Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Release Day Reviews ~ Making Waves (Wrench Wars: Book Four) by Marie Sexton

Release Day Review ~ Making Waves (Wrench Wars: Book Four) by Marie Sexton

Title: Making Waves
Series: Wrench Wars: Book Four
Author: Marie Sexton
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 76

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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 andhis job, or give up Ash forever.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review***

Making Waves is Book 4 in the Wrench Wars series and thus far, each book can be read on it's own.  These books are short stories and I've come to think of them as one hour episodes since they're based upon a reality tv show called Wrench Wars and that's how long it takes me to read one.  

In this episode, Ash,  younger brother of Dean is newly hired to work at the garage.  Ash is excited to work at the garage because he'll be working along side Dean's best friend since childhood, Ward. Ash has had a crush on Ward since he was 14 and now that he's an adult, he's decided to let Ward know how he feels. Ward is surprised by Ash's flirtations and that he's noticed Ash and not in a brotherly way. 

The conflict for Ward and Ash, is Dean.  Dean is a jerk who throws temper tantrums, demands to be center of attention, insists everyone's world should revolve around him and when he doesn't get his way, issues ultimatums.  But without his character, there would be no conflict or drama.  Ward gives in to his attraction to Ash and chooses him when given the ultimatum.  

I enjoyed Ward and Ash, and though I didn't have a chance to really connect with them due to the length of the story, I thought their story was good.  There wasn't a lot of character development but it can often seem that way when the stories are short.  But, maybe as this series goes further, it'll be like a reality tv show and we'll continue to learn more about all the characters.  Also, it was nice to get a glimpse of the three couples from the other books, that's exactly what I had hoped would happen since each of their stories had more of a HFN ending.  I'm looking forward to reading more in this series!

Rating:  4 stars

Ward Kent thinks of Dean Zimmerman as a brother. Best friends since they were in their teens, Dean's family had given Ward the only stability he'd known as he was shuffled from foster home to foster home. Now they work together at Reggie’s garage. Dean on the reality show Wrench Wars and Ward in the camera free zone. 

When Dean’s younger brother, Ash, begins working at the garage, Ward starts to see Ash in a different light. While Ward thought of Ash as a little brother, Ash never saw Ward in that role. He's had a crush on Ward forever. Now he's going for what he's wanted for years, Ward. 

But one person isn't happy about Ash and Ward. Dean is a player and always assumed Ward was as well, oblivious to the fact that Ward was the furthest thing from a womanizer. Dean doesn't seem to be able to admit that Ward is into men. So seeing Ward and Ash together infuriates him and suddenly Ward is forced to reevaluate his friendship with Dean and his budding relationship with Ash. 

I haven't yet read any of the other books in the series, but I really liked the sound of this particular story so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm very much glad that I did. I enjoyed Making Waves and the idea of Ward falling for his best friend's younger brother. 

I really loved the quiet Ward, he was sweet and a tad vulnerable when it came to Ash. He's a great friend, whether or not Dean believes it or not. He deserved to be happy and it made me angry reading how the very selfish Dean treated him after finding out about Ward and Ash.  I kept wanting him to just say screw it when it came to Dean, but I understood how hard that would be. 

Ward and Ash were good together. The past they shared probably added another layer to everything because they had a strong connection.  Ash seriously needed to step out of the little brother role, though. He's a grown man and Dean is treating him like a 14-year-old. It was over the top and pissed me off. I just wanted him to stand up to him. 

Overall I really liked Making Waves and would definitely recommend it. 

4 Stars!

***A copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest and fair review***

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