Title: Indigo Road
Author: R.J. Jones
Genre: New Adult, Gay Romance, Contemporary
Cover artist: Meredith Russell
Two best friends take a year off to find themselves… and end up finding each other.
Joshua Simpson has just finished four years at Purdue University, but that’s not why he’s buzzing with excitement. Once they’ve said goodbye to their families, Josh and his best friend Alex are taking off to discover America in an old but reliable VW van, planning on not seeing snow for an entire year.
Josh has always considered himself straight—except for that one time in college—so when he and Alex are living in such close proximity on the road, he’s unsure what these new feelings mean. Is it because they’re spending 24/7 together, or is it something deeper? And does it really matter since Josh has only ever seen Alex with women?
While in Oregon, Josh meets Johnno, a sexy but confusing Aussie surfer. While having an impromptu surfing lesson, Johnno helps Josh realize who he is and what he wants—but Alex’s reaction leaves Josh confused.
From a Montana ranch to the bright lights and dangerous streets of Los Angeles to a dark and lonely deserted highway in Alabama, join Josh and Alex as they drive around the US, discovering not only who they are, but who they can be together.
“YOU FEELING okay?” Alex asked with a frown as I trudged back to Maude after having a quick shower at the RV site we’d stopped at.
We’d passed through what felt like a million national parks on our way to the Washington state line and when Alex flashed an annual parks pass to avoid entry fees, I realized just how much thought he’d put into this trip.
We’d left the ranch four days ago, but my muscles hadn’t recovered yet and I was slow at doing things, like collecting firewood or packing up. I was still exhausted, despite having plenty of sleep.
“Yeah, just sore from all the horse shit shoveling I did, I think.”
Alex came closer and cradled my face gently in his hands, searching my eyes for something. For a second I thought he was about to kiss me and I questioned whether I wanted him to or not. Before I could make up my mind, he kissed my forehead, his soft lips lingering for a second longer than necessary. My heart raced. Yes, I realized, I did want him to kiss me. At least I now knew the answer.
Alex and I hadn’t moved past the finger-holding stage. I sensed a hesitancy about him, and although I wanted more, I didn’t push. We fell asleep holding hands, only to wake up and pretend we hadn’t.
“You’re hot,” he exclaimed, releasing my face and stepping back.
“I just had a hot shower.”
“Yes, I’m sure I just had a shower.” I laughed, trying to make the concerned look in his eyes go away. It didn’t.
“Okay.” He nodded and started lighting the campfire, but he kept one worried eye on me.
After dinner, Alex doused the flames and crawled into bed beside me. I was half-asleep when he asked, “You want to watch a movie?”
“Hmm, sure.” I closed my eyes again, exhaustion pulling me under. A moment later, I felt Alex’s lips at my forehead once more. “Why are you kissing my head?” I asked without opening my eyes.
“I’m not kissing you, I’m checking your temperature. It’s a little high, by the way.”
“You’re checking my temperature?”
“Yes, your lips are more sensitive to temperature so it’s a more accurate way to check for a fever,” Alex stated matter-of-factly.
“Who told you that?” I asked, opening my eyes, only to close them again.
“Rachael was a nursing student.” When I looked at him again, he rolled his eyes. “I dated her for like, two months in our second year at Purdue.”
“You never kiss and tell, so don’t blame me for not remembering her.”
“Redhead, freckles. Big tits.”
Now I remembered. “She was cute.”
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About the author
R.J. Jones started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write.
It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower…
R.J.’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of her day. Not so. That shower scene ended up being 3000 words long and three hours of work. And still, they didn’t shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by her bed.
Whilst she was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If she ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
R.J. is a wife and a mother to two boys. She is surrounded by males. Even her dog is a boy.
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