‘Test Drive’ is the third installment in Riley Hart’s series entitled ‘Crossroads’ and trust me when I say it was as good as the previous ones. Once again this author delivered a fantastic, unputdownable tale about love, family, friendship that I really liked. Unlike its predecessors, this installment was more emotional, which I really enjoyed. While it wasn’t as sexy, it was a very sweet and lovely tale that really warmed my heart.
“Love isn’t something you plan, love is something that happens slowly, in small doses—something someone says once, something they do, the way they treat you, the way they make you feel—all those little moments and then…boom, you’re just there. You’ve fallen…”
‘Test Drive’ is Justin’s story, character we met in the previous installment in the series. Justin’s life is shattered when he finds out his beloved father is dying from cancer. On top of that, he also finds out his old man lied to him his entire life, having a whole family that Justin never knew about. Justin is angry, confused and he fears his “new” siblings, (brother and sister) will not accept him when they will they find out about his existence or worse, hate him because their father left them to raise him. Loving his father very much Justin leaves his home in NC, his job, his schooling and also his mom to move with his dad in Virginia to be together with his siblings. Justin likes his new family, but he feels he doesn’t belong. He is angry and maybe a little jealous as well and all he wants is to forget that his life has become a mess in such a short period of time.
In a bar, Justin hooks up with a stranger, being sure he will never see him again, but the next day he comes face to face with this stranger at a family gathering. The stranger is none other than the brother of his new sister’s husband. Justin doesn’t need any new complication, so he really feels bad for hooking up with Drew.
“They were playing with fire. He already felt the singe, but damned if he didn’t want the spark to ignite brighter. If he didn’t want to go up in flames with this man. “
Drew had always known he was bi, but he didn’t want to do anything about it, until Justin flirted with him in the club. Drew always felt isolated from his family. His relationship with his brother is tense, so when he finds out who Justin is, he is more than shocked and frustrated. He doesn’t want his relationship with his brother to get worse, so he knows is best for him to stay away from the other man. But there’s something about Justin that draws him in and as more time they spend together, the more he wants to know everything about him. They start a tentative friendship that slowly, but surely becomes so much more for both of them. But what will happen when Justin will have to go back in NC?
“I want to be there with you. I want to be by your side. I want to be the one who gives you what you need.”
I really enjoyed this one. In some way this one was my favorite book in the series so far. I loved the emotional aspect. These two characters’ story was equally heart-wrenching and heart-breaking. This hurt/comfort story was well written and I loved how the emotion and the steam were balanced. I liked both main characters and I liked they portrayal. Justin was a genuinely good man. Even if he was hurt by his father’s actions and lies he accepted to go with him in Virginia. The sacrifices he does for his dad made me really like him and admired him. He was funny, sexy and confident with Drew as the story progressed and with every chapter I liked him more and more, but the one who stole the show for me was Drew.
Drew was pure and simple wonderful. The way he was with Justin from the beginning was really heartwarming. He was so understanding, compassionate and caring with the other man and he always knew what to say and what to do for the other man to forget just a little about the whole drama in his life. I also loved how easily he accepted his sexuality. There was no drama regarding this aspect of the story which I really loved.
I liked how their relationship progressed. From the tentative friendship to something more everything was done really well. These two guys were sweet together, but they were sexy as well. The steam aspect was fantastically done. The sexy scenes between them were sizzling hot and I have to say I loved their tenderness between them. They were really good for each other and I liked the fact there was no drama or miscommunication between them as the story unfolded.
All in all, ‘Test Drive’ was a great addition to the series. A perfect blend of hurt/comfort, steam and just a little bit of humor, this installment will really make you feel and for sure fall in love with the two protagonists.