Saturday, June 4, 2016

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

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?

Jewel's rating:

"People don't plan falling in love. Maybe there's hope there, or the possibility, but it's not a plan."

I really do love this series. Just love it. And Drew and Justin were so perfect together, I can hardly stop smiling.

I felt so bad for Justin in the last book, because he just found out that his father, Larry, not only lied to him, pretty much his whole life, but also abandoned two other kids when he came to help raise Justin. I can't say I have a whole lot of respect for a parent that abandons their children. But when his dad discovered he had cancer, he comes clean because he wants to get to know his family again. To make amends for his many regrets. A family Justin didn't even know he had. So Justin is so out of his element here and barely holding together.

I can hardly blame Justin for his anger or his jealousy, but he keeps a tight hold on it and does not become an asshole to his father, or his newly discovered siblings. I so admired his fortitude. Justin up and left his home in North Carolina, a job and school, where he was studying to be a paramedic, to come to Virginia to help his father through the last months of his life. He is really a good man.

Drew, too, has some family issues. His family doesn't understand him, at all, and his brother Jacob doesn't even seem to try. Drew just doesn't fit the family mold and rather than following in his father's and brother's footsteps and practicing law (and in Drew's case, being miserable), Drew decides to forge his own path. He's traveled the world and now he owns a gym, which is really his passion. He loves it. He didn't expect that when he decides to explore his bi-side, that his club hookup would turn out to be his brother-in-law, but sometimes life is really interesting, that way.

Everyone should have such an interesting "so, how did you two meet?" story to tell! Things may have started a touch awkward, but Drew and Justin quickly overcome that and actually become friends, and soon after, lovers. Their story isn't full of angst - and it easily could have been. The angst in this story is all from the family dealing with the impending death of a father no one really knew and figuring out how they all fit together. So, there are a lot of family dynamics in play, but thankfully, they don't overshadow the story.

And Drew is exactly what Justin needs. A friend, a lover, someone who is there, no matter what. Justin fell for Drew just as surely as Drew fell for him. Some things are just inevitable. Drew was able to get Justin out from inside his head, and be exactly that person that Justin needed most. Their smexytimes were super hot, too. I loved how Drew really embraced who he was and he didn't shy away from Justin, at all. And I loved how he was able to get Justin out of his head. The stories, the "travel", the sex. All of it.

I do recommend this series, and this book. And I am looking forward to the next one!


ARC of Test Drive was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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