Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: The Road Home
AUTHOR: Elsa Winters & Brad Vance
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 183 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 25th, 2016
“I’m your friend, Andrew. I think I’m the only friend you’ve got.”
Nick Carpenter grew up in the foster system after watching his parents die in a car crash. Now, he’s finally found a place for himself as an EMT. Partnered with a gruff but very competent paramedic as his first assignment in Seattle, he figures that it’s best to keep this working relationship strictly professional, even if Andrew is hot as hell.
“You let the patient talk, Nick, because sooner or later they’ll probably tell you what you need to know.”
Andrew Hazard loves his job, even if he gets paired with a different EMT every couple weeks. Once an EMT proves himself incompetent, Andrew makes no effort to be friends with them. That’s why it’s such a relief when Nick comes along. He keeps the ambulance stocked, he can drive well, and he knows how to start an IV. He’s great at saving lives, and also a great person to hang out with. From hiking to movies, they find themselves spending a lot of time with each other. Nick’s homosexuality definitely isn’t a problem, even though Andrew’s girlfriend jokes that he wants to spend more time with Nick than with her.
“You wanna go on an adventure?”
When Andrew gets the chance of a lifetime – going to the prestigious UCLA Medical School – his girlfriend doesn’t share his enthusiasm. And so, freshly broken up, Andrew asks Nick to go with him on a road trip down south to check out the area. Nick wants to keep him as his best friend, even though his romantic feelings have reached a fever pitch. But he also realizes that this could be his last chance to let Andrew know how he feels. Will Andrew let Nick into his heart, or will this road trip be their last hurrah?
I think I liked the idea of The Road Home more than I liked the actual book. This had all the elements I really enjoy in a book. First responders, unrequited love, huge crushes, hot men, and action…but somewhere it just sort of fell short for me.
Nick Carpenter is finally in a happy place. Being an EMT and helping people is exactly what he wants to do. But being partnered with the unbelievably successful and incredibly gorgeous paramedic, Andrew Hazard is just icing on the cake.
As these things tend to go, out and proud Nick develops a huge crush on his seemingly straight work partner, Andrew.
Working so closely together day in and day out has Nick and Andrew developing a solid friendship.
Outside of work their bond gets stronger and the two go on a road trip that allows them the opportunity to test how solid their friendship really is.
Andrew and Nick were an enigma to me. I got the friendship, without a doubt but the romantic element didn’t seem right. It seemed like Andrew wanted to remain friends but gave into Nick. I didn’t really get it. The sex was good, and hot. They definitely had chemistry but I wish there was more behind the feelings involving these two.
I think this writing partnership was solid, however. The story flowed well and I really enjoyed Andrew and Nick as partners.
Overall, I liked the story. It kept me interested but it was also very puzzling and the ending was a tad disappointing. I feel like there should be more.