Test Drive by Riley Hart ~ Book Review by Caroline

30140662Title: Test Drive

Author: Riley Hart

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/30/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance


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?

My View:

Crossroads is such a good series with an interesting and complex group of characters and it was great to get a glimpse of how everyone was doing whilst learning all about Justin and Drew.

If you have read Shifting Gears, and of course you have, you will be familiar with Landon’s brother Justin already. Life is a bumpy ride for him at the moment. His father is dying and he has to watch the man he adores fade away in front of him. If that wasn’t enough to deal with his father has woven a web of lies and Justin has a whole other family that he wasn’t aware of. He’s kind of dumped into this family which leaves him an emotional mess with feelings of anger, jealousy and sorrow beating down on him.

Drew has always known he was bisexual but has always chosen to date women so far. He is a bit invisible as far as his family is concerned and has a tense relationship with his brother. The first time he actively seeks out another man is in a bar and it’s quick and dirty and before he runs. His fear is a tricky thing and can’t easily be explained but thankfully it doesn’t deter him for long.

When Justin next meets Drew it is at a party organised for his father and neither man could have imagined how entwined their lives already were. Thankfully there isn’t too much dithering or angst between these two as the story has so much more to cover. They both want each other from the start, they are hot as hell together, they are good for each other BUT is it all just about the sex?

As well as bringing Justin and Drew together Riley Hart gives us a very sweet, very realistic and very sympathetic story about a family coming together at the end of a person’s life. It’s difficult for all involved, there is a lot of walking on egg shells and there are tears and laughter. There were so many relationships to develop in this story but it never felt like too much and they all felt necessary. This is the perfect next book in the series and I cannot wait for more.


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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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