Muscle Car Man by Deirdre O'Dare

Amber Quill Press  - Amber Allure

Gay Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60272-340-5

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

After inheriting a junkyard and transforming it into a classic car business, Jeff Castle is in need of some help.  Though he normally wouldn't pick up a hitchhiker, he pulls over for a scruffy-looking man he sees on the side of the road.  Despite the man's rough appearance, Jeff offers him a job and a place to stay.

After spending several years in jail, Mike jumps at the opportunity for work and a place to stay.  As a former racer and mechanic, Jeff's place is right up his alley.  Having a kind and attractive boss is just a bonus, even if he doesn't think anything will come of it.  Can Jeff show Mike he could have a wonderful future ahead of him?

Muscle Car Man is a quick, sweet little tale of second chances and finding romance when you least expect it.  Both Jeff and Mike were likeable characters, easy to sympathize with.  The conflicts they faced were interesting, and Mike's attempt to reclaim his life was believable.  My complaint was that everything was condensed, leaving me wanting to know more about Mike and Jeff's pasts.  I think I could have felt more deeply connected to the characters if they were more fleshed out.  The ending was also a bit too perfect given the short amount of time the men had known each other.  Even so, Muscle Car Man was an enjoyable story.

     

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