Review: Stick Shift (Big Bull Mechanics #3) by K. M. Nuehold

Rating: 4.75🌈

Big Bull Mechanics is a deceptively deep and complex contemporary series. Each installment uses a popular trope as a launching point, then weaves through it, a few other elements that make it stronger and more interesting. And favorite couples/characters from the other stories and preceding series are among the supporting cast that acts as comedic and emotional support.

Stick Shift opens at the shop as members of Big Bull Mechanics discuss the recent romantic developments that have happened, and jokingly make bets on who’s gonna be next to fall in love.

Red, one of our narrators, internally vocalizes it won’t be him as he’s only been in love with one person. His straight best friend of close to thirty years and it’s never going to change.

That’s the clue for a phone call to come from Journey, our other second POV, and Red’s best friend since childhood. He’s returned from abroad because of a family loss, one that changes the trajectory of his life and Red’s.

Nuehold captures so many amazing elements here. The return and reestablishment of a almost cellular deep friendship. The warmth, chemistry, and just personal knowledge that the author is able to write into their dynamics makes them and their relationship, in all its changes, so believable, beautiful, and rare.

The slow knowledge and awareness of Red sexually that slides into Journey’s head and emotions. The small inkling that occurs to Red that gets his hopes up. It’s so real in its awkwardness and stumbles. And fears.

All that surrounded by a wildflower crown wearing mini Highland cow named Angie, a battle scarred barn cat Cornelius, Sanders the Rooster, a herd of alpacas , and the very nosy crew of Big Bull Mechanics.

Plus Stone (“Rome wasn’t built on hay”) and his gang make wonderful appearances too!

I’d say a surfeit of plenty, but it’s not. It all comes together like a most desirable smorgasbord of narrative delights.

One of my favorite stories of the series. It will be hard to beat.

Stick Shift would have been perfect except that Angie and Milkshake disappeared at the end. And worse, while Nigel the smutty mouthed parrot made an appearance at the wedding, neither adorable bovine was to be seen! Unforgivable.

I’m highly recommending that you read this book. The series too. It helps to have read the series but it’s not absolutely necessary.

Big Bull Mechanics:

✓ Crankshaft #1

✓ Stroker #2

✓ Shift Stick #3

For the connected series, see Four Bears Construction 7 books.

Stick Shift (Big Bull Mechanics Book 3)

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Is it possible my straight best friend had a sudden stick shift?

I made peace with my hopeless crush on my straight best friend, Journey, years ago. It helps that he’s never in the country long and our relationship consists of sporadic texts and video chats at odd hours.

Now Journey is back. Back in the country, in my space, sharing my bed, and something is changing between us.

Neither of us has a clue how to run the small farm his uncle left him, but I’m willing to be the idiot standing next to him, figuring it out. Learning how to shear an alpaca or keep a rogue mini cow out of the kitchen looks easy compared to navigating the sudden change in Journey.

Is he looking at me differently? Is he touching me more? Straight guys don’t normally kiss other men, right? I don’t know what’s happening between us, but I’ll put things in gear and floor it all the way.

***Stick Shift is a bi-awakening, best friends to lovers story with farm animal shenanigans, nosy mechanics, and all the steam and sweetness you can handle

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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