Wednesday, June 1, 2016

ARC Review: Test Drive (Crossroads 3) by Riley Hart


Blurb:
A double shot of devastating news turns Justin Evanson’s life upside down. When he learns his father has cancer, and he has siblings he never knew existed, he leaves everything behind and moves to Virginia to support his dad as he tries to make amends with his family—a family Justin’s not sure he has a place in. Things go from bad to worse when he discovers his recent hookup is his newfound sister’s brother-in-law.

Drew Sinclair never expected to see Justin after their night at the club or to discover their family connection. If anyone found out, it would give Drew’s brother another reason to hate him. But there’s something about Justin that draws him in, and it’s not only because they burn up the sheets together.

One meeting leads to another, and before Justin realizes it, Drew has become the only thing in his world he feels is his. And for the first time in his life, Drew knows what it means to be needed. Being there for Justin and supporting him when things spiral out of control feels right. But with so much happening so quickly, it’s hard to trust their feelings. Is this thing between them real? Or just a test drive before life forces them down two separate roads?


Dani's rating:




I really liked this third installment in Riley Hart's Crossroads series. I loved Justin in book 2 (Landon & Rod's story) and was hoping to read about his HEA.

Justin is Landon's brother, staying in town so Larry, his terminally ill father, can make amends to the children he abandoned. Justin pushes his dad away yet can't stand to let him go. He's on an emotional rollercoaster of anger, jealousy, and guilt. Drew is the one thing keeping Justin from imploding.

Drew is Shanen's husband's younger brother (Shanen is Landon and Justin's sister). Unlike his more conservative brother, Drew has never fit his family's mold, dropping out of law school to open his own gym.

Drew is just what Justin needs: ready to explore his attraction to men, open with his feelings, and supportive. Drew wants everything with Justin, but Justin shies away from starting a relationship when he'll be leaving to go back to his real life in North Carolina.

Justin and Drew work so well together! I loved their chemistry, long talks, imaginary travels, and the shameless flirting.

This one isn't as sexy as the previous two books in the series, but Justin and Drew definitely burn up the sheets (and mirrors ... and walls).




Despite the heavy themes of death and grief, the book never sinks into melancholy, and there's almost no relationship angst.

I shed a few tears while reading about Landon and Justin's last motorcycle ride with their dad and the final goodbye scene. But I cheered when Justin finally realizes that home isn't a place; it's Drew. I loved the epilogue, although the last few sentences were a rather clumsy setup for book 4.

I noticed a few editing issues, as is typical of Riley Hart's stories, but they were minor enough that they didn't impede my enjoyment of this sweet story.

P.S. Test Drive really doesn't work well as a standalone; read book 2 before reading this one.



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