What is “normal”?
When Brandon Kenner shows up at Kasey Ralston’s garage with a 1970 Chevelle SS 454, Kasey is smitten by both the man and his car. But Kasey is hiding an embarrassing secret: his love for old muscles goes beyond what most would consider normal. His unusual fetish has kept Kasey isolated—estranged from his family and even distant from his coworkers.
But when Brandon figures out the hot mechanic’s secret, he’s not repulsed. In fact, he finds Kasey intriguing, and he’s determined to have him for himself.
Everything about Brandon revs Kasey’s engine, and he’s more than willing to get down and dirty with the charming man. What worries Kasey is what will happen after. Is there any chance of a future for them? In the past, expecting anything long-term has only led to heartbreak. But Kasey can’t help hoping that, despite Kasey’s fetish, Brandon will be the exception.
Everybody has their thing. You know, what gets you all hot and bothered. Could be lingerie or leather. Maybe it’s a secret spot behind your ear or along your hip bone. Or perhaps it’s an aroma or taste. For Kasey, his thing is a bit more peculiar and particular. He likes cars, but not just any car. A short list of primo cars light his fire and he’s ashamed of this secret. It seems bizarre and abnormal to him but he can’t deny the intense physical reaction he has when he is breathing in the essence of hot rods. He’s not much of a people person and would rather have the quiet comfort of the shop. He works hard and plays little but he feels safe in his simple life. He hasn’t any friends and avoids the miniscule family he has left. He never fit in with his family and after his dad ridiculed him he walked away without a backwards glance. He has his job which he loves and takes great pride in and he has his beloved dog, but that pretty much sums up his assets.
He is happy…he thinks. When a stranger roars into his life with his hard muscle cars and sexy bod, he’s thrown off kilter. And when Brandon pursues him he really doesn’t know what to do. Why would a wealthy handsome man want him? He has nothing to offer him, does he? He is better off alone…right? Brandon doesn’t think so and neither do I. You’ll just have to read and decide which side you’re on.
Did you check out the cover? Ohhhh my! Brandon is scrumptious and his smirky smile completes the package. I liked that the shop talk wasn’t over my head. It was just the right amount without being overbearing. I really enjoyed watching Kasey come out of his shell. The story was light-hearted and the angst was almost non-existent. It was a wonderful and tasty palate cleanser to go in between my angstier reads. I always enjoy Ms. Sexton and it was lovely to meet this opposites-attract pair. The reality show was there but in the background. And I caught the set up for the next book in the series and look forward to it.
Racy, steamy and kinky fun! Which is all good entertainment but what I really loved was the message Brandon delivers. He helps Kasey recognize his worth and shines light on his wonderful qualities. Kasey’s self-esteem needs a boost as well as his confidence. Brandon shows him that shy is endearing but degrading is an unfavorable characteristic. We should all celebrate our quirks and relish in what makes us special. I loved that Brandon opened Kasey’s eyes to the wonders of himself.
I gotta admit that I was really perturbed that the actual story ended nearly 15% early. This is a huge personal peeve of mine. I like previews and blurbs but not tacked on after the end of a story. This really isn’t the best promotional tactic in my opinion.
Wrench Wars fans will want to check this one out, it continues on with the series but it’s not crucial to read them in order. If you enjoy a bit of voyeuristic pleasure and like hard steel adorned with leather, I imagine you will be thoroughly gratified with this sexy novella.