Blog Tour ~ Indigo Road by R.J. Jones ~ (5 Star Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Title: Indigo Road
Author: R.J. Jones
Genre: New Adult, Gay Romance, Contemporary
Cover artist: Meredith Russell
Joshua Simpson has just finished four years at Purdue University, but that’s not why he’s buzzing with excitement. Once they’ve said goodbye to their families, Josh and his best friend Alex are taking off to discover America in an old but reliable VW van, planning on not seeing snow for an entire year.
Josh has always considered himself straight—except for that one time in college—so when he and Alex are living in such close proximity on the road, he’s unsure what these new feelings mean. Is it because they’re spending 24/7 together, or is it something deeper? And does it really matter since Josh has only ever seen Alex with women?
While in Oregon, Josh meets Johnno, a sexy but confusing Aussie surfer. While having an impromptu surfing lesson, Johnno helps Josh realize who he is and what he wants—but Alex’s reaction leaves Josh confused.
From a Montana ranch to the bright lights and dangerous streets of Los Angeles to a dark and lonely deserted highway in Alabama, join Josh and Alex as they drive around the US, discovering not only who they are, but who they can be together.
“G’day, I don’t normally see anyone here at this time. I’m Johnno.” He stood in front of me, hand extended while the board was tucked under his other arm.
His arms and chest were covered with light blond hair that I hadn’t been able to see before. His light blue gaze held mine and I almost forgot my manners.
I stood and shook his hand. “Josh. It’s nice to meet you,” I replied, stuttering a little.
Johnno looked me up and down before placing his board in the sand, sitting on it, and encouraging me to sit with him.
“You surf?” he asked, watching the waves crash against the shore. “It’s mad this morning, got wiped out heaps.” His accent confused me; clearly he was not a local.
“No, I don’t. Looks great, though.” I had no idea what to say, and I was sure everything I did say was going to be lame.
Johnno turned to me, grinning. “You live here and don’t surf? What’s up with that?”
“Ah, no. We just parked here for the night before heading to California.”
“You’re traveling? That’s so cool. Where’re you from?”
“Indiana. Been on the road since early June.”
“Indiana? It’s east, borders Illinois.”
“Any surf out that way?”
“Where are you from?” I asked him, keen to keep the conversation going.
“Australia,” he said more slowly. “I’m on a surfing holiday. Needed a break from the job, you know?”
“The job?” It sounded like the mafia, and I instantly wished I hadn’t asked in case there was an Australian branch I hadn’t heard of.
“I’m a sparky by trade, but I’d rather surf, you know?”
He wasn’t a redhead and I had no idea what he was talking about, but my curiosity got the better of me again and I asked him.
“I’m an electrician. Wiring houses and stuff.”
“Oh, I get it.”
“You ’mericans are a weird bunch.” He laughed and shook his head before nudging my thigh with his.
He’s the one who implied he’s a redheaded hitman, and he thinks we’re weird?
5 + Stars!!!
**Copy provided to bayou book junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**
After graduating college Josh and Alex head off on a year long road trip across the country together. They pile into their (new to them), Indigo colored VW van and head west. The best friends begin their journey at home in Fort Wayne, Indiana and head for California. Along the way Josh starts to have romantic feelings for Alex. Will Josh and Alex be brave enough to make the move from friends to lovers?
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!! I adored Josh and Alex. They were both sweet, caring and fun loving. Their relationship felt natural and I loved the back and forth banter between them. Their story was amazing and as a couple they just fit together perfectly. The chemistry was out of this world and the sex was passionate and hot, yet sweet and loving.
I loved traveling the country with them on their adventure. The story flowed well and I was never bored. This book held me captivated from the moment I opened it. I. Couldn't. Put. It. Down!!!
I know 2015 is almost over, but I can honestly say this has been one of my favorites, and it will definitely be a re-read for me down the road!!
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About the authorR.J. Jones started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write.
It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower…
R.J.’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of her day. Not so. That shower scene ended up being 3000 words long and three hours of work. And still, they didn’t shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by her bed.
Whilst she was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If she ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
R.J. is a wife and a mother to two boys. She is surrounded by males. Even her dog is a boy.
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