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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Road Trip” by A.F. Henley



For as long as Boyd can remember, he’s been pushing pins into a map. Carson City, Las Vegas, Albuquerque—all places he wants to see, for a dozen different reasons that wouldn’t mean a thing to anyone else. When he finally gets a chance to purchase the ’69 Road Runner of his dreams, at a price that even he can manage, Boyd jumps at the opportunity.

Oliver seems like just another kid with a broken dream when their paths cross in Vegas. Against Boyd’s better judgment, he offers to let Oliver hitch along for the ride when Oliver confides the need to get out and get gone.

But it’s not long before Boyd realizes Oliver’s reasons for running are more complicated—and more dangerous—than Oliver let on. But Boyd doesn’t like people who play hardball, and he definitely doesn’t like people messing with a man who’s managed to light a fuse that Boyd forgot he had.


I saw the title “Road Trip” and my heart went pitter-patter. I always love the idea of a road trip romance. There is something very intimate for two people in small spaces like cars, visiting places, and it decreases the sense of instant-love. So yes, I saw the title and I just jumped on it.

It was a decent read –unfortunately, I thought the road trip element was slightly disappointing. I knew that Boyd had wanted to visit those places for a long time but I felt that it didn’t have any significant impact to the story. I mean, yes, Boyd did some things, like going to the farm and ride horses, but it was not powerful enough to make the visiting places memorable to me. Maybe if Boyd took Oliver on the balloon ride, or he actually did some splurging in Vegas … just something big, you know? I just didn’t get the excitement of the road trip element much. Heck, even maybe if Boyd visited that old girlfriend of his, that would have added more “punch” to the story.

Having said that, I did like Boyd and Oliver’s relationship … I liked reading about the progress from strangers to something more in those seven days. I liked the age-gap (Boyd was 35 while Oliver was 24) that made Boyd hold back a little bit. I liked that while Oliver was a posture of destitute in the beginning, his story was not the usual “rent-boy” angst plot (I was worried there a little bit, but I was happy to be proven wrong).

Oh, and I also loved that Boyd and Oliver didn’t immediately fall forever in love after that seven days. No worries, we still have our hopeful happy ending. It was a good one too and I thought it was done in a believable way (in terms of the progress of their relationship). I felt satisfied; it was a lovely ending.



23459949Title: Road Trip
Author: A.F. Henley
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Pages: 122
Release Date: February 11, 2015
Purchase Links: Less Than Three Press, ARe, Amazon

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

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