AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: SARINA BOWEN – WAYLAIDWaylaid Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on July 20, 2021
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Memory Loss, PTSD
Format: ALC - audiobook
Source: Author
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Narrator: Callie Dalton, Zachary Webber
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
Cliffhanger: No


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.

The True North series gives me the warm fuzzies. Spending time with the Shipleys is such a treat for me. This time around Dylan’s twin sister Daphne meets her match and let me tell you, Rickie is one of my top favorite heroes in this series. There is something so sexy about a man who knows what he wants.

Rickie works on the Shipleys’ farm over the summer full time. The only Shipley who doesn’t fall under his spell is Daphne and he can’t quite figure out why. He’s a natural charmer but Daphne is a hard nut to crack.
Bad boys are…bad for Daphne’s soul, especially after being burned by an elitist douchebag. Rickie is just another distraction she can’t afford. Also, the guy stood her up and Daphne can hold a grudge like a champion. She is a planner and after the disaster at Harkness she has her future mapped out and a guy like Rickie doesn’t have room in it.

I adored Rickie’s easy-going nature, despite his memory issues and the psychological issues that come with it. He has no recollection of the details how he ended up losing a whole year of his life. And when Daphne realizes that he can’t remember having her stood up a tentative friendship begins and that was the part I loved most. Their friendship was so honest and it showed the depth Rickie actually had. He was super-smart, thoughtful and sweet. He was 100% committed to win Daphne over. Daphne was just as smart. She made some bad calls in previous books but the impression I had of her made a 180 in her own story. Sarina Bowen is good at that. I really loved her, prickly, snarky nature and all. She got over her and Rickie’s issues quickly, once she understood what happened to him. I love their flashbacks to when they first met because it showed their instant and easy connection.

As per usual we get to visit with all the other Shipleys and that’s always a joy. What tickled me silly was grandpa dating two women at the same time. That man is hilarious and always good for a one-liner that’ll crack you up.

I loved everything about this audiobook. Not only is the narration buy two of my favorites, Zachary Webber and Callie Dalton top notch – they are two of my favorite narrators and staples among audiobook narrators – the story is just heartwarming and emotional. It’s also sweet, sexy, cute and fun. I was a big dollop of “AWWW” when I finished. I can’t recommend this enough.


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