Book Reviews

Last Mechanic Standing (Wrench Wars 1) by L.A. Witt

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Blue-Collar Workers / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 17-May-2021

Book Blurb

Everyone at Jim Irving’s garage is gung ho about Wrench Wars, a new reality show featuring mechanics. Everyone, that is, except talented mechanic Chandler Scott, the sole employee who has refused to sign the contract. The rest of the mechanics are pressuring him too, because without Chandler—and his volatile interactions with his boss—no one’s getting on the show.

Chandler’s one ally is Jim’s son, Mark, who’s being forced to work for his dad until he pays down his student loans or finds a better job—and who’s been Chandler’s secret lover for a while.

Then a playful tryst in the garage blows up in their faces, giving the network ammo to blackmail Chandler by threatening to out Mark to his father. Now Chandler is backed into a corner, and Mark needs to decide how far he’s willing to go to protect the man who’s been sharing his bed… and may have stolen his heart.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2016.


Book Review

I am a big fan of L.A. Witt's very versatile and creative stories so it was a no-brainer to jump at the opportunity to read 'Last Mechanic Standing', the first book in the new series 'Wrench Wars'. I liked the concept of a reality show set in a garage, in part because my husband always loved to watch those and I've seen more than a few episodes. We always had the debate about what was real and what was fake, and those were fun discussions.

Chandler is really in a crappy place. He's the only hold-out on signing the contract for the reality show and the producers have already made it clear that if he doesn't sign then there's no show. That's a lot of pressure not just from the TV show but his co-workers and his boss, too. Oh the producers blew smoke up his rear telling Chandler it's because he's the best yadda, yadda, yadda, but he knows it's more because of the spectacular fights Chandler and his boss get in to every few days. Chandler doesn't know if he wants someone following him around all the time with a camera in his face and I didn't blame him.

Unfortunately for Chandler and Mark, the smarmy network producer has blackmail footage of them having sex in the garage and Chandler is forced to sign. There's no way Chandler can allow that footage to be shown to his boss, Mark's dad. I knew all of this was going to happen based on the description, but the betrayal and backstabbing that continued to happen even after Chandler signed made me nauseous. Mark feels guilty and doesn't understand why Chandler would do this for him. Granted they've been best friends for years and have been sleeping together for the past two years, but they've never defined it as anything other than friends with benefits.

I really enjoyed this first book in a new series even though it was fairly predictable. I could ignore that though because the characters were really wonderful and the writing was very good. This was a short, sweet, sexy romance, with a little drama and a great happy ever after.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 24000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-September-2019
Price $1.49 ebook
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