Title: Sex & Sourdough
Author: AJ Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Anders Blankenship never intended to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, but when his boyfriend cancels, Anders steels his courage, leaving the abusive relationship to tackle the long-distance hike. Though a hiking virgin, he’s glad he made the decision when he receives threatening messages from his ex. Luckily, Kevin, an experienced backpacker, takes him under his wing.
Kevin Winters isn’t looking for a hiking partner, let alone a fling with a cute man on the rebound. After learning he has the autoimmune disorder that killed his father, Kevin left his family to wander remote trails. Convinced his future holds only pain and death, Kevin refuses to get close to anyone. The family sourdough recipes he recreates over a campfire are his only solace.
In the wilderness, Anders and Kevin discover a lot of common ground. While the future holds uncertainties they may not be ready to deal with, it might also hold the chance for happiness.
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book. At about the 15% mark, I was a bit bored and was starting to think it was predictable. I almost put the book aside. However, I was using the book for a reading challenge, and I couldn’t find another one that fit that I wanted to read more than S&S. So I trudged on. Somewhere along the way I realized not only was I not “trudging” through, I was looking forward to the next word, the next paragraph, the next chapter. Before long it was 2:30am and I had to put the book aside in favor of sleep…
What was it about Sex & Sourdough that got to me? I am not entirely sure. I appreciated that, while there were certainly aspects of the plot that were predictable, they were presented in an interesting a rich way. I appreciated that the main characters made mistakes and had to deal with the consequences of said mistakes. I appreciated that, despite the name of the book, the sex scenes felt necessary and continued to move the plot forward each time.
Anders and Kevin were quite a pair. I don’t know that I would say I adore either one, but I want to wrap them both up and just hug them. I want the best for them. I wanted to see them end up together. I did not get exactly what I expected going into this story, but I was pleasantly surprised with what I was offered. This will not be my last AJ Thomas written story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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