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Book Review | Something Wilder by Christina Lauren… a Summer romance I didn’t know I needed

May 25th, 2022

Hi Readers!

Christina Lauren has really been hit or miss for me so far, and requesting this book on netgalley was really done on a whim. I need to follow my whim’s more often!

| Published: May 2022 by Gallery Books |
| Genre: Contemporary Romance |
| Length: 384 Pages |
| Age: Adult |
| My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ |

Lily has never forgotten the man that got away . . . but she certainly hasn’t forgiven him either!

As the daughter of a notorious treasure hunter, Lily makes ends meet using her father’s coveted hand-drawn maps, guiding tourists on fake treasure hunts through the canyons of Utah. When the man she once loved walks back into her life with a motley crew of friends, ready to hit the trails, Lily can’t believe her eyes. Frankly, she’d like to take him out into the wilderness – and leave him there.

Leo wants nothing more than to reconnect with his first and only love. Unfortunately, Lily is all business: it’s never going to happen. But when the trip goes horribly and hilariously wrong, the group wonders if maybe the legend of the hidden treasure wasn’t a gimmick after all. Alone under the stars in the isolated and dangerous mazes of the Canyonlands, Leo and Lily must decide whether they’ll risk their lives, and their hearts, on the adventure of a lifetime . . .

Something Wilder is a second chance romance set in Western America. After a short lived romance on a ranch, Lily and Leo are pulled apart and their fairytale future ends before it even begun. But 10 years later they meet again on a Summer camping adventure Leo doesn’t know Lily runs.

This book almost felt like a cinematic experience. It was like watching a high budget rom com, with Hollywood stars as the leads, unfolding before my eyes. It had the most beautiful locations, the funniest lines, and took turns I was not expecting.

Something Wilder really keeps you on your toes. When you think you know where the story’s going, it soon steers you in the opposite direction. I was so hooked.

Every character was incredible with huge amounts of personality. And just when you’re thinking ‘why is this character here?’ or ‘this feels too much like a coincidence’, everything clicks into place.

This book has everything I never knew I needed in a Summer read. There’s an adorable romance, yes, and I was absolutely rooting for these two characters. But it also has mystery, suspense, clues and puzzles, hunting for treasure, camping, bonfires, even horses!

This is definitely the type of book you want to go in knowing the least about it. So get your hands on it as soon as you can! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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