Summer Ride Kindle Edition
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- File size : 4058 KB
- Print length : 129 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : March 30, 2018
- Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (March 30, 2018)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B07BGJ7WJS
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,432,874 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Two good-looking guys standing kind of back-to-back to one another, they're blended into an orangey-rust picturesque background. Cover would be enough to snag my attention and read the synopsis. Synopsis sounded like it would be a lot of fun to read.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person
Jimmy and Toby were childhood friends. Both had daddy issues. Once they'd graduated, they broke off communication inexplicably and never touched base again. Five years later, they'd both recently had a major upheaval in their life and are now - coincidentally - deciding that a road trip to destination unknown is the solution to the aftermath of their woes. Lo and behold, they run into one another at a random bus stop and one immediately recognizes the other and suggest - after five years of radio silence from their supposed best friend since first grade - that they become travel companions.
I really wanted to like this story, the plot concept had great potential, but the characters were not strong and barely rememberable. The plot was rather flat, too. Maybe it was due to the shorter book length, but I felt no connection to the characters and the plot felt shallow or one-dimensional. I'd hoped for more emotion and depth. Some of the choices, actions, decisions did not make sense so it was hard to empathize with the characters.
Secondary cast was mentioned but there was no interaction on-page.
Sex scenes were frequent and textbook detailed. Conflicts were handled in a variety of ways but most issues should have been past tense and, again, others were handled in ways that were questionable. Predictability was on par with a story like this. The conclusion provided a hopeful HEA.
Overall, I think it needed a little more... more to the story, more depth and element. As is, it was only a mediocre experience. The writing was clean and fluid, so that was nice.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.65 ~ Stars: 4, reluctantly
⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
Summer Ride was a cute little friends to lovers story that had me laughing out loud at times, but also needing a cold shower at others. It’s a story that definitely kept me entertained and stimulated throughout.
Toby and Jim were best friends in high school, but since graduation, they haven’t seen or spoken to each other at all. Now aged twenty-three, they meet out-of-the-blue at a bus station where Toby was waiting and that Jim just happened to stop at while passing in his car. When the two men connect again and discuss what they’ve been doing with their lives and where they’re heading, Jim offers Toby the chance to join him on his journey, even though neither of them has a plan as to where they’re actually going. Along the journey, they discuss their memories and fall into the comfortable and easy relationship they once had. But there’s one big difference between now and when they were teenagers. Both of them are now out and proud gay men, even though they don’t know/realise it about each other. When they talk about their reasons for escaping their lives for however long they’ll be staying on the road, they discover that their lives aren’t as perfect as everyone would believe. And if they have any chance of being happy in the future, then they’re going to have to head back home and face up to their problems. But as the attraction and lust grow, and feelings of more than friendship develop between them, parting again isn’t going to be as simple or painless as they thought.
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and had a good pace and flow. The characters were very likeable, and I couldn’t help forming an attachment to them. Toby and Jim also made a great couple. There was a lot of chemistry between them which I think was mainly due to their close friendship. An extra bonus was that it meant the sex between them was pretty damn hot too. All I’ll say is be prepared for chapter twenty and the dirty talk; you may need a few minutes to get yourself together before continuing. *wink*
My only criticism of the story is that some of the vocabulary used didn’t feel like it fit with the characters. Toby and Jim didn’t come across as being only twenty-three. Even though I knew that was their age, I couldn’t help but think of them being a lot more mature. I would put them more at late twenties to early thirties. So when they called each other “bruh” it just seemed awkward and out of place. But it really is only a small issue and may not bother you as much.
This book is perfect for when you’re having a lazy day and want a good story, but not something that’s heavy with emotion or angst. I would definitely recommend it because there’s a pretty high chance I’ll be reading it again myself.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***