Review: Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay #3) by Z.A. Maxfield

Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay #3)

Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Netgalley
Publication Date: December 1st 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative (Nash & Spencer )
Genres & Themes: M/M Romance,Love, LGBT, Divorce, Cheating, Family

BLURB:

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.

REVIEW:

“What if I don’t want to be loved the way you love me?” Spencer asked. What if I need something more? Or something different? What if the way you love me feels as though you don’t love me at all?”

This book took me by complete surprise. Perhaps I’d be judging it as one of those ‘I was planning to sleep with him once, but I slept with him the next day. And the next. And now I don’t want to let go.’ Which isn’t to say such books are bad, on the contrary I love them, and there’s nothing wrong with that. This book, though, spoke with such subtlety that you don’t think you’re learning about anything until it hits you after you’re done reading that you did.

Usually, and not everyone, but most, always think that if someone cheats on you, then you should leave. Forget them, it’s their loss. I agree, completely. I can’t even fathom how someone will choose to stay with somebody who has cheated on you, and has done so repeatedly, and isn’t apologetic. What most of us fail to recognize is that we are all different. That maybe if we were in such circumstances, although we would break up with the person it would be as easy as saying, “Screw off.” Sure, we can say, but is that to say it shouldn’t hurt you.

Spencer Kepler-Constantine is in the middle of a very public divorce, brought upon a very painful affair by his douche bag of a husband, Peter. The situation there isn’t as cookie-cutter as one would think, not as simple as black and white. Every relationship is different, and I really don’t want to categorize this as a stereotypical trait, because it can happen in any straight, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, ect. relationship. What this novel brings is that in a relationship both parties should always be on the same page.

What I did notice is that Peter and Spencer showed signs of a manipulative relationship. With Peter making Spencer question his anger, and if he was wrong to feel in such a way when he knew how Peter was. Yes, Peter voiced some painful truths. Just because you expect things to change doesn’t mean it will, or that the other person knows your views have changed. Despite that I expected Spencer to tell him to fuck off, to see that despite the long history it didn’t mean that you should hold their values above your own. But, everyone is their own person, with their own characteristic and that’s what makes us so interesting. Still I did want a bit of “ Don’t ever talk to me again.”

Spencer does. Nash does. Oh, he does. I love Nash and I love Spencer. And I love Nash and Spencer. Spash all the way. Some of their connection was subtle, too. Which I, surprisingly, again, liked. Nash didn’t swoon(that much), wax poetry (that much) about Spencer and he’s beauty, or blush or get hard at every touch like so many novels have and maybe that’s what readers have associated with connection and chemistry, but it isn’t.

It’s about those little moments of tightness in the chest, and of ‘you’re amazing’, and climbing through tubes and laughing breathlessly and bubbly, it’s about those shocking to the system skinny dipping in freezing water, and saying “S-s-screw y-you”

All the secondary characters were dashing, too. My favorite happened to be Ace, he was ace. Get it?

I’ll walk right out for that one.

I’d definitely recommend it, and say to look beyond the surface. To not judge someone’s decision for not automatically wishing someone they loved ill, because any reaction is allowed. No one should have to follow a guide line of anger, or calm resignation. It should be the person right to react and feel how they want. If that means going back to Mr. or Mrs.Cheatsalot then so be it, it’s them who is going to be miserable or not. They choose how they want to be loved.

Ps. Really interested on who this other Bluewater Bay couple are…might have to check them out.

I received Hell on Wheels in exchange for a fair and honest review via Netgalley.

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