DETOUR
by Scott L. Carpenter and Sahara Kelly

May 2005
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Steve Miller finds out his wife is cheating on him and then loses almost everything in the divorce settlement. He climbs in his truck with the trailer hitched to the back and hits the road. With no idea where he’s going, he just knows he needs to get away and clear his mind.


Melissa Henderson is tired of her life. She’s a good girl, a good daughter, and a good employee. Well, no more, she’s getting rid of the old Melissa and becoming someone much more brazen and adventurous and fun. Unfortunately she doesn’t plan for her car to break down in the middle of nowhere, or to have to walk in the rain and cold with very little protection against the elements.


Steve and Melissa meet in a diner where he tries not to appear interested and she tries to figure out how to come across as suggestive and not as a slut. Steve ends up giving her a ride back to her car, but there’s no way it’s getting fixed that night and, with no where else to go, he offers to let her stay in the trailer with him.


Sparks fly, and clothes come off, and before the end of the night Melissa has explained about her desire for sexual freedom. No rules, no holds barred sex. And Steve is more than ready to test the limits of her desires.


While finding the premise of this story intriguing, I didn’t feel as Melissa’s character acted true to form. Steve’s character did seem pretty realistic both emotionally and sexually and his inner turmoil was well written. Melissa’s ability to shed her ‘good girl’ image so completely and with such ease is what I found difficult to believe. She goes from being mild mannered to a foul-mouthed sex fanatic with seemingly very little problem. Also be aware that there are a couple of same sex scenes in this book.


Reviewed in October 2005 by Jackie.