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Driving into the Sun

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Bad choices. We all make them, some more than others. Dusty’s choices have left him unemployed, broke and practically homeless. Despite the major issues he has with his family, his only rational choice is to sell everything and move into his parents’ basement. At thirty. Looking for a ride west, he answers a phone ad. The voice at the other end of the line flows like dark, ...more
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Published September 23rd 2014 by Loose Id (first published September 22nd 2014)
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Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love road trips story. I agree with what Dev Bentham herself wrote in the acknowledgment chapter of this book (“cars are inherently intimate spaces”). I think there is something very intimate when it comes to road trip romance; when it’s just the two characters in small space, and have to find a way to fill in the time as they are travelling to places. So when Dev Bentham offered an arc copy for this to be reviewed, I just jumped on it without second thought.

And I LOVED it!! I loved how down-t
3.5 hearts

Dusty has to go back home. Back to the family that doesn't accept him. He has to go back because of the mistakes he's made. He's lost everything and has nowhere else to go.

He's lost so much that he has to hitch a ride with a (hot, sexy, brooding) stranger, Joe, back to the other side of the country. Poor Dusty.

The story is told from Dusty's POV and he was a really likeable, regular guy. He made some bad, bad choices. I think I may have been yelling at my kindle a few times. What made
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comfort-reads
Just one word: perfect.
A wonderful slow burn romance with two very real, very flawed men who have both experienced loss, professional and personal. Dusty's guilt and utter humiliation is heartbreaking and his showdown with his family had me doing the ugly cry. So much delicious hurt/comfort. I loved that not all issues were tied up in neat little HEA bows by the end.
Beautifully written, wonderful dialogue, with strong themes of family and redemption. It put me in mind of something Sarah Black might have written, whic
I don't really know here. This was a sweet story, but I'd have liked a bit more detail here and there. How Joe ended up an addict, how long Dusty was with Charlie, that sort of thing. Plus, while I liked Joe, I felt Dusty acted more like a 20 year old, not a 30 year old who'd been working a high paying, high stress, grown up, mature job for the past several years. I also felt the ending was a bit rushed. ...more
Something about Dusty and Joe resonated with me. They seem so human and real. This is a lovely, character-driven romance about strangers who share a cross-country drive. They make mistakes and learn and grow and fall in love along the way. (The attraction is quick but has none of the irritations of insta-love.) Recommended.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Really not sure how I feel about this book. I just didn't feel the chemistry between Joe and Dusty. I enjoyed the road trip and the conversations between both guys. Loved the epilogue. They are still a work in progress. ...more
Sep 13, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: whit
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This book takes two strangers on a road trip. Dusty hitches a ride back to his family to admit to them he’s now a persona non grata of the investment community after his ex was busted stealing peoples money. He’s been cleared legally but public opinion isn’t in his favor. Nobody will trust him with their money anymore. So he doesn’t really want to go but has no choice. He’s broke and jobless. Soon to be homeless as well.

Dusty puts in an ad asking for
Julie Hayes
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When you hit bottom, you’ve no way to go but up…

Dusty Walker is about to hit bottom. Bad enough he was duped by his boss/lover, along with a lot of other trusting souls who blindly placed their money in Charles’ hands. Now Charles is in prison, Dusty’s license has been revoked, and a spiral begun which can only end one way—with him crawling back to his homophobic family in Idaho. To the father and brother who despise him, and the mother he still loves, even after twelve years of never going home
Becky Condit
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When does running away from something turn into running to something? When does failure turn into success? When does fear turn into love? These are all questions Joe and Dusty don't even know they need to ask themselves but they find the answers together.

Joe is a Native American, an Army veteran, a nurse, and gay. His poor choice was alcohol. He is heading to Seattle to a new job and a new life and advertises for someone to share the ride and expenses. Dusty is a financial planner, broke, alone,
3.5 stars

I've always counted on this author to give me a warm, thoughtful, absorbing read. The characters are usually well drawn, pulling me into their worlds and issues. This book, mostly, delivered.

