Review: Washed Up by Kandi Steiner (Bayside Heroes #1)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

Kandi Steiner kicks off the multi-author Bayside Heroes quartet with a reverse age-gap romance. Set in Tampa Bay, Florida, Washed Up introduces readers to thirty-four-year-old Gregory Weston, an anesthesiologist at Bayside Regional, who unexpectedly comes face to face with the woman he had a thing for when he was eighteen--his best friend's mom, Amanda Parks. Who would have thought it would take an accident and her landing in the emergency room for him to see her again? Only she isn't a Parks anymore; she's gone back to her maiden name of Young. At forty-seven, she's still as gorgeous as ever, and he's still as drawn to her now as he was all those years ago. She no longer belongs to another man; and he's no longer the boy who stole a kiss from her before he left for college. Change is coming for Amanda, and Greg would like nothing more than to be a part of her metamorphosis.

Can I just say that I am simply thrilled over the fact that one of my favorite go-to authors has a female main character who's in her late forties?! I am so not an ageist when it comes to the books I read, because I'm addicted to anything that's written well and has my heart and mind engaged. However, I can't deny that I love it when the heroine is someone who belongs to the same age group as me, and Amanda was a woman in transition, thanks to being THIS close to finally being free of her abusive ex-husband. The car accident she was involved in was serendipitous because that's what led to her and Greg seeing each other again. Yes, there was still the complication of Greg having been best friends with Amanda's son years ago, but true love is worth fighting for, especially when it's your shot at your real happily-ever-after. I enjoyed Washed Up and can't wait for more from this series. 4.5 stars.

Release Date: 06 December 2021

Date Read: 04 December 2021

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