Review: All I Wanna Do Is You by Dylann Crush

Posted June 11, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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

Review: All I Wanna Do Is You by Dylann Crush
All I Wanna Do Is You

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Tickled Pinkest
Released on May 14, 2020
Pages: 317
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

I saw ‘road trip’ and ‘romcom’ and it was all over.  Just hadta!  I had a good time with the author’s Holiday, Texas series so it was not a big decision to gather up this fun-looking standalone second chancer.


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All I Wanna Do Is You starts out in the past with a couple teenagers in love and their future looking bright.  A father with ideas about class differences.  A dutiful daughter.  A dark bit of mischief and the pair is parted to go about their separate lives.

Until fate by the way of uptight and always rushing to please her dad, Reagan Campbell, finds herself in a real jam.  She is coordinating her brother’s wedding in Miami and bad weather, a lost ID, and her own dumb remark get her banded from the airport in Kentucky.  Good thing her old flame, Zach Anderson, happens to be there and has his own reasons for being willing to go on a road trip with Reagan to points south.  If the usual road trip happenstances, Reagan’s stress tendencies, and their unresolved past don’t get to them then the new uncomfortable attraction just might.  But, this time will things end differently?

All I Wanna Do Is You started out pretty rocky for me.  No kidding, because I didn’t like either of the main characters and couldn’t get behind the romance  But, I did like the author’s writing in the past so I read on trusting her to come through in the end.

Reagan annoyed me from the second I encountered her and that never changed.  Unfortunately.  I totally get that this was meant to be a light comedy with Reagan as the comic role.  I do.  That said, I didn’t find her funny and ended up nitpicking and grinding my teeth until rather late in the book.  If you tell me a gal is smart and put together, then she needs to be smart and put together at least much of the time.  For instance, what fool hollers ‘bomb’ in an airport?  Or, well, because dad is big stuff senate majority leader, won’t call up and ask dad to use his private plane when the current air taxi sitch fails?  She caved to dad about everything else and her brother’s wedding was a legit reason to borrow.   Then there was the whining and judgy remarks.  This gal could make a cranky nap-deprived two year old sound mellow.  What in tarnation did Zach see in this chick?  And, that was the crux of the matter for me since this is a romance.  Where was the attraction and the chemistry coming from?

As to Zach, he had done stints when his day time photographer jobs weren’t there to pay the bills moonlighting as paparazzi.  And, guess what?  Reagan’s conservative jerk of a dad has a son marrying his male staffer right when dad is making his bid for Vice Prez and trying to keep the wedding on the down low.  Zach was out to get a bit of revenge against the senator after what the man did to break up him and Reagan and nearly destroy him back in high school so he was pleased to give her a ride right to that wedding.  I totally get the temptation, but it did nothing for my wanting to get behind him as a romance hero.  Fortunately, Zach had a change of heart pretty soon into the story.

Whew boy!  Now, all that being said, the road trip scenario had its fun moments and I ended up really loving Zach and loving to loathe Senator Campbell.  I might not have liked Reagan much of the time, but I still was cheering for her to find her backbone, loosen up, go for what she wanted and tell her dad to go get lost in the alligator swamps.  That epilogue was sensational and made up for quite a bit.  This had some really good moments and the pair were sexy after a bit.  The cupcake (the one on the cover) was a fun and adorable thread in the story.

So, in the end, I finished and was smiling, but no, it didn’t entirely make up for the beginning.  I love the author’s writing and will be reading more of her new releases and some on her backlist that I’ve missed.  I am going to recommend this one to others since the heroine might not get to them like with me and it has a lot of fun and sexy moments.

My thanks to the author via Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Melliane
22 days ago

LOL you made me curious about the epilogue now

Sophia Rose
22 days ago
Reply to  Melliane

Haha, glad to get your curiosity up, Melliane. 🙂

sherry fundin
22 days ago

got my interest, especially with that delicious….cupcake. lol
sherry @ <a href=”http://www.fundinmental.com/”> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
22 days ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Oh man, it was such a fun part of the story and I was hungry for cupcakes, too. 🙂

Ethan
22 days ago

There definitely seems to be plenty of drama in this one, but I can see how unlikable characters could make this one slower to read.

Sophia Rose
22 days ago
Reply to  Ethan

Yeah, and I really struggled to put up with it. At least the road trip part and seeing them get things settled in the end was good. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I love the second chance at romance trope. However, Reagan sounds like she would drive me crazy!!! I can see where you struggled with her as a character, and her father sounds horrible! I’m glad things got better with the fun road trip and spectacular epilogue! I love when a story leaves a smile ion my face. Wonderful Review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
22 days ago

LOL, it was quite the dizzying ride, Lindy. It ended well at least. Thanks!

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

It is always a huge issue for me as well when a character is described in one way, but their actions do nothing to show that, or show the complete opposite. It ends up ruining the book a lot of the time for me.

Sophia Rose
22 days ago

It’s so distracting especially when its way different from the description of the character. Sadly, yes, Sarah, it was a real struggle at first. 🙁

Lover of Romance
22 days ago

I just adore a road trip trope in a romance and the cover has such a sexy sweet theme to it. And this book gets brownie points for a fabulous epilogue, love those.

Sophia Rose
21 days ago

I was eager to jump in b/c of the road trip element. It is a sweet and sexy cover and that epilogue was perfect.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Oh, bummer! I don’t think I’d like Reagan much either, and it’s hard to love a romance you don’t feel fully on board with. Glad to hear the author’s writing was nice and that you’d give her another go despite this one. 🙂

Sophia Rose
21 days ago

Yeah, it was a disappointment in ways, but not entirely. I definitely still want more of her stuff. I’ve got one in a new series for August. 🙂

Carole Rae
18 days ago

I am loving that cover. LOLL

Sophia Rose
18 days ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Isn’t it adorable and sexy hot all in one?

Lola
13 days ago

That’s difficult to get into a book when you don’t like the main characters and can’t get behind their romance. I can see why you didn’t like Reagan much and it’s a shame when the comedy aspect falls flat and just becomes annoying. Zach does sound like a likable character after he had his change of heart. I do like road trip type of set-up for stories as they can be a lot of fun and the whole forced proximity thing can be great for romances. And that’s greta it ended on a high note with a great epilogue.

Sophia Rose
13 days ago
Reply to  Lola

Yeah, she was pretty annoying for much of the book. I had a hard time with how foolish she spoke and acted. But yes, the road trip part was fun as was the end epilogue.