Book Reviews

#20DaysToLA by Tanya Chris

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / New Adult / Romance
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 16-September-2020

Book Blurb

Braxton has a plan. To fly out to LA where he has an apartment and a coveted entry level job waiting for him. To build a life filled with the security and stability he never had as a kid. To find a husband who’s a lot like him: steady, smart, responsible, and capable of making good choices. To leave Connecticut and everything in it behind him, including his mother, her revolving door of suitors, and his straight ex-stepbrother.


Craig has a plan. To convince Braxton to drive out to LA with him. To see every last sight along the way, no matter how weird or expensive or out of the way. To have one last hurrah before embarking on the adult life he’s in no way ready for. And maybe to act on the bisexuality he’s kept to himself so far.


Whose plan wins? Is twenty days enough to make it from Connecticut to LA and from ex-stepbrothers to friends to happily-ever-after? Will Braxton’s stuffed bear, Mr. Lovey, find a real-life bear friend? Find out in this slow burn, friends to lovers, opposites attract, bi awakening, road trip romance in which there’s ONLY ONE BED.


Book Review

Typically the “College Age” subgenre is not one I pick up, but there was something about the blurb and the idea of a cross-country road trip that piqued my interest and I’m so glad I requested this book. This was such a sweet, fun, light, and humorous read. 


The story is told from Braxton’s point of view. He has “A Plan”. Or rather, a continuation of “A Plan” to get a good education in his chosen field (done - finance), get a good job (done – starts a job in LA in a month), and find Mr. Right who will be supportive, financially responsible, and wants the house with the white picket fence. 


With degree in hand, apartment rented in LA, now it’s a matter of getting there. He has budgeted for the plane and shipping his clothes out, but his former stepbrother, Craig, talks him into driving out over the next sixteen days and to save money, they’ll camp! It’ll be fun! 


What happens is one of the sweetest personal growth, young romance stories I’ve read. It really is a typical road trip – if it can go wrong it will go wrong. There will be miscommunication, irritation downright anger, money angst, and encounters with bears. What really made this work for me was the connection Braxton and Craig had, realizing that what they each wanted was always right in front of them. The perfection lies in the imperfection of the characters and how they cope with being on the road for twenty days.


The supporting characters also make a strong contribution to this book – Braxton’s relationship with his mother is unique, heartfelt, and evolves even at this point in Braxton’s life. His view of Tom, Craig’s father (and his former stepdad) shifts over the course of those long miles. I don’t think the plot would have been the same nor as strong if not for the parents’ contributions. 


There is a lot packed into these 260 pages and well worth the time to read. With well written characters, a cross-country road trip, and beautiful emotional engagement and growth, #20DaystoLA was delightful from start to end.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 267 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-August-2020
Price $2.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
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