Dee Matthews is the cohost of the smash-hit podcast Did I Forget To Tell You?, where she interviews family, friends, and past lovers. Nothing is off limits, except for one man (known on the show only as Name Redacted) who happens to be her high school best friend Ben. During their senior year spring break, Dee and Ben took a road trip to visit Ben’s grandma. They buried a time capsule in her backyard, pledging to return in ten years to open it. Then their friendship fell apart in spectacular fashion. They haven’t spoken to each other since.
Ben Porter’s life since that moment has been unexciting but comfortable, until his grandma reveals a family secret that flips his whole world upside down. Her dying wish is for him to stop doing what is safest and go after what he really wants. He starts by showing up on Dee’s doorstep with every intention of fulfilling their long-ago promise. Despite her reservations, Dee can’t say no. This trip could be her chance to give her listeners the Name Redacted interview they’ve been begging for–and finally put her unresolved feelings for Ben to rest.
As the miles fly by, Dee and Ben’s friendship reignites. But the closer they get to reaching their destination, the more apparent it becomes that their attraction to each other cannot be ignored. Their last adventure ended in disaster, and they’re about to find out if any hope of a future together is in the rear view mirror.
Title: A Thousand Miles
Author: Bridget Morrissey
Publication Date: June 21, 2022
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
This was a lovely roadtrip, ex bffs, second chance romance with uniquely likable characters.
In this book, we follow Dee and Ben as they take a road trip 10 years after their relationship went off the rails. I loved getting to know Dee and Ben, especially when they were together. Their relationship and personalities were unique and specific enough to be memorable and realistic. I didn’t feel like I was getting regurgitated characters but people who were unique to the book and the plot.
I also really liked getting to read excerpts from Dee’s podcast. It gave small insights into her personality and her relationship with Ben. Also, they were so funny! Dee in general was really funny, but her personality really shined in her podcasts.
The romance was so nice! There was a one-bed trope (!!!) and soooo much pining. Which, honestly, what road trip romance wouldn’t be complete without a one-bed trope.
There was something missing from the novel which made it a book I liked rather than loved. The romance was awesome at the beginning and began to fizzle to boring towards the end. I loved the end grand gesture scene, but that last third section of their romance wasn’t amazing.
Overall, this was a nice book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and going through this adventure with them.
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