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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In the conservative East Texas town of Black Creek, you’re either old money or you work for them. Redmond Cole is the latter. The long hours he spends fixing fancy cars in the local garage are barely enough to support himself, let alone his sixteen-year-old half-sister, Katie. All he wants is a better life for the both of them, one that’s easy and real, but he has a secret ...more
Published April 20th 2020 by Nine Star Press
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~Mindy Lynn~
3 Stars!

Redmond/Red is a guy who lives in a small town full of small minded people. He had a rough childhood. Lost his mother young and was raised by a strict/abusive Military father. He takes care of his 16 yr old sister who ran away from their toxic father as well. He works as a mechanic and is very good at his job. He's also a gay man terrified of coming out. But with a town full of hateful people I would be too. Then he meets Victor.

Victor invites him out for drinks after Red fixes his car.
Joyfully Jay
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Redmond Cole does his best to keep his head down and his mouth shut. Living as a gay man in a conservative small town is hard enough, but Red has more reasons than just prejudice and fear to keep him firmly in the closet. He’s also taking care of his sixteen-year-old sister and, with all her problems at school, there’s always the threat that the school won’t call him the next time something happens. Instead, they might call the Colonel, Red and Katie’s father and
Josh Dale
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, coming-out, romance
Drive is a quirky story of Redmond (Red) Cole, a closeted gay man who is breaking his back to stay afloat and care for his 16-year-old sister and himself.
Red must face up to his desires and fantasy’s as well as find the strength to be himself and live the life he dreams off.
When he meets Victor a customer at the workshop, he gets entangled in a D/s relationship of sorts. This allows him to experience a side of himself he did not know was there, but it also shows him that Victor is not able to of
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a lot different from what I thought it would be and it was kind of nice.
Red is a small town mechanic who's been in the closet his whole life. He meets Victor, a wealthy business man who takes Red under his wing and introduces him to pet play. Red gains confidence and befriends the only out gay man in town, but struggles to let anyone in.

This moved pretty quickly and I liked that the plot didn't go as I expected it would. Pet play isn't something you see many stories about and it'
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
**I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Drive is an intense MM contemporary romance surrounding mechanic, Red, and the mysterious, wealthy Victor. Red is raising his sister, Katie, trying to build a new friendship with Sean, and doesn't quite know what it is he has with Victor. The story is an entire rollercoaster ride of emotions the whole way through.

Content warnings absolutely apply on many different subje
Taylor Cerny
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Drive by Courtney Maguire - 5/5 stars

TW: Sexual assault within a relationship, sexual situations, homophobia, mentions of childhood abuse

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.

This book was not at ALL what I expected, and I honestly mean that in the best way possible. I went into this anticipating a BDSM-centric queer love story, mainly sex focused. And while it was that, it was also so much more and so much deeper.

I thought that some very important
Heather Grossart
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story, engaging characters, fun! A well written enjoyable read and I’m glad I got an advance read. A credit to the genre. 😊
Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 stars.
Red Cole is a 25 y/o closeted single gay man living in a conservative East Texas small town. He's working as a mechanic, barely making ends meet as he raises his 16 y/o half-sister Katie; she a bit of a troublemaker, and ran to Red when escaping from their abusive father three years ago.

Red does a great job fixing a custom Beemer for wealthy lawyer Victor Itachi, and hesitantly accepts Victor's invitation for a drink. It's a big step for Red, even if it's not a date. It's weird that V
Stephanie Panach
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really just wanted to give Redmond Cole a big hug and beat up all the bigots that seem to overwhelm his home town. This book is a graphic BDSM M/M story - with a very specific kink that may not be entirely understandable for your average reader. That being said, Redmond's draw to that kink is 100% understandable given his background and life story.

Red is closeted primarily because of the area he lives in. His town and community is extremely homophobic and he was raised in a family that was ext
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
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Apr 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: april-2020, arc, ebook
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a review copy. All opinions are my own.

