Blog Tour ~ One for the Road by Kate Hawthorne (Review + Giveaway)


by Kate Hawthorne

Blog Tour

Release Date: January 19, 2023

Cover Design:

Kellie Dennis @ Book Cover by Design

Genre: M/M Romance

Trope: Small-town, second chance


The only things left between them are wasted time and ten years of regret.


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.

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~ * ~ Annies Review ~ * ~

3.5 Stars
One for the Road is a good second-chance romance that blends hurt/comfort with some BDSM elements. To be honest, that relationship dynamic caught me unawares when I began the book as it is not mentioned in the blurb or foreword, but as I enjoy stories about reconnecting with a lost love, I kept reading and am glad I did.

Max and Rome were longtime friends and high school loves until Max abruptly left town. It was interesting reading about Max going back to the small town he’d fled without a word so many years ago. The tension surrounding his return was palpable from Max, Rome, and even Max’s sisters, and I found myself increasingly pulled into the story and chance at Max and Rome rekindling their love.

As I rarely read books with any BDSM elements, it’s difficult for me to gauge the intensity or even how well this is done. Admittedly, some parts felt a bit much for me, but overall, I found this dynamic and bond worked well in One for the Road, and the chemistry between Max and Rome was definitely on point.

What I appreciated most about One for the Road was the honest and palpable emotions and plot development as the characters work through their pasts, fears, and hopes for the future to find a path together.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***


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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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