Review: Road Trip by A.F. Henley

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 '69 Road Runner 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 it's not long before Boyd realizes Oliver's reasons for running are more complicated—and more dangerous—than Oliver let on. But Boyd doesn't like people who play hardball, and he definitely doesn't like people messing with a ma
n who's managed to light a fuse that Boyd forgot he had.

Boyd finally gets the car. The car he's been waiting for so he can go on the road trip he's always wanted.

Right away it was obvious how important this trip was to Boyd. How much he wants it and how longs he's wanted it.

One of his first stops is Las Vegas. There he sees a man who's obviously running from something. What he's running from, Boyd doesn't know. But he does know that he wants to help the kid out. Oliver jumps in, along for the ride with Boyd.

Boyd knows where he wants to go and what he wants to see. He's not going for the touristy sights, he wants to do things he saw in a movie or read in a book or heard about as a kid. Small, random things, but for him, they mean everything. It added a little quirkiness to Boyd's somewhat serious character. Oliver was fully supportive (although he didn't really have a choice, did he?), but he added some fun to Boyd's otherwise kind of dull trip. Boyd was going to see what he set out to see and nothing else. Oliver made sure Boyd had fun. He made sure that Boyd had no regrets on this trip he'd been always hoping for.

I never got a complete grasp on either character. A lot was left to the reader and I would have liked to know more about each of them, especially Boyd. I felt like I was missing something. He wanted this trip so bad, he wanted to do weird things like turn left in New Mexico. But why? Why are such small things so important to him? A bit more information here would have made his character more real to me.

There was a nice slow burn development of their relationship. One that started as only physical, but of course, moved to more.

Road Trip was an enjoyable, angst free romance. More from the characters would have been nice, but this story is highly recommended, nonetheless.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Sorry but it's not ringing my bells on this one, I've looked at it a couple of times but after reading your review (good one) it just confirmed my original thoughts. Sorry.

  2. It was different, still good, but different.

  3. Thank you so much for the review. :)