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Indigo Road by [Jones, RJ]
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Two best friends take a year off to find themselves… and end up finding each other.

Joshua Simpson has just finished four years at Purdue University, but that’s not why he’s buzzing with excitement. Once they’ve said goodbye to their families, Josh and his best friend Alex are taking off to discover America in an old but reliable VW van, planning on not seeing snow for an entire year.

Josh has always considered himself straight—except for that one time in college—so when he and Alex are living in such close proximity on the road, he’s unsure what these new feelings mean. Is it because they’re spending 24/7 together, or is it something deeper? And does it really matter since Josh has only ever seen Alex with women?

While in Oregon, Josh meets Johnno, a sexy but confusing Aussie surfer. While having an impromptu surfing lesson, Johnno helps Josh realize who he is and what he wants—but Alex’s reaction leaves Josh confused.

From a Montana ranch to the bright lights and dangerous streets of Los Angeles to a dark and lonely deserted highway in Alabama, join Josh and Alex as they drive around the US, discovering not only who they are, but who they can be together.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 850 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vivid Blue Press (4 December 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01867I9M4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love this book.
It's a feel good story that starts as a best friends road trip across the U.S.A. but becomes a journey of 'finding' themselves - and each other.
Great writing style, plot, characters, and chemistry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a joy to read the story of two young guys coming into their own... 8 December 2015
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Indigo Road is the story of newly graduated best friends Josh and Alex as they embark on a road trip, their goal to avoid snow for an entire year while making their way across the US. What they discover is so much more.

What a joy to read the story of two young guys coming into their own, bonding as they put their lives in perspective while experiencing new adventures. I also loved the brief but pivotal appearance of Aussie surfer, Johnno. (I could hear his accent with every word he spoke).

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, emotionally-investing read 30 March 2016
By QUEERcentric Books - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Nikki K. for QUEERcentric Books
4.5 stars

Indigo Road by RJ Jones was so emotionally satisfying I couldn’t help but sigh as I finished. Josh and Alex were amazing to hang out with for a bit and I was sad when it was over.

After working hard for four years to get their degrees, Josh and Alex, BFFs since junior high, have big plans for a road trip.

They’ve saved their money for years so that they can take a year off and travel around the country.


This was an amazing coming-of-age story. Leaving home, they are simply best friends but as the miles pass things begin to change between them.

RJ did such a great job making the progression of their relationship seem natural and not like it was forced.

I would have loved to have gotten Alex’s POV throughout the book but it still worked as a first person. Josh is a likable and relatable narrator. It’s easy to empathize with him as he was struggling to figure out his sexuality. Speaking of which, that was my only complaint with this book: the bi erasure.

We know that both boys only ever dated girls before they got together, and while Josh contemplated being bisexual at certain points, they both settle on being gay and never mention bisexuality out loud.

I felt, Alex especially could have easily identified as bi. Unlike Josh, Alex had multiple committed relationships with women in college, and he seemed to more easily accept the change in sexual orientation than Josh. That’s just me nitpicking.


The evolution of intimacy between Josh and Alex was one of my favorite things. Going from barely holding hands to some of the things they were getting up to in the end was a lot of fun to watch develop.

I found myself chuckling out loud at how oblivious Josh was in the beginning of the book. When that inability to see what was right in front of him morphed into fears of inadequacies and insecurities about their relationship, I really felt for Josh.

It was easy to see that sometimes they were both still so young but they handled their issues like adults.

I definitely think being stuck together in that indigo colored van for a year helped build their relationship. When things got tough or awkward they couldn’t just walk away and that made them stronger.


Indigo Road was a fun, emotionally-investing read. RJ did a fantastic job fleshing out Josh and Alex. I would recommend this one to anyone who loves new adult books, road trips, or friends who fall in love.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Indigo Road" 8 April 2016
By Babs - Published on
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This is a wonderful story of two newly graduated college students who take a year long road trip after school. In their old, but in good shape van, they take off. Best straight friends in their Indigo van. Life is exciting and fun along the way. Their adventures and misadventures involve romance, hot sex, love, angst, danger, light BDMS, deep loyalty and bravery. The author has taken all of these elements and woven a truly interesting story that will have you trying to read it straight through (with a lot of snacks) to the end. You will fall in love with Josh and Alex and hate to say goodbye when you reach the end of the story. There is a fulfilling HEA. You can't go wrong with the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read! 22 December 2015
By michelle ochoa - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Words can't express enough just how much I loved this book!
This book was a slow burn. It's was building you up until everything finally blew over.
It gives you those feels of first love. The longing glances... The little touches... The confusing feelings of trying to figure how everything is changing. The butterflies in your stomach.
It had it all!
This author captured what it feels like to fall in love.
I loved reading Josh & Alex's Journey of finding each other.
Nothing was rushed with them. They truly took their time exploring the lay of the land and eventually each other.

I loved seeing The transformation of these characters. They had grown and matured as time went on, on the road.
State after state.. Little town after little town.
Josh and Alex were in situations they never thought they would be in. Experience things they never thought they would experience. And do things they never thought they would do.

This book was full of surprises. At one point it had be bawling Iike a baby!
I thought of the worst when the incident happen in the book (don't want to give anything away!) But I was so upset!
I kept thinking... This can't happen...
No.... My heart was breaking!
The author did a good job by shocking and surprising me! I had no clue that was coming at all!

I loved how both boys let everything go and came together wholeheartedly. Not only did they connect as friends but as lovers too. The road trip and the relationship seem to parallel between each other. Going to new places and doing new things... Much like a relationship. Trying and doing new things with each other.

This book had me thinking and wishing that I had did something like this back in my younger days!
If only I could go back...
I just couldn't stop thinking about this book! This book has definitely left me with a smile on my face. I'm so glad I read this book and can't wait to read it again!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!! 8 December 2015
By Tracy Muth ~Bayou Book Junkie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
**copy provided to bayou book junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I want to give it more than 5 stars!!

After graduating college Josh and Alex head off on a year long road trip across the country together. They pile into their (new to them), Indigo colored VW van and head west. The best friends begin their journey at home in Fort Wayne, Indiana and head for California. Along the way Josh starts to have romantic feelings for Alex. Will Josh and Alex be brave enough to make the move from friends to lovers?

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!! I adored Josh and Alex. They were both sweet, caring and fun loving. Their relationship felt natural and I loved the back and forth banter between them. Their story was amazing and as a couple they just fit together perfectly. The chemistry was out of this world and the sex was passionate and hot, yet sweet and loving.

I loved traveling the country with them on their adventure. The story flowed well and I was never bored. This book held me captivated from the moment I opened it. I. Couldn't. Put. It. Down!!!

I know 2015 is almost over, but I can honestly say this has been one of my favorites, and it will definitely be a re-read for me down the road!!

Highly recommended!!