Off the Map
by Trish Doller
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Pub Date 07 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 21 Mar 2023
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin
Trish Doller's idyllic romance Off the Map proves sometimes a wrong turn can lead to the exact right destination.
On the road to love, you don't need a GPS...
Carla Black’s life motto is “here for a good time, not for a long time.” She’s been traveling the world on her own in her vintage Jeep Wrangler for nearly a decade, stopping only long enough to replenish her adventure fund. She doesn’t do love and she doesn’t ever go home.
Eamon Sullivan is a modern-day cartographer who creates digital maps. His work helps people find their way, but he’s the one who’s lost his sense of direction. He’s unhappy at work, recently dumped, and his one big dream is stalled out—literally.
Fate throws them together when Carla arrives in Dublin for her best friend’s wedding and Eamon is tasked with picking her up from the airport. But what should be a simple drive across Ireland quickly becomes complicated with chemistry-filled detours, unexpected feelings, and a chance at love - if only they choose it.
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I am a huge fan of Trish Doller's first two books, so I was interested to see where she would go without using a sister as her main character. Carla Black is on her way to her best friend Anna's (Float Plan MC) wedding to meet up with the groom's best man and brother Eamon. The chemistry between the two is instantaneous, and they end up taking a detour to the wedding in order for Eamon to realize some of his life goals of traveling. Carla has been traveling all of her life due to her dad Biggie's urges. As we knew would happen, the two fall for each other but have to figure out if there is a future between them.
I loved reading about Carla's relationship with her dad. While it was obviously sad to read about his debilitating battle with dementia, the times that the two shared and established genuine connections were beautifully written. Eamon is also well-written, and it was hard not to fall for him while I was reading.
The ultimate ending, while rushed, was overall a chef's kiss. I wanted to know more about Carla's and Eamon's future, but I did get all the warm fuzzies when reading it.
I highly recommend this book! :)
Trish Doller has fully cemented her position as one of my favorite authors. Her books add so much character depth to the romance. I loved the travel/adventure elements of this book, and really happy that Keane and Anna are back! I hope the series continues because I just love these connections and unique stories so much!
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book!
Trish Doller is an auto-buy author from me. Few make me cry like she does while reading a book, especially in regards to grief. Carla and Eamon are those characters you read and cannot picture with anyone than each other.
This is not the kind of book I usually read but something about the blurb made me request it and I am so happy I did. Carla and Eamon are both terrific people searching for happiness in the wrong places. Biggie, Carla's dad (and mom), had taught Carla many things, but she made his rules her yardstick for life. This book is filled with poignant moments and it teems with life. Well-written and realistic, this book would not let me go until I finished it. I highly recommend this book unless you don't like any steamy scenes in your fiction. I received this book as an ARC but my opinions are totally my own.
I absolutely loved Trish Doller's new novel, Off the Map. I loved Float Plan and was thrilled to get an e-ARC of this one from NetGalley. I enjoyed Carla, the main character and felt like the story was entertaining and had me hooked from the first chapter. This book was equal parts funny, heartwarming, steamy and heart wrenching and I loved every page.
I love this author so much. Something about the way she writes, transports you to another world. I just went on a Land Rover adventure across Ireland with Carla and Eamon.
When Carla decides to take the long way to her best friends wedding with Eamon, the best man, sparks fly instantly....well actually not because they have to buy spark plugs, but I digress. Hearing of the travels she had as a young girl with her dad brings you closer to who Carla is as a person. Knowing her dad is in Florida, sick with dementia wrecked my heart. Having lost someone to dementia, I know the struggles of wanting them to remember and also being afraid to let go. Seeing the vulnerability she has with Eamon, shows that maybe it's okay to take your own advice sometimes. I loved that this wasn't a typical romance. It was a fling, there were no expectations and it felt real
I don't think a book has made me feel the way this one has. I laughed, I sobbed (openly for about an hour after finishing this) so have your kleenex ready. This one will definitely take you for a ride you won't soon forget for all of the good reasons.
Oh and gasp! This is one book that I might blush a little bit at recommending to my Mormon neighbors because wow....the hear between Carla and Eamon is there for sure!
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this advanced copy for an unbiased review.
I went into this book blind and absolutely loved it. This was so well written! I laughed, I cried, I felt all the feels. Carla is the ultimate cool chick and Eamon is…not, yet when he’s with her he matches her energy. They both become better because of the other person. There are many plot recaps here but I am going to refrain from any of that in hopes that you can experience this story how I did. Just read it :)
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.
