Book Reviews

Wheels Down (Food Truck Warriors 5) by Beth Bolden

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 12-October-2021

Book Blurb

Shaw isn’t his friend—until Ross discovers he’s so much more.

Ross Stanton is having a bad week—a bad month—really, a bad year. But the last thing he wants, after the betrayal of his friend and business partner, is for anyone else to know just how much he’s fighting for survival.


He’s struggling to keep his food truck and to maintain appearances, but what Ross doesn’t realize is that Shaw Finley, the bartender from the Funky Cup, has seen right through his charade.

Shaw offers the couch in his apartment over the bar, suggesting that saving money on rent might help salvage Ross’ failing prospects.


Even though he doesn’t really consider them friends, Ross discovers that Shaw is great to talk to, easy to look at, and he likes him. Late nights and lazy mornings and evenings with only the polished wood of the bar between them lead to an attraction that Ross can’t deny—and that Shaw doesn’t even try to.


But falling in love isn’t as easy as falling into bed together, and Ross isn’t even sure what he feels is love, until he figures out that it couldn’t possibly be anything else.


Book Review

“Sometimes, someone comes into your life, so unexpectedly, takes your heart by surprise, and changes your life forever.” ~ unknown


Ross, of ‘Wheels Down’ by Beth Bolden, has been down since Aaron, his former partner, stole all their money. Now Aaron is in prison terrorizing, stalking, and eventually assaulting Ash, a fellow food truck owner, and attempting to shoot him. When Shaw offers to help Ross, he is suspicious. Ross is not someone who trusts easily, but Shaw seems sincere, and he is in no position to refuse.


Ross has always felt awkward. Besides his grandmother, everyone in Ross’s life has treated him as if he were different and not in a good way. Ross doesn’t always pick up on social cues. Also, he has trouble being intimate. The negative reactions of Ross’s infrequent hookups in the past caused Ross to decide it wasn’t worth it to try. After what Aaron did, Ross is sure that everyone on the lot resents him because of what Aaron did, so he avoids them and doesn’t ask for help.


Shaw has had his eye on Ross since he first saw him. Other than having the best food on the lot, eating at Ross’s truck gives him a chance to see the man. As a bartender, Shaw has a knack for reading people. Through the brooding, complex facade Ross presents to the world, Shaw can see the sensitive and creative man underneath. Without asking, he knows that Ross is struggling. Also, Shaw knows that there is no way Ross will ask for help. Taking a risk, Shaw offers to let Ross stay at his apartment while he gets back on his feet. Ross is shocked by the offer; they aren’t even friends. However, accepting his help presents Ross with an opportunity to hire Harmony, who has also offered her help. Ross soon realizes that living with Shaw is going to involve a lot more than he expected.


I fell in love with Shaw right away. Ross took a little longer, but once I realized what his issues were, I was sympathetic. Together, they were fantastic. My only “complaint” was that the story had me drooling, wishing I could have some of the food they kept discussing! Thanks, Beth! I look forward to Seth and Ren’s story.



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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 317 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-September-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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