Author: Dev Bentham
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Bad choices. We all make them, some more than others. Dusty’s choices have left him unemployed, broke and practically homeless. Despite the major issues he has with his family, his only rational choice is to sell everything and move into his parents’ basement. At thirty. Looking for a ride west, he answers a phone ad. The voice at the other end of the line flows like dark, rich honey. Finally something to look forward to—listening to Joe’s voice all the way from Illinois to Idaho.
Rather than the hip crooner of Dusty’s fantasies, Joe turns out to look more like a panhandler. Is that because Joe dresses down, or are Dusty’s preconceptions about Native Americans clouding his vision? Joe is silent more often than not. He has a complicated past and still has amends to make. But he is ready to move on. Dusty feels trapped. Two damaged men, one small car driving two thousand miles into the sun—sometimes things need to break down before they can get fixed.
Driving Into the Sun by Dev Bentham is your typical road trip turned love affair tale of romance, with a bit of a twist. Dusty has made some bad choices. He continues to make bad choice after bad choice. He is too proud and too into appearances to see when a situation is dangerous for him or those around him. This stubbornness leads to a lot of wound-licking. Instead of learning from his past mistakes, however, he just keeps making them over and over. He blames others for his mistakes, instead of taking personal responsibility. In short, he holds a lot of the traits I despise, all wrapped up on in a nice obliviously bigoted package.
Joe is a sweetheart, but he is not free of demons in his past. The difference is; he learned from his mistakes and grew up. I don’t think Dusty is good for Joe, but Dusty needs someone like Joe in his life desperately. Joe holds on to a lot of guilt from things that happened in the past. He is smitten with Dusty from the start, but Dusty is so stuck in his own preconceptions and self-image, that he doesn’t see it for a long time. Until Dusty needs Joe to ride to his rescue.
Together they make a sweet, hot, messed-up pair. You can’t help but root for them and know that they need each other, and they both desperately need their happily ever afters. You also can’t help but want to slap Dusty up-side the head to see if that would help get his head out of the way for Joe’s cock… which he desperately wants.
The biggest issue I had with Driving Into the Sun is what I call the “See Spot Run” style of writing. It suffered from long passages of short choppy sentences which did nothing but tell us step by step what was happening in the scene. They did not paint us a picture, nor did they enrich the readers experience. On the contrary, they tended to allow my mind to wonder and my attention to abate.
The hotel had free Wi-Fi. Dusty took his phone off the charger, found the signal, and logged into his e-mail. Junk. Junk. Junk. Russian brides? No, thank you. Penis enlargement? No one had ever complained. Viagra? Not yet, thank God. He hit the Delete key repeatedly. The whole experience made him depressed—not the junk mail, everyone got that, but the fact that he hadn’t been online in two days and there was nothing personal. He had no life. Except for a message from his brother. The one person he didn’t want to hear from was the only one who remembered he was alive.
The story itself was a good one, but the choppy sentences, typos, and missing words tended to pull me out of it too often to fully enjoy it. I would be interested to read more from this author.
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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