Truck Me Back to Normal (Jia’s review)

Title: Truck Me Back to Normal (Truck Me #4)
Author: J.D. Walker
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: March 23, 2019 (1st published February 21, 2016 by MLR Press)
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 38
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


Joey Choi doesn’t think he can have a relationship with anyone because of his PTSD, but Barrimore Lancett sets out to prove him wrong.

Joseph “Joey” Choi has been to hell and back. A war veteran, he was in a bad place for a long time until his brother Derrick got him the help he needed. Joey figures the least he can do is learn how to do things on his own, for a change. His first step is to apply for a job at a farm.

Barrimore “Bear” Lancett, the farm’s foreman, is larger than life and seriously hot. And God, those dimples! They both have a “moment,” but Joey immediately pushes those wayward, intimate thoughts aside, convinced he’s not relationship material, much less with his boss.

That doesn’t stop Bear, and after an argument which leads to a fist fight, he gives Joey the kiss of a lifetime. Now, Bear just has to convince Joey to take it one step further, and maybe find his new normal.

Joey is a former military guy who suffers from PTSD. Finding a job at a farm he instantly takes a liking to the owner called Bear. He notices how Bear also reacts to his presence but Joey is convinced he isn’t relationship material or that he has the capability to love.

As always is a risk with first person, the voice and I did not connect. I felt Joey told a lot but it was never shown. We were told he had problems since coming back from Afghanistan but except for one dream it just didn’t show. Therefore the whole refusing to try something with Bear part didn’t feel valid. I didn’t get invested in the characters and Bear could have been more fleshed out.

This is part of a series which I didn’t know before I read it. I started to suspect it though while reading when characters showed up as if the reader already knew them. It’s still possible to read it without having read earlier

There are praising reviews for this so maybe you will be one of those who likes this story but this wasn’t for me unfortunately.

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Galley copy of Truck Me Back to Normal provided by JMS Books LLC in exchange of an honest review.


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