Title: More Than Distance
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Series: Chasing the Dream #5
Genre: NA Contemporary
She’s off-limits, but he’s the only one who can help her…
Carla Jackson has her life all mapped out, so when her plans fall apart she’s more lost than ever. A spot on the reality TV show Road Trip Race seems like the perfect escape, except she needs a partner. The only option is her brother’s best friend: the man she’s secretly loved forever and the last person she wants to be stuck in a car with.
Tech billionaire Ryan Evans has done everything he can to put his bitter past behind him. He’s avoided Carla ever since they shared a forbidden kiss six years ago, but when his best friend asks him to protect her on the show, he can’t refuse—even if the biggest threat to her heart might be himself.
As Carla and Ryan drive across the country while competing on the show, there’s no escaping the undeniable chemistry between them. But when they’re thrown off course, can they find their way home together?
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If you’re a fan of best-friend’s-little-sister romances, then you should have fun with this. I have to admit it’s a trope I don’t have much patience for at the moment, but I like this series and I’ve been waiting to see how Carla’s story would pan out. And for the most part it’s an enjoyable read, filled with reality TV challenges, a bit of drama, emotional angst and plenty of heat.
Although, if I’m honest, there isn’t much of a plot. Carla starts out the book with her plans already starting to disintegrate, when Ryan walks back into her life and everything else falls to pieces. For someone so smart and seemingly together in many ways, her flapping around at the beginning was kind of disappointing. She has a degree! Why did she get it if she isn’t going to use it? And if she loves engineering so much, why didn’t she stick with it? She’s a nice woman (a bit too nice at times) and so much more than her beautiful face, but there were times when I struggled to believe in her hidden depths.
Likewise with Ryan. He’s a billionaire app genius with a terrible relationship with his father. He’s always wanted Carla, but in order not to hurt her, he… er… hurts her. For me there was way too much overblown angst when it came to him and his feelings towards Carla. He’s a jerk, then he’s all over her, then he’s in love, then he’s doing it to protect her. His behaviour was sadly a bit too predictable for me. I could understand him not wanting to damage his relationship with Daniel, but he goes about so many things in completely the wrong way.
The reality TV plot was kind of a non-starter for me. There’s no real sense that they’re on television, even when they think about the cameras in the car. I usually like reality TV stories because of the weirdly skewed reality they present, but this one didn’t really bother with that. Mostly it’s a road trip book, which is still a good thing, but because of the challenges it was mostly driving and not much experiencing.
So overall it’s okay. I didn’t love it as much as the early books in the series, but it feels kind of on par with the latter few. In terms of romance it’s an easy read, with plenty of angst and lots of heat, and when the pair of them forget about everything else they are cute together. If you’re looking for something easy but with a high emotional drama rating and love a bit of angst regarding forbidden flings, then give this a go. It’s not the best in the series, but I still enjoyed it.
More Than Distance is Out Now.
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