Driving into the Sun by Dev Bentham (5 Stars)

A beautiful romance develops during a journey across the country.

His former lover and boss caused Dusty Walker to lose everything, including his license to work in the financial world. He finds a ride with a stranger, Joe Black, to take him back home to his family. Fortunately, Joe turns out to be the savior Dusty needed. At the end of the trip, they need to decide if what they have with each other is real and lasting.

Dusty is such a nice person that it’s hard to believe he’s in his current situation. We learn it’s because he tends to make too many bad decisions. After anxiously watching him make another one, I was left to wonder if he would ever grow up. Although Joe has also made some major mistakes in his life, he has finally matured and is ready to start over. I loved watching Dusty and Joe slowly get to know each other while they drove together. Their heartfelt conversations and actions toward each other were beautiful and inspiring. There were several thoughtful discussions around prejudicial beliefs and behaviors. There were also moments with other family members that added some interesting drama to the story. As they developed deeper feelings toward each other, I was on edge wondering how they could make things work out. The author provided us with the perfect epilogue.

A beautiful story that gives new meaning to a road trip.

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Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

BLURB

Bad choices. We all make them, some more than others. Dusty’s choices have left him unemployed, broke and practically homeless. Despite the major issues he has with his family, his only rational choice is to sell everything and move into his parents’ basement. At thirty. Looking for a ride west, he answers a phone ad. The voice at the other end of the line flows like dark, rich honey. Finally something to look forward to—listening to Joe’s voice all the way from Illinois to Idaho.

Rather than the hip crooner of Dusty’s fantasies, Joe turns out to look more like a panhandler. Is that because Joe dresses down, or are Dusty’s preconceptions about Native Americans clouding his vision? Joe is silent more often than not. He has a complicated past and still has amends to make. But he is ready to move on. Dusty feels trapped. Two damaged men, one small car driving two thousand miles into the sun—sometimes things need to break down before they can get fixed.

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