Melissa reviews Downing Tools (More Than Mates #1) by Edison Hart Published September 18th 2014 by Amazon, 52 pages.
Apprentice painter Trent Hall is a total klutz when it comes to boys. In fact, he’s pretty bad at social interactions generally. So when a fit, super-confident, blue-eyed tradie called Macca turns up on the building site, the 19-year-old Aussie responds the only way he knows how — by making things way more awkward than they need to be. Misunderstandings, miscommunications and misfires abound on this hot, horny, and often clumsy adventure. But then, the course of true love never did run smooth. Not for Trent, anyway.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I had to see how clumsy and awkward these men could be!
This is a short story that didn’t make me feel cheated. The “romance” between Trent and Aiden (Macca) takes place over the course of a few weeks. Trent spies Aiden through the window of a house that is being either built or remodeled (it’s not clear which), and Trent is immediately taken by all those muscles. Since Trent is sure that if he is caught “perving” over “Macca” the man will beat him up, so he tries to keeping his admiration in the shadows. What makes this story so cute is that “Macca” is equally interested in Trent and sends him little smiles and looks, but still Trent isn’t sure if it’s a trick or genuine interest.
The light comedy that ensues between them is fun to watch and while there is a little clumsiness going on on Trent’s part, the blurb puts way more emphasis on it than is really accurate: “by making things way more awkward than they need to be. Misunderstandings, miscommunications and misfires abound…” I was expecting a story with a lot more embarrassment and awkwardness, and in truth, the story had a normal amount of embarrassing moments when life happens. It was cute, short and even though the Aussie slang made me question what I was reading, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can say that if you get the chance to read it, go for it. It’s got a few laugh out loud moments. The insta-love factor didn’t matter to me. In fact, I felt it fit right into the whole story. I would definitely read something by this author again. 🙂
Where to buy: Amazon
For 15-years he’s been a journalist working in print, radio and television in both Australia and the UK.
His first MM romance, Downing Tools, was first published in September 2014. His second, Spotting Jake, was released in December the same year. He is currently working on the third novella in the More Than Mates series.
Stories in the More Than Mates series are unconnected comedic vignettes, focused on typical Australian characters in realistic situations.