Title: Not Just Passing Through
Author: Jamie Dean
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 27/04/2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: TBC
Reviewed by: PrinCkhera
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.33 stars out of 5
Socially awkward, closeted virgin Avery Malcolm passes his days and nights running his bigoted aunt’s motel in rural New Mexico. He dreams of getting away and hitting the road, but with one friend, a few acquaintances, and no real life to speak of outside his duties as front desk clerk, he doesn’t know if he’ll ever get a chance.
Fate sends hot drifter Chase Lancaster to the Red Ram Motel, riding in on his sexy black motorcycle. Within twenty-four hours, Avery’s life is turned upside down. Before long, even though Chase’s sexual interests seem to run exclusively toward women in bars, Avery finds himself falling for the beautiful biker with no permanent address. Chase is much more than his bad boy persona, so while it’s nice to have another friend, Avery doesn’t know how he’ll survive with his heart intact when Chase inevitably moves on.
Whoever said simplicity is overrated needs to read this book.
As a matter of fact, anyone and everyone should read this book because it’s amazing.
It plastered this huge grin on my face throughout, and then it didn’t and then it did again.
There is so little I can say about this without giving it away because it’s so short and simple.
It started off a bit… Uhh. Okay? I have these parts highlighted where I just went omg because it was hard to believe there are people out there this… *que eyeroll*
Uh, smoking or nonsmoking?… As you can see I’m smoking enough already.
“Think of me like a painting in a museum” he said, sweeping his arms wide and showing off his toned chest and abs. “Look all you want, just don’t touch.”
So, me and this book didn’t start off on the best note. I was amused – sure. But, I already had this feeling that if this is what I have to look forward to, it would end up in my okay, liked it well enough… moving on now pile (which is huge).
Yet, as you can see, I ended up loving this little book.
Even the answer to that question, like this book is quite simple.
He’s the one whose POV we get and he’s the reason I ended up liking this book as much as I did.
- full of surprises
From the summary I expected a socially awkward MC, and he is. But, he’s not…?
Maybe Chase is the one who brings it out of him.
He’s like this little flower that was dying out in the dark, but Chase came like a ray of sunshine and shed some light on his bleak existence. Well, that’s what Avery thinks anyway.
To me it’s more like it took a personality as big as Chase’s for Avery to allow himself to be who he is. He had it in him, it just took this out-of-towner to get Avery to let himself just be.
2. he is a closeted virgin and it shows
“He rides a motorcycle and has a remarkably healthy ego,” Avery said. He also has devastating eyes and looks hot enough to melt asphalt. His ass is like a Greek statue. I want to shove my tongue in his face and other places.
I laughed out loud. Because this was amazing. I did not expect it. He is quite graphic on the things he wants to do to Chase.
3. he has the ability to banter, to show that he’s okay.
Even when his heart is breaking every time Chase is an idiot who should go jump in a ditch… But then again, he shouldn’t because he was upfront about not swinging that way, and he’s amazing, and hilarious – and I get why Avery is falling for him so hard. Ugh, I just wanted to go into this story and hug Avery so that he could let it all out.
4. Avery is relatable, emotional, funny and he deserves to be loved.
Chase on the other hand, is kind of a dick. But, he’s not. Not really. In the beginning I thought he was OTT. Then I thought he was kind of cruel, and I already foresaw the hurt that Avery was going to have to go through. Within a few pages though, I started to like him. He wasn’t just the hot out of towner anymore. We get to know him. We get to like him. As Avery starts falling for him, step by step. I start to not dislike Chase. He no longer remains this amusing character who is a bit too much. You get used to his jokes. He knows he’s hot and actually, when you really think about it – his willingness to let Avery be and enjoy the eye candy is quite funny.
His magnanimous attitude, though it could have so easily grated on my nerves – didn’t. Because it fit. Because Avery didn’t immediately go down on his knees wanting to worship the ground he worked on… Because if Avery did that then he would have grated on my nerves as well and I would not have ended up liking this book as much as I did (more like at all, and it would have felt like a chore getting through it).
I kept saying how simple this book was. And it is. But then again, it isn’t.
It’s simple because the plot really isn’t that hard to figure out/predict. Out of towner hottie swoops in like a hurricane and turns a socially awkward, closeted virgin’s world upside down.
Really, it doesn’t take a degree in rocket science to figure this one out.
Then again, it’s not very simple because of Avery. His emotions. The turmoil he has to go through because of his “unrequited” love.
It is very likely that the writing may still need a bit of work (I didn’t notice), it also needs editing (some here and there) but this review is for the ARC I received, and I am so happy the author wrote this story. This book has brought a completely new author onto my radar and I look forward to reading more of his books.
I truly recommend reading this book because it was such a nice break from all the other OTT and dramatic books I was reading (and you might be reading as well).