Sharon’s review ~ Waylaid by Sarina Bowen

Posted May 2, 2024 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

Sharon’s review ~ Waylaid by Sarina BowenWaylaid by Sarina Bowen
Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on July 20, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / New Adult, Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Pages: 322
Format: eBook, Paperback
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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4.5 Stars

It's a tale as old as time: the bad boy meets the good girl. He makes a daring proposition. Then the boy gets a mysterious head injury and loses a year of his life...

The first time I meet Rickie, I don't know what to make of him. The second time we meet, he doesn't remember the six hours we spent together. Or standing me up afterward.

I'm not the same, either. I've got secrets. I've told lies. Bad boys aren't my type, anyway. Even the ones with seductive gray eyes.

But now we're roommates. Cue the awkward moments in the hallway when he's wearing only a towel and a smile. He's determined to win me over, and his talented hands weaken my resolve.

It's all fun and games until my past rears its ugly head and his secrets come to light, shaking our fragile connection, maybe even breaking it...

Note: this is Daphne Shipley's story. Contents include Vermonty ice cream flavors, nerdy awkwardness, tattoos, and a playboy grandpa.

Waylaid had a lot of depth, it was highly emotional, and I enjoyed watching the relationship build and play out as it wasn’t typical or easy. I was caught up immediately in the story and loved reading this couple’s journey. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books

 

I absolutely loved the complexity of this story; the fact these two people had met before, but due to unusual circumstances only one remembers. Both main characters are dealing with some previous trauma and both are not upfront with the other about it which leads to some misunderstandings and lack of trust between them, and I’ll just add that while I did find it a bit too convenient that both were affected by the same person, I also wasn’t surprised by it, and I found that a tad disappointing and an easy way out of the situation. That said, Waylaid had a lot of depth, it was highly emotional, and I enjoyed watching the relationship build and play out as it wasn’t typical or easy. I was caught up immediately in the story and loved reading this couple’s journey.

We met Rickie in Heartland as Dylan’s psychology loving roommate who owns the house they live in and rents rooms cheaply to people he likes. He was a bit of an enigma and boy do we find out why in this book. I liked Rickie who likes to act like he’s all bad boy when he is really quite contemplative and philosophical and he has his reasons. When he meets Daphne (Dylan’s sister) he feels he knows her, but he can’t place her and she claimed she’d never met him before but when Rickie spends the summer on their family farm, he finally realizes when he met her, why he doesn’t remember, and why she’s mad at him. Despite having a full ride scholarship at the university she’s enrolled in, Daphne is transferring to the college where Dylan and Rickie reside and while she refuses to say why she said it is a move she needs to make. While she’s been offered a room in Rickie’s house she isn’t sure she can stand to be around him, but as the summer goes on and their secrets come to light they also grow closer.

I liked this couple because it wasn’t insta-love, these two really had to piece things together and open up to one another before they moved into a relationship. The journey wasn’t easy for either of them; they went through a myriad of emotions as they fought the injustice they suffered before they could move forward together.

Waylaid strongly ended this series, while I enjoyed some books more than others it has been a strong series and one I recommend.

4.5 Stars

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen’s contemporary and LGBT romance novels have hit the USA Today bestsellers list twenty times. Formerly a Wall Street derivatives trader, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University. She lives in New Hampshire with her family, nine chickens, and far too much hockey gear.

Posted May 2, 2024 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments