REVIEW: “OPEN ROAD” by M.J. O’Shea

open-road

TITLE: Open Road
AUTHOR: M.J. O’Shea
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Contemporary
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 6.99 e-book  on Dreamspinner Press Store
LENGHT: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: 25th July 2016

 

BLURB:  Angus has been with the same guy for ten years. When his boyfriend breaks up with him the night of his thirtieth birthday party and announces his engagement to a twenty-two-year-old less than ten hours later, Angus is… a mess. To put it lightly. He spends days in bed, drinks himself into a stupor every night, and ends up losing his job and his apartment. His best and oldest friend, Reece, decides it’s time for an intervention. And a change of scenery.

Reece and Angus take off on a buddy trip across the US. They don’t have much of a plan; they just start driving. It takes Angus a couple of days to do much more than grunt when Reece talks to him, but slowly he opens up. They drive, talk, heal, shout, drink a bit too much sometimes, dance, meet new friends… and somewhere between Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine, they fall in love.

Which was the last thing in the world Angus expected.

 

12833361_10205887579250242_1339245014_nOpen Road is a great story I read in one sitting. It has the elements of an amazing read from the bestfriends-to-lovers motive to the on-the-road adventures. I couldn’t put it down.

The plot is fairly simple. We meet Angus and Reece, who are best friends, and get to know how they are getting ready for Angus’ thirtieth birthday. The big event ends in a disaster when Angus’ long-time partner breaks up with him, sending Angus in a downward spiral, causing him lose everything… except his bestest friend in the whole world. The first part of the book is pretty heartbreaking, and I hated Brad from the bottom of my heart even before he appeared on the pages and had no clue why Angus had stayed with that douchebag for so long. I wanted to shake him and say “hey… good for you… just move on…” but luckily we have Reece to do it in a more effective way. I really love M.J. O’Shea’s writing style. Her characters are very real and they create true emotions in the readers. I felt I was part of the adventures Reece and Angus experienced while they travelled across the continent, getting to know themselves and each other in a completely new way, seeing each other in completely new light, discovering how their lifelong friendship might promise more for the future.

The plot and the conflict of the story might be simple but the twist the writer gives to the plotline with the on-the-road adventure is exceptional. If you love travelling, being on the road, seeing and discovering new places this is a definite must read for you. The descriptions are vivid and very lifelike. I have been fortunate enough to have seen quite many places our guys visit during their journey so their story spoke to me on a whole different level.

This is a heartwarming love story, combined with some Jack Kerouac feelings. I had a great time reading it, hope you will too. Enjoy!

 

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**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.****

 

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