Reviewed by Ami
Title: American Road Trip
Author: Sarah Black
Heroes: James Lee Hooker/Easy Jacobs
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 86 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A single moment—or a single mistake—can change everything.
When Captain James Lee Hooker and his lover, Sergeant Easy Jacobs, were in the Army, they made a mistake that got a young soldier hurt. Three years later, they’re civilians again, living far apart, haunted by what they lost. Now that young soldier needs their help.
With his grandmother’s one-eyed Chihuahua riding shotgun, James Lee climbs into Easy’s pickup for a trip across the American Southwest. They set out to rescue a friend, but their journey transforms them with the power of forgiveness.
Dear Sarah Black,
I miss your writing and way of storytelling so much. Thanks for returning into my reading life after FIVE long years
Your long-time fan
Captain James “Jamie” Lee Hooker broke up Platoon Sergeant Easy Jacobs because they both were in the same platoon in the army. Jamie Lee thought that it was the right thing to do … they couldn’t afford to lose concentration in the battlefield because they were lovers. It still didn’t stop the accident that hurt one of the young officers in their charge.
Three years later, after Jamie Lee left the Army, Easy came to him to ask for help to look for his missing cousin. Together, with Jamie Lee’s grandmother’s dog, Tino, they embraced a road trip to look for Austin while dealing with issues that were still there under the surface.
When I saw American Road Trip listed on Dreamspinner Press’ newsletter, I squeaked with joy and requested the advanced copy without even reading the blurb. I LOVE Sarah Black’s stories. She has a distinct style of writing and storytelling that separates herself from other authors I read in this genre. In short, I am a long-time fan. She hasn’t released any books since 2013 – so it has been a LONG time waiting.
Sarah Black rarely makes the conversation straight-to-the-point. There are lovely implicit nuances from the dialog exchanged between his characters. For me, that’s the beauty of her writing. She sharpens my reading intuition, of reading between the lines, to discover how Jamie Lee and Easy still love each other so much, as well as understanding the hurt that Easy feels when Jamie Lee breaks up with him and then walks away.
But there’s also humor … oh, such tender humor, of Easy making a jest about Jamie Lee’s growing hair, or of Jamie Lee commenting on Easy’s appetite for burgers. Or the WILD stories that they both create to explain Tino (the dog) losing one eye.
American Road Trip is a lovely return from Sarah Black. I hope this means she will release another book soon and not making me wait for another five years.
“I would have married you the first time we
sat in a diner together. When you leaned over and
kissed me and tasted like cherry pie.”
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*