Stroker (Big Bull Mechanics book 2) by K.M. Neuhold

"I'm just a hell of a lot better at hellos than goodbyes." Stroker.

From the blurb:

Is there an easy way to tell your lifelong best friend that you secretly married his brother eight years ago? Asking for a friend…

When Gates shows up needing a place to crash, I offer him my spare room. Whatever happened between us nearly two decades ago is water under the bridge. I don’t lie awake at night wondering what could have been. Nope, definitely not.

But Gates seems determined to get a rise out of me. He’s tie-dyed all my clothes, removed my bedroom door, and replaced my hand soap with lube. I’m not sure if he’s hoping I’ll kick him out or kill him, but he won’t break me that easily.

When he tells me his Stroker Rod is broken… What kind of mechanic am I if I don’t get hands-on with his problem?

We put our feelings behind us a long time ago, and there’s no way I’ll let Gates break my heart again. No amount of fiddling under the hood will fix everything broken between us. From here on out, it’s purely physical. Right?

Yup, just a couple of guys and their stroker rods.

***Stroker is a best friend’s brother, secretly married, super steamy MM romance.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

Well, ain't that the truth! When it comes to Gates, Steeles wayward brother, the man tends to beat feet without a trace. Traveling the country for new experiences is all well and good, but not when you leave the people you love behind to worry. Unfortunately, that's Gates MO. He calls Steele when he's in trouble and then disappears again a short while later. It's this trait that causes the most angst (which is minimal) in the book between not only Gates and Tallahassee but also with his brother. It's hard for them to believe Gates is planning to stick around when the past has taught them differently.

I LOVED Gates and Tal together. They are pretty opposite in a lot of ways, but the two balance each other out. Gates brings fun back into Tal's life, while Tal acts as Gates' rock. It's obvious both have never truly let the other go. The timing just needed to be right. Gates needed to wander. He needed to grow. And Tal had to let him, even if it broke his heart in the process. All that exploring proved to Gates exactly what Tal knew all along. That no matter how far he traveled, his heart would always stay behind with Tal.

"He's mine...I finally found home. It just turns out it's a person instead of a place."

Of course, there are plenty of shenanigans with the Bulls. We even have a new mechanic and OMg Riggs is freaking epic. I think he might be my new favorite! Honestly, all the boys are so much fun and I can't wait for the next one in the series!!!

Rating: 5 Stars

SNik's Review:

Second in series (Big Bull Mechanics), best if read in order due to the continuing shared cast of characters. Second chance. Best friend's brother. Roommates to lovers. Dual POV. 

Getting married in Vegas didn’t work for Gates and Tallahassee 9 years ago, Gates was too much of a free spirit to stay in one place and it broke both their hearts. 

Now Gates is back, rooming with Tallahassee and hoping for another shot, but Tallahassee fears more heartbreak if Gates isn’t really ready to settle down. 

Yes, Gates is an immature and impulsive guy at 40 years old, and yes, Tallahassee has loved him for years no matter what, and this story is about two men being able to grow as individuals, accepting what you can and can’t change about yourself and others, and realizing that you can’t love someone expecting them to change. 

I enjoyed all the push and pull between Gates and Tallahassee, and the painful feelings of the past were heartfelt as well as the eventual commitment to try again. 

So much fun to read as is typical for a KM Neuhold book, and this series continues the author’s tradition of fun men, found family, steamy interactions and love that knows no bounds.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

Tal and Gates story was teased in book 1 and we knew some of the friction that was to come, but wow!  Roommates to lovers, secretly married years before and of course throw in the best friend's brother and an African Gray with comedic timing... and well, Stroker was all that I've come to expect from a KM Neuhold story...

The book had fun characters, great dialogue, a few teasers for future stories, some updates from Crankshaft's characters and a great flow that kept me reading long past my bedtime!  Despite their long history, this book is a slow burn with a lot of back and forth and as much snark as steam... 

Rating: 5 Stars

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

KM has managed to amaze me again with her writing skills! The continuation of character development, along with the introduction of a new character, her ability to bring these characters to life is astonishing. And, Nigel makes this entire story more hilarious than the guys at the shop with his sexual innuendos (thanks to Gates). 

𝙄’𝙢 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙪𝙥 𝙮𝙚𝙩, 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙞𝙛 𝙢𝙮 𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙨 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙬.

Tallahassee and Gates’ story is one of growth and maturity for both. Witnessing Gates’ constant struggles within himself while also understanding his reasoning for constantly fleeing, allowed for a clearer sense of his actions. Also, Tallahassee has hella patience! But, even through his irritation and aggravation, his love overcame it all. 

“𝐎𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞, 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬-𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲.”

Holy hotness!!!! The chemistry between these two men was off the charts!!! There was a lot of playful, flirtatious banter between the two, so when the time came, the heat was turned all the way up 🥵! Cannot wait to read the next addition to the Big Bull Mechanics saga 😳

Rating: 5 Stars

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