Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
With the final book of the Bayside Heroes series of standalones, you’ll find, what I believe to be, the best of the bunch. Tangled Up, in my mind, ties with Washed Up, book 1 of this series, as the most interesting, offering layers of the story grounded in second chances and abiding love. Tia Louise has crafted a story that makes her readers work harder for that happy ending, something that only one other book in the series, Washed Up, did. For this reader, it makes for a more interesting fraught read. I’m a personal fan of the second chance trope. Add to that some romantic suspense in the form of a stalker, and you love Beck and Carly’s story. Tia Louise provides her readers with several twists in this story: the reasons for Beck and Carly’s first break-up, the challenges of re-kindling their fated relationship, a father who interferes, and a patient bent on revenge. All of these plot points conspire to bring the best of the best at the ending of this series. I also love that Tia Louise provides a bonus epilogue, one of her signatures, for this story. It offers up a bit more for Beck and Carly’s happily ever after, and it gives us a quick nod to the other couples of the Bayside crew.
If I have any criticism for Tangled Up, it would be Carly’s characterization. For a psychologist, her responses to Beck feel inconsistent with the nature of a psychologist. However, this never overpowers the gravity of the hurt that Beck must overcome to win her back.
This series has been a lovely respite during a busy, chaotic time of the year. Tia Louise’s Tangled Up ends it beautifully and makes the suggestion that Kandi Steiner, Harloe Rae, K.K. Allen, and Tia Louise should write more series together in the future.
In love and romance,