This is Mia Sheridan at her best! Travis was an amazing redemption story!
I just reread Archer’s Voice before reading Travis and I didn’t know how Mia could make me like Travis because, let’s face it, in Archer’s Voice he had been odious and manipulative.
Sure, he saved Bree and Archer and seems to feel really bad when he discovered what his mother had done but…well I didn’t like him.
If you are sceptic to read Travis for that reason, fear not! You’ll be in for a treat!
I can honestly say that Travis holds my heart now. Wew! What a journey!
Travis is a story about reinventing yourself, learning of past mistakes.
“We’ve all made mistakes, Travis,” she said. “We get to reinvent ourselves. And if the new version is even better, it means we’ve learned and we’ve grown.”
But it’s also a story about PTSD. About how dramatic events shape your future, your personality. And about how people all react differently.
Travis lost his father in dramatic circumstances.
Knowing that his father was leaving him with Archer and Archer’s mom, he had always felt like second best.
“Second best. Second best. You’re nothing but second best. And second best didn’t even deserve a goodbye.”
That will cut him deep. And with a manipulative mother, he’ll lash out on Archer. He was hurting so he hurt others.
Haven also lost her mother in horrible circumstances.
Heck, she had already lost her mother a long time before that dramatic day. She had never a mom to feed her, care for her or her little brother, to buy her clothes. No, she worked to feed her brother and mother. And when she found a new family, fate pulled the rug under her feet once more.
She too could have hurt others like Travis did but instead she chose to nurture and be kind.
“Haven Torres had been hurt and abandoned by the people who were supposed to care for and protect her. All her life. But instead of lashing out at others, she’d sought to be a protector, a rescuer.”
Travis and Haven were both hurt by life but couldn’t have been more different. Yet they’ll form a friendship that will help both to heal.
Haven will show Travis the way. Travis has matured and is tired. Tired of his past mistakes. Tired of his reputation. She will make him want to become better. To atone for what he’s done. To seek forgiveness. To do good. To stand tall.
Weren’t all of us a compilation of the versions of ourselves we’d once been? Maybe if we were lucky—and insightful—we learned how to extract the good, and leave the bad behind, the parts that hadn’t worked for us, and instead brought nothing but pain.
When Travis meets Haven she was so different from the women he dated!
“I dated prom queens. This girl was a plant lady. A plant lady with a penchant for pushing horrific things called wheat germ on me, an uncontrolled riot of haphazard curls that sometimes likened her to Medusa, and a lone family member—my now sworn enemy—who’d seduced my girlfriend and was apparently the best.”
Yet you could feel the attraction right from the beginning!
If you like slow burns, then it’s your story!
I honestly swooned, laughed but also cried.
I cried for Haven because she went through so much and didn’t deserve any of it! She deserved to have roots. To have her family. To find her place.
And at one point in the story, she and her brother will be kicked right in the face because of one of Travis’s action that had unexpected and awful repercussion. And God I wanted to cry and rage and hug Haven and Easton so hard!!!
Haven is a wonderful heroine.
She is the heroine Travis deserved.
What? He deserved something good? Hell yes!
When you see through Travis’s eyes you can’t help but understand and be sad for him. That’s why him growing up, owning his mistakes was so important to me. Because he deserved to find his HEA as Archer did.
This was a very moving story and a perfect sequel!
Now, I want Easton’s story! 😊
Thanks for reading.