Here’s a fun fact about me — more often than not, when it comes to some of my favorite authors, I don’t even read a blurb before requesting/buying/beginning to read a book. I have this certain level of trust that I will enjoy almost everything they write so why waste my time on blurbs when I could be reading the book? It has, on occasion, bit me in the ass of course. But most of the time I end up enjoying a story with absolutely no preconceived notions of what it will be. That was the case with Something Wilder. Did I know I was reading a part action/part romance second chance story? I did not. Did I get sucked into it and enjoy the hell out of it? I did.
Second chance romance will forever be one of my favorite tropes. There are a lot of reasons why — some I’m totally unwilling to admit out loud 😂 — but the main one is the way the characters already know each other and the deep emotions and connection between them. I don’t like a lot of angst in my books, but I do like a lot of feelings. I tend to find more feelings in second chance romance than in a lot of other tropes. But, I digress. This was a very well done second chance romance between two characters who are reunited — in a forced proximity situation (another fave!) — several years after one apparently ghosted the other. Oh, the drama! Add in the romantic suspense storylines with the treasure hunt and everything that went along with it and I was totally hooked.
I’m the furthest thing from outdoorsy — unless your definition of outdoorsy includes someone who likes to read on her balcony as long as it’s not too hot, too humid, or too buggy — but I like reading about other people’s adventures in the outdoors. It’s fun to live vicariously as I did during Lily and Leo’s adventures. And boy did they have me on the edge of my seat a few times! I loved how Lily and Leo found their way back to each other while dealing with the other situations in the book. I got all the warm and fuzzy feels, especially towards the end of the book when everything came together.
I read the bulk of this book on audio — I’m a notorious format-flipper when I’m really into a book — and I thought the narration was excellent. Patti Murin and Jon Root were both new-to-me narrators and they did a fantastic job giving voice to the characters. This was an exciting and heartwarming (at least at the end) story and their talents only added to my enjoyment.
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 17, 2022
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audio Listening Copy
Narrator: Patti Murin, Jon Root
How I got it: From the publisher
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Buy it: Amazon
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When it comes to your favorite authors, do you read blurbs before you start reading, or do you go in blind?