Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on March 23, 2017
Length: 7 hours 5 min
A May-September forbidden romance between a Naval Captain and commander of a base and the college age son of a man in his command had me plenty intrigued. I already liked the author and the narrator’s works so anchors away.
Just Drive ended up being a contemporary piece that progressed gently and had a steady and simple plot. It was a fast attraction and that was the easy part. Finding a way to be together was the entire romantic conflict because according to Navy regs. If they are caught, it’s a career destroyer for both Paul and Sean’s dad.
Just Drive was a slow mover and the reader/listener has to pay attention to the real connection between this pair. Paul opens up about his past and where he screwed up some meaningful relationships and his issues after a pretty bad carrier landing crash. Sean talks a little, too, and tends to be the voice of reason for the pair even if he’s the younger one. I enjoyed seeing this pair together and hoped they’d find a way to be a couple though I was pretty sure what had to happen to achieve it and I was right.
This ended up being a rather tricky story for me. I liked it and even enjoyed it for the most part, but there were also a couple issues for me. While I loved this pair together, I felt that the story was padded out by the sex scenes and monologues on the part of both men repeating the same thoughts. It was already a story without a lot of elements and had simple connections between a limited cast of characters so it bogged down for me a bit in the middle as it went back over the same ground.
Then, there is a point where Sean is pushed too hard and he breaks. He goes on a diatribe to his dad that would make a fifteen year old sit up and take notes for future reference. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but it’s paired with a mental diatribe, too. The result is that it altered how I perceived him as an adult character or should I say, I struggled to see him as an adult after that. So, to be clear, it wasn’t his feelings or the situation, but just something about his monologue and the additional rant that took me there.
This leads me to pull a one eighty and say that the author addressed some issues that military folk face whether it is their career getting in the way of relationships or military dependents having to sacrifice right along with the one in the service. I thought this was a good thing to layer with this romance to give it depth.
As always when I pick up an audio book narrated by Nick J. Russo, I easily engaged with the story and his storytelling. His alternate voices and those of the surrounding cast of characters, attention to emotion, and tone of the writing was spot on.
All in all, I enjoyed this story with a few minor niggles. The author’s attention to setting, situation, and chemistry was good stuff. I would recommend this for those who enjoy a gently paced, spicy m/m Contemporary Romance.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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