right of way

Title: Right of Way
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Release Date: 06/1/2014
Reviewed by: Willa

I’m a big Lauren Barnholdt fan, especially of Two-Way Street, mostly because the road trip romance is so wonderfully written, and she has done it again with Right of Way. A companion novel to Two-Way Street, chronicling the reuniting of Jace and Peyton, who met on summer vacation which is when sparks first flew between them. But then things so funny when Jace stops calling, and Peyton is left to wonder what happened. So, when they’re in a car together driving from Florida to Massachusetts, what happens could either be good or horrible . . .

I loved Two-Way Street, and Right of Way is just as awesome, if not better. Peyton and Jace are both highly developed characters who have a lot of issues other than the fact they have unresolved feelings towards each other. Over the course of the book they both have to confront their demons, because they stand in the way of them being together, and this forces them as characters to grow, which is amazing to read. Their romance is one that progressed slowly (like inchworm style) over the course of the book, and I’ll leave it up in the air as to whether or not they get back together. You’ll have to read and find out!

The road trip! Gah, I love road trip books so much. This one isn’t quite as “road-trippy” as Two-Way Street, which is kind of disappointing to me, but it still definitely has some hilarious scenes that I really enjoyed reading. The dog . . . Oh gosh. Lauren Barnholdt does an amazing job of building scenes with tension and then fusing it with something like a dog.

I enjoyed Right of Way. Not as much as Two-Way Street, but I still strongly recommend it as a good road trip book for anyone needing one.