Something Wilder by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books / May 17, 2022
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This was so much fun! While this has much more action and adventure than a typical Christina Lauren novel it still has all their calling cards: witty humor, lovably flawed characters, and a fantastic ensemble cast.
I have been struggling with second chance romances lately, but this one I felt was a little easier to get on board with. While part of it was a lack of communication on their part, I gave them the benefit of the doubt given the situation and their ages. They do make up for it once they are reunited. Once the shock of seeing each other again settles a bit, these two are able to hash things out pretty early on and I appreciated that.
There were some twists I did not see coming which made this read that much more fun. And as always, the side characters were just as fleshed out as our MCs. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments.
I have really loved the sense of place in the recent Christina Lauren novels I’ve read. I felt transported to the Canyonlands of Utah and now want to plan a visit (although my hike will be much easier than the one Lily and Leo go on).
If you’re looking for a fun and adventurous read that’s a little bit outrageous at times, pick this one up!
I read an early copy through my job.
About SOMETHING WILDER
Growing up the daughter of notorious treasure hunter and absentee father Duke Wilder left Lily without much patience for the profession…or much money in the bank. But Lily is nothing if not resourceful, and now uses Duke’s coveted hand-drawn maps to guide tourists on fake treasure hunts through the red rock canyons of Utah. It pays the bills but doesn’t leave enough to fulfill her dream of buying back the beloved ranch her father sold years ago, and definitely not enough to deal with the sight of the man she once loved walking back into her life with a motley crew of friends ready to hit the trails. Frankly, Lily would like to take him out into the wilderness—and leave him there.
Leo Grady knew mirages were a thing in the desert, but they’d barely left civilization when the silhouette of his greatest regret comes into focus in the flickering light of the campfire. Ready to leave the past behind him, Leo wants nothing more than to reconnect with his first and only love. Unfortunately, Lily Wilder is all business, drawing a clear line in the sand: 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. There’s a chance to right the wrongs—of Duke’s past and their own—but only if Leo and Lily can confront their history and work together. 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 hearts on the adventure of a lifetime.
MEET THE AUTHORS: Christina Lauren
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seventeen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received multiple starred reviews, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, been inducted into the Library Reads Hall of Fame, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine and more.
You can find Christina and Lauren online @ChristinaLauren.