Jumpstart (Natosha’s Review)

Title: Jumpstart (Crossroads #3.5)
Author: Riley Hart
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: October 27, 2016
Genre(s): Self publishing, best friends to lovers, sports, gay contemporary romance
Page Count: 97 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Motocross star, Beckett Monroe, is in need of some serious R&R. Not only to adjust to his new out-of-the-closet status, but in hopes of reigniting his passion for motocross. To his surprise, support shows up in the way of Christian Foster, his childhood best friend and first love. Spending time with Christian is the jumpstart Beck’s heart needs. But even if Christian can forgive Beckett for hurting him years ago, do they stand a chance against all the obstacles in their path?

A Crossroads Novella.
29,000 words.

This may only be a short story but it is a powerful one.

People make mistakes when they are young. And sometimes worse yet,they make an even more horrible mistake when they are in love with their best friend at a young age but they can not admit it to anyone because then their career may take a huge hit. Having to chose between the three things you love most in the world (your boyfriend, your family, and your career) is definitely a recipe for disaster. Especially when you are not ready to come out yet as being bisexual.

That is what happened between Christian and Beck. They were best friends from as long as they could remember. Then they became more over the course of growing up. Beck always knew he wanted to be the best motocross rider. He knew he wanted to win championships and he knew he would not be able to accomplish that if he came out. He also felt indebted to his family because they did everything that they could to help him accomplish his dream, even though they were dirt pour while Beck was growing up.

This was a dream that Beck was able to accomplish but it came as a huge cost to him at 18 years old. That cost was in the form of his other piece of his heart, Christian. Beck had to give him up even though it was not easy to walk away and cut all contact but it had to be done to be able to accomplish his dream.

Christian was able to accomplish his dream also even though he was heartbroken because of Beck. He made it through school and became a computer programmer for games just like he always wanted too but Christian was never able to fully move on from Beck.

This is a sad tale about how one person thought he had to give up the person he is in love with in order to be able to have the career that he has always loved and dreamed about. It is a short story that packed a punch on how sometimes giving someone a second chance is the biggest chance of all. I love how Riley Hart wrote such a beautiful story about love lost and love found all over again many years later. This is a sad story but with a feel good ending. I definitely look forward to more stories and hopefully more books in this series by Riley Hart. This is definitely a wonderful addition to the Crossroads series.

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Galley copy of Jumpstart (Crossroads #3.5) provided by Riley Hart in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.