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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review: Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer / @indiesagepromo @nicolearcheraut

Series & Title: Ad Agency Series, Book 1: Road-Tripped
Author: Nicole Archer
Publisher: Twist Idea Lab, LLC (2nd Edition)
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Comedy, Romance
ARC Received From: Nicole Archer via Bookfunnel
Reviewed For: IndieSage PR

What’s worse than losing everything? Try driving a phallic-shaped RV across the country with a vile womanizing coworker.

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?

Stand-alone Romance, first in the Ad Agency Series. Adult content and situations.

There's a slight difference between thinking someone is a manwhore and knowing someone is. But thinking sometimes leads to believing which leads to negative feelings which leads to nothing good really.

Callie's perception of Walker was just that. Thing is, Walker wasn't that at all. Oh, sure, the women love him and flock to him in droves (sounds like a fairytale, lol) but he wasn't the kind of man to randomly pick a woman simply because he knew she was available. But Callie didn't know that. She might have if she'd seen the ending of that one event when her perception of him was born.

Giving him the chance to explain was like... I don't know, exactly, but it was super frustrating to read. Walker's just tired of his four-wall job. His passion is photography so being indoors isn't his cup of tea. So a road trip that takes him outside for a while? He's all for that!

Until he finds out he's stuck with Callie. Yes, Callie. Who's pissed off at the world because of a bad break up and who doesn't want to be around him to begin with. Did I mention she kinda, sorta, maybe takes all of that anger out on Walker? *cringes* She does. It wasn't pretty, I'll admit that, but man! I couldn't help but laugh at the stuff coming out of her mouth!

The road trip, as bad as it started out, ended up being the perfect thing for both of them. Walker got in touch with his creative half, Callie got over the hurt of being dumped and finally came to see Walker as not a manwhore.

For a debut, this is very well written. Ms. Archer has a wicked sense of humor and it shows beautifully in this story. Her use of made-up words and left-field phrases reminded me of my husband, who likes to do that crap to make me laugh (or at least smile) when I'm pissed off as hell. Thank you, Ms. Archer, for writing something I can relate to!

It isn't just the narrative or dialogue that will keep you interested. It's everything. Ms. Archer describes everything so vividly it's like you're there with Walker and Callie, seeing what they're seeing, feeling what they're feeling, experiencing what they're experiencing. This is a great book. You'll laugh, frown, roll your eyes, and laugh some more.

Nicole Archer’s lengthy career as an advertising copywriter not only polished her writing skills—it provided a lifetime of book material. Many months her book purchases are as high as her mortgage. As a full-time, working single mom of a beautiful, time to do much else, but work, write, read, drink wine, and breathe. She believes the best books make you laugh, cry and orgasm. In real life, she lives in Dallas, Texas, but she’d rather live in Switzerland.

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