Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer
Series: Ad Agency #1
Also in this series: Head-Tripped
on August 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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What’s worse than driving a phallic-shaped RV across the country with a coworker you hate? Falling in love with them.
Copywriter Callie Murphy has a bad attitude, a vicious tongue, and a serious aversion to Shimura Advertising’s resident manwhore, Walker Rhodes. Know where he can stick his good looks and Southern charm? She can think of a few creative places. Avoiding him wouldn’t be a problem, except her boss threatens to fire her if she doesn’t go along with him on their RV client’s cross-country tour.
Burnt-out art director, Walker, is sick of his job, tired of women, and in a big old creative rut. The upcoming client road trip is just what he needs to shake things up and rediscover his lost passion. But his plans go south when his partner drops out at the last minute, and Callie, the foul-mouthed tiny terror, takes her place. Unless he can find a way to thaw his icy coworker, he’s looking at two months of pure hell.
On the road, they experience one hilarious misadventure after another and soon find themselves on a life-changing journey. But when their paths veer off in different directions, will they hit a dead end?
Road-Tripped is a stand-alone novel and the first book in the Ad Agency Series.
Note: If you are offended by foul language and erotic content, please don't read. Not meant for readers under 18.
This edition has been updated to a second edition on 9/11/2016, updating typos.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Somehow Road-Tripped ended up being nothing like I expected it would be. This is an amazing book everyone should read.
Callie and Walker find themselves forced into a road trip for the advertising company they work at. Callie is only on this job because she needed to get back on her feet after life kicked her in the rear with all its force. With the life and social skills of a zombie, she goes through the motions raining the opposite of sunshine and rainbows on anyone who dares approach her.
Walker is a photographer… But until he made it big he had to eat, right? That’s how he got started in the advertising industry. Only now he has completely lost his passion, his muse, his whatever you want to call it, and he’s just been existing. He was looking forward to driving cross country looking for inspiration, but he was not counting on being saddled with the definition of antisocial behavior.
Callie being in a man-hating period had already made her judgment about Walker, deciding to hate his guts on principle. Her best friend had told her she’d either have to go on the trip or get fired, so a road trip with the playboy it was. Now forced to cohabit in a wheeling tin can for two months, Walker and Callie can either survive the trip or make the most of it.
Callie was a great character. She had suffered a great deal and was trying to find her way out of it. Coming from a difficult childhood and a less than ideal relationship, at times I wish she’d have dropped her judgmental attitude towards Walker sooner, but I could totally understand she needed that time to process. She was funny, snarky and didn’t seem to have a filter. When she dropped her walls a little, we saw a wonderful, warm and sweet woman who was just trying to heal her heart.
Walker was, without a doubt, one of the best heroes I’ve read in a while. He was patient, caring, and simply lovely. He could also be forceful in a bossy-alpha way that was just yummy. His capacity to withstand Callie’s rejections and still keep trying to win her over was outstanding.
Road-Tripped is a very emotional book, it touches some difficult topics but none in a way I felt would be a trigger View Spoiler » there’s a miscarriage in an advanced pregnancy, loss of a beloved family member and substance abuse « Hide Spoiler. Watching Walker and Callie’s relationship unfold was moving. Amidst harsh issues to overcome, there’s humor, great banter and hot and steamy sexy times. It left me happy and satisfied with the world, smiling from ear to ear. I can’t wait to see what’s next from Ms. Archer.
Rating: 5 “Four el skillet” Stars
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