Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Road Runner
Author: Rain Carrington
Heroes: Levi Kape/Bobby Dawes
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Rain Carrington
Release Date: October 20, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: In the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, lives a man who has secrets. Levi Kape watches people at a bar nightly, writing things in his notebook and trying to blend in with the locals. His secrets keep him from getting close to anyone until Bobby Dawes comes off the road after a long haul in his 18-wheeler. After getting to know Bobby, he realizes he’d never been close to anyone. That was about to change.
Levi can’t settle down and not because he doesn’t want to, but because it could endanger his life. Bobby is a gentle, loving and strong man who doesn’t do commitment. He’s also a man that Levi wants more than anything, including his own safety.
Danger causes Levi to leave but he can’t forget the truck driver that drove into his life, changing everything. When Levi leaves, Bobby goes back onto the road, trying to forget the “Golden God” he’d fallen for, but with some help from friends with connections to dark people and places, Bobby finds his man and swears never to let him go again.
Can they save each other not only from the men who want Levi dead but from years of never seeking or finding the love they found in one another? Will the ultimate betrayal cost them the trust they need to make it work between them? Can Bobby save him, or be lost in a dark world alone…
Review: This story has a little bit of everything in it. It’s sweet, suspensful, exciting and quite sexy and steamy at times. There’s also quite a bit of action, both in the bedroom and out.
Bobby is a studly muffin – big, bearded and just all around sexy. He is on his own, and due to his career choice as an owner/operator truck driver, has chosen to stay single. He is on the road too much for an actual relationship to be healthy and finds the nameless one-nighters just make things easier. When he finally makes it home after a long stretch, he meets a new guy in town, Levi, and his thoughts begin to change.
Levi is a sexy little thing, but he’s a bit mysterious. The pieces of his puzzle all fall into place fairly quickly though. His situation doesn’t allow for a relationship either, so he thinks Bobby is perfect for him. Fortunately, or unfortunately, these guys have a major spark. Because of this, Bobby remains adament that actually having sex would be a really bad idea. Thankfully, he doesn’t hold out for long though, and the sparks definitely fly.
What these guys tried to prevent comes to fruition, and they are forced to part ways. Their feelings are strong enough to bring them back together, but it’s a bit of a long road. Obstacles and betrayals get in their way more than once. And, just when you think they’re ready to ride off into the proverbial sunset, it happens again. This action gets quite suspensful and really kept things moving at a fast pace. Levi is betrayed first by his boyfriend, then even worse by the few people he considered friends, right down to those who vowed to protect him, taking us on one heck of a roller coaster ride.
There are some really interesting side characters here as well. Bobby’s friends, Hunter and Ethan, are super sexy, and I found I was really interested in seeing more of them. Ethan’s a little spitfire, and I loved how he manipulated Hunter in ways to help Hunter reach conclusions. Hunter is a big, sexy cattle rancher who is extremely protective of Ethan and his friends. There wasn’t much NOT to love about these two.
Levi was a successful debut author when things went bad. He had to give that all up when he went into hiding for fear of being recognized by his writing if he chose to continue. He ended up taking a slightly different path by breaking into the m/m romance genre. I loved all the details surrounding this, some of which even made me chuckle a time or two.
It takes a while, but these guys finally realize what’s important, who they can truly rely on, and what they really mean to each other. I like that things weren’t always easy or cut and dry, but that they did eventually get their HEA in the end.
This is my first book by Ms. Carrington, though I’m not sure how I managed to miss all of her other stories. There are quite a few characters here – Hunter/Ethan, Carter, etc. – whose stories I now am itching to to back and read. I enjoyed the no-nonsense feel to Ms. Carrington’s writing style and felt it throughtout the story. I definitely recommend you check Ms. Carrington out.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*