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.
I do have to kind of admit that I wasn’t really sure about Nash and Spencer at first. Things happened kind of quick. I usually lose respect for characters when things happen that fast, but the more I got to know them, the less it bothered me.
Spencer had a history and was still reeling from what his ex had put him through. He had a lot of realizations to come to in Hell on Wheels. Nash had a family that he needed to be needed by. It sounds a lot more complicated than it was… or maybe not.
I think my favorite aspect of Hell on Wheels was the family dynamic between Nash, Healey, Shelby and Ace. The banter between them and the obvious love and respect that they had for each other was real. It provided the perfect contrast to the Hollywood craziness that their small town had was surrounded by. Of course, Spencer had his own pseudo family that was comprised of his body guard and assistant. Tick and Bast definitely kept things interesting.
There were some rough spots, times when odds were against them and some moments of doubt, miscommunication and crazy madness of the ex-lover variety, but there were just as many heart felt moments, like these….
“Of course they’ll need you. You’re the drums.” Nash didn’t think he’d heard correctly.
“I think that cold water got to you a little, Spencer, I could swear you just said—”
“Rhythm makes instruments work together.” Spencer’s voice was a little too patient for Nash’s liking. “Rhythm is steady. It gives a framework to all the melodies going on around it. Without rhythm, it’s impossible for all the other instruments to shine.”
“Spencer.” Nash barely breathed the word.
“You’re the drums in your family. You’d be the drums in anyone’s life. I hear it when I’m with you, strong and steady. Like the beat of a very warm heart.”
I loved that quote so much I just had to share it. *sigh* In case you’re curious, you don’t have to read the rest of the series before picking up Hell on Wheels. Other than a little bit of background, you won’t be missing anything. I still recommend reading them all though. Each author has added their own little twist on life in Bluewater Bay, and it would be a shame to miss any of it. The next book in the series, Lone Wolf by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt, (one of my favorite writing duos) promises to be interesting. I can’t wait 😉