TITLE: Waylaid by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release Date: July 20, 2021
Format: Audiobook ~ advance listening copy (10 Hours, 32 mins)
Narrators: Callie Dalton and Zachary Webber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: 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 troubled 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.
MY Review: Definitely one of the best in the series, I really enjoyed this one. This college romance features Daphne (Dylan’s twin) and Rickie (Dylan’s roommate) whom we met in the last book Heartland. What an intense and fulfilling ride. I was on pins and needles wanting to find out how this story would play out. I was very happy with both characters’ growth and how they worked hard to live their own respective truths.
I loved the narrators for this story. They were able to properly convey the tone of the characters whether it was emotional or cheeky banter. Plus, Callie Dalton and Zachary Webber sound good together so they increased my enjoyment of this audiobook.
Waylaid was a bit angsty because both main characters were struggling with an event that traumatized them but they were dealing with the trauma in different ways. Daphne’s choice is to ignore her pain, compartmentalize her issues and buckle down harder on her jobs while Rickie can’t remember his event at all. Instead he turns on the charm on everyone including Daphne, determined to see if he can at least reclaim the “playboy” side of his persona.
Daphne and Rickie worked well together because there was a playful note to their friendship and later as a couple. The humorous banter helped soften the blows on the heavy emotional issue that Rickie was suffering from. The causal acceptance by the rest of the Shipley family provided a base of support that was healing for both Daphne and Rickie. What was really cool was that ALL of the Shipley gang were getting some kind of romance/love with another person in this story. This is one of my favorites in the series.
If you are a fan a of the Shipley family then you are in for more of the same kind of goodness and family support and jokes.
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