Release Day Review by DMac: Making Waves, by Marie Sexton

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Making Waves, by Marie Sexton
Series: Wrench Wars, Book 4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 29th, 2016

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


A Wrench Wars Story

Best friends since they were teenagers, Ward Kent and Dean Zimmerman work together at Reggie’s garage, where the reality show Wrench Wars is filmed. Outside of work, Dean is a notorious player, and as far as he’s concerned, Ward’s the best wingman ever. Little does he know, Ward is much more interested in the gentlemen than the ladies.

Then Dean’s younger brother, Ash, comes to work at the garage. Ash may be seven years younger, but he’s had a crush on Ward for years, and he’s not shy about going after what he wants.

Admitting his best friend and his brother are gay is one thing. Seeing them together? That’s a bit more than Dean can take, and he’s about to force Ward to make a decision: lose his best friend and his job, or give up Ash forever.


M/M Pairing
Gay Character
Bisexual Character
Best Friend’s Sibling


While this book was well written and didn’t have style problems, it did have way too much emotion, too soon. I know that Ward and Ash knew each other before, but they still kind of just jumped in. There wasn’t as much relationship-building as the other books in this series so far. Which probably explains why I didn’t really connect with them (another reason why I gave this a low rating). It was all pretty meh.

Another thing that put me off was that Dean, Ash’s brother, was such a toxic person. He took all his problems out on Ward and was pretty homophobic. If he had been written better, this would be less of a problem story-wise, but it was really sudden and really intense and then boom he’s forgiven. I would not forgive someone who treated me so poorly. All-in-all he was way too two-dimensional to play such an integral role in the book, in my opinion.

I liked that the couples from the past three books made an appearance, but that’s about all I really enjoyed. I gave it a two star rating instead of a one star rating because the writing was strong with no bizarre grammar and style issues, but other than that it’s a one-star book for me plot wise.

This series seems to keep switching between a book I really like, and a book I don’t really enjoy. I liked Wrench Wars #1 and 3 a lot, but #2 and this one were meh for me.  Sexton’s books in the series are a bummer because I liked her books in the Tucker Springs series a lot. You don’t need to read the entire series to enjoy each book so I’d say if you want to skip some you’d be fine.


Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

You can learn more about Sexton or her books over at her website (here!).

You can purchase Making Waves from:
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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