Title: Test Drive
Author: Riley Hart
Published: May 30, 2016
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?
I have to admit I had to read this book in stages, I found myself crying during certain scenes and had to stop to gather my bearings before resuming my reading. That doesn't mean that it isn't a good book, because it is one of the best I've read, full of raw feeling and angst as Justin, Drew and their families dealt with Justin's dad's illness. It just means that it was so realistic to me, that it was too much at times. I absolutely adored it, though. From the pain to the way Justin managed to feel part of Shanen and Landon's family to his friendship with Drew and the attraction they felt for each other.
Drew was so supporting of Justin throughout the book and that was heartwarming, because it was just what Justin needed then. And Justin, even if he was all messed up with all that was happening, he knew that Drew was his haven, his safe port in the storm that his life had turned into. They were amazing together, too! Playful and sweet and so hot. Good Lord, I swear Riley Hart nearly set my kindle on fire with that dirty talk! *fans self* Never mind the hotter than hot sex scenes! *fans some more*
While I wasn't much of a fan of Shanen's husband, aka Drew's brother, he did such a turnaround, that I ended up loving him just as much as the rest of the other characters.
All in all, a memorable, fantastically written book that I'm sure will remain in my heart forever! I can't recommend it enough, so go get it, you won't regret it!
Rating: 5 Stars!!!
This one was really hard for me because I could personally connect with this story. It hadn't been long since I'd lost my father when this book came out. Reading about Justin and Landon losing their father, spending his final weeks, days and moments together, had my heart hurting for my own loss. I wasn't able to finish it at the time. Now as I try to get through it after a year it's again bittersweet because now we are going through the impending passing of my mother in law from cancer.
I really loved Drew and Justin together as well as individually. They were funny and sweet and both in need of something and someone. Justin's whole life has been flipped upside down now that he not only has to take care of his dying father but also deal with the truth that his father had other children out there and now they've all come together to spend his father's final time together. With a brother and a sister he's now meeting for the first time, he has a lot going on in his life and he's struggling with it all.
Drew is there at what may seem like the wrong time but really it's exactly what Justin needs. They aren't looking for anything serious but their friendship is a balm for both men and of course they can't deny their crazy attraction and chemistry. It's obvious from the start, though, that these men provided the support and comfort they don't seem to get from their families for whatever reason. They're great together.
I definitely recommend this story because not only did Riley Hart do an incredible job writing Drew and Justin's story, the Crossroads books are by far my favorite Riley series. These are books I can read multiple times and still enjoy them the same as the first.