Reading Source: Scribd Audiobook / Kindle E-Book
Book #: 3
Genre: M/M Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
You definitely need to read at least the second book (Shifting Gears) before starting Test Drive. However, you should read the entire Crossroads Series, because they are all worth reading. Crossroads, the first book, sucked me in and I couldn’t get enough. However, my recent foray into M/M Romance is entirely the responsibility of Ella Frank’s Temptation Series.
Since Test Drive is the third book in the series, this review is going to be entirely about my emotional experience through this book. And oh, the emotions I felt. I swear, I cried pretty much the entire second half of the book. I felt for these characters, I suffered with them.
Amazon Description of Test Drive:
A double shot of devastating news turns Justin Evanson’s life upside down. When he learns his father has cancer, and he has siblings he never knew existed, he leaves everything behind and moves to Virginia to support his dad as he tries to make amends with his family—a family Justin’s not sure he has a place in. Things go from bad to worse when he discovers his recent hookup is his newfound sister’s brother-in-law.
Drew Sinclair never expected to see Justin after their night at the club or to discover their family connection. If anyone found out, it would give Drew’s brother another reason to hate him. But there’s something about Justin that draws him in, and it’s not only because they burn up the sheets together.
One meeting leads to another, and before Justin realizes it, Drew has become the only thing in his world he feels is his. And for the first time in his life, Drew knows what it means to be needed. Being there for Justin and supporting him when things spiral out of control feels right. But with so much happening so quickly, it’s hard to trust their feelings. Is this thing between them real? Or just a test drive before life forces them down two separate roads?
My Thoughts on Test Drive:
The journey that Justin Evanson took during Test Drive was harrowing. His father is sick, and he’s not the man he’s known his entire life. Not only did he have to deal with his father dying of cancer, he lost his understanding of where he stood in his father’s life. All of a sudden he has a brother and sister he never knew about, the children his father walked away from to raise him. Everyone is focused on how his siblings feel about the recent reemergence of a man that walked away from them so many years ago, but what about Justin?
This is where Drew Sinclair comes in. By chance, they meet and have a – let’s say – charged moment. That is where it was supposed to end. However, Drew is Justin’s new half-sister’s brother-in-law. Can we say messy? They keep their relationship secret, and not just because of how complicated it would be. Drew’s not out to his family yet.
As time progresses, Drew and Justin become more attached emotionally to one another. What starts as a “friendship” of sorts, becomes something so much more. Drew is Justin’s anchor in what is probably the most difficult time of his life.
I loved Drew for Justin. He was an island in the middle of a hurricane. Anything Justin needed, he was there for him. The scenes revolving around Justin’s father broke my heart, but I felt like Justin had the best support possible from Drew. It was well worth the box of Klenex.
On a side note, I started out listening to this book through Scribd. The narration is lacking in my opinion, so I switched to the e-book. Also, it looks ridiculous when you sob hysterically in your car… so I sobbed hysterically in the privacy of my home library. (Yeah, I have a home library – it’s a spare bedroom I converted into a library with the addition of many, many bookshelves and a loveseat. It’s also where my reptiles live. They too love books, and don’t judge when I cry.)