Wanderlust by Elle Everhart

 Wanderlust by Elle Everhart

Title: Wanderlust
Author: Elle Everhart
Publisher:  G.P. Putnam's Sons
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Romance, Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  368
Date of Publication:  4 July, 2023
My Rating:  2 Stars

My Thoughts 

This started off great for me. A writer who wins a round-the-world vacation with a random phone contact and the guy chosen is an attractive man who you made out once and then never contacted again? Yes, please. 

By chapter 24, Dylan had crossed the line from “highly grating” to “I really dislike this character” - her immaturity, inability to take responsibility for her own actions and decisions, and putting off doing what’s difficult but right, and then the final clinch - laughing when Jack fell (I really don’t think people falling/whatnot is something to laugh at). 

Jack has his own issues in this one too. 

There’s not much chemistry here between the two that I could detect and the slow burn stopped being enjoyable when Dylan started actively deflecting coming clean to tell Jack something pertinent and important to his own life. I felt like adding this to the DNF list but took a night off, and started again the following day.  I kept at it but I wasn't enjoying it any longer.

I think my issues with this one outweigh the positives, including that in some ways the novel was anticlimactic due to the loss of more in-depth round-the-world locale descriptions.

Thank you to G.P. Putnam’s Sons and NetGalley for the DRC


People We Meet on Vacation meets The Unhoneymooners in this sparkling debut romantic comedy about two near strangers—and complete opposites—who win a radio contest for a trip around the world.

Love's about to take flight

Feeling stuck at work and tired of London’s dreary weather, magazine writer Dylan Coughlan impulsively rings a radio station one day only to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world. The catch? Her travel partner must be a contact randomly selected on her phone. And of course this stressful game of contact roulette lands on a number listed only as 
Jack the Posho, an uptight, unbearably posh guy she met on a night out and accidentally ghosted.

The two couldn’t be more different, and as the trip kicks off, Jack seems like he’d sooner fling himself into the sun than have a conversation with Dylan. But more is hinging on this trip than the chance to see the world. For the past two years, Dylan’s been relegated to writing quizzes (and only quizzes) at her lifestyle magazine after an article about her past abortion went viral—and not in the good way. If she’s able to make a series about their trip successful, her overbearing boss will give her a chance at a permanent column. Dylan’s willing to do anything to make the series a hit, even if it means embellishing her and Jack’s relationship to satisfy readers. But as the column’s popularity grows, so does the bond between Dylan and Jack, and Dylan is forced to consider if the one thing she thought she always wanted is worth the price she'll have to pay to get there.


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