Finally they've reached their destination, a 'hippie' commune in Georgia where Ashley's friends are. Roman is determined to unhitch the Airstream trailer and get the hell out of there, but when he gets stuck in the mud - literally - he has to remain another night.
It's amazing to me how much Ruthie Knox can pack into these small little bits of story. I'm liking Roman more and more, he's so out of his depth that he doesn't even know where to turn. Ashley keeps him completely off-balance, often without meaning to. We learn quite a bit more about Roman's history and the reason his drive to succeed is so high. I really can't wait to see Ashley open him up and show him there's more to life.
Ashley on the other hand learns more about herself. While she considers going to extremes to save her grandmother's resort, she finds out what her limits are and recognizes that sometimes the unconventional way is the best way to go. I liked this added depth. Ashley asks for advice, accepts it on some level, but then realizes that's not who she is. She has to conquer this in her own way.
I really loved the introduction of Roman's girlfriend - Carmen - and the fact that she's not the bad-guy here. She and Roman are just obviously not in love, not meant for each other. They both feel it's only right they're together, and I think they genuinely like each other, but that's about the end of it. I hope that Carmen finds the one that makes her feel everything she's been missing too; we get a hint (not so subtle) of who that's going to be. I'm excited.
I do have to admit that I didn't love this little bit in the swamps of Georgia, mostly because I didn't like the people there and how they always seemed to be laughing at Roman, at his expense. I enjoy him being uncomfortable and out of his element, but this just went a little too far for me.
I still can't wait to see what the rest of Ashley's friends and their new journey has in store for them both.