Published by Self-Published on January 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, Netgalley
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Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.
It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago.
What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.
I LOVED this book. After reading so many mediocre books recently, this was a breath of fresh air. It was such a fresh story line in the NA/new romance genre and kept me engaged the entire time.
The story is about a girl, Marley, who has been pining over her brothers best friend for, what seems likes, forever. After a brief encounter that broke her heart on her prom night where she was rejected by him, Porter, she has moved on and moved, quite literally, across the country, from New York to Los Angeles. She becomes a beauty and beauty products blogger and has become successful at it. Meanwhile, Porter has remained to work on her family’s farm.
The story basically begins when her brother and father appear on her doorstep wanting to partake in their mother’s big roadtrip planned for the family. She passed away, so it would be the last road-trip for the threesome, as Paul would be getting married at the end of the trip. Their mother had charted this trip before her death has their ultimate trip for their RV, lovingly named Tacy, to take. So very soon into the trip, and much to Marley’s dismay, Porter joins up with them.
So many hi-jinks and pranks highlight this story making it hilarious and lighthearted. While we have a very meaningful story of a family making a journey that means quite a lot to them, we also have a brother and a sister playing constant pranks on each other. And taking Polaroids to document everything, just like their mother would have.
The romance is so sweet, but at other times scorching. This is told from a dual POV so we get a glimpse into both characters heads to see what they are thinking. That is a great benefit because Porter has some mystery about him regarding Marley.
The dialogue is quippy and witty and had me laughing out loud at a few points. I can feel the love of the family (and the main characters) and I can relate to the love/hate relationship of the siblings.
All around, this book was fantastic and you should definitely pick up a copy! Such a fun, lighthearted, fast, funny read!