Ethan Domani had planned the perfect graduation trip before tragedy put his life on hold. Smothered by survivor’s guilt and his close-knit family, he makes a break for the open road. He doesn't know what he's looking for, but he's got the whole summer to figure out who he misses more: his boyfriend, or the person he thought he was. It’s just him and his memories . . . until he almost runs over a hitchhiker.
Nick Hamilton made some mistakes after his younger brother died. His violent ex-boyfriend was the most dangerous, and the one that got him shipped off to Camp Cornerstone’s pray-the-gay-away boot camp. His eighteenth birthday brings escape, and a close call with an idiot in a station wagon. Stranger danger aside, Nick’s homeless, broke, and alone. A ride with Ethan is the best option he’s got.
The creepy corners of roadside America have nothing on the darkness haunting Ethan and Nick. Every interstate brings them closer to uncharted emotional territory. When Nick’s past shows up in their rearview mirror, the detour might take them off the map altogether.
Abuse, death, and a villainous ex-boyfriend don't sound like ingredients for an uplifting contemporary romance, but Herberth and Moore (Peripheral People) manage to inject hope into more than one seemingly hopeless situation. Ethan Domani is recovering from the traumatic death of his boyfriend, Scott, in a school shooting, when he embarks on the road trip he and Scott had planned. On a dark road, Ethan nearly runs over Nick Hamilton, who walked away from the anti-gay "conversion therapy" program his parents enrolled him in on his 18th birthday. Nick is hitchhiking, not sure where to turn, when Ethan offers him a ride. Nick's parents are trying to find him, as is his evil ex, Kyle, a character completely without redeeming qualities. Ethan ends up taking Nick along on his road trip. Touring the Southwest somehow heals what's broken in them both, but when Kyle begins stalking them all bets are off. The authors handle multiple sensitive issues with grace and understanding and create deeply moving frailties in their heroes. This is an often bittersweet treat.
Discovering destiny taking a "DETOUR" .....
Letting go of the past and living in the now dictates how Ethan and Nicholas experience their short three week brief encounter. Holding onto feelings, negative thoughts, experiences, or events in their past when doing so may bring pain and discomfort. Living in the spirit of freedom, together, Ethan and Nick have to free themselves from the bondage of the past, free to live in the present moment, now, to let go of their past. Eighteen year old Ethan's solitary lonely summer road trip becomes a real adventure when he nearly runs over a lone hitch hiker, seventeen year old Nick Hamilton, in the trip's beginning during a heavy rain downpour at nightfall around eight p.m.. Their first defensive encounter develops between Ethan and Nick as they drop initial hesitation, acknowledging a gradual trust and acceptance of their honesty and trust in each other; painful memories disclosed; opening up to new ways of thinking; accepting clues introducing each to a relationship neither expect. Releasing hesitation, open to new beginnings, neither are prepared for their destiny - together - a detour in accepting the freedom of romance and love ....