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Magazine writer Dylan decides on a whim to call in to a radio station and wins a huge prize, a trip around the world! The catch to it? The station gets to pick her travel partner by selecting randomly from her phone contacts. The number they pick? Jack The Posho is his name in her contacts, the unbearably posh guy she met at a club and never called. 

First, please check trigger warnings for this book as big conversations are had that could be upsetting for some. This book was such a fun read! The repertoire between Jack and Dylan was my favorite part. I love the quick wit and I love some bi representation. Their relationships with their parents were so relatable and real. I would call this a veryy slow burn rom-com adventure.  It didn’t get a full five ⭐️s cause it did bounce around quite a bit for me to keep up but there was a lot of travel to cover. Catch this gem coming out July 4th!

Thank NetGalley for giving me this opportunity for a wonderful read!
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I had no preconceived notions of this book other than its a vacation romance, it's opposites attract, forced proximity and it's second chance, and boy did I enjoy this one. Like, dang, it's so much fun and was so cute that I literally devoured this ARC while (fittingly) sitting on a plane. Wanderlust features so much compelling language and banter in spades, plus Elle Everhart's characters are so dynamic and authentic. I truly did not want to put this one down, I dug it.

As a journalist who's been bashed for writing the truth (insert eye roll here), protagonist Dylan's perspective really resonated with me especially with that isolating feeling that comes with it and not wanting to burden anyone with your problems.  Like, these people who hide behind their anonymous profiles truly suck. And like, yes, we can block them and act strong but it's tough as hell to process. It hurts so bad and no one should have to deal with that. I admire Everhart for including this as a poignant message of what to/not to do.

Wanderlust, all in all, was very, very, very cute and fun, and like, well Jack is such a melt but in the best way and I'd totally get the ick IRL but on the page, it's just super sweet and endearing. I just wish I could start from scratch and read for the first time all over again.
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3.5 out of 5. I thought i was going to love this book. Travel + romance in my book meant it was destined to be great. In the end it was good but not fully great. It wants to be People we meet on Vacation but it does not get to that level of greatness. What did i like: The concept of course. As absurd as it seems, a travel around the world with a hot stranger has an epic premise. I love reading and I love travel so this was made to me. Also I really liked Jack as a character. The writing is also very agreeable and its a quick and enjoyable read. some of my qualms: I really wanted more of the travel, I think the first locations were very detailed and then the rest of the world goes on with a blur – i would have liked some more travel content. Also Dylan was a bit exasperating. Side note that maybe only me will think about: how do they do all these locations and all the different plans plus all the different outfits they talk about in 1 bag? this book should have a travel guide in the end
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When is it my turn???? Super cute. Very tame, that was the only thing I was left wanting more from. There was a great spicy scene but I wanted more!
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The premise of this book was promising—winning a trip around the world with a person chosen randomly from your contacts. Unfortunately, that was the most exciting part of the book for me. 

I did enjoy learning about some of the places they visited on the trip. 

Thank you to NetGalley and G. P. Putnam's Sons for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review
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Wanderlust is the debut romance novel be Elle Everhart. This book follows Dylan, a magazine writer who wins an all expense paid, mulitcity trip from a radio station! The only catch is that her travel companion will be chosen from her phone contacts randomly. As Dylan is someone who never deletes contacts, this could be anyone from her best friend to someone she doesn’t even know. It ends up landing on Jack, a man described as “posh” in her phone who she actually ghosted a few months before. Can they make things work on their trip of a lifetime? 

I had high hopes for this one. The premise sounded just off the wall enough to be a fun summer read and I always love books that have a lot of travel in them for the summer. This book is written in third person and from Dylan’s perspective so it feels very one sided. Jack felt very basic and overly mean for no real reason. They also went to so many cities, I felt like I was getting whiplash. I wish it would have focused on just one city instead and the focus was on them really exploring the city. 

These is a lot of focus on instagram and online presence to the point where I don’t think someone who isn’t online a lot will be able to connect with those parts. While there were some interesting conversations about internet safety and etiquette, a lot of it came off instructional instead of flowing well with the story. 

I never felt any chemistry between Dylan and Jack because Jack seemed so cold through the entire book. I was waiting for his walls to come down and even when they did, it didn’t feel like there was a reason other than to push the romance forward. Also a lot of Jack’s views about the trip just gave me an ick that I can’t really go into without spoiling it. 

I just didn’t really enjoy this one much at all. There were also some heavy topics in this book that need content warnings before going in. If you are at all sensitive to the topic of abortion or doxxing, you may not want to pick this one up. These are conversations surrounding these topics that can be very nuanced and well done but the way they were in this book felt like they were in the book just to have them. I just feel like having this conversations in books and it being literally an exact copy and paste of stereotypical situations doesn’t really add to anything. 

I hate that I didn’t enjoy this because I really love to promote new authors when I can but this just wasn’t a book for me. It seems like a lot of other early reviews are positive which makes me happy for those readers. It just wasn’t a book for me.
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When I read the synopsis on Netgalley it read: “People We Meet on Vacation meets The Unhoneymooners” -Sold. I had to read this book, and I’m SO glad I did.

I’m still crying and thinking about the story because it was so perfect. Dylan is a writer trying to get her own column, and Jack is the one-night stand that never was. I’m not sure if enemies to lovers and second love romance can be tropes together, but I’m declaring that it’s possible right here, right now. My heart was aching for Jack and Dylan, even though I could anticipate they’d live HEA, the journey had me at the edge of my couch. 

The book covers a myriad of social issues, including social media influence and the negative (and positive) impacts it can have on your life, abortion, LGBTQ acceptance, climate change awareness, and my personal favorite, societal and parental expectations. At the end of the day, follow your dreams. Having support and acceptance from parents is validating and beautiful, but when it’s not there, you have to bet on yourself. You have to love yourself and believe in yourself - that’s what Jack and Dylan teach us. 
The slow burn was absolutely delicious in this swoonworthy story full of travel and adventures. I can’t wait to add this to my bookshelf because not only was the story freaking phenomenal, the cover is really pretty, too.

Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Group Putnam for my eArc in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a fun one. I would say if you like a really really slow burn and a lot of references of Instagram (I am not saying this in a bad way) then this book will probably make you giggle and laugh and get teary eyed. Gets a bit heavy in spots and I thought the author handled it well. Really enjoyed myself with this one. Thank you to NetGalley for letting me read it early!
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This book was everything my romance and travel loving heart could have hoped for! I love when I can live vicariously through the characters of a book, and being able to hop across the globe with these main characters was so much fun. Mexico City, Cape Town, Marrakech and Sydney have all shot up on my travel bucket list, and while that happened the story of their budding relationship was such a source of joy. This is a really fun, lovely read.
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The cover was cute, as was the premise. Unfortunately, I did not connect with the main character and her language was a bit harsh. I expected a light hearted travel romance full of gorgeous scenery. Instead, the book dealt with some heavy topics that did not leave me feeling light hearted.
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Read  if you like:
✈️ Traveling 
♥️ Romance
✍🏻 Writer MC
🧳 Forced Proximity 
🧠 Mental Health Rep

Thank you GP Putnam Sons for my ARC in exchange for my review! 

This one definitely gives wanderlust through and through! This was such a fun book and I truly did not want to put it down at all! 

I loved the strangers to travel buddies essentially that Dylan and Jack are when they first start traveling together. 

I loved how their relationship came together and how they truly were the champion for the other and their goals. 

This one also has really great mental health rep in it as well. 

All in all, if you have the travel bug and want a romance to read, I highly recommend checking this one out!
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𝘞𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘵 follows Dylan who's lucky enough to have won a trip around the globe, only catch? she has to randomly choose a travel mate from her contacts list, hence, comes in Jack - the guy she once made out with then ghosted.

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As Jack and Dylan get lost in their travels and the exertion of it all, a soft feeling of intimacy develops. They both balance each other.

I didn't like Dylan all that much. She was a tad aggravating but Jack made up for it.

My issue with the story is they had good potential to use the trip excuse to paint beautiful sights and create memories not only for the characters but as well the reader, but there was not much description about the places they went.

3.71 / 5✩ 

𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘗𝘶𝘵𝘯𝘢𝘮 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘐 𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘥. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘸𝘯.
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Wanderlust is such a charming and witty debut! I loved Dylan’s voice - very effortlessly contemporary and hilarious. Her vibrant personality against Jack’s uptight demeanor made for wonderful banter as they traveled and grew closer. I was happy to see a book not shy away from the topic of abortion and allow so much on page discussion of it. Dylan and Jack communicated so well and it made watching them overcome their hurdles very fulfilling. Thank you to NetGalley and G. P. Putnam's Sons for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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This was my first time reading a book by this author, and she did not disappoint! This would be such fun beach read to help curb your own wanderlust! 

Dylan and Jack were an entertaining duo. Their banter had me laughing out loud, and helped keep the overall themes of this book light. To be honest, I expected a bit more discussion throughout the book about the actual travel, but didn’t feel it lived up to the title. And the slowness of the relationship development had me turning the pages to try and get ahead more than I care to admit. There are themes of heavy topics in this book that were a bit triggering (this was a personal issue though - see my comments below), and were due to the fact I went in blindly. 

Although this one didn’t live up to the full hype for me - it was enjoyable and I know others will cherish it. I’ll definitely be giving her another try in the future! 

Read if you love: 

-Funny Banter 


-Slow Burn 


Trigger Warnings should be read going in. There are sensitive topics surrounding bullying, homophobia, and abortion (heavily themed topic). Reader discretion advised.
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Thanks to Netgalley and G.P. Putnam’s Sons for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first time reading a book by this author, and Elle Everhart’s debut novel, Wanderlust, doesn’t disappoint.

Dylan, a writer who’s been desperately trying to helm her own column at a magazine, enters an all-expenses paid, travel around the world, radio contest on a whim, not really expecting to win.  The catch to the contest? She has to let the radio station pick her travel partner randomly out of the contacts in her phone.

When the station picks a complete stranger nick-named named Jack the Posho, a man Dylan had only met once ages ago and made out with in a club, she’s not sure if he’ll say yes to joining her on the once in a life trip to travel the globe.

Sexy, funny and full of banter, this is the perfect summer read.
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Wanderlust did its job and gave me the feeling of wanderlust, of wanting to travel the world and see the sights our main characters saw. The book transported me to so many different and exciting places alongside Dylan and Jack! 

Dylan is unsatisfied at her magazine job, and when she wins a trip around the world, she finally has the opportunity to get her own column. The catch about the trip? The radio station got to pick a random number from her phone to travel with her, and they choose Jack, a man she met at a club and made out with but never talked to again. Her boss decides to spin it as a one night stand turned second chance romance, and Dylan is forced to write articles about the trip along the way, drawing plenty of attention to herself and Jack. 

This book was fun. I loved the experiences Dylan and Jack have in various cities like Tokyo or Sydney, where their time was well written and detailed. I loved the concept of writing articles about her travel and how she started posting more on insta about her trip, turning more to the travel influence sphere as she went. 

I did want more, though. Some of their travel was mentioned through only a paragraph or two, and parts of the book just flew by without much detail. The pacing was slightly off, with some cities receiving multiple chapters and others in the middle only a page. The middle part was where the conflict was happening, which would make you think we would get more information there! 

I also would have liked more of the connection between Dylan and Jack. There were only a few moments throughout the story where I could feel their bond growing, while much of it was the two of them being awkward with each other. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. I'm giving this one 3.5 rounded up to 4!
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This was a quick, fun rom-com with a cute premise. I loved the details about the places that the main characters went, but it definitely could’ve been flushed out a bit more. 

I would’ve loved to know more about: 
- Jack: I know he’s tall and maybe gangly and supposedly posh…but how so? What posh things did he do? What else did he look like? 
- Their first night: if the connection was so great, why didn’t Dylan call back? Why didn’t Jack try harder before? I loved the idea of a second-chance romance with the ONS, but I'm having trouble understanding what happened with the first chance.
- Some of the cities: the first few cities started out with a lot detail, but by the end, it felt like they were in each city for a sentence each and all the sudden, they went from 4 days into the trip to 6 weeks into it. 

It definitely wasn’t bad, but as another reviewer put it…”it’s a relatively average read”. I see the potential here and with a few changes, this could go from surface level and a little lacking to a great read! Overall, enjoyable. I would definitely give Elle Everhart another chance in the future. 

Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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There were some good bits, but the slow burn was too slow for me. And it did often feel like a commercial for Instagram and being pro-choice. Nothing intently wrong with either of those things, but it did make me feel like the book was more contrived rather than just telling a story for me to enjoy.
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An enjoyable read with unexpected depth, as both main characters are working through some pretty significant issues in their personal lives. What I liked best is that they supported each other in dealing with those issues, even when they were upset with each other -- that support wasn't revoked in a fit of pique. Very slow burn, no heat until the last few chapters of the story, but the relationship between the two mains is well written and feels believable.
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I was intrigued by this book due to the travel aspect included in the main plot. While it didn't focus too much on the travel/tourism aspect of each location the characters visited, it was just enough to feel like I could imagine being there. The romance aspect remained pretty calm / restrained for the most book, but the romantic tension built throughout.  There were some heavier topics included within the main plot, including: privacy/right to consent, social media, bullying, homophobia, and abortion. A wide range of topics all wrapped in to one story, and while a few times it got on the verge of preachy, I understand that for