Road Trip Vol. 2 (Kristin’s Review)

Title: Road Trip Vol.2 (Road Trip #2-4)
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 16, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Paranormal
Page Count: 350
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Road Trip Collection

The course of love is a rough ride, but for ecoterrorist MJ, ridge runner Sonny, physicist Paddy, psychic Neil, genetically enhanced English professor Duncan, and the assassin known as Cowboy, the road to romance is a heart-stopping trip—one full of kidnappings, explosions, secret programs, and supersoldiers. They’re an awful ragged bunch to be considered heroes.

Under Pressure

Sonny and MJ’s retirement may be in jeopardy, but at least they’re together on a new boat—with no annoying hostages. Then Cowboy, MJ’s old friend, gets in touch, bringing with him a host of complications, including Professor Duncan, who has ties to the Program. A call for help from Paddy sets them all on a collision course with a deadly specter from the past. As MJ makes his plans, Sonny is shaken by the possibility of losing everything.

Walking on the Sun

Sonny is determined to raise hell to hunt for MJ—problem is, will MJ know anyone, or himself, once they catch up to him? Neil and Paddy are healing but reluctantly join the effort, as Cowboy and Duncan help Sonny prepare for a showdown. Sonny might be ragged, but he’s MJ’s hero, and he is not about to give up on the most important thing in his life, even if it kills him. Will everyone survive the last epic battle, or will they go out in a blaze of glory?

First Edition of Under Pressure published by Torquere Press, 2009.
First Edition of Walking on the Sun published by Torquere Press, 2010.

Recommended you read Road Trip Vol. 1 (Racing the Moon and Steam and Sunshine first).

And to repeat what I said in my first review, if you are heading out on a road trip, you might want to consider packing these books. Both Vol 1 and 2 are perfect for zoning out, tuning out, and can easily be interrupted without losing one’s place in the plot.

Under Pressure
Premise of the book is Sonny and MJ thought they were done with bombs and explosions, but are quickly finding that life is about to become insane when MJ’s friend Cowboy shows up with “Doc”, an English professor. Cowboy has taken a fancy to Doc, and soon learns that his guy comes from a common background as MJ. And when Paddy calls to say his Neil has been kidnapped, MJ and Sonny know it’s time to end things once and for all.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I ADORE Sonny and MJ! I love the witty dialog, the snark, the intentional antagonism that comprises Sonny and MJ.

Now add in very British Neil and the “rocket scientist” Paddy, and you’ve got a bubbly glass of champagne. And with new addition Cowboy and Duncan, the mix works. Though I will say, with Duncan and Neil, the plots have moved a bit into paranormal territory.

As before, my one quirk with this brain candy book is the sex becomes excessive and I honestly started skipping entire sex scenes. I started reading the first handful of paragraphs which moved the plots forward, then our guys start mashing lips and segue into long sex scene. Repeat next chapter. Don’t get me wrong, I really like MJ and Sonny and the gang, but that much sex was just…too much.

It’s a good thing these two books are combined, because you’re going to want to roll right into:

Steam and Sunshine
Things are seriously fucked up and Sonny will stop and nothing – nothing – to get his MJ back. Neil and Paddy reluctantly agree to help, Cowboy and Duncan are in. Now it’s a matter of finding MJ and taking down the truly crazy one.

I found this book to be a bit darker than the previous books. Sonny’s in a bad place, Paddy and Neil are still recovering, and Doc’s still adjusting to his situation. Without MJ to lead them, things are looking a bit grim and desperate.

And with the author juggling so many characters, not infrequently I got lost with who was talking in the dialog and would have to backtrack and do the ol’ he said, now he said count.

I nearly forgot to mention, MJ’s mother was introduced near the end of Under Pressure. In Walking on the Sun she brings some lightheartedness that went missing with MJ.

At the end of the day, this is pure brain candy bliss. The whole series is perfect for simply escaping everything for a while. This book is best served with a big bowl of popcorn and a couple beers (we’ve got Southern boys here and California Surfer dudes, it’s a beer book) because you’re not going to want to stop with just one book.

Road Trip Series

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Galley copy of Road Trip Vol 2 provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: “Never leave home without a book (or two or three).” Though once I learned how to knit that became “Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project.”

A long-time fan of science fiction, I’ve since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian’s (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that’s not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is…

I’m not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult.

Thanks for reading my reviews!

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