Travis by Mia Sheridan is a redemption, a romance and more

Travis by Mia Sheridan. Image courtesy Bloom Books
Travis by Mia Sheridan. Image courtesy Bloom Books /

Redeeming a character isn’t an easy feat. That’s exactly what Mia Sheridan decided to do with Travis.

While this book can be read as a standalone, most people will know Travis Hale from Archer’s Voice. I’ve never read that book but I remember hearing talk about Travis getting his own story. That’s why when Bloom Books sent me an ARC I knew I wanted to pick it up.

However, I was a bit skeptical from what I’d heard but I was willing to go in with an open mind, and what a surprise it was. Travis was originally self-published before being picked up by Bloom Books and is now being published in paperback with a release date of April 4th, 2023.

Whether you’ve read Archer’s Voice or not, I feel like Travis is one of those books you won’t stop thinking about even after you’ve turned the last page.

Travis by Mia Sheridan is a redemption story full of emotion, love, and hope.

As I said previously, you might have a different reading experience if you’ve read Archer’s Voice but this can also be read as a standalone. I read Travis as a standalone and honestly, it only made me want to go back and read Archer’s Voice now so I feel like the book can work either way.

With the title, I’m sure you can figure out that this is Travis Hale’s story. His story begins with him walking in on his girlfriend cheating on him with another guy named Easton and then pulling over a girl from California named Haven. Eventually, we find out that Haven and Easton are brother and sister which makes Travis’ quest for revenge on Easton a bit sticky.

At the start of the story, Travis is a jerk. He wants revenge on Easton yet can’t stop himself from being attracted to Haven. Haven and Travis quickly form a friendship that turns into more and from there, it feels like the story picks up. These two had such undeniable chemistry, especially in those effortless moments when we just saw them hanging out together.

Aside from the romance, we’re dealing with two very damaged people. Travis still has a lot of PTSD from losing his father, his mother being manipulative, and the damage he knows he’s inflicted on Archer. Meanwhile, Haven is dealing with the loss of her mother, taking care of her younger brother, and planning a trip back to California.

Amidst all of the emotional turmoil and baggage they’re dealing with, Haven and Travis are so beautiful when they come together. While we do see moments of them being cruel to each other, it’s clear the love between them is real. I especially loved seeing the character growth of Travis especially after meeting up with his mother towards the end of the book.

I adored Travis and it’s easily one of my new favorite reads of 2023. It’s such an emotionally charged book yet it’s so beautiful. There were even some moments of Travis being around Bree and Archer along with an eclectic group of hotel guests where Travis and Haven both end up staying. Travis had all of the heart of a small-town romance yet packed a punch when it needed to.

My one small complaint was that the third-act conflict felt a bit overdramatic yet Travis’ grovel was everything I never knew I needed. Regardless if you’ve read Archer’s Voice or not, I do think Travis is worth putting on your spring TBR.

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Travis by Mia Sheridan is out now wherever books are sold. 

Will you be giving Travis a try or will you be picking up Archer’s Voice first? Let us know!