ROADTRIP FOR TWO by Amy R. Anguish
SERIES: Roadtrip Romance #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Scrivenings Press LLC
RELEASE DATE: December 13, 2022
Dallas wasn’t in the plans when Bree Henley set out to use the nonrefundable honeymoon tickets from her canceled wedding. Nor was running into ex-fiancé Nathan Hart. But their mutual friends and the weather have other ideas. A hurricane cancels their cruise and Bree decides to turn the disaster into a roadtrip for one, never imagining Nathan would object.
Nathan is furious when he uncovers the plot to get him back with Bree. But he can’t just let her go roaming around the big city of Dallas alone. Though he knows calling off their wedding was the right thing to do, he still cares for Bree. And before he knows what hits him, he’s volunteered to tag along. Suddenly, it’s a trip for two.
Spending the week together might remind them of why they fell in love. But is it enough to overcome the obstacles standing in the way of “til death do us part”?
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“The memory hit her like a blanket just out of the dryer – warm at first but cooling quickly.”
In my review of Destination Romance, book one in Amy Anguish’s Roadtrip Romance series, I mentioned how drawn I was to Bree and the stunning twist to her supporting role in that book. So I was super happy to see that Roadtrip for Two picked up Bree’s story and the fallout from Nathan’s ill-advised & shocking decision in book one.
Ill-advised & shocking, yes. And hurtful and ultimately immature and, yes, dumb. That’s right, Nathan. I said it. (lol) But as we spend more time with Nathan on his & Bree’s mutually-unexpected pit stop in Dallas, that decision begins to make more sense. It’s easy to forget that we didn’t spend much time with him at all in Destination Romance – and most of those glimpses were not his best side. With a deft pen, the author fleshes out his character, elevating him from a tertiary player to a layered hero, flaws and all. And then there’s Bree, who I felt I had a pretty good sense of going into Roadtrip for Two but came to know even better on these pages. I liked her in the first book and I grew to love her in her story. She’s a little bit sassy, a lot sweet, and a refreshing young woman who seeks to keep God in the center of her life.
I enjoyed visiting Dallas vicariously with Nathan and Bree, all I’m-vacationing-with-my-ex-on-what-was-supposed-to-be-our-honeymoon awkwardness aside. They are so cute together, and even with all the damage that was done to their relationship they maintain a sweet friendship that shows how deeply they care for each other. I loved watching them dance around their still-there feelings and affection because they did so with the growing maturity that comes from life-changing events. A new appreciation for one another, a more vulnerable honesty, and… perhaps … a different sort of love growing between them. Because we also begin to see that maybe God will use this for their good after all. (Of course He will. That’s kinda His specialty.)
Bottom Line: Roadtrip for Two is a cute second chance romance with all the Hallmark vibes and a solid faith thread that avoids being preachy. Nathan and Bree aren’t perfect – who is? – but the changes to their relationship have grown them into more mature characters with a more realistic view of life and love. Amy R. Anguish did a good job of adding layers to what we already knew about these two protagonists and then taking us deeper still into those layers until we can see a little of ourselves in each of them. Looking forward to Skye’s story next!
(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I read via Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion
Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.
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