Review: Never Saw You Coming (Erin Hahn)

Never Saw You Coming
Author: Erin Hahn
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Raised by conservative parents, 18-year-old Meg Hennessey just found out her entire childhood was a lie. Instead of taking a gap year before college to find herself, she ends up traveling north to meet what’s left of the family she never knew existed.

While there, she meets Micah Allen, a former pastor’s kid whose dad ended up in prison, leaving Micah with his own complicated relationship about the church. The clock is ticking on Pastor Allen’s probation hearing and Micah, now 19, feels the pressure to forgive – even when he can’t possibly forget.

As Meg and Micah grow closer, they are confronted with the heavy flutterings of first love and all the complications it brings. Together, they must navigate the sometimes-painful process of cutting ties with childhood beliefs as they build toward something truer and straight from the heart.

In Erin Hahn’s Never Saw You Coming, sometimes it takes a leap of faith to find yourself. 


There are some books I know I will never truly do justice in reviewing and Never Saw You Coming is one of those for me. Religion is a tricky subject to cover. No two people have the exact same opinion or feel the same way about it. Some readers are bound to feel alienated by or dislike this book and what Erin Hahn is saying in it. I’m not one of those people. I thought it was beautifully written. To me, it did not come across as Hahn trying to attack religion, but more of asking us to question our own thoughts and actions relating to it. None of the religion related topics were new to me or ones that I hadn’t already thought about. I appreciated the way the story was told and how it related to the characters, especially Meg.

Meg was a young woman who has recently graduated from high school. There have been some revelations in her life that have her questioning the way she was brought up and the role religion and the church has played in her life. Meg uses the gap year she plans on taking to journey north and meet some of her family. While she’s there, she meets Micah. Micah has his own issues with his family and the church. All the soul searching Meg and Micah are doing connects them in a way that just being attracted to each other wouldn’t have. They’re a support system for each other that neither were expecting. I loved how their friendship and then relationship evolved. I loved the honesty they cultivated and the maturity they had in relation to their relationship. Meg and Micah stayed true to themselves throughout the entire book and I was impressed by that.

Along Meg and Micah’s journeys, they have a great cast of supporting character. I loved Vada being along for some of the ride as well as Meg’s family. Micah’s family and friends were my favorites in this book, though. I loved Duke and his friendship. James, Dani, and Meg’s great-grandmother were also great characters. All these characters were so thoughtfully placed in Meg and Micah’s lives.

I don’t know what else to say about this book. I don’t necessarily feel like it was a book I would have needed as a teenager, but I would have benefitted in some ways had I read it back then. I think it will be helpful to a lot of teenagers trying to find themselves and questioning their beliefs. I enjoyed reading it and being part of Meg and Micah’s journeys.

Review: The Heart Principle (Helen Hoang)

The Heart Principle
Series: The Kiss Quotient, #3
Author: Helen Hoang
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this heartfelt new romance by USA Today bestselling author Helen Hoang.

When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She’s going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.

That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex—he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she has just started to understand herself. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves. 


I, along with all other Helen Hoang fans, have been not so patiently waiting for The Heart Principle. After getting to know Quan over the past two books, I couldn’t wait for him to find love. The Heart Principle wasn’t exactly what I expected, but I loved it none the less.

The Heart Principle was the first book Hoang has written in first person. I loved the “I” instead of “she”. I felt it brought me closer to both Quan and especially to his new lady love, Anna. Their relationship started out as a casual thing, but I could feel their budding emotional connection from the minute they met. I loved them together and how their relationship built. This book wasn’t quite as romantic or sexy as the past books, but it worked for the characters.

Anna was a complex character going through A. LOT. A lot. Seriously. So much. Anna was overwhelmed and I was overwhelmed for her. Her family stuff was suffocating. Her mental health suffered due to all the pressure and I felt for her. I really did. I loved how Quan was able to be a support and comfort to her in that time. I loved the growth of Anna’s character throughout their relationship and this book.

There was only one way I felt let down by The Heart Principle. I was expecting Quan and Anna’s story and I got mostly Anna’s. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy Anna’s story. I did. It just made this book feel more women’s fiction than romance. I just wanted more Quan. His chapters were special and included a lot of Michael (The Kiss Quotient), but it felt like the most important chapters were from Anna’s POV. I get that, especially after reading the author’s note, but I wanted more Quan.

