Title: Road to the Sun
Author: Keira Andrews
Publishing Date: May 19, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance
Format: eBook, Paperback
Length: ~246 pages / 70,000 words
Rating: 3.5 Stars
A desperate father. A lonely ranger. Unexpected love that can’t be denied.
Jason Kellerman’s life revolves around his eight-year-old daughter. Teenage curiosity with his best friend led to Maggie’s birth, her mother tragically dying soon after. Insistent on raising his daughter himself, he was disowned by his wealthy family and has worked tirelessly to support Maggie—even bringing her west on a dream vacation. Only twenty-five, Jason hasn’t had time to even think about romance. So the last thing he expects is to question his sexuality after meeting an undeniably attractive park ranger.
Ben Hettler’s stuck. He loves working in the wild under Montana’s big sky, but at forty-one, his love life is non-existent, his ex-boyfriend just married and adopted, and Ben’s own dream of fatherhood feels impossibly out of reach. He’s attracted to Jason, but what’s the point? Besides the age difference and skittish Jason’s lack of experience, they live thousands of miles apart. Ben wants more than a meaningless fling.
Then a hunted criminal takes Maggie hostage, throwing Jason and Ben together in a desperate and dangerous search through endless miles of mountain forest. If they rescue Maggie against all odds, can they build a new family together and find a place to call home?
Road to the Sun is a May-December gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring adventure, angst, coming out, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Road to the Sun is a mix of romantic love, family love, and suspense. I have soft spot for characters with age gap and so couldn’t resist after catching the May/December tag on the blurb.
It started as a simple camping trip for Jason and his daughter Maggie. They struck up a friendship with Ranger Ben who help them getting to know the area better. I liked the dynamic between these three characters, the pull between man to man and man to kid and vice versa – unwittingly building close-knit among them – felt natural.
Jason was too jittery a person to my liking, on the other hand his eight year old acted more mature for her age. Even considering his past, I often wanted to shake him for his fleeing tendency, hastiness, and insecurities. Ben filled in the – sort of – drawback or imbalance with his presence; in fact the way he handled the situation with Jason endeared him to me (or it’s my silver fox preference talking! 😉 ).
That said, despite the natural way Ben and Jason drawn to one another, the attachment did feel too sudden, even taken into consideration the incident that befell this small group. From the alternate POVs between these men, I mostly picked up sexual attraction on Ben’s side and infatuation on Jason’s. To me that made the life-turning decision after the lull – while expected – such a leap.
The suspense aspect to me felt like an extra patches to the storyline. Not that I didn’t appreciate a certain character’s quick thinking and bravery, but I was hoping for more on this front than how it resolved here. Honestly that chapter of the book got me paused, thinking: That’s it? After all the trouble this villain caused, it’s just gonna end like that?? Doesn’t make the book a fail to me, though. Aside from that major hurdle, I enjoyed the writing (that there’s a minimum steamy scene is a plus for me). And at the end of the day, everybody was happy just like I closed the book with sappy smile on my face. 🙂
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.