Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt
"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…"- summary from Amazon
I've not read the companion book this was based off of- Two-Way Street- though I've owned the book since it was originally released, but that doesn't really matter. Readers are re-introduced to the characters from Two-Way Street, and I'm sure it'll be great for those who have read the book to see them pop up again as side characters and see what they've been up to. But the main focus is on Jace and Peyton, who share narrator duties, and who have a very love-hate relationship (emphasis on the hate in the beginning).
It's an interesting story and definitely works best being told in the dual perspective, getting a good look into each of their mindsets. There were plenty of times though where I was a bit annoyed at both of them for holding back their feelings sometimes. I mean, I know that otherwise there'd basically be no story if there wasn't that tension and stuff but still. And there was another part about no secrets/being honest in a situation where I felt it was warranted that the secret was not told until the person was good and ready to tell it to the other. That kinda made me a bit angry with the character who was demanding that.
Overall, it is a good book though, infused with humor, sexiness, a random dog and a wild road trip. And now I really need to go back and catch up on all the Barnholdt I've missed over the years!
FTC: Received e-galley from Edelweiss. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.