“Open Road” by M.J. O’Shea

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Angus has been with the same guy for ten years. When his boyfriend breaks up with him the night of his thirtieth birthday party and announces his engagement to a twenty-two-year-old less than ten hours later, Angus is… a mess. To put it lightly. He spends days in bed, drinks himself into a stupor every night, and ends up losing his job and his apartment. His best and oldest friend, Reece, decides it’s time for an intervention. And a change of scenery.

Reece and Angus take off on a buddy trip across the US. They don’t have much of a plan; they just start driving. It takes Angus a couple of days to do much more than grunt when Reece talks to him, but slowly he opens up. They drive, talk, heal, shout, drink a bit too much sometimes, dance, meet new friends… and somewhere between Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine, they fall in love.

Which was the last thing in the world Angus expected.

 

review

Let’s go on a road trip!

What is it exactly that makes road trips so exciting? Is it the great unknown or the endless possibilities? Or is it thrilling adventures and new beginnings? Perhaps it is simply leaving the past or something painful behind you?

I believe it is all of the above.

When Angus has the rug pulled out from under him he breaks but when he discovers it’s actually been thrown over his head, he shatters. He can’t pick himself back up. Not only did his boyfriend of more than a decade break up with him (and we shall award him with the jackass of all jackass awards for doing it on his birthday) but he announces his engagement before breakfast the following day. Ouch. He has NO will to go on. He thinks he might want to live again at some point but he doesn’t see it anywhere in the near future. Actually, he’s sinking so fast he can’t even see his future.

He is stuck in a bad place and who better to pull him up than his best friend. He loves Reece with all his heart. Regardless, he still can barely function with his steady presence and watchful eye. When Reece drags Angus across the country he takes him exactly where he’s always wanted him, to the city of MINE and we’re lucky enough to hitch along for the exciting ride.

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The amazing trip they take from one coast to another. Haven’t you always wanted to toss a dart to a map of the U. S. of A. and allow the gods of fate to take you where ever they please? I have. Spin me in a circle and let me go! I enthusiastically tagged along on their random and exhilarating adventure. I’ve been lucky enough to see many of their city stops with my very own eyes. O’Shea did a stellar job highlighting key features in every place they visited and in doing so, I have several new additions to my ‘places I must go‘ list. Though it may have been unintentional, these two are superb travel guides….is there a sign up for their next trip?

love

You might think, ugly splitsville and straight best friend does not sound like an appealing combination for a romance to blossom. And to top it off, Angus is a hot mess. Hang on a second, hit the cruise and stay with me. It didn’t take long and I found Ang a sweet and lovable hot mess with the most incredible best friend. Reece is assumed to be straight. Clearly, he is not and I think this revelation was handled beautifully. Angus is recovering from the disintegration of his life and once the dust settles and his eyes clear from the self-induced haze, he realizes he was off course for a long time. Sometimes we tell ourselves that we are happy and go to extreme lengths to prove it, only to discover we were wrong. Happiness is not a destination but the journey we take every day. Choose happiness and the sun will come out….eventually.

bewareTraumatic break up blues start this adventure off on a depressing note. Slightly unbalanced pace ends this adventure on a hasty note. Steam built until it was screaming hot but the timing did not allow for a great deal of burn. Despite all of this, I still think it’s a ride worth taking.

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Friends-to-lovers fans & O’Shea fans will definitely want hop on this beautiful boundless adventure…here, I’ll scoot over and I’ve got snacks! Ready?

bookinfo

TITLE: Open Road
AUTHOR: M.J. O’Shea
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2016
BUY LINKS: Dreamspinner, Amazon 

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