It was like finally understanding the answer to an impossible question.
First of all let me tell you that the blurb for both Junkie and Rev give you no clue about the book, the character or the fact that it is M/M which is a shame since it highlights the sports but not the genre.
Ever had no words to describe a book? Well, this is one of those times. I loved the Hashtag series so much, Rome and Rimmel were the cutest and to this day I still re-read them but that series had two people who out of nowhere became my favorite. Trent and Drew. They literally happened out of the blue and I. Freaking. Loved. Them! When I finished the Hashtag series (the last book being #Bae) I had no idea that Trent and Drew had their own books out, I had seen the GearShark series but I didn’t even realize it was about them and then I saw a post on Instagram from the author about Trent and Drew and I have never 1-clicked faster in my entire reading life, ever!
Roughly 24 hrs later I had read Junkie and Rev and I was in book heaven. Side note, you will want to get both books because Junkie is a cliffhanger. Both books in dual POvs and equally split between the two leads.
For those familiar (or not) with the series, Drew is Ivy’s brother (Ivy is Rimmel’s friend from the Hashtag series) and Trent is kind of Rome’s pal, he was one of the people introduced when Rome was about to join his fraternity house but eventually didn’t. The two characters, Trent and Drew, were introduced as a couple very late in the story and we got to know a tiny bit about Trent before Drew came along so this book will probably make more sense to you if you’ve read the previous series otherwise it might take you a few chapters to get it.
Apart from the amazing characters which I was in love with prior to reading this, what I loved about these books were the natural progression of the story, Drew and Trent were buddies and the story allowed them time to develop and get confused before they even started to become more. I loved how the initial connection happened, probably one of the most powerful scenes in books I’ve read, ever. The characters go through an emotional scene at the end that broke me, I felt for them and wanted to physically step into the book and protect them, but ultimately this went right to my feels. ALL. THE. FEELS.
“Love isn’t easy, not for anyone, but you don’t push it away. You hold even tighter.”
Rev picks up where Junkie ended, in a cliffhanger so be warned, and again it is in dual POV with the blurb giving nothing away. Half of Junkie is about friendship and the other half is about those first awkward relationship moments which was so freaking adorable seeing these guys go, what is happening here? Is this a thing? I just loved it!
Trent is in a vulnerable position but things progress quickly and the best part about this book is that there’s no major drama. Drew and Trent take a big step in coming out to family members and Drew’s family is particularly strict.
“And though our relationship had many layers, they weren’t separate. Like my feelings for him weren’t kept in a neat little box beside the one where our friendship was. We swirled together. Like chocolate and vanilla soft serve, like ketchup and mustard on a burger. Our friendship was better because of our love. Our love was better because it blossomed out of friendship.”
I could talk about Trent and Drew all day long and probably write an essay on how beautifully this story progressed from strangers, to friends, to lovers. This is legit and utterly binge-read-worthy. Junkie and Rev had an element that few books in New Adult have, the story went slow and into their lives, we get the tiny details and the major scenes, how they eat their fries and how they deal with major life changing events, by the time I got to Rev, I knew these guys, I knew them like I was their friend, like I’ve lived with them for all my life it was amazing how connected I felt to them. I would nod along with their inner thoughts and feel their confusion and anger and love. They were great friends but OMG as a couple? They easily made my Top 5 list! I’m talking about slow burn romance with explosive scenes and amazing chemistry, all the kudos to the author for providing a perfect balance between friendship and relationship.
And as for the sports part of the story that was a bonus, I’m not a fun of sports in books if they take up a big part of the story but the racing in this one felt like another part of them, I enjoyed “being” in that world.
I loved it, and I loved them and I need to re-read again and again and again. If you’ve read the Hashtag series then you might want to jump in this one, if you haven’t I think you can still follow the story easily if you don’t mind major spoilers for it. #AllTheFeels