate this new problem together somehow?

I found this to be a fun, interesting read. Similar to another Wrench Wars story I’ve read, there is plenty of mechanical, car and gear-head action and description, but not enough to lose me, as a certified non-car-person. And the characters are impressive and really interesting. I found myself immediately drawn into both Reggie and Wes’ different viewpoints. Their problems were interesting to me and I thoroughly enjoyed the voice of the author through the characters. The pace was quick enough that I was eager to discover what happened next and I really found myself enjoying this short story, caught up in it enough that I didn’t want to put it down.

I enjoyed the fact that Wes and Reggie didn’t immediately act on their attraction; indeed the two men weren’t even sure the other was gay for quite some time of the story. I felt this actually helped add to the chemistry and tension between the two men and helped the story along as well.

While there was plenty of plot going on, I felt the author had a good balance between chemistry and plot. Then later when Reggie and Wes finally managed to hook up, the sex was hot and explicit, but not over the top. I found it sensual and really wonderful to read. I personally was a little disappointed that it was a “Happy For Now” style of ending. Reggie and Wes are in a good place, and there’s definitely future potential and a positive vibe in their story’s ending, but it’s not as solid or close to “Happy Ever After” as I’m used to and a small, niggling part of me just felt like their ending didn’t quite close/conclude as strongly as I could have hoped for. Of course, the optimist in me wonders if this is just an opportunity for a sequel, which I would happy devour – were it so.

I found this to be a really good story with wonderful characters I got very attached to and greatly enjoyed. The sex is smoking hot and the plot is interesting and very well written. A great story.

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