Note: I am reviewing BOTH series by this author, and have included the synopsis of the first book of each series.
Synopsis: Nothing’s sexier than a man, or five, with power tools, so one could blame Kate for leaning out the window for a better view. The nasty fall that follows isn’t part of her fantasy–but the man who saves her from splattering the sidewalk is definitely the star. When Mike personally attends to her injuries, Kate has no choice but to surrender to the chemistry that’s been arcing between them since day one.
Synopsis: Salome “Sally” Rider is flooring the gas pedal of her pink ’69 Mustang, desperate to outrun the memory of two of her fellow mechanics getting busy with some bar skank on the hood of a classic car… On her custom paint job no less. Eli “King Cobra” London and the rest of the thoroughly rattled Hot Rods are determined to show her in the sexiest possible way that she’s not merely an interchangeable part in their well-oiled machine. Yet just as Eli gets up the nerve to make a very indecent proposal, a ghost rises from her painful past threatening to slam the brakes on their future before they can get it in gear.
Writing Style: The first book was not great, but with every subsequent read the writing improved and the plots became a bit more complex. For Powertools, the author could have developed the characters a little more as I could not keep them straight. With HotRods, the issue was matching nicknames to the real names of characters, as even at the end of the series I still could not figure out who had what nickname. It also did not help that the author tends to use identical phrases for multiple characters, rather than them giving each of them their own distinctive voice.
Plot: The first few stories of the Power Tools series seemed to have a main focus of just hot ménages, but eventually the books attained more plot with each subsequent novel until ending with the spin-off of HotRods. Those novels had much more developed storylines about each member of the garage. Unlike some erotic romances that merely have filler scenes between sexcapades, the FMC’s in these books have personalities, aspirations, and are generally well-rounded people. While the books do have a strong focus on sex, they also deal with social issues such as LGBQ, adoption, addictions, abuse, gender bias, etc.
Hook: In novels, all professions are sexy. I’ve never had a thing for construction workers or mechanics—all the ones I’ve met generally having beer bellies and receding hairlines—but what I wouldn’t give to know a couple crews like this may exist…
Romance: Somehow these books manage to keep love as the relationship focus even while polyamory runs rampant. You never doubt the emotional connection between the chosen partners or the friends they share the experience with. Many ménage books are about physical fantasy, while these ones are grounded by a bond of friendship above all.
Verdict: I picked up Kate’s Crew as a free book from Kobo and ended up reading as much of the series and spin off books as I could. I was expecting something sweet and a little steamy, but instead got a series full of smexy times. These are quick yet enjoyable reads if you’re looking for a bit of hot and drool-worthy lads.