The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

the road trip by beth oleary
the road trip by beth oleary

Thank you to Berkley Romance for sharing a copy of The Road Trip

Beth O’Leary cemented herself as one of my favorite authors with her first two books (The Flatshare and The Switch). Needless to say, I was very, very excited when @berkleyromance offered me the opportunity to read her new book, The Road Trip, early.

Two exes reach a new level of awkward when forced to take a road trip together in this endearing and humorous novel by the author of the international bestseller The Flatshare.

What if the end of the road is just the beginning?

Four years ago, Dylan and Addie fell in love under the Provence sun. Wealthy Oxford student Dylan was staying at his friend Cherry’s enormous French villa; wild child Addie was spending her summer as the on-site caretaker. Two years ago, their relationship officially ended. They haven’t spoken since.

Today, Dylan’s and Addie’s lives collide again. It’s the day before Cherry’s wedding, and Addie and Dylan crash cars at the start of the journey there. The car Dylan was driving is wrecked, and the wedding is in rural Scotland–he’ll never get there on time by public transport.

So, along with Dylan’s best friend, Addie’s sister, and a random guy on Facebook who needed a ride, they squeeze into a space-challenged Mini and set off across Britain. Cramped into the same space, Dylan and Addie are forced to confront the choices they made that tore them apart–and ask themselves whether that final decision was the right one after all.

The Road Trip features dual POVs and dual timelines (then and now). I really enjoyed the dual POVs – they added a lot of dimension to the story and made it very easy to sympathize with both Dylan and Addie. The dual timelines on the other hand really slowed the story down – it was obvious the author was working up to revealing Addie and Dylan’s reason for breaking up, but the process of getting there was very drawn out.

Addie and Dylan’s romance was full of ups and downs – this book tells the story of how they met through to how they broke up, through to their very awkward road trip to a mutual friend’s wedding. The start of their relationship was very par for the course for a romance novel – lots of chemistry and definitely a honeymoon phase. As the story went on, they became more realistic – they started having small fights and cramps while trying to merge their lives. That’s not to say they lost their chemistry – even when they were stuck in a tiny car together after breaking up and not speaking, they still had sparks flying. I really enjoyed how realistically their relationship was portrayed – that it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows – it made it feel like they really earned their happy ending by the end of the book.

My favorite part of this book was the colorful cast of characters – everyone from the main characters to the side characters were fascinating to learn about and had their own compelling stories. I particularly liked Deb – she provided a levity to the story and was also an excellent support system for Addie (I love a strong female friendship/sisterhood).

The Road Trip is a delightful second chance romance featuring a quirky cast of characters and a road trip for the ages. While the book does tackle some heavy topics (sexual assault, alcoholism), it does so with respect for the subject matter. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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