Review: Along for the Ride by Mimi Grace

I knew I wanted to read Along for the Ride when I saw the cover. I mean, look at it! The writing stood up to it and made me want to take my own long road trip!

THIS ROAD TO LOVE MAY HAVE A FEW SPEED BUMPS…

Along For the Ride CoverFormer hot mess Jolene Baxter is committed to doing better. It’s why she offered to help her sister and brother-in-law move across the country. However, her goodwill is tested when last minute changes—mainly her father ditching her for an all-expenses-paid vacation—forces her to make the journey with a man who is the human version of a pebble in her shoe.

Jason Akana operates on lists and bitter coffee, but none of those things will help him on a sixteen-hour trip with the most infuriating woman. Maybe they can get along and forget their heated confrontation five years ago at his best friend’s wedding…when pigs fly.

But the addition of vehicle problems, an unplanned pit stop in a small town, and chemistry that inconveniently tags along, shifts their perspectives. And once the dust settles after their trip, a tentative friendship emerges.

Will these two stubborn people successfully navigate the unexpected feelings that follow close behind? Or will they hit a roadblock before reaching happily ever after? (Goodreads) Goodreads

I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Along for the Ride needs trigger warnings for theft of items from an unoccupied moving van, sexual harassment from a work contact, and discussion of a deceased parent.

I really liked Jason and Jolene as people separately and together. They had a legitimate reason not to like each other in their pasts and got over it quickly enough once they actually talked about it. It was lovely.

I loved that the romance flagged when they returned home from their trip. It’s easy to fall in love when you’re stuck together for days at a time. It’s much harder to build a life together in the real world when you have jobs and families to take care of. I thought Grace did a great job showing those struggles while still making it clear how much they made each other’s lives better. That’s something that some romance authors fail to do, but not this one.  I also liked that their careers really influenced the plot, instead of being background noise.

This book also had several eminently punchable characters, so if you like those, you’ll be in luck. They get taken down a peg or two during the story, which is nice.

Overall, I really loved this story and I can’t wait to see what comes next from Grace! You can pick up a copy for yourself on Amazon.

ABOUT ALONG FOR THE RIDE

Title: Along for the Ride

Author: Mimi Grace

Publisher: Self

Release Date: July 16, 2019

Rating: Recommended

Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction

Representation: black woman main character, asian man main character

Tropes: forced proximity, enemies to friends with benefits to lovers, 

 

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