A Caryn Release Day Review: Summer Ride by Susan Laine


Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

This book made me laugh.  But not in the way the author intended…

Toby and Jimmy are best friends in high school, but they lose touch almost immediately after graduation – Toby basically stopped returning calls.  It was never quite explained why – something about disapproving fathers – but bottom line, they haven’t seen each other or thought of each other in 5 years when they run into each other in an east coast bus stop.  Jimmy is looking for a map, and Toby is looking for a bus, and they both intend to head out west, no particular destination, and no particular plans, but both have something they need to escapr.  Jimmy graduated from Harvard and is now in Harvard Law School, and Toby has graduated with a degree in engineering and is now in grad school, also in Boston.  Jimmy asked Toby to drive with him because he’s always wondered what happened to their friendship, and Toby reluctantly agreed.

That’s the setup, and it’s all in the blurb, and there isn’t much else to the book.  They dance around each other, unwilling to admit what they’re running from, but eventually they find out that they’re both gay, both attracted to each other, and sex ensues.  Lots of it, and not much else, but at least this was the amusing part.  OMG, the purple prose!  My favorite line:

They kissed, Jimmy drinking from Toby’s succulent fountain.

I laughed out loud!  Then there was abuse of alliteration:

Toby continued torturing Jimmy with a lascivious litany of pornographic promises, sweet swears, and inviting imagery.

There is of course more, but those are my favorites.  Really these two guys were pretty interchangeable, there was nothing in particular distinguishing one from the other, and nothing at all that made me interested in knowing them, or invested in their relationship.  I was just enjoying things like the multiple near-wrecks when one or the other would react to something provocative that was said and the car would swing out of the lane, but then the driving would be perfect while they gave each other blowjobs.  Hmmmm, if you can maintain good driving skills during a blowjob, but lose them just because someone says something surprising, that doesn’t say much for the quality of the BJ, does it?

Anyway, they made it 3 days, got as far as Wisconsin, and then turned back around to face their demons in Boston, declared true love, and planned another road trip.  And had a lot of sex in the car on the way back, and only got caught by the cops once, which made them proud.  Guess ya gotta take your affirmations where you can…

Anyway, I did have to give this book an extra ½ point because the writing of the sex scenes just made me laugh so hard.  I would recommend this book for anyone else who wants to read more like that I copied above, because there is plenty more there!

Cover art by Tiferet Design really nailed it with these two models.  I can totally see them drinking from each other’s succulent fountains 🙂

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 112 pages
Expected publication: March 30th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition LanguageEnglish

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