05 December 2014

Hell On Wheels Tour Stop!

 Nash is the reliable one in the Holly family, the guy everyone counts on to keep things going. His genius twin brother is off at university, so Nash runs the family’s auto repair business and cares for his partially-paralyzed little sister while his crackpot father invents. His life seems mapped out for the foreseeable future, however much that might chafe.

So when Wolf’s Landing actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine lands in his life, Nash is ready for a diversion. Spencer is in the middle of a very painful, very public divorce and isn’t ready for a relationship—not that Nash wants one. But they both need a friend, especially one with benefits.

As they grow closer, Nash starts to see his family in a whole new light. Do they really need him so badly? Or does he simply need to be needed? Then Spencer’s ex reappears with a grand romantic gesture, and Nash has to figure out what he wants—and how to get it—before Spencer’s gone for good.

Hell on Wheels takes us back to Bluewater Bay, the sleepy little Washington town that Hollywood has invaded in order to film the television show Wolf’s Landing. Thanks to Ms. Witt and Ms. Gregg’s contributions to the Bluewater Bay series, I have fallen in love with this series and Ms. Maxfield has insured that my love affair continues as she weaves a beautiful story of love and family for Nash and Spencer.

As a Bluewater Bay native, Nash is comfortable with his life. He’s not necessarily happy that his twin has gone off to college in another state, or that his sister has been wheelchair bound since the age of three due to his stepmother’s negligence, or that his father has left him in charge of the family’s garage, but he is content with his life as the caretaker of his family. If from time to time he feels like his life is closing in on him all he has to do is jump on his motorcycle and go for a ride, which is what he was doing when he runs into Spencer – almost literally. As an actor with a recurring role on Wolf’s Landing, Spencer comes to Bluewater Bay only when he is needed. And thanks to his soon-to-be ex-husband Peter’s recent affair that has cast Peter as a father-to-be, Spencer is in need of the partial anonymity that the town offers. So it’s no surprise that Spencer isn’t looking for love, but a one-off with a sexy mechanic is another story entirely. Yet Spencer finds himself drawn to Nash despite his recent heartbreak and personally returns Nash’s wallet instead of sending it with one of his minions (their name for themselves). Both men acknowledge that nothing can come of it, but neither can deny themselves spending time with the other. As their friendship grows so do their feelings for one another which leads to the hottest sex either man has ever had – and it was quite the pleasure to read about as well. But as Spencer’s time in Bluewater Bay comes to an end and his ex makes a grand gesture to win Spencer back, what will become of their fledgling relationship?

I absolutely loved Spencer and Nash. They’re chemistry was perfect – both in and out of bed. What I’ve failed to mention is that Spencer is British and his “stiff upper lip” and dry humor contrast wonderfully with Nash’s laid back personality and light-hearted humor. I enjoyed their banter and teasing. Ms. Maxfield does an excellent job of creating such contrasting characters and conveying their differences with their dialogue. I particularly loved the scarecrow scene and how it seemed to enable Spencer to speak up with Peter later in the book. Hell on Wheels is an excellent addition to the Bluewater Bay series and I cannot wait to read more from the series and the author. 

This is a hard review to write because I really liked the book but the ending just seemed rushed.  The beginning and middle of the book are so detailed and perfect that I was left feeling bereft at the end.  I felt like I missed a lot of what was going on in their lives by fast forwarding six months.

I really liked the scene in the epilogue and overall this was an amazing book I just felt like I missed out on a part of their relationship that while ordinary may have been pivotal.

I am hoping there was a lot of ambiguity and swiftness to this ending because there will be another book showcasing these characters. I believe Spencer and Nash both still have a lot of self-discovery and healing to do personally that will help them shape and deepen their relationship.

As is typical with Z. A. Maxfield the characterization was amazing and the story line kept you engaged from the very first page. This was a good book and I can’t wait to see if there is another book about these characters in the future.

Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back.  Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”

Readers can visit ZAM at her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

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  1. Love ZAM, and I can't wait to read this!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  2. Thank you for the reviews. Sounds like a book definitely worth checking out.

    1. Hey HB! You won in the giveaway :) But we need your email address! Please comment below or email me at: crystalsmanyreviewers(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Thanks for the review! Really enjoyed following the blog tour! Thanks for the chance at the giveaways!