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Publisher's Summary

The “reigning romance queens” (PopSugar) and New York Times best-selling authors of The Soulmate Equation and The Unhoneymooners present a charming and laugh-out-loud funny novel filled with adventure, treasure, and, of course, love.

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.

From the author of the “heartfelt and funny” (Publishers Weekly) sensation The Unhoneymooners, this adventure full of second chances, complicated relationships, and the breathtaking beauty of the American Southwest will take fans on one wild ride.

*with a note read by the Christina Lauren, the author

©2022 Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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I was surprised…

I was really looking forward to this and preordered it, expecting that transcendent, transporting, electric-chemistry magical romance I’ve come to expect from Christina Lauren… but this one somehow missed the mark. Not that the plot wasn’t full of whirlwind convoluted highs and lows, epic twists and turns, but it didn’t hit that exquisite butterfly riot of sighs and thrills in the romance department.

Also, the supporting characters were a little too…too. Brad was too much of a loud punch-your-shoulder dude-bro. Walter was too blushing squeaky little-bro. And the third guy (Russell? Terry? already can’t remember now) was too obviously the misogynistic every-chick’s-a-ho bro.
Nicole the bff, on the other hand, was kind of too shouty, weapon-wielding, “I will CUT you, bro!” They seemed more like charicatures than characters.

I did like the mc’s, Lily and Leo, but the will-they-won’t-they seemed like it was settled too early — there wasn’t that much tension between them.

Anyway, the plot was fun, it just — you know, here it is: it felt too close to a Nora Roberts stand-alone special. The feisty, spicy, bad-ass action chick version — one of NR’s three stock heroines in a very NR plot. The ranch setting was like {Setting#7:insert here}, and it didn’t feel original, wasn’t personalized enough.

Maybe this doesn’t explain it all that well, but it’s hard to put a finger on what didn’t work for me — I don’t think I’ve quite figured it out yet. Maybe it’s because I just read Emily Henry’s “Beach Read” and absolutely loved it so much that nothing else can come close at the moment? Whatever. “Something Wilder” was fine and the narrators were fine too — I only spaced out a few times while listening and it did its job as my Escape Lit for the weekend — it just wasn’t a ten on the Swoony chart. It was more like a weekend in a nice motel near the beach than a month in a tropical paradise at an ocean-view villa where English isn’t the first language, the water is clear and blue as sapphires, and the weather is perfect, including that one warm rainy night perfect for dancing in a fountain…😏🤷🏻‍♀️

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My least favorite Christina Lauren, sadly

I absolutely love these writers but this book really missed the mark for me. Didn’t care enough one way or the other about what was happening or the outcome. And the Bradley twist felt unbelievable. Hope next collab breaks me back the joy of the great CL reads

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So Boring

trigger warning: snooze fest.
If you have read this book and you liked it: do not read this review. It will also contain minor spoilers.

I have read love and other words by Christina Lauren and I actually enjoyed it. I had many issues with the ending of that book but the overall friends to lovers storyline was great. I am biased though, I freaking love me some friends to lovers.

When I heard this was going to have similar vibes: past lovers/friends who got separated by some dumb miscommunication and end up finding their way back to each other, I thought this was going to be at the very least, ENJOYABLE.

Oh boy, I was wrong.

They tried to create a treasure hunt, Indiana jones sort of situation... Let's start with the fact that this was written in third person. I don't have a problem with that when it fits with the story, but don't give me a romcommy, adventure, romance book in third person while switching back and forth between the FMC and the MMC. It's just weird, you're not Sarah J Maas.



It had NO REASON to be written in the third person and it made the overall story line so confusing, they added so many characters to this one particular "adventure" - that the third person in this made me hate the flow of how this story was told.

The romance was less than 10% of the focus of this book and they had zero chemistry. I just couldn't feel it, I didn't relate or connect with any of the characters.

They tried to create a mystery behind a hidden treasure her dad left behind...



sorry I fell asleep there for a second, anyway, moving on

we get many "dangerous" scenes, we had a sexist/homophobic/evil villain holding a gun, a "dead body", and characters deciphering word puzzles together and THIS WAS STILL SO INSANELY BORING.

Possibly the slowest and most underwhelming book I've read this year, and I usually freaking love a little national treasure storyline. This just didn't deliver at all, in any aspect.

The romance was under developed, the plot was boring, the characters were unrelatable, the flow of this book was terrible and the only wild thing about this was the fact that I read it until the end.

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Great adventure

Well done and interesting adventure and romance with some unexpected twists. Historical part of the story is a perfect addition.

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Something Wilder

Lily was nineteen when she met Leo. He left her when he got the phone call that his mother was in an accident. Ten years later she's a guide helping people find themselves while hunting a hidden treasure. When Leo is in a group of four she wonders what could have been. With his help can they find the treasure? And will these two get together like they did ten years ago? Great read

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Amazing!

This is one of the best books I’ve read in years! It’s full of excitement, adventure and some romance too. You’ll even laugh! Stop reading the reviews and go use your credit!!!

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Twists and turns

Fun love story with some twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Something different but in a good way. Love story meets mystery meets adventure.

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Loved E-V-E-R-Y moment!

This book is worth every bit of 5 stars and more! I think this book unlocked a new love for me; adventurous rom-com. The pacing was perfect, great character development, and such a fun Goonies vibe. People are going to be sick of my recommending this book. So well done!

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Loved it!

Christina Lauren books are an auto-buy for me - so I didn’t really know what to expect since not reading the summary! This book had a whole goonies vibe and I loved every second of it! The character development was great and it has twists that really surprised me! Patti Murin (one of my favs) and Jon Root did a wonderful job.

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The Adventure of a Lifetime

This book was surprising in the best of ways! I knew I was in for a lot of entertaining scenes, but the amount of plot twists was unreal. I wish I could read this book again for the first time but I’d be just as happy with a movie version.