Book Reviews

Road Trip by A.F. Henley at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 31-October-2019

Book Blurb

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 '70 Plymouth Duster 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 isn’t long before Boyd realizes Oliver's reasons for running are more complicated -- and more dangerous -- than Oliver let on. 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.

First edition published by Less Than Three Press, February 2015.

Book Review

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Boyd's mother taught him that if he saw someone who needed help, to offer it. When Boyd, of 'Road Trip' by A.F Henley, meets Oliver during a long-planned road trip, he heeds his mother's advice. What Oliver needs most is a ride out of town, so Boyd offers him one. He doesn't realize how different the trip will be with Oliver along for company.

Boyd is a good man. He works hard, barely scraping by, but his needs are simple. His dream, since he was eleven, is to own a '69 Road Runner vintage automobile. When his golden opportunity arrives, he can hardly believe it. Boyd only has a week to pick up the car and drive back home before he has to be back at work, so his trip is carefully planned. But driving alone, seeing the places he's dreamed about for years, just doesn't bring him the satisfaction he thought it would. Las Vegas is one of the places circled on his map to visit, but he's not going to gamble; he's there to see the sights. A desperate young man, Oliver, catches his attention. Against his better judgment, Boyd offers Oliver a ride, no strings attached.

Thrown out of his house at eighteen, Oliver has made a lot of bad decisions in his life. His most recent one has involved him with very unsavory characters who are chasing him. Oliver needs to get out of Las Vegas quickly and Boyd's offer, although he's still wary, seems like his best alternative. As the trip goes on, Boyd's good nature and generosity become apparent and Oliver can't help but be attracted to him. More than once in the journey, Boyd makes an extra stop to please Oliver; for instance, to watch hot air balloons sail overhead, or walk around a race track instead of just driving by, even though it puts him behind schedule. Oliver gives Boyd a new perspective on his life, making him realize that the trip is a one in a life time event which should be savored rather than rushed through. Oliver knows Boyd is falling for him, but adamantly denies that he feels the same way.  From past experience, Oliver knows that something seemingly so good can't last. He tries to prepare himself and Boyd for that inevitability, but he isn't very convincing. Boyd is possibly the first person in Oliver's life who puts his welfare first, and he will be forever grateful.

'Road Trip' is a journey of two hearts as much as it is miles; both men are in a lonely, dead-end life-style, needing motivation and direction. Under normal circumstances, they never would have met, but Boyd's dream of owning his vintage car and Oliver's flight from trouble lead them to something so much better. If you enjoy stories about road trips, vintage cars, suspense, angst, and hope, you may enjoy this story. Thanks, A.F., for making Boyd and Oliver's dreams come true.  





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 40893 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-October-2019
Price $4.99 ebook
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