Right Of Way
By: Lauren Barnholdt
Available July 2013
Can a road trip repair a romance gone wrong? Find out in this standalone companion to Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-way Street.
Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.
Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on.
Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what’s coming on the road ahead.
This Blonde’s Review:
What do you do when you’re stranded and the guy who broke your heart is your only way to get where you’re going? What about when the one who broke your heart is stranded and you can’t seem to let her down? Meet Peyton and Jace. They had a relationship once but it fell apart. They can’t stop thinking about each other or the way they were hurt.
Peyton is trying to run away from her problems. She had the best plan for it until things fell apart. She finds herself stranded at a wedding far from home and the only person left in sight is her ex, Jace. When he offers to give her a ride home despite the distance she figures she can get him to take her where she really wants to go. She thinks she can keep from falling for him again, or from admitting she never got over him.
Jace is not interested in the hoopla that comes with graduation, nor is he as interested in the girl he’s dating as he should be. When Peyton bursts into tears over her failed plans he can’t help but offer to help, especially since she’d the girl he can’t forget. He can give her a ride without facing what happened between them or all they lost.
Watching Peyton and Jace try to make it across states without falling apart was great. I really enjoyed Two-way Street so I knew I was bound to like Right of Way as well. I was so right. Peyton and Jace are great characters with great names. I love seeing the way they think of their own actions and the way it is perceived by the other. And no matter what they think they’ll do, the people around them seemed to know best when they said that couples have a way of getting back together on road trips.
I enjoyed this story. It’s great to see couples realize that what ripped them apart wasn’t worth it and find a way back to something stronger than what they had before.
If you enjoyed Two-Way Street you’ll enjoy this one as well as seeing some familiar characters. If this is a first Barnholdt book for you then I’m sure you’ll love the introduction. Lauren Barnholdt writes about people who make bad choices, jump to conclusions, and have to find their way to forgiving and forgiveness. If seeing two people who aren’t together anymore get thrown into a vehicle together with no one besides a dog to occupy them, then you’ll love this one.