Something Wild and Wonderful by Anita Kelly

Something Wild and Wonderful by Anita KellySomething Wild and Wonderful by Anita Kelly
Published by Forever on March 7, 2023
Genres: Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Love and Other Disasters

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Something Wild and Wonderful

Description from publisher: Alexei Lebedev’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail begins with a single snake. And it is angling for the hot stranger who seemed to have appeared out of thin air. Lex is prepared for rattlesnakes, blisters, and months of solitude. What he isn’t prepared for is Ben Caravalho. But somehow—on a 2,500-mile trail—Alexei keeps running into the outgoing and charismatic hiker with golden-brown eyes, again and again. It might be coincidence. Then again, maybe there’s a reason the trail keeps bringing them together . . .

Ben has made his fair share of bad decisions, and almost all of them involved beautiful men. And yet there’s something about the gorgeous and quietly nerdy Alexei that Ben can’t just walk away from. Surely a bad decision can’t be this cute and smart. And there are worse things than falling in love during the biggest adventure of your life. But when their plans for the future are turned upside down, Ben and Alexei begin to wonder if it’s possible to hold on to something this wild and wonderful.

My thoughts about Something Wild and Wonderful

I’m the couchiest of couch potatoes and yet I found myself entirely caught up in this opposites attract queer romance between two hikers who meet on the Pacific Crest Trail. Ben and Alexai are each hiking for very personal reasons yet the attraction between them convinces loner Alexai to agree when extrovert Ben suggests they become trail buddies.

Even if you’re not an outdoorsy type, Something Wild and Wonderful exudes joy about experiencing nature. And while joyful and beautiful, the descriptions weren’t quite enough to entice me into hiking because she didn’t shy away from describing the practicalities like no bathrooms or showers plus bugs!

Alexai and Ben captured my heart immediately – so caring about each other even as they struggle with their own emotional trauma. Give me all of the hurt comfort with a sultry slow burn, please! Anita Kelly is so gifted with creating characters I want to hang out with – I loved the scenes with Ben’s family and friends. Plus it was nice to check in with characters from Love & Other Disasters.

In closing

For fans of Karelia Stetz- Waters and Alison Cochrun.

Thank you Forever for the ARC.

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About Anita Kelly

She’s a lover of romance of all stripes, and a writer of queer contemporary HEAs, including a forthcoming three-book series published by Forever. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wife, their kiddo, a cat who loves her a little too much sometimes, and a three-legged dog who’s a real dummy with a heart of gold. She loves tea and frequently eats too much ice cream and hates herself a little afterward.

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