It took a little extra persuasion and time for me to cozy up to Dusty who’s made some pretty big mistakes which can be forgiven (except then he continues on that path with ‘the cowboy’ in this story). But he finally won me over. Really, it’s Joe and any focus put on his being Native American, and al
A.B. Gayle
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This makes it two out of two for this author's books so far for me. The character's backgrounds form an important part of her stories. They have affected who the character is and the issues they are dealing with.
Perhaps an expert in the field may be able to find an error or two, but from the point of view of a novice in the subject, her dealing in this case with a Native American seemed respectful and informed.
The complexity and gradual, realism of forging a strong bond won't satisfy the readers

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

I guess we never really know what the future brings us. Educated in college, a great future ahead as a financial planner, never in Dusty's wildest dreams did he think he would fall in love with someone who would not only betray him, but would destroy him and countless others.

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Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it

I loved it. Review to follow.
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Driving into the Sun by Dev Bentham is a beautiful romance of healing and new beginnings for two men who have finally begun to triumph over their disastrous pasts. This incredibly engaging story is an interesting study in contrasts between the men, their backgrounds, and their careers but the one thing they share in common is how much their personal choices have cost them both professionally and personally. It is also very fascinating that although their issues are completely different, the emot ...more
Angela Goodrich
Driving into the Sun is an absolutely beautiful love story: both external love between two people and internal love – learning to love yourself. Dusty is not in a good place in his life. He’s been unemployed for a year, ever since he lost his job in the financial industry and his boyfriend because his boyfriend was stealing peoples’ money. He feels he has no other choice but to move back home with his parents and hope that his brother will give him a job – not an exciting prospect as his father ...more
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4.5 star review by Cindy

I almost didn’t take this book because it sounded very sad, but I think I fell for Dusty as soon as I read the blurb of this story. I could imagine him feeling so lost and alone, regretting the choices he’s made in life and in love and then all of the sudden finding a light in the dark in the voice of a stranger.

Joe Black is looking for someone to share the expenses for the trip he’s making to his own new beginning. He’s not the man Dusty imagines him to be at first, but
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 4 hearts

Imagine what it would be like to hook up with a stranger and have to spend countless hours traveling while cooped up together in a confined space. It would be intimate sharing personal space with plenty of awkward silence and perhaps even more awkward exploratory questions as you attempt to get to know one another better. Then imagine another layer of complexity in trying to navigate through mixed up feelings around being different nationalities w
Alina Popescu
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written story. It starts with a Dusty who’s hit rock bottom and is now selling everything he owns to move back home, to his homophobic father and brother, hoping for a place to stay and for a job, both of which he’s bound to hate. As money is tighter than this former wealthy financial adviser has ever experienced, instead of flying home or getting a bus ticked, he decides to share the expenses and the long drive with a man he’s found on an ad board. Although he connects ins ...more
Rynn Yumako
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, mm
I'm torn about this one.

I really liked the beginning, the slow build-up, the roadtrip (always a plus in my book). But as soon as Dusty and Joe got together, the book lost me. I just didn't feel any chemistry between them, the sex scenes felt somehow awkwardly worded, and sadly, I can't enjoy a romance novel, if that part is lacking.

There were some really nice and touching scenes, but the ending was rushed and the solution to Dusty's dilemma was nothing special. I especially hated that Dusty's fa
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, read-2014
Reviewed by Brandilyn for Prism Book Alliance. Driving Into the Sun by Dev Bentham is your typical road trip turned love affair tale of romance, with a bit of a twist. Dusty has made some bad choices. He continues to make bad choice after bad choice. He is too proud and too into appearances to see when a situation is dangerous for him or those around him. This stubbornness leads to a lot of wound-licking. Instead of learning from his past mistakes, however, he just keeps making them over and ove ...more
Helen Shaw
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was a bit disappointed that we didn't get any insights into what was going on with any of the secondary characters in the epilogue. Would have liked to have an update on Al and his wife. And there was a bit of discrepancy in Dusty's relationship with his Aunt. Beginning of book they're described as "hadn't been close in year" but later it turns out she was "the only one in the family who knew...". That doesn't quite jive (at least imho). Nothing seriously wrong and will re-read. As I have all ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!
Both guys were flawed, but very sympathetic. My heart ached for poor Dusty in the beginning :( Joe was so dependable and strong, but with a problems and insecurities of his own. They balanced each other well and the road trip story was a pleasure to read :) Totally awesome epilogue!
Annabeth Albert
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bentham is absolutely auto-buy for me and this book may be her best. Road trip romance with a lot of heart and angst and just enough heat. The slow build towards the sexy really lets them fall into something deeper than lust. Dusty and Joe are sweet and memorable and I was rooting for them from their first conversation!
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was as good the second time round.
Elisa Rolle
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Driving into the Sun by Dev Bentham: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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