Book Reviews

REVIEW ➞ Waylaid by Sarina Bowen


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.

“Messy lives and greedy hearts. That’s us, Shipley.”


Waylaid was so much more than I could have ever expected. The second I started reading I was completely drawn into Rickie and Daphne’s story.

Rickie is so beautifully broken. My heart broke for him so much. He has the bad boy look, but he is far from it…at least this version of Rickie. When Daphne first met him three years prior he was definitely the bad boy. I love the entire Shipley family and I absolutely love Daphne. She is hardworking, but she has also been hurt in the past and many things she has never talked about to really anyone.

There is so much chemistry between Rickie and Daphne. They have a past together and even though only Daphne remembers it, she was hurt. However, they really both need each other. I loved the support they were able to give each other. The two of them together are perfect.

Waylaid is full of chemistry, ice cream, some mystery, steam and of course, some Shipley family love!

If you’re looking for a small town, friends to lovers romance this is one to check out.