Review: Waylaid (Sarina Bowen)

Waylaid
Series: True North, #8

Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: July 20, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

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.


Sarina Bowen is back with some True North magic. I love this series. I don’t know how she continues to come up with new and exciting plots to bring to the Shipley family and friends, but she does and it’s amazing. Each book is so different while maintaining the True North feel. I love that and I loved Waylaid.

Being a True North fan, I hate to admit that I didn’t remember who Rickie was before reading this book. I knew all about Daphne Shipley, but Rickie just didn’t stick with me. Which actually made me mad at myself when I figured out he was Dylan Shipley’s college roommate. Rickie was a complex character. I loved his happy go lucky attitude and his flirting with Daphne. Rickie wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, though. He couldn’t remember a year of his life and the lingering affects of that caused him a lot of grief and fear. I enjoyed how his loss of memories played out and what it meant when it came to Daphne. It gave a little bit of romantic suspense to this book, which was fun.

I have always been curious about Daphne. She had the giant crush on that previous character and then there was something that had happened to her that I wanted to find out about in Heartland. I loved that I got to know her better in this book. She learned a lot about herself, her goals, and her relationships. Daphne was a good person, but learning those things made her even better. Plus, I loved her with Rickie.

If you’re a fan of this series, you’re going to love seeing the Shipley extended family show up. There are some great moments. Some of my favorites involved Grandpa Shipley. Others involved Rickie and Dylan. Readers are going to be extremely happy with all the cameos.

One last thing I feel like I need to mention is that there are a flashback chapters in this book. I’m not normally a fan of flashbacks, but I loved how Sarina Bowen did them in this book. The few flashback chapters were in third person instead of first and that brought a different vibe to them that worked well.

Overall, Waylaid was another great addition to the True North series.

10 thoughts on “Review: Waylaid (Sarina Bowen)”

    1. I’m the opposite! I don’t normally like memory loss, but it worked well here and I loved the way it was done.
      Thank you!

  1. Does Bowen have a family tree for the Shipley’s? My readings are so far apart, I am struggling with remembering who’s who. I am excited that you rated this so highly, though, I sort of always expect Bowen’s books to land well with me.

  2. I’m actually reading this one now and enjoying it so much. I’m about 35% in and I just love Rickie. I’m interested to see where the storyline with Daphne’s ex goes. Rickie’s reaction to hearing his voice has me concocting all kinds of theories.

  3. Awesome review! I’m actually in love with all of your reviews for this series. If that blurb hadn’t already sold me, your words would have. I’ve definitely added it to my tbr!

    1. Thank you! That’s so nice to hear. 🙂 I feel that way about your reviews for Valli’s books. I someday will read them based on your reviews, I swear!

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