Along for the Ride by Mimi Grace
𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: 3.5/5 STARS
𝗙𝗔𝗩𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗘 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗦: Jolene, Yvonne, Jason
𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗧 𝗙𝗔𝗩𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗘 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗦: Mark
𝗙𝗔𝗩𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗘 𝗔𝗦𝗣𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗦: The first half of the book is amazing. It’s everything one could want in a hate to love storyline. The chemistry between the Jason and Jolene is there but you’re also given a realistic reason why the hate dynamic is there. I appreciated seeing the shift in there relationship and finding common ground. They have one helluva road trip. Everything that goes wrong for them leads to everything going right between them.
It was so refreshing to read a romance that’s was between two characters of color. I don’t think that’s something we get a lot of, at least in terms of these traditional romance tropes. So I’m always down to read it. And it also was the perfect set up for some racial tense during their road trip through what I’m sure was a sundown town. I appreciated even with that moment, there wasn’t this overarching thing of “look at us, we aren’t white.” Because it can’t be a bit much and sometimes feel forced to other the characters.
This book gave me three tropes from my top five: one bed, friends-with-benefits, and hate-to-love. When I realized I was getting a one bed storyline, I knew I wouldn’t be putting this book down.
In the latter half, I loved the smut I got. Who wouldn’t want a sexy, Tongan dentist laying good pipe on the regular. Amen to that. And to top it all off, there was clear friendship development and a sense of care for one another. While it’s important to see these very traditional tropes written in color, I love that modern storylines aren’t always delivering toxic behavior in the relationships portrayed. These were two very adult people and they handled themselves as such.
LEAST FAVOURITE 𝗔𝗦𝗣𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗦: Not to give things away, but towards the last 80% of the book Jason does something out of character that sends Jolene’s life into a frenzied downfall. I might’ve been able to let it slide had the couple spent more time unpacking it. I also wasn’t too into how Jolene handled this unfortunate turn of events. I get not wanting to drag the book out,but the ball was dropped by forcing this into a tiny box with a cute bow. There was some real character development that could’ve happened in an extra chapter or two in addition to the epilogue.
𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗗 𝗙𝗢𝗥: If you enjoy hate to love , one bed, and /or friends with benefits tropes this is the one for you.
Overall I was pleased with book. I picked it up because the cover was so enticing. I love that we got a leading lady who was unquestionably Black on the cover and a man of color as her love interest. If you’d like a more in depth review of this book, check out this video on YouTube. If you’ve got any suggestions for books with similar tropes drop them below.