This book is a one-star due to personal taste rather than outright "this is a bad book" type feelings. We follow Red, who is closeted in a small town where basically everyone is violently homophobic. He meets this rich guy, Victor, who convinces him to engage in a sexual relationship.

Here's my big gripe with the book, which is essentially the entire book: Red and Victor never really have a conversation
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Maguire is a new author to me and I'm so happy that I have read one of her books.
This book is done in first person POV and we are hearing Red's story. He lives in a small Texas town where if you're different you are an outcast. Red is terrified of people finding out he's gay. He meets a man Victor while working at the garage he works at and his whole life starts changing.
We are lead on events about unconventional relationship with Victor which if you're not into reading BDSM/puppy play the
Booked and Busy
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Nine Star Press for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED this book! I’m not usually a fan of small town romances but the town itself played a part in the taboo romance.

Drive follows our main characters Redmond ‘Red’ Cole as he struggles with his sexuality in small town Texas.

The relationship between Red and Victor is so tense you can cut it with a knife and I really enjoyed how the author portrays two men struggling with their sexuality in very
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Short version: this a 1.5 rounded up because there isnt anything dangerous in the story, just aspects that I find in poor taste. The plot between the sex is nice and you can almost skip the sex if you arent digging the kink but want to read about Red's personal journey being gay in a small town and a parent to his teen sister. You would lose about half the page count but you could do it. As far as the sex goes, the long version will go into the problems I have with it, but suffice it to say it i ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
DRIVE is about the passionate, whirlwind romance between Red, a working class, closeted mechanic in a small town, and Victor, a rich, mysterious lawyer. In just the first few pages, the two are already lusting after each other, without much wait or exposition, which lends itself to being a speedy read. As readers, we're swept off our feet just as quickly as Red is. Through the novel, Red is introduced to Victor's world of BDSM and petplay, while also building a friendship with Sean, the only out ...more
Stacy Bruton
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jessica Jaimes
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
*e-ARC provided by NeyGalley for my honest review*

So, i really enjoyed the way this book started, got me gripped with the first chapter. This is something different that I've read. A good different. I enjoyed this book, though i did feel that there could have been parts of the book that didn't really need to be it, just filler. For the title, I don't understand bc it isn't a book about cars except for the MC being a mechanic. MC is a gay man named Redmond living in a very closed-minded neighbor
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for my free copy in exchange for my honest review. I was interested in the story. It’s a story about Red who struggled with his sexuality in a small town. I felt so bad for him. He was such a good person who took in his younger teenage sister. The problem I had was Victor. I didn’t know how to feel about Victor. He was a complicated person who was hiding his own sexuality and was a bit controlling. I didn’t like how he treated his previous lover Toby. I was really disappoi ...more
Jini Clausen
This was an interesting read for me. I really liked Red, and loved the relationship with his sister, as well as his personal growth, and the friendships he develops. The kink in the book was a first for me, but it made sense in the context of what Red was going through. What really disappointed me was by the time Red was figuring his shit out, the book was over, and I wanted about 100 more pages to see where things went from there.
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm honestly not sure what to say about this book. On one hand, it was well written, but on the other the characters seemed a bit flat. I'll admit I was a bit put off by the way the story seemed to portray anything but the most vanilla of relationships as temporary aversions that aren't real. I understand it's supposed to take place in a backwater town, but I still couldn't really get over that. ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Quite nice and entertaining. I guess it‘s a novel for true romance lovers, who can do with a plot full of love and passion (and sex), but without too much depth. Quite interesting also that a female writer writes about gay love. But then, who cares about bio or gender categories any more. I enjoyed the read, but will probably forget the book real soon.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
The synopsis pulled me in to read this tale and with it being a MM novel, I was even more on board. I will say Drive does lead you down unexpected paths that I didn't see coming. I enjoyed the lifestyle of D/s that was shown throughout. But I wish there was more oomph. More zing! I would say it was a mediocre read; intimacy parts were entertaining and held my attention, and yes there were some moments that made me gasp... but would I say to a friend "go and buy this book?" No, I wouldn't.

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