One for the Road
Arranged or Forced Relationships , Bartenders , Bigotry , Bisexual , Death , Depression , Disowned , Family , Hospitality , Vacation , Wealthy
December 22nd, 2017
Jake Lachlan has been a vagabond for years. Ever since he tragically lost his high school sweetheart six years ago, he's been unable to stay in one place. He’d rather drift aimlessly across the country than settle down and make memories. He knows that in an instant, the happiest memories can become the most painful.
Preston Hawthorne is old money. But with excessive wealth comes excessive expectations, and Preston has never lived up to what his parents think he should be. They always overlook him in favor of his more successful siblings.
On his way to a family vacation in Aspen, Preston finds Jake stranded on the side of the road and takes pity on the down-on-his-luck hitchhiker. He offers a deal: if Jake pretends to be Preston’s boyfriend for a week in Aspen, Preston will help him out of near-homelessness.
For Preston, Jake is supposed to be a means to an end. His parents have been nagging him to settle down — this is his chance to get them off his back. If it upsets them that his first “serious relationship” is with another man, at least they'll be paying attention for once. But after spending more time with Jake, he’s enchanted by the man’s good looks, free spirit, and tenacious attitude.
Jake instantly dislikes Preston. He’s rich, he’s entitled, and as far as Jake can tell, he's never faced a day's hardship in his life. But his deal is too sweet to pass up. Unfortunately, no good deal comes without a catch, and Jake’s dislike soon pales in the face of Preston’s charm.
When they reach their destination, their fake relationship and their real feelings will be put to the test.
- Headless torsos and/or exposed abs – how original^
- Too brief to put down
- That Jake acknowledges that he's more or less willingly homeless; unlike many gay men, he could go home to his parents - he just doesn't want to
- Jake's a hitchhiker with scruples; he doesn't sleep his way into people's cars
- Fake relationship aside, the whole story is an interesting premise*
- The author shows just how cruelly people treat the homeless
- Corey is really cool - he stuck by Jake no matter what and called him on his BS
- Hip deep
Mood Upon Completion
- Very few/no typos
- Decently hot
- Decently sweet
- Jake voiced something I'd been thinking throughout the book - Preston doesn't like his family, so it's odd and a bit masochistic to hang around them like he does?**
- There's a sex scene where neither of them have recently showered; I'm presuming that Jake is an extremely fastidious homeless person, otherwise this would be pretty gross
- I started getting insta-love vibes from them after maybe two days of knowing each other, and Jake has so much emotional baggage surrounding relationships that it's unlikely he'd fall in love that quickly
- I hate when authors make lies or dishonesty a plot point; it feels very weak and unoriginal
- Weakly emotional
- Character death (minor, one, past)
^Although it features a headless torso, at least he’s got on a shirt – and the cover relates to the story
*Jake’s trying to run away from his grief, but it isn’t really working
**Preston says it’s hard to explain, but it really isn’t. He just wants to continue having access to their money. As far as the rest of us commoners are concerned, if you don’t like someone, don’t be around them. Distance yourself. You don’t have to keep toxic people in your life – nope, not even family – unless you’re a minor (which sucks) or you actually LIKE living the latest reality show. I know I sure as hell don’t.
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