Review: Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Title: Road-Tripped
Author: Nicole Archer
Series: Ad Agency, #1
Genre: MF Romance
Publication Date: August 1st 2016

 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. 

Callie is trying to start over at her friend's advertising agency after coming out of a bad situation.  Her past has left her angry, bitter, and very withdrawn from everyone around her.  When her friend/boss tells her she is going to be going on a road trip on a campaign for one of their clients with Walker and they have to pretend to be in a relationship, she is not thrilled.  She thinks of him as the manwhore of the office.  He always has women hanging all over him, and after what she's been through, she doesn't want anything to do with him.  Walker isn't thrilled about being stuck in an RV with Callie either.  They don't get off on the right foot at all, and continue to throw barbs at each other throughout the trip.  Walker is tired of his job at the ad agency and wants to try to make it as a photographer as soon as the trip ends.  As the trip continues, things become more and more volatile between them but the anger starts to turn into lust and they start to thaw a little towards each other.  They both feel the chemistry between them, and decide to give in to it but they both have some emotional baggage to work through if they want to make it work between them, or not strangle each other before the road trip ends.

When I first started this one I was a little confused because the title on Goodreads called this a romantic comedy, and this was a lot deeper than that.  Don't get me wrong, there were some pretty funny moments, but I found this much more angsty than I was expecting.  Callie's emotional baggage is a huge obstacle in this story.  She's just left an emotionally abusive situation with her ex fiance,  had her bank account drained and belongings stolen by her twin sister who is a drug addict, and suffers from panic attacks.  She's trying to completely start over and has formed an emotional wall around herself that keeps everyone out.  There was a lot of banter between them but I wouldn't call a lot of it playful at first, most of it was biting and really cutting.  They did have some funny interactions mixed in later tho.

Walker was the southern gentleman type, who tried his hardest not to even swear.  He had his very ungentlemanly moments/comments but he also had the southern charm.  With one smile, he could charm the pants off of anyone.  Callie was very much the opposite.  She had a very abrasive attitude and often picked fights.  I felt for Callie's situation, but she was a hard character to like sometimes.  She was just so mean and nasty almost all of the time.  I liked Walker a bit more but at times I wanted to hit him too.  These two were very frustrating! lol

I think this one was honestly just more of a case of "it's not you, it's me".  I went into this one expecting a light-hearted comedy and got something completely different instead.  While that's not necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn't what I was hoping for.  There were also some unbelievable moments in this one as well that I thought took a little away from the story (office drinking parties, pot smoking and vulgar granny, swinger campers, etc.).  I still thought there were some sweet moments between the two of them, and there was some great character growth on Callie's end.  

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  1. It definitely doesn't sound like a romantic comedy from what I can tell from your review so that's pretty misleading.

    1. Yeah, there were a few funny moments but most of the time I thought the author forced the "silliness" a little too much. I just went into this one expecting light-hearted and silly, and it wasn't really that at all.

  2. I'm sorry this one didn't quite turn out as expected. I am a little intrigued because I do love stories that include road trips and an enemies to lovers romance. But I often have a huge issue with unbelievability so that might irk me too. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'm a huge fan of road trips too, so I almost always pick up a book if it involves one. lol. If you do end up reading this one, I hope you enjoy it!


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