3 stars Contemporary Dee Dreamspinner Friends to lovers Gay Gay Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort lawyer m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) second chance at love Standalone young adult

Friends to Lovers: Summer Ride By Susan Laine

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High school best friends Toby Billings and Jim Maverick went their separate ways after graduation. Five years later, they meet by chance. Toby needs a ride, and Jim offers to give him one.
During a journey across several states, with stops at roadside diners, state parks, and cheap motels, small talk turns to serious discussions of lives that didn’t turn out the way either of them dreamed. Their choices are catching up to them, and neither is on an innocent summer vacation. Renewing their friendship will mean painful admissions and secrets coming to light. Yet they discover they have more in common now than they ever guessed, and going their separate ways at the trip’s end won’t be easy.
After aimlessly wandering the country, all roads lead back home. But first they must decide what home means.


 This is the story about two young men who reconnect with each other on a road trip; they discover more about each other (and themselves) than they bargained for.
Toby and Jim had been best friends, but lost contact, (for unclear reasons), after high school. Toby meets Jim again at a bus terminal and agrees to go on a road trip with Jim. During the journey they find out that both of them a.) seem to be running away from their current problems, b.) they are both gay and c.) they are still attracted to each other (they had secretly crushed on each other in school).
As their trip progresses, both men have to make decisions that will ultimately affect their future, including their HFN/HEA.
While YA stories are not my favourite theme, I liked the story. It was nicely written and held my interest, especially since there were no other character interactions in the book.

3 stars out of 5


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