Motel. Pool. by Kim Fielding ~ Book Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

MotelPoolLG Title: Motel. Pool.

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars


In the mid-1950s, Jack Dayton flees his working-class prospects in Omaha and heads to Hollywood, convinced he’ll be the next James Dean. But sleazy casting couches don’t earn him stardom, and despair leads to a series of poor decisions that ultimately find him at a cheap motel off Route 66, lifeless at the bottom of the pool.

Sixty years later, Tag Manning, feeling hopeless and empty, flees his most recent relationship mistake and takes to the open road. On a roundabout route to Las Vegas, he pulls over to rest at an isolated spot on Route 66. There’s no longer a motel or pool, but when Tag resumes his journey to Vegas, he finds he’s transporting a hitchhiking ghost. Jack and Tag come to find much-needed friends in each other, but one man is a phantom and the other is strangely cursed. Time is running out for each of them, and they must face the fact that a future together may not only be a gamble… it may not be in the cards.

My View:

I wish I could just say READ THIS! and that would be sufficient, but I don’t want to short change this book nor Ms. Fielding, so let me tell you why I liked it so much.

Tag is aimless and lost, drifting in the ennui. There’s nothing really wrong per se, but there’s nothing really right either.

But instead the numbness only spread, as if someone had given his soul a shot of novocaine.

He sets off on the open road, no goal, no real destination and finds himself pulled over by an affable police officer who encourages him to pull off at the next exit and sleep. Boy, was ever some great advice from a cop.

Jack has been stuck in what’s become a ghost town of Jasper, AZ where he died under some rather dubious circumstances sixty years ago until he hitches a ride with Tag.

Neither of these two have had an easy life and they quickly bond, become friends which evolves into something more. The problem is there’s an egg timer on their romance and that’s what made Motel. Pool. so affecting for me.

Jack only ever wanted to make something of himself, to be somebody, to be remembered. Maybe Tag will remember him and give his life some meaning. He won’t fad into obscurity. Someone will remember him.

Tag, on the other hand, is wondering what’s the point of living. Why does he have this stupid luck that never counts for anything meaningful? Why does he fuck everything good he’s been given up? Maybe Jack can make him value his life.

It’s the yin yang that got me. They’re good for each other. They fit. Separated by sixty years but meant to be even if it is for a moment in time.

He wanted this brief interlude to be forever, made more permanent than film could ever manage. He wanted his time with Tag to be more firmly placed than a tombstone, each little movement another star on an unending walk of fame.

It did get a little sappy at the end and you know what? I bought it hook, line and sinker. Actually, I dove off the high dive into the pool of sap and did the backstroke.

I’ve been on an Ed Sheeran kick lately and his song Kiss Me reminds me so much of Tag and Jack:

Kiss me like you wanna be loved
You wanna be loved
You wanna be loved
This feels like falling in love
Falling in love
We’re falling in love

Yeah I’ve been feeling everything
From hate to love
From love to lust
From lust to truth
I guess that’s how I know you
So I hold you close to help you give it up

So kiss me like you wanna be loved
You wanna be loved
You wanna be loved
This feels like falling in love
Falling in love
We’re falling in love

Kiss me like you wanna be loved
You wanna be loved
You wanna be loved
This feels like falling in love
Falling in love
We’re falling in love

Highly recommend this book. Read it. Have tissues ready for possible sudden onset of allergies or an invisible dust storm.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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