Detoured by Love tells the story of an unlikely duo — you've got Carly Lincoln, who is an adventurous and career-driven travel planner, as well as Bryant Garrity, who is your typical alpha football player. For me, the richness of the story wasn't in the development of the characters, but in the surprises that popped up in the narrative.
Firstly, I'm going to start with what I didn't like. There was something about Carly that felt off. I get that her ex Dean sprung his desires for her to be a homemaker at the rehearsal dinner, and it made her run for the hills, however, this part of Carly's past felt weird. The author probably should have constructed this element of her story in a way that favours Carly and makes the reader less sympathetic of Dean. If Dean was portrayed as more of a villain, it wouldn't make Carly come across as cold.
The construction of Bryant was much more appealing. He had the qualities I would expect from his character type (the NFL footballer, who is cocky as hell). His character type is repetitive, but it works well and Michelle Lynn balanced the confident/cockiness parts of his personality perfectly, which isn't an easy thing to do.
What I particularly enjoyed about this book was the shock of the health issue that came up three-quarters in. I didn't see that coming, and it added another dimension to the story and separates it from the typical normal girl and NFL quarterback trope. This hiccup showed Carly's character and made me like her so much more. This element of the story was a surprise but was also much needed.
Overall, though the chemistry between Carly and Bryant was there, at times their relationship didn't feel organic. There were many instances where things were progressing too quickly and Carly and Bryant felt incompatible. Things glued together towards the end and Detoured by Love eventually turned into an enjoyable read.
Release date: November 10th 2016