I love this book! It snuck up on me. What do I mean? Well, I was reading and not feeling caught up in the story. I did notice that it is well written and pleasant. I just didn’t think I connected with Justin, who was telling the story. Then all of a sudden (to me it was sudden) I was crying. Tears just running down my face. Now, I tried to make a note where I was because I thought that might be interesting to mention. I didn’t save my note. I think it was around 21%, but I’m not certain. The point is, I didn’t even realize I was invested in the story. I liked Justin and Landry. I felt Justin’s confusion and pain. I also wanted to throttle him a couple times. Maybe more than a couple. Give him props, though, he got it together.
How do I explain the plot? This is coming of age and coming out; just a simple idea, but well done. The author provides just the right amount of levity to balance the anger, hurt and sadness. There is a splash of adventure with the cross-country trip that gave the story a little more structure. I think the pace was perfect. The story keeps moving and I didn’t want to stop reading. I really liked that for most of the book, we only see the main characters. Most of the other characters hang in the periphery, connecting by phone or blog comments. A few make an actual appearance. This works for me. The ending is done very well. I enjoyed the boys getting what really feels like an HEA. It’s plausible and sweet.
I really like this author. I’m a little sad she does more M/F books than M/M. I did find one editing issue (at 42%) and it threw me out of the story. I despise wardrobe malfunctions in my books. However, I can still recommend this book to everyone. It’s fun, sweet, sad and frustrating. Just like real life.
With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.
As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.
But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.
Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.