He turned to me, that grin playing at his lips. “My name is Riley. And I’m a Pisces.”
Colin Hartman can’t seem to finish anything, which is why he is making the trip home to North Carolina after losing his scholarship and flunking out of college. It’s a drive he’s made many, many times, but his boring road trip suddenly changes when he walks into a backwoods gas station and meets a man in skin tight jeans who looks like he just walked off a fashion runway. When he overhears the man saying he needs a ride, what else is he supposed to do but offer to take him where he needs to go?
Riley only intends to stay with Colin long enough to get to the first destination on his list. Hopefully he’ll find what he’s looking for when he gets there. He just needs to feel again. Something. Anything. Good. Bad. As long as it wipes this nothingness away. He doesn’t intend to stay with Colin for longer than it takes to get to the Grand Canyon, but Colin has quit everything else and once he sees the shadows in Riley’s eyes he is determined that he won’t quit the man who he has dubbed his Catwalk. This will be the one thing he succeeds at.
So I could either wipe my hands and mosey on my way, get home to North Carolina and start working up a storm, or I could stick with Riley. Take him where he needed to go next and see if I cold infuse a little bit of solid into whatever was making him drift.
I sounded like a damn poet.
“Where’re ya headed to next, Catwalk?” I asked.
So everything you might be expecting after reading the blurb just know that it all that and then so much more. Just more. Sexier, dirtier, more heartbreaking, and when you finally get to the end the joy and gladness of these two overcoming the odds will overwhelm you. There are so many ups and downs. This story is told entirely from Colin’s POV, but it’s Riley who guides the tone has his moods fluctuate from extreme happiness to deep despair. Ms. Erickson tackles some delicate subject matter that is often alluded to romance, but be warned it’s so very realistic and raw that there will be parts that are just hard to read. Riley not only suffers from depression and anorexia, but his dependancy on Colin toward the end becomes frightening.
There’s a journey that each man must take both apart and together in order to get better and find their happily ever after. What ever that may be. I loved these two together. I loved the flirtiness, the possessive jealous sex, Colin learning that going home to his family is okay and Riley discovering he has something to live for. I especially appreciated the message that love is a beautiful thing, but it’s not a cure all. Riley must want to get better for himself and Colin needed to realize that he wasn’t quitting or letting go by stepping back so Riley could figure that out.
I don’t want to scare you… yes, there are lots of downs, but there are ups and they’re so lovely. Colin and Riley connect and fall in love and have dirty, dirty sex. They figure out that they each other’s “one”. It’s a roller coaster of happiness and sadness, but ultimately there is a HEA. One I think you’ll be satisfied with.
This book is just so much. I loved it. Every part, from the happy to the sad to the very end. I can’t imagine where this series goes from here. I thoroughly enjoyed Trust the Focus (I still love you JusLan), so imagine my surprise when this book simply blew me away. I most definitely, 100% recommend this book to anyone. Don’t let the NA label deter you, these are grown ups, dealing with grown up situations and feelings. Another excellent read by a very gifted author. Final Grade- A
“You made a difference in his life, just like he made a difference in yours. You have to quit keeping this tab in your head of what you lost and what you won. Because then you miss the journey.”