Wild About You

Wild About You
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May 21, 2024
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Two total opposites. One race through the Great Outdoors. In this grumpy-sunshine teen romance from the author of Love from Scratch and Not Here to Stay Friends, the trail to true love doesn't always come with a map.

Natalie Hart has always been loud, unfiltered, and unapologetically herself. But then comes her freshman year of college, when she loses her merit scholarship and gains one pesky little anxiety diagnosis.

Hesitant to take out more student loans, Natalie decides to shoot her shot and applies to Wild Adventures, a popular outdoorsy reality show. Sure, Natalie prefers her twelve-step skincare routine to roughing it on the Appalachian Trail while competing in challenges against other college kids, but that scholarship prize money is calling her name. High risk, high reward, right?

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After Natalie is diagnosed with anxiety, she feels like a burden to her parents and can't handle their judging stares. To get away, she applies for a spin off of a show she loves called Wild Co-Edventures where she has the opportunity to win a scholarship for $100,000. She's partnered with a less than pleasant guy named Finn. While he lacks the southern charm she's used to, Natalie still finds herself intrigued by him. For one thing, he's definitely way more prepared for the outdoors than she is with all of his knowledge and pockets.

The two of them work together as best as they can with their minds set on the prize. As they spend more time together, they learn each other's secrets and fears. The more Finn learns about Natalie, the more questions he has. Even though she's the sunshine to his storm cloud, he wants to learn everything about her. The only problem is Natalie's anxiety loves to rear its ugly head at the worst moments.

WILD ABOUT YOU is a rom-com that takes the setting outdoors and on an adventure. Natalie is a very relatable character with her anxiety and knack for overthinking. She has a talent for finding negativity in most things Finn says when really it's just her mind assuming the worst. She struggles to overcome this and Finn is the perfect partner for her. He's so patient and tries to reinforce positivity to counter her negative feelings. The two start out as oil and water yet manage to blend together in the end. I love the slow burn of their relationship and watching the two of them grow into better people together.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of contemporary romance that fall into the tropes of forced proximity and grumpy/sunshine. With relatable characters, this is an easy read even with its heavy topics.
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