It’s summer in Texas and Finn has no idea what he wants to do with his life. The monotony of working at the movie theater is getting to him and nothing exciting ever happens—until he sees Egan. Finn has never seen Egan in town and he’s wild and brash and intrigues Finn in all the ways. When Finn positions himself in a place that is sure to draw Egan’s attention, it lights a spark on a hot summer day.
But Finn doesn’t know the reason Egan is in town and when Egan trusts Finn with his secret, it will take them on a journey across Texas, as well as a journey deep within their hearts.
The tone of the blurb for this book captured my attention and was the reason I selected this book for review. Once starting it, however, the style didn’t have any of that initial appeal and this book was a struggle to get through. It was never clear when this book took place. At first, I thought it was decades ago, but then there was a mention of a cell phone and, while that brought a modern convenience into the story, it still never felt like a contemporary book. The dialogue was awkward and overburdened and formal in an old English style and was so overly purple, it detracted from the story. Because of this style, it made it difficult in places to figure out what exactly was happening.
Egan comes to town for a reason and that part of the is plot is not well handled, yet becomes a catalyst for much of the book. The story is told through Finn’s point of view and the motivations of all of the characters lacked depth or detail. There is a secondary character that gets pulled into a storyline and his character had no backstory brought in to justify his actions. There was also a large piece missing when that section of the story ended.
It is mentioned in the book that Finn is writing a screenplay and there were parts of the story that felt like it was trying to be a screenplay as well, but was not succeeding. The characters would move from one place to the other with nothing in between for connection and there were also no visuals to assist with their placement. Finn makes huge changes in his life and travels a distance for Egan, but it didn’t make a lot of sense as it was written. While at the end I could piece together most of this story, the delivery was unpleasant.
Finn and Egan do form a relationship that is also filled with these off-putting descriptions and it was a chore to read through the unappealing text to piece that together as well. The ending is ambiguous with no happily ever after or happy for now for the guys and it’s not even clear what is next for them. Cross the River Twain is listed as book one in this series and, while it suggests there will be more for Finn and Egan, I will not be following the rest of their journey.