This fifth book in Beth Bolden’s adorable, sweet and heartwarming Food Truck Warriors series was yet another adorable m/m foodie romance. Just like the previous books in this series, Wheels Down can be read as a standalone. Even though the characters from the other books make their appearances, this book focus on food truck owner Ross, who is trying to pick up the pieces after having been betrayed by his former partner, and Shaw, who is the bartender at the nearby bar the food truck warriors hang out at.
Both Ross and Shaw have been side characters for the whole series, so it was wonderful to finally get to know them both some more as main characters. I’ve always had a sweet spot for the grumpy, introverted, Ross. He’s always had trust issues, and being betrayed by his only friend and partner, Aaron, don’t really make these issues any easier… He’s also having problem with social interactions and figuring people out. The only person he seems to be able to talk to is Shaw, and that is not without work from and a lot of patience by Shaw.
I really loved their slow burn friends-to-lovers romance and how Ross slowly began to trust Shaw and dared to open up about his problems and feelings. And Shaw was such a sweetheart, both as a friend and boyfriend, he was just perfect for Ross. I also really loved to see how the rest of the food truck warriors warmed up to Ross and buried old hatchets from the previous books. I did miss my favorite couple from the series, Tate and Chase, who had almost no part in this story at all. And I would have love to get to know more about Harmony. She seems to have and untold and very interesting story, that hopefully will be revealed more in the next book. Or in a spin-off series, maybe?
Sadly, Beth Bolden has announced that the next book will be the last of the fabulous Food Truck Warriors series, but I’m nevertheless eagerly awaiting it to finally get Ren’s story.
All in all, this was a swooning, sweet and addictive friends-to-lovers story (so addictive that I read it in one sitting) that warmed my heart.
Thank you to Gay Book Promotions for the ARC and blog tour invitation! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
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