Overall, I truly enjoyed reading The Heart Principle. I loved how new and fresh it felt, while also maintaining the brand Helen Hoang has created. The move from from third to first person made me happy. Her writing is a addictive and a joy to read. I can’t wait to read what’s next from this talented author.

Review: Chasing Her Fire (Claire Kingsley)

Chasing Her Fire
Series: Bailey Brothers, #5
Author: Claire Kingsley
Publication Date: May 20, 2021
Publisher: Always Have, LLC

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Sexy firefighter Logan Bailey is an expert at putting the wet stuff on the hot stuff—on and off duty. But he just did the unthinkable, and it wasn’t trading in his tube socks. He slept with his nemesis. His mortal enemy. The crazy redhead he loves to hate. Cara Goulding.

And no matter how much he wants to lie to himself, he has to admit, it was mind-blowing.

Cara will not be tempted by the one night she spent with prince dickhead—even if her traitorous body remembers every earth-shattering moment. It was a mistake and she’s stronger than that. She’ll just keep avoiding him and pretend it didn’t happen.

But the feuding small town of Tilikum might not be big enough for the both of them. Avoiding each other isn’t working. And with every moment they’re forced to spend together, the sparks get hotter, the flames grow brighter, and the tension borders on unbearable.

Until they both reach their breaking point and their fiery relationship explodes.

Author’s note: a sexy firefighter and the sassy redhead who drives him crazy. All the banter, delicious tension, a heartwarming family, and Kindle-melting steam. Enemies to lovers is as hot as it gets and these two are FIRE.

The Bailey Brothers is meant to be read in order. Start with book one, Protecting You.


This book was so good! I loved it. Cara and Logan were fire! I loved how they were enemies until one night changed it all. The push and pull of their interactions was so much fun! They chemistry and passion was off the charts. I also adored the sweetness and soft moments between them. Sigh. So adorable.

I have to admit that this would probably be a 5 star instead of 4.5 star read for me had I not jumped into the series with this book. I loved everything about the romance, but wasn’t quite on board with the Bailey-Haven feud or hunt for a treasure. That’s probably because I don’t have the history from the first four books. So I apologize for that. Oh, and I should add that I couldn’t stand Logan’s brotastic nicknames, but maybe they would have felt more natural if I had read the first books.

I’m so happy I read Chasing Her Fire. I tried another book by this author that was good but not great for me, and I wanted to give her another try. I’m glad I did! I can’t wait to go back and read the rest of this series.

Review: Cheat Sheet (Sarah Adams)

The Cheat Sheet
Author: Sarah Adams
Publication Date: August 17, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Is it ever too late to leave the friend-zone?

Hi, my name is Bree Camden, and I’m hopelessly in love with my best friend and star quarterback Nathan Donelson (so is half of America, judging by the tabloids and how much the guy dates). The first step is admitting, right? Except, I can never admit it to him because he clearly doesn’t see me that way, and the last thing I want is for things to get weird between us.

Nothing but good old-fashioned, no-touching-the-sexiest-man-alive, platonic friendship for us! Everything is exactly how I like it! Yes. Good. (I’m not crying, I’m just peeling an onion.)

Our friendship is going swimmingly until I accidentally spill my beans to a reporter over too much tequila, and now the world seems to think me and Nathan belong together. Oh, and did I mention we have to date publicly for three weeks until after the Super Bowl because we signed a contract with…oops, forgot I can’t tell anyone about that!

Bottom line is, now my best friend is smudging all the lines and acting very un-platonic, and I’m just trying to keep my body from bursting into flames every time he touches me.

How am I going to make it through three weeks of fake dating Nathan without anything changing between us? Especially when it almost-sort-a-kinda seems like he’s fighting for a completely different outcome?

Send help.
XO Bree

Buckle up for a slow burn, sports romance with combustible chemistry from the first chapter, laugh-out-loud humor, and easy to love characters. The Cheat Sheet has all the sizzle, but no on-page explicit content (PG-13 equivalent for mild language, implied sexual situations, and alcohol use). 


I have a new favorite Sarah Adams’s book!!! I know, I know. I say that with each new release of hers, but I can’t help myself! I love them all and they just keep getting better and better.

What did I love about The Cheat Sheet? GAH! Everything! I love a best friends to lovers romance, and this one hit the spot with both Bree and Nathan secretly pining for each other for YEARS. Years, people! Their secret love for each other was so sweet. I couldn’t get enough of it. And then for Bree and Nathan to be brought together by a possible fake dating situation? There’s another one of my favorite tropes that was adorable in this situation. Add in some help by Nathan’s teammates in getting them together and there wasn’t really anything else I could ask for. I guess I could have asked for some funny or swoon worthy moments, but Sarah Adams had those covered, too.  The Cheat Sheet was one of those low drama, highly entertaining contemporary romances that made my heart happy. I could have read 100 more pages about Bree and Nathan.

As I say with each new Sarah Adams’ release: I LOVED IT! I’m so sad it’s over and I can’t wait for her next book. I really hope she decides to write another book in The Cheat Sheet world. I would love for all those football teammates I met and loved to get their own books. They’re so worthy!

Review: Love Next Door (Helena Hunting)

Love Next Door
Series: Lakeside, #1

Author: Helena Hunting
Narrators: Andi Arndt, Teddy Hamilton

Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting comes an evocative small-town romance about family loyalty, finding oneself, and falling in love.

When Dillion Stitch left her hometown, she had no intention of going back. But when her brother gets into trouble, Dillion reluctantly agrees to return home to take her place at the family business.

Being back in Pearl Lake after all these years feels familiar but also brings a few surprises. She’s quick to notice that someone new has shown up at the cottage next door. Dillion gets more than an eyeful when she goes to check out the newcomer and meets Donovan “Van” Firestone—her beloved neighbor’s grandson—in all his unclothed glory.

Having gotten off to a rocky start, it’s not long before they begin bickering with each other all over town. All that back-and-forth inevitably sparks an undeniable attraction. But Dillion’s family has issues, Van’s family resents him, and neither Dillion nor Van feels truly at ease in the small town. For these Pearl Lake exiles, home isn’t just where the heart is—it’s where things get complicated. 


Fans of Helena Hunting’s The Good Luck Charm and Kiss My Cupcake are sure to enjoy Love Next Door. It’s a sweet contemporary filled with lots of emotional moments and even some mystery. It also had a ton of small town goodness. I loved the lake setting with one side for the town and one side for the rich vacationers. I also loved what that small town did for the story and romance between Dillion and Van.

Dillion was a woman who had run from her small town past to the big city of Chicago. Coming home to help out her family’s business wasn’t in her plans, and she worried she had failed. Being home reconnected her with her roots and there was great character growth that way.

Van had some demons of his own he was fighting when it came to family. He grew up as someone who probably could have been on the other side of the lake with all those rich kids, but he spent his summers with his grandmother next door to Dillion. They didn’t really know each other, so meeting in adult life was entertaining in more ways than one. I loved how they met and how things went from there.

Dillion and Van’s relationship was adorable. There were a lot of fun, sweet moments. There was also some drama, but not a ton related to their relationship. The drama seemed to be all around them. It was pretty interesting. I wasn’t expecting some, like what was up with Dillion’s brother Billy. I could see the drama coming from Van’s family, so that was kind of expected. Thinking back on the drama, it kind of distracted from Dillion and Van’s relationship, but I guess that’s okay because it ended up bringing them closer together. Oh! And I almost forgot about Tucker… His character seemed kind of like an unnecessary distraction. I expected more a confrontation or something related to him.

I listened to the audio version of this book on KU, and I’m so glad I did. The narration was perfect. I always enjoy Andi Arndt and Teddy Hamilton narrating books, and they definitely rocked this one.

I’m excited for the next book in this series, Love on the Lake. I’m hoping it’s Aaron and Teagan’s story. I also wouldn’t mind Billy getting his own book.

Review: A Wicked and Beautiful Garden (Katie McGarry)

A Wicked and Beautiful Garden
Series: Witches of the Island, #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication Date: May 5, 2021
Publisher: Katie McGarry LLC

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Paranormal
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Twenty-eight year-old Cassie Strega can’t escape fate.

All she wants is to live a normal, quiet life delivering the babies in her small town. But when she discovers she comes from a lineage of witches, her life becomes extraordinary—in the gravely dangerous type of way.

Then, she’s reunited with her first love.

Orion, the sultry Fae warrior who broke her heart years before, is searching for a baby. Not just any baby, but the queen of the Fae who will one day lead them in their final battle against the demons determined to rule the world. The same baby who has been calling to Cassie for help in her dreams.

Fighting the intense attraction of their former blood bond, Cassie and Orion work together to find the child. But when the heartbreak that nearly destroyed Cassie nine years before looms once more, she’ll have to decide whether getting involved in the supernatural war is worth losing everything, including her life.


I don’t normally reach for fantasies, but when I heard Katie McGarry was releasing one I knew I had to read it. I’ve loved everything she has written and I expected no different from A Wicked and Beautiful Garden. I have to admit that it took me a bit to get into this tale and that at times the fantasy stuff overwhelmed me. There’s some info dumping and world building that needs to occur and that stuff always slows me down. Once I got more into that stuff, I was locked into finding out about Cassie, Orion, and the baby. I really liked Cassie. Orion wasn’t my favorite at the start, but he redeemed himself for the most part. I’m still not sure about their relationship, but they had some great chemistry. I guess I just need more time to believe in their romance. As for the baby…Well, that’s the big mystery. I liked how the mystery of the baby was involved in Cassie finding out more about herself. I am curious to find out where the story goes from here.

Review: Burn (Ginger Scott)

Burn
Series: Fuel, #3
Author: Ginger Scott
Publication Date: July 30, 2021
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC provided by WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

**Burn is the third and final book in the brother’s-best-friend, friends-to-lovers Fuel Series by Ginger Scott. This second-chance romance completes this angsty, steamy, new adult trilogy.

Dustin Bridge’s world is about speed. About the edge. His life has been carved by cutting corners and making moves, following impulsive decisions while weighing the facts at hand.

On the track, that has never steered him wrong.

In life, though? That’s another story.

On the cusp of greatness, the world’s up-and-coming racing star seems to be living the perfect story. A hero to his hometown. A partner to his best friend. A man poised to take the throne, to become the greatest, and to reap the rewards and attention that come along with it.

He’s been branded the track’s most eligible bachelor. And rarely does he cross a finish line without a dozen screaming, adoring women brandishing his name on glitter-covered T-shirts across their chests, just hoping he’ll break his own rules and take one of them to bed.

But he won’t. As loose as Dustin may be on the road, he’s become disciplined in life. He let love in completely—once. For one person. Hannah Judge. And she wrecked him.

And now, she’s back. 


Ginger Scott didn’t pump the brakes once with in this series. Burn was just as angsty and adrenaline filled as the first two books. Hannah and Dustin were in an awkward place with each other at the start of this book based on the ending of the last one. I wasn’t exactly happy with Hannah at the beginning, even though I understood her reasoning. Dustin also felt a little weaker as a character at a pivotal moment than I wanted him to be, but I guess I won’t complain too much about that because it made things easier for me in an emotional way. Dustin and Hannah ended up exactly where they needed to be. I loved how Burn wrapped up everything and brought everyone together. It was a great ending to a fantastic romance series.

Series Review: Follow Me (Helen Hardt)

Hi! I’m back from Hiatus with a review for Helen Hardt’s entire Follow Me series for you. I don’t read erotica very often, but I decided to give this series a chance when I was approached to read it. I’m glad I took that chance because I ended up enjoying this series for several reasons.

Follow Me Darkly
Series: Follow Me, #1
Author: Helen Hardt
Publication Date: September 20, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

Follow Me Darkly wasn’t a book that was on my radar until it was recommended to me. It was described to me as being similar to Fifty Shades of Grey. I will admit I paused before deciding to read it because I wasn’t sure I needed to read something similar to that book. Ultimately, I decided to read it because I was curious. It started out a little wobbly for me, but quickly morphed into an addictive read. I liked the characters, especially Skye. She was intelligent and went for what she wanted. She wasn’t quick to give in or back down. Braden was a little more of a mystery since he didn’t have a POV. He has some big secret he’s keeping that Skye (and I) wants to know. I would say Helen Hardt is a talented writer. She had me immediately wanting to pick up the next book in this series. Worth the read if you’re looking for something sexy with an air of mystery — or just a book similar to Fifty Shades.

Follow Me Under
Series: Follow Me, #2
Author: Helen Hardt
Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the publisher and this is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts: 

I flew through Follow Me Under. It was even more addictive than the first book. I loved seeing Skye and Braden’s relationship progressing. I also liked Skye’s character development in relation to the changes in her life. I was not ready for this book to be over because now I have to wait for the next one!!! At least it’s not that long of a wait!

Follow Me Always
Series: Follow Me, #3
Author: Helen Hardt
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

Helen Hardt finished this series in the best of ways. I loved where she took Skye’s character. Skye had a lot to learn about herself and I enjoyed all of the revelations. I also loved how her discoveries helped her come to terms with her relationship with Braden. I ended up having more respect for both Skye and Braden as characters. I truly believed in their love after this book. I was also pleased with how all of the little storylines were wrapped up. Everything came full circle in the best of ways. Fans of this series will love this ending.

Final thoughts: I truly enjoyed this series! It was highly addictive and a fast-paced read. I would recommend it. I’m so glad I took a chance on it! Also, there is a fourth book in the series called Darkly in Braden’s POV that I have yet to read. I will most likely read it at some point.

Review: Wreck (Ginger Scott)

Wreck
Series: Fuel, #2

Author: Ginger Scott
Publication Date: July 16, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC I received from WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

**Wreck is the second book in the brother’s-best-friend, friends-to-lovers Fuel Series by Ginger Scott.

When Dustin Bridges left Camp Verde to try to make it on his own, he left half his heart behind. A life with Hannah Judge was just too dangerous. A mountain of chaos and violence was always aiming for the target on Dustin’s back, and that made giving up the only person he ever loved feel necessary.

But impossible isn’t a word Dustin believes in. Defying odds is what he’s good at. It’s how he’s survived. And when fate calls him home, he sees it as his chance to take back his girl, to make his heart whole and to put his makeshift family back together.

Just one thing. That family? And more importantly, that girl? They want nothing to do with him.

When Dustin left Hannah without a word, he broke a promise. More than that, he broke a bond. He broke Hannah. The life she saw in her future was gone in a blink, and in its place she grew a heart of stone and a craving for danger.

But isn’t danger what Dustin Bridges is really all about?


I couldn’t wait to read Wreck after the end of Shift. I have to admit I was nervous for Dustin and Hannah. Ginger Scott put them through a lot in Shift and I wasn’t sure what that was going to mean for them in Wreck — especially since it’s the second book out of three in the series. Since Wreck is the middle book in the series, I want to review it a bit differently. Instead of my regular review type, I’m going to give you the thoughts I wrote down while in the midst of reading it. For some reason, that makes more sense to me.

First impression: I loved how Wreck started out. The vibe was slightly different than Shift. A little less angsty and also more mature. I liked that a lot. It’s been four years, but Dustin and Hannah are both still reeling from the events of that first book. He knows he messed up. She hasn’t completely let go. When life throws them back together, the sparks are still there and so is the drama. I loved how Hannah’s family was heavily involved and what that meant when it came to Hannah and Dustin. I want them together!

Half way through: Okay. Who turned up the angst??? That sense of dread I had when I was reading Shift came back full force. I’m a little worried about the tentative bond between Dustin and everyone and how Las Vegas is going to impact that. I’m scared! Especially since I already know there’s a third book coming.

Final thoughts: I am both excited for Burn and angry at the way this cliffhanger left things at the same time. I saw it coming, but somehow still didn’t expect the way things left off. I’m angry at all of the characters right now. Some more than others. All I have to say is Ginger Scott better make up for that ending… and I know she will. Wreck answered some questions, but also managed to complicate Dustin and Hannah’s story more. I loved it! Now, hurry up and get here Burn! I need my HEA.

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.