For as long as Boyd can remember, he's been pushing pins into a map. Carson City, Las Vegas, Albuquerque—all places he wants to see, for a dozen different reasons that wouldn't mean a thing to anyone else. When he finally gets a chance to purchase the '69 Road Runner of his dreams, at a price that even he can manage, Boyd jumps at the opportunity.
Oliver seems like just another kid with a broken dream when their paths cross in Vegas. Against Boyd's better judgment, he offers to let Oliver hitch along for the ride when Oliver confides the need to get out and get gone.
But it's not long before Boyd realizes Oliver's reasons for running are more complicated—and more dangerous—than Oliver let on. But Boyd doesn't like people who play hardball, and he definitely doesn't like people messing with a man who's managed to light a fuse that Boyd forgot he had.
4 NoRegrets Stars
"The road trip is what's important. Not the destinations."
Boyd is a 35 year old man, who finally manages to get the car of his dreams, after many years of savings. He instantly decides to make a road trip to places that he used to mark with red pins on a map, ever since he was a little boy. With his new car and a map, he begins his journey.
Meanwhile, in one of his stops in Vegas, he meets Oliver, a 23 year old man, who seems lost and desperate to get away from that place. Boyd offers him a ride and their story begins.
I haven't read a lot of M/M books, I believe this may be the second one I laid my hands on. I will just say that I really really enjoyed this one!
The writing was excellent, I loved their dialogues and I laughed out loud a couple of times with their banter. I also thoroughly enjoyed that it was completely realistic. In only less than 100 pages you could see the steps of their relationship. Hesitation, friendship, attraction. I had a stupid smile on my face, while reading their story.
A random moment, a chance encounter, no regrets.
I also liked the fact that the characters had their own insecurities, without making such a big deal out of it. They could make you understand their thoughts, their feelings. Like their age difference, even though, Boyd was feeling old and ugly because of it, the teasing back and forth between them, it was simply epic. I also appreciated that it was almost drama free.
I think people should give this novella a try. It was a really nice and light read. And let's not forget to mention the steamy moments that had me drooling.
Arc kindly provided by Less Than Three Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.