I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Washed Up by Kandi Steiner
Series: Bayside Heroes
on December 4, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the author
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It was just another day in the Emergency Department — until she was wheeled in through the doors.
Amanda Parks, my childhood best friend’s mom who I may or may not have secretly kissed before leaving for college.
I haven’t seen her in over a decade, and in so many ways, she hasn’t changed.
Same killer curves.
Same hypnotizing eyes.
Same reaction from my heart when I see her.
But something new?
There isn’t a ring on her finger anymore…
And I’m much more of a man than I was at eighteen.
Washed Up is a stand-alone age gap medical romance coming this winter!
So I was thrilled that this series of standalones began with an older woman/younger man romance, even if it wasn’t exactly the way I could connect with personally. But I honestly was sucked in from the beginning and really enjoyed this one. This is only my second book by this author, and it is only cementing how much I want to read more by this author!
There was a lot of back story, and it didn’t just start out as a crazy hot romance. There was definitely a physical attraction between the two even from the beginning. But both knew there were several obstacles in their way. First of all was the fact that Greg was Amanda’s son David’s best friend from when they were younger. Although he was technically two years older than David, and 18 at the time, so it’s not like it started out creepy in any way. And Amanda was dealing with a very abusive husband. Not only that, but she’d gotten married and had a baby at a very young age, so in a way, she probably didn’t feel that much older in some ways.
However her ex- or soon to be ex-husband if he would quit dragging it out, had done more than physical abuse, he had also done a lot of emotional abuse as well. Causing her to doubt herself, separating her from any friends of her own that might have helped her see just what a piece of work he was. Even with what a jerk the ex was, I liked how her son made sure to include him in things that were with his grandson. It showed that she had raised a good kid.
The two overcame all the obstacles, with extra little speed bumps popping up here and there. And for the most part I understand why Amanda kind of took a step back, but I’m glad at how the ending went down so that it all worked out perfectly.
And of course I’m now excited to read the stories for the other characters we’ve met in this book!