Monday, May 20, 2024

Losing Sleep by Hillary Slaughter: Book Review

*Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

The only thing worse than being dragged on a vacation you don’t want to go on is having a near-stranger acting as chauffeur.

Audrey is content with her life—she really is. Her job is going nowhere. Her car is one pothole away from falling apart. Her bank account is closer to zero than she cares to admit. But she’s fine!

At least that’s what she tells everyone. If Audrey was honest with herself, she’d admit she’s not so much fine with the way things are as much as she’s afraid of change. After a childhood filled with uncertainty, the only thing Audrey is keen on is security. She is big on comfort zones. As evidenced by the fact that she won’t quit her job, despite being passed over for promotions repeatedly.

When Audrey’s former college roommate Tory invites her to a birthday cabin vacation, Audrey is sure her car will get her out of the trip. Instead, it lands her a spot riding up with Grey, an acquaintance with a propensity for fast food and spontaneity, a combination guaranteed to make their five-hour car ride even longer.

Between pit stops, detours, and prying questions, Grey manages to push every one of her buttons.

Audrey has just about had it with Grey and is an inch away from giving up on the trip altogether, when a flat tire and limited space at a friend’s home forces them even closer together.

Through their forced proximity and late-night conversation, Audrey realizes that there just might be more to life than a safe steady customer service job and eight hours of sleep every night. If only she can convince her heart to be brave enough to make room for Grey and the possibilities he invites.

Hillary Slaughter is a crafting addict, avid reader, and hiking enthusiast. Born and raised in Utah, she loves exploring the mountains, especially if she can bring her dog with her. She has a Bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University and a Master's of Business Administration from Utah Valley University. She loves writing sweet contemporary romance with a dash of humor and is the author of the Lost Roommates Series.

Losing Sleep is the second book in the Lost Roommates series but can definitely be enjoyed just fine as a standalone as well.

As someone who has severe anxiety and tends to let their fear win out... boy, did I relate to Audrey. Truly, so many of her thoughts could have been pulled right out of my own brain. I loved that while this was very much a romance, it was also a story about stepping outside of your comfort zone and not letting fear rule you. Grey was such a perfect balance to Audrey... he was much more laid back and go with the flow. I loved that while he encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone and try new things, he also knew when to not push. It was such a sweet relationship that I loved watching develop as the story goes on. This was definitely a slow burn... and probably a little slower than what I typically prefer in most romance, but it felt right for these characters, and I couldn't help but love it. I also found myself really enjoying the side characters and I really hope we'll get to see some of them get their happily ever afters in the future as well.

Losing Sleep is a closed-door romance with kisses only.

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