Title: Road Trip Vol.1 (Road Trip #1-2)
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 24, 2017
Page Count: 350
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Road Trip Collection
The road to love is notoriously bumpy, full of twists and turns that can throw even the best driver. With obstacles around every corner, Sonny and MJ try to keep it between the lines in two tales that blend steamy romance with high-stakes action and intrigue.
Racing the Moon
Sonny runs moonshine the old-fashioned way. Too bad some fool blew up his road in the Carolina mountains, keeping him stuck, high and unfortunately dry.
Explosives expert and ecoterrorist MJ’s mission is to protect the environment by shutting down a logging company. An encounter with Sonny in the misty forest sheds a new light on his quest, but it’s not until Sonny drugs and kidnaps him for an impromptu holiday that their engines really start to rev.
Steam and Sunshine
A mission they can’t resist lures Sonny and MJ out of retirement when they get word of a man creating dangerous weapons for the government. They head to California to take him down.
What they find is Paddy, a physicist who doesn’t understand the scope of his own discovery, and Neil, his bodyguard. During a wild and unpredictable cross-country ride, an uneasy partnership develops between kidnappers and targets when the four men discover they have a common enemy.
First Edition of Racing the Moon published by Torquere Press, 2006.
Second Edition of Racing the Moon published by Torquere Press, 2007.
First Edition of Steam and Sunshine published by Torquere Press, 2007.
If you are heading out on a road trip, you might want to consider packing this book. It’s perfect for zoning out, tuning out, and can easily be interrupted without losing one’s place in the plot.
Racing the Moon
Premise of the book is Sonny is running a moonshine operation when MJ stumbles upon Sonny’s backwoods cabin. Sonny quickly figures out MJ blew up the road – and their only way out – and now they are on the run. What starts as antagonism, quickly slides over into mutual interest as they bomb down the road to safety.
I ADORE these two guys! I really enjoy the witty dialog, the snark, the intentional antagonism and pretty much the whole package that makes up Sonny and MJ.
That being said, my one quirk with this brain candy book is the sex became excessive and I honestly started skipping entire sex scenes. The story fell into a pattern: new chapter, plot moves infinitesimally forward, guys get handsy and segue into long sex scene, repeat next chapter. Don’t get me wrong, I really like MJ and Sonny, but that much sex was just…boring.
Racing the Moon was a great introduction to the main characters and set up the next book quite nicely.
Steam and Sunshine
MJ receives and email offering him an incredibly large amount of money to blow up a weapons designer in California – too much to pass up and seemingly simple job.
Padraic loves his job designing things for Bethy and the company. He has a lab, he has an apartment, he doesn’t have a boyfriend – two out of three ain’t bad. Then Neil shows up at the lab under the pretense he’s there to “observe” Paddy. Neil has a secret of his own – he can read minds and he finds in Paddy’s mind delightful swirl of thoughts, emotions, and surprisingly, respite.
When MJ bursts into Paddy’s apartment, he’s stunned to find Rick, a former college lover and lab-mate “Rick”. Now things have gotten complicated as MJ and Sonny kidnap Paddy/Rick and Neil after blowing up the lab. It only gets worse when everyone realizes they’ve all been set-up.
My comments from above stand – fun characters, witty dialog, quirky humor (ding dongs, Twinkies and pop tarts…) but too much sex. Repeat formula from above: progress plot, guys get handsy/kissy/lusty, long sex scene, happiness all around… repeat next chapter.
That much sex became wearisome. Though I will add, the author became quite creative in several scenes as the story progressed, but it still wasn’t enough to prevent me from (yawn!) skipping.
At the end of the day, this is pure sugar candy sticks brain candy bliss and I would read more in the series because they are perfect for simply escaping everything for a while. Book best served with a big bowl of popcorn.