Romances of friends to lovers are some of my favorites and it's what drew me to this book in the first place. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Boy on a Train by Leslie McAdam, along with my impressions of it. You'll also get more info into the All American Boy series, a collection of 15 books featuring a delicious smorgasbord of heroes, that this release is part of and that you don't want to miss!
My best friend Tate and I have plans. Big plans.
1. Get the hell out of Merlot, California.
2. Ride trains around the world.
Though I have a secret third entry on the list of things I want to do...
3. Tate Lemieux
But when my family gets a life-changing diagnosis just as I'm about to graduate, all my plans look like they’ll go up in smoke.
Right when I finally get the chance to be with the boy I’ve always loved...Will it end before it’s even begun?
Boy on the Train is a 38,000 word standalone new adult friends to lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Leslie McAdam full of sweet tension, fun banter & a side of family drama.
THE ALL AMERICAN BOYS SERIES.... Welcome to Merlot, CA, an idyllic all-American town in wine country where love is in the air, the boys are grown as fine as the wine and the town is a breeding ground for second-chances, weddings, and brand-new beginnings. Enjoy 15 books by 15 of your favorite bestselling and award-winning authors in this shared world standalones series set in the fictional wine country of Merlot, CA. The All-American Boy Series gives you a taste of 15 of your favorite bestselling authors’ brand new stories in this shared world experience. All books are standalone but may include cross- over in characters or scenes. So grab a glass of wine, put your feet up and let us whisk you away to wine country. Releases begin January 25th through February 12th!
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
From the moment I started reading this book I knew I was in for an entertaining journey, one that ultimately charmed me and put a smile on my face courtesy of its immensely appealing main couple. In this story of friends to lovers Ms. McAdam introduces readers to a pair who are on the cusp of adulthood, heading off to college with all the emotions surrounding the upcoming changes. Add in a life-threatening illness and this story took on an even more realistic turn that kept me frantically turning the pages. These characters may have started out young in age, but life and their choices showed a mature pair who I was rooting for every step of the way in a journey that pulled on every one of my heartstrings!
Tate Lemieux and Audrey have been in each other's lives for years, closer than close as friends with feelings that have slowly started turning romantic. Fear may have held Audrey back before from these feelings, but Tate's fully invested in these romantic changes and becomes determined to be the best boyfriend ever...the kind of boyfriend Audrey deserves. From that moment Tate reads and researches all he can, including an utterly endearing chat with his brothers, to give Audrey the perfect romance and along the way I added him to my list of Book Boyfriends. Tate's a sweet and caring young man, one with a heart of gold, who unwaveringly supports Audrey when she needs him most. He's what every young woman would want in their first romance and just thinking about him now gives me all sorts of warm fuzzies. Audrey too is very likable, easy to relate to, and watching her deal with both the joys of love and the sadness of family drama brought back memories of my own teen years. Watching this pair navigate life and love was the perfect slice of life and it was a perfect way to spend the afternoon.
Through its emotional storyline, unforgettable main couple, and realistically crafted relationship Ms. McAdam has crafted a delightful read! It was heartwarming, endearing, with humor and a few tears along the way to fully immerse me in Audrey and Tate's journey to adulthood. Alongside this near-perfect main couple was Tate's brothers who made this story even richer and more endearing through their talks with him. From the first page to the last this was a story I wholeheartedly recommend, a story that had me wanting to start reading it all over again once I reached The End!
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie's first published book, The Sun and the Moon, won a 2015 Watty, which is the world's largest online writing competition. She's gone on to receive additional literary awards and has been featured in multiple publications, including Cosmopolitan.com. Her books have been Top 100 Bestsellers on both Amazon and Apple Books. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men of your fantasies.