Dev Bentham writes soulful M/M romance. Her characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know what they are missing, but whose lives are transformed by true love.
Book Name: Driving into the Sun
Author Name: Dev Bentham
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Bad choices. We all make them, some more than others. Dusty’s choices have left him unemployed, broke and practically homeless. Despite the major issues he has with his family, his only rational choice is to sell everything and move into his parents’ basement. At thirty. Looking for a ride west, he answers a phone ad. The voice at the other end of the line flows like dark, rich honey. Finally something to look forward to—listening to Joe’s voice all the way from Illinois to Idaho. Rather than the hip crooner of Dusty’s fantasies, Joe turns out to look more like a panhandler. Is that because Joe dresses down, or are Dusty’s preconceptions about Native Americans clouding his vision? Joe is silent more often than not. He has a complicated past and still has amends to make. But he is ready to move on. Dusty feels trapped. Two damaged men, one small car driving two thousand miles into the sun—sometimes things need to break down before they can get fixed.
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
I guess we never really know what the future brings us. Educated in college, a great future ahead as a financial planner, never in Dusty's wildest dreams did he think he would fall in love with someone who would not only betray him, but would destroy him and countless others.
Dusty loses all and with nowhere to go but home, he packs up, sells everything, and uses whatever money he gained to spend on a road trip home. Hearing the voice of his driver, he felt hopeful for the first time but seeing Joe, now that was unexpected but delightful and scary all at once. Being in a car with two others and then one can open a lot of intimate doors, both expected and unexpected. Hoping for a little bit of relaxation got him nowhere and in danger so Dusty learns more out of life at thirty than he ever did when younger.
Joe is an American Indian but raised outside of the reservation did not help him at all. As a nurse in the army, his alcoholism nearly destroyed his career but for a good hearted CO, he not only gains back his sanity but holds on to his licence. He does lose a lot of friends along the way as well as his family. Off to a new beginning, Joe places an add for a road trip. Meeting the two companions, he knew he would get trouble from the one, but the other, the guy named Dusty, now he was a different story.
This is a road trip story and just as she promised, Dev Bentham delivered the unexpected intimacy happening within the confines of a car. Thoughts long denied, feelings left unsaid, all these fall away as the miles fly by. The relationship that developed between Dusty and Joe is intimate from the beginning and when they finally resolve to face their fears for the future, it is only then when they finally reach a realization that the future can only be gained together after losing everything.
This is a beautiful story of romance, love and intimacy on a relationship level that is surprising and light even with all the drama that both men were saddled with. A definite recommended read for those who like road trip romances that will last a lifetime.
When Joe finished with the hand, he put his fingers under Dusty’s chin and tipped his face toward the light. His touch was gentle, like a lover right before a first kiss. Dusty’s lips opened as he stared up into Joe’s dark brown eyes. Joe’s gaze flicked to Dusty’s mouth, then away. He wet some gauze and began dabbing at Dusty’s cheek. Dusty had forgotten about scrape on his face. Now it stung. So much for the moment before a kiss. He bit the inside of his lip to keep from pulling away.
“Don’t worry.” Joe’s voice was soft, amused. “This won’t scar your handsome face.”
Dusty rolled his eyes. Handsome was about the last thing he’d call himself tonight. Still, he found himself smiling at the thought.
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