One for the Road by Kate Hawthorne - Review and Giveaway

One For the Road is Kate Hawthorne's latest offering, re-uniting Max and Rome in their home town - the one that Max abandoned years before... 

From the blurb:


I left St. Jack’s Bay ten years ago and haven’t looked back once. Unless you count all the times I close my eyes and think about Rome Anderson kissing me on the water tower or all of the firsts we shared in my cramped teenage bedroom. Being in love with Rome as a teenager was serious and scary, so I did the only thing I knew how to do—I ran.

I should have known it would only be a matter of time before life called me back to the small town we grew up in, and also back to Rome who’s never left. I’m only home for a week and the two of us are fresh out of firsts, but neither of us seems to be against the idea of sharing some last times together instead.


I’ve never stopped loving Max, but over the years, I’ve definitely started to hate him. At seventeen, I got left behind, but it worked out okay in the end. I own the only bar in town, I date when I want to, and Max’s twin sister Lydia is my best friend. Life isn’t what it was supposed to be, but it’s not horrible.

Max is back now and taking him to bed was a terrible idea because it’s not long before I don’t hate him at all. I love Max and I want him to be mine, but we’ve both been here before. I know it’s only a matter of time before he breaks my heart and heads back on the road, leaving me—and our future—behind once again.

One For the Road is a small town, second chance romance that proves sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder.

cw: parental death

Heather's Review:

I will admit that I actually set this book aside for a bit because I couldn't connect with these two men on the first try... the beginning was a little confusing and had them both dealing with relationships with other men, so the build to their story was longer than I was expecting and it took me a long time to warm to them, particularly as a couple...

I'm glad I pushed through and re-started the book because it got better as I went along and I truly enjoyed the ending and the way they reached their HEA.  This book was a little kinky, pretty steamy and once we were into the heart of the story, moved well!  While I'm sure Kate will tell you this is a standalone book, I'm rooting for Hendrix to get his HEA in L.A. soon!

Rating: 4 Stars

Janet's Review:

One for the Road is intense and emotional and just so freakin good! Max and Rome were best friends, turned lovers as teenagers. They were going to leave town together, but Max gets scared. He leaves Rome behind. 

When he comes back for his mother’s funeral, they meet again. Now they have to confront all those pesky feelings and issues he tried to hide from. 

I’ll admit I struggled at first to connect with the characters, but I knew this author wouldn’t steer me wrong and I kept going. I’m so glad I did! 

Overall, a fantastic read, gut punching powerful. Well written!

Rating: 5 Stars

One For the Road is available as a paperback and an e-book and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription

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About the Author

With over two dozen published romances to her name, Kate Hawthorne has built a recognizable brand around telling emotional stories that pack a figurative (and sometimes literal) punch.

Existing on a steady diet of wine and coffee, Kate spends her days dreaming up angsty stories full of heat, kink, and heart. Kate now lives in Louisville, where she writes romance, reads romance, and hides from the humidity.

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