Thank you to Devney Perry and her team for the review copy of Quarter Miles, the third standalone book in Devney’s newest series Runaway.
Quarter Miles brings us the first story where the protagonist and the love interest are road tripping together.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“Katherine Gates has been in love with Cash Greer since the moment he saved her life from a runaway goat. According to Cash, she’s the little sister he never had, the greatest roommate in the world and his favorite coworker. They’re friends—best friends.
In the dark days of her youth, it was her friendships that kept her alive and made life in a junkyard worth living. So she’s learned to shove her feelings for Cash down deep, even if that means ignoring eyes that shine brighter than the Montana summer sun and the smile that illuminates the snowiest winter day.
Except with every passing year, the denial takes its toll on her wounded heart until one day Katherine decides to take an impulsive road trip to the Oregon coast. Alone. That is, until Cash cons his way into the passenger seat.
The farther they travel, the harder it is to pretend. And when she confesses her feelings, she learns that Cash has some secrets of his own. Secrets that will either bond them together.
Or rip them apart.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Katherine and Cash are the main characters of this story. Katherine has lived a life so stagnant for so long since she moved to Montana. After fleeing childhood in a California junkyard, she settled with a few friends at a resort/ranch. Flash forward many years, adult Catherine manages the resort now and is complacent with her life. The opportunity arises for a road trip to Oregon and she jumps on it. Katherine has known Cash ever since she’s moved to Montana, the two of them are even roommates. Cash is the younger brother in the family that owns the resort. He has always been told what to do rather than going after his own passions, and that extends into his love life.
- Setting: The bulk of the book is a road trip from Montana to the Oregon coast. Once the characters arrive in Oregon, they cannot help but be blown away by the beauty of the coast.
- Pacing: The story is paced extremely well. What I love about Devney’s writing is that she does not give everything away, the way she builds the characters’ backstories so effectively.
- Romance: Unlike previous standalones in this series the two characters have not just a history but a present. Cash and Katherine have lived as roommates and best friends, and the entire time Katherine has been in love with Cash. Katherine has been nervous to open up about how she truly feels, she is complacent in hoping one day Cash will admit his feelings. While Cash is oblivious to the amazing women and partner he has right in front of him. The road trip is the opportunity of a lifetime for these two to realize the love they have for each other and to chase a life together.
If I have not convinced you yet, check out this excerpt…
“Why did you turn the air on?” she asked, looking above us to the open air.
“I’m hot.” Desperate. What would it take for her to put on a goddamn sweater? “Are you wearing sunscreen?”
“Uh, no.” She gave me a sideways glance. “Why?”
“You’re going to get burned.” Get the sweater, Kat. You know you want to.
“I’ll be fine. At the next gas station, I’ll grab a bottle for us.”
Us. Why did that word sound so serious? It wasn’t the intimate kind of us. There was no us. Not in the couple sense of the word. Did I want there to be an us?
That lightning-fast internal response nearly had me slamming on the brakes, turning this car around and going back to Montana, where the world was normal.
Kat was my friend. My best friend. Roommate. Coworker. Pseudo sibling. There were days when I’d trade Easton for her permanently. Okay, any day. There were plenty of ways to label our relationship and us was not one.
I could not—would not—tear down the boundaries that nearly a decade and firm family reminders had put in place.
Quarter Miles receives five out of five stars.
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