Kendall is a mechanic, mostly living out of his truck as his parents are the “pray the gay away” type. He is so far in the closet that he has never done anything, and considers being gay wrong and dirty from what he has been told all his life. But be that as it may, Kendall is gay. And his life is about to take a very strange for him, and exciting turn.
That change comes in the form of a well-to-do Barton. Bar brings his vintage Mustang in for a new muffler, and immediately is attracted to Ken. He becomes flirtatious, making comments that leave Ken confused and questioning what is going on with this guy. Eventually, due to the fact that the car has to stay overnight, Ken gives Bar a ride to his condo, and thus begins the fun and exciting relationship that helps Ken see what a good guy he is, and how much he has to learn about the himself, his sexuality, and the world around him.
We get to go through Kendall’s first gay kiss, his confusion and awkwardness as he slowly is seduced by Bar. And as the story progresses, he learns the ins and outs of gay sex, and letting his feelings out. We watch as Ken slowly grows to trust Bar, and open his life up for Bar to see and learn about, including Ken’s being sent to a cure center, etc.
And when Ken has trouble from haters at work, Bar comes to his aid, both as a voice of equality in the shop Ken works at, but also in using his money to help Ken become the man he wants to be, doing what he wants to do.
Ken slowly becomes comfortable with himself and Bar, and eventually with other people. And the more comfortable, the more confident he becomes, until he becomes the partner he wants to be for Bar.
As with all of Sean Michaels’ books, I love this book. The story is fun. There is some angst, some tears, some laughs, and many emotions. The sex is hot, especially since we get to go through the first times for so much with Ken. Sean really knows how to write, and did an amazing job of taking us through this time of confusion and learning for Ken. I found Ken extremely cute, in that often he was like a little child in a candy shop, feeling things for the first time. Each experience is new to him, and Mr. Michaels has really put this into words in an extremely easy to read, fun story.
Kendall Webber is deep in the closet. Between working as a mechanic in a garage, having served in the army during the era of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and being raised by a fundamentalist-preacher stepfather who sent him to summer camps to make him straight, he’s learned to hide his sexuality from absolutely everyone.
Still, when a tall, dark, and handsome stud named Barton Willis III roars into the garage in his vintage Mustang, Kendall can’t help but look admiringly and longingly at the man, just a little. And when the flirtatious Barton not only looks back but eagerly invites him to explore his hidden desires, Kendall’s whole world is turned upside-down.
Now, the question remains…can Barton help Kendall let go of the past and the attitudes he’s had, literally, beaten into him?