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Published by Tickled Pinkest
Released on May 14, 2020
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.
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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