I absolutely adored this book. Trish Doller has a way of storytelling that makes you want to experience life to the fullest, and to me, that's a very powerful thing. I loved the first two books in the series, but this was easily my favorite. I'm obsessed with both Eamon Sullivan and Carla Black and they worked so well together and complemented one another perfectly. The instalust to lovers trope fit the story and I was pleasantly surprised by the spiciness in this one. It was so great to see Anna and Keane (however, I wish we did get more Rachel and Mason). Carla and her dad's relationship hit really close to home and had me crying in multiple places.
Overall, this book was SO GOOD! It can definitely be read as a standalone, but reading the first two books will make it more satisfying.
I wish to thank NetGalley and St Martin's Press - Griffin for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. I have voluntarily read and reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I love the title of this very special fiction that speaks to the wanderlust in all of us. A young woman, Carla, travels to Dublin, Ireland for her best friend Anna’s wedding. When the best man, the groom’s brother meets her at the airport, they instantly bond and find they share a love to traveling off the grid and on their own. Instead of just going exactly to the wedding they wander the Irish countryside. They are both free spirits with no intent of permanent involvement. Eamon is a handsome, sexy Irishman with humor and a sense of fun that sets him apart from other men she has met. The author, Trish Doller, does a marvelous job of developing memorable characters to whom the reader can and will relate. She introduces us to a very special bull and a kitten that you will adore.
Carla has grown up with a single Dad after her mother left when she was very young. Her father doted on her and introduced her to off the grid traveling all over the world. Everything she learned from her father she incorporated into her own life choices. He taught her auto mechanics and camping skills and everything she needs to take care of herself.
Once I picked up this book I did not want to put it down but just wanted to keep reading it cover to cover. I highly recommend this book.
A heartfelt and gorgeous story of finally allowing yourself to fall in love and how those we love most can shape our lives. This book swept me up in the lush setting and the travel shenanigans, and I rooted for the couple so hard. The other plot point of her father's dementia was handled with grace and was so evocative and compelling. I found myself laughing and crying in multiple spots during this read. Highly recommend it with the warning that this is an emotional read dealing with memory loss and grief themes.
Thank you, Trish Doller for having Eamon and Carla jump in the sack by chapter 3, in a very hot and spicy love scene. I have no patience for "slow burn" romances.
Then, Carla and Eamon travel off-road in a Land Rover around Ireland. I loved living this adventure vicariously. It was so badass when she fixed his Land Rover.
I love how Carla works her ass off bartending, and then just takes off months to travel. I really enjoyed this book's journey both geographically and Carla's emotional journey to learn how to feel and connect in ways she never had before, and to come to terms with her dad's Alzheimers and imminent death. It's heartbreaking to watch Biggie's mind deteriorate, but it's also touching to see Carla enjoy what's left of their time together, and to make the best of a difficult circumstance. Trish Doller does a great job developing the characters and painting a scenery that makes the reader feel like you're really there on an adventure.
Doller has become an auto-read for me, and Off the Map is no exception. I love the vibrant settings- in this case, Ireland and Florida. You don’t have to read the first two books in the series, but I recommend doing so to fully appreciate this one. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
I loved every second of this adventurous, broken, dirty, swoony, sad, book.
Trish Doller is quickly becoming a must-read contemporary romance author for me.
What a fabulous book. I love everything Trish Doller writes. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. Highly recommend!
Carla Black is a full-time adventurer. She only works enough to support her traveling. She has spent her entire life on the move and never staying anywhere for long. She meets Eamon Sullivan while in Ireland for a wedding and the two have some road trip adventures with a side of romance. They couldn't be more opposite on paper, but the attraction between them is undeniable. This fling might end up changing both of them in ways they never saw coming.
Trish Doller's first two books, Float Plan and The Suite Spot are two of my all-time favorites so the bar was really high for this book and it lived up to every expectation. Doller does a great job with character development and evoking strong emotions. I always love to see how her characters grow throughout the course of the book. This book deals with some heavy topics and deciding when to run from the tough stuff and when to face it, which I think everyone can relate to. I devoured this book and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a book you just want to get lost in.
I will add a trigger warning that this book discusses dementia. As someone who has recently lost someone I love who suffered from dementia, there were parts of this book that were triggering, and some that were healing. Go into it with open eyes if you know someone with dementia and make sure you are in a good place to read this.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this book.
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