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It’s July 3, 1976, the beginning of America’s bicentennial weekend, and everyone seems to be celebrating their freedoms except eighteen-year-old runaway Michael Ryder. Fresh from rural Pennsylvania, Michael is doing whatever and whoever it takes to get to San Francisco, where he hopes to find a new life with the freedom to love without fear.
While hitchhiking, a mysterious, tattooed biker named Snake offers him a ride west—on the back of his customized Harley chopper. During their journey across Route 66, Snake introduces Michael to new and steamy pleasures, leaving Michael aching for more than just a physical relationship. But a violent encounter with a cruel biker gang and a harrowing secret from Snake’s military past might destroy their unlikely relationship long before they reach the end of the road.
While on his travels to reach the “promised land”, Ryder collides with Snake (MC) and that’s when their lives change. It’s hot and crazy, heartbreaking and thrilling and lots of fun.
What’s really interesting to me is that I’m usually drawn to tough characters like Snake that have attitude; are strong, dangerous men who don’t tend to easily express a lot of emotion. I’ve never been drawn to sensitive or cute characters – until now. That being said, I don’t think those words really describe Ryder well but he’s certainly the more “flowery” of the duo and yet I found myself absolutely adoring him – kudos to Wadsworth for that.
The story is set over just one weekend which made the professions of love hard to swallow and the turning point in their relationship seemed to happen a little too easily too. I would have loved just a little more time on both those areas. Despite those niggles, I still really enjoyed the roller coaster ride very much. Remarkably there was a lot of ground covered in the short time frame; a lot of backstory, a lot of self discovery, LOTS and LOTS of hot sex, lots of trouble and some purely despicable side characters.
I think what I liked most about this book is that it was both “light and dark”. It’s easy to read but it covers some heavy topics.