Push & Pull (Jia’s review)

Title: Push & Pull (The Midwest Series #2)
Author: Brigham Vaughn
Publisher: Two Peninsulas Press
Release Date: October 24th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 275
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Brent Cameron has been dreaming about a road trip around Lake Michigan for years. When his best friend, Nathan, ditches him to spend the summer with his boyfriend, Caleb, Brent is pissed. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, he reluctantly agrees to take Caleb’s best friend, Lowell Prescott, instead.

Brent is a former hockey player and recently out of the closet. Lowell is an in-your-face gay guy who rebels against the limits people put on him. Tempers fly and sparks flare as they hit the road, which leads to a hot night they both regret in the morning. Despite the rocky start, Brent and Lowell slowly begin to realize they have a lot in common. As the miles disappear behind them so does their animosity. Casual hook-ups aren’t Brent’s thing, and Lowell doesn’t do relationships, so they agree to focus on their friendship.

By the time they make it to the shores of Lake Superior, their feelings have deepened past simple friendship, but neither of them have the guts to admit it. When the past intrudes, will it derail the trip and the possibility of a relationship?

This story centers around Brent and Lowell and you should really read the first book about Nathan and Caleb before this one. I’m not gonna rehash the blurb since it describes it well.

Brent is a nice and caring guy, he has no problem apologizing even when (in my opinion) he had the right to act the way he did. I fully understand him. On the other hand there’s Lowell and his character is a little full of himself and a little self centered but beneath it all he’s a nice caring guy who hasn’t had it as easy as many would think. His experience with being gay (and rich) has led him to be a little sensitive about certain things which shows in his reactions at times. I had a harder time liking Lowell than I did Brent because of Lowell persuading Nathan not to go and taking his place. They also didn’t tell Brent until it was time to actually leave.

Brent doesn’t really know Lowell and his best friend ditches him for his new boyfriend, yes even I was angry about it and Lowell’s care free attitude about it didn’t help. He figured Brent would forget about it within an hour and then of course they would become intimate and have fun during the two month trip.
But really go on a trip with someone you hardly spoken to before and for two months…?
Also that was a little strange for me because Lowell were all about Brent being a sexy, hot companion for two months and they would have sex and all but later when they actually do get intimate then Lowell is apparently one who only have one night stands with no repeat… Wouldn’t it be weird being together for two months and only… I don’t get his reasoning there, wouldn’t it be better seducing him when they aren’t stuck together for such a long time then? Oh well, for me at least that part was strange.

Almost the whole book details their trip and what they do and the way they get closer and how things start happening between them. It’s only in the end where a bit of drama comes in. It has some sweet and hot moments and shows you can’t judge a person by what you see.

Unfortunately this book wasn’t in my taste. I want more than a detailed trip and reading about how they get closer. The writing’s good and if you want to read about the guys getting to know each other and their trip then it’s a totally fine book. I want more though and it was difficult for me to finish, I’m sorry to say. Probably a part of it also being that Lowell and I never clicked because of his attitude/personality. The characters felt fleshed out though and there were a lot of details of the surroundings.

This wasn’t a book for me, but do try it out and see for yourself. I’d be happy to hear what you think of Push and Pull if you read it.

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