Angus has been with the same guy for 10 years. When his boyfriend breaks up with him the night of his 30th birthday party and announces his engagement to a 22-year-old less than 10 hours later, Angus is a mess. To put it lightly. He spends days in bed, drinks himself into a stupor every night, and ends up losing his job and his apartment. His best and oldest friend, Reece, decides it's time for an intervention. And a change of scenery.
Reece and Angus take off on a buddy trip across the US. They don t have much of a plan; they just start driving. It takes Angus a couple of days to do much more than grunt when Reece talks to him, but slowly he opens up. They drive, talk, heal, shout, drink a bit too much sometimes, dance, meet new friends and somewhere between Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine, they fall in love.
Which was the last thing in the world Angus expected.
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Narration not my cup of tea
Open Road is a dual POV New Adult story that begins with a devastating breakup leading to much wallowing, excessive drinking and a hell of a lot of self indulgence from Angus in the first part. Then best friend Reece (who secretly pines for Angus) comes to the rescue and take Angus on a (what ends up being a cross country) road trip and it switches to a best friends to lovers story in the second part. I far preferred the second part.
I hated the Brad character, and since we are only treated to seeing Brad's mean, discourteous and downright a**hole behavior I honestly couldn't understand how Angus mourned the relationship so deeply. I think if I had been able to see Brad as less of a cartoon villain, it might have made Angus's spiral into depression more understandable.
Regardless, once the road trip starts I began to love the story. I loved how O'Shea makes each of the visited cities (Las Vegas, New Orleans, Nashville, and New York City to name a few) an integral part of Angus and Reece's exploration of their friendship and romance.
This is a very tender, slow burn romance with just a little angst once you get past the wallowing in the first part. I might even classify it as "fluffy".
“But I would never do anything to jeopardize you and me unless I really thought something amazing could come out of it.”
Angus leaned in and gave Reece a long, slow kiss. “Yeah. I think you and I could be pretty amazing, don’t you?”
“I think we already are.”
For those who don't like a lot of sex in their romance novels, or are looking for only a light steam story, this fits that criteria well.
The narration has distinctive, separate character voices all done well with consistency...I just unfortunately did not like a single character voice Robbie D uses or his narration on the whole. I found some of his pronunciations frustrating, I didn't like the almost Thurston Howell III drawl for some characters, and I thought Angus sounded almost prepubescent, which was off-putting to say the least.
Overall, I wouldn't say the narration necessarily was bad, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I would definitely give Robbie D another try if he records in the future, but for the Open Road audiobook I'd absolutely recommend exercising caution before purchasing.
I loved the story, didn't care for the narrator
- Morgan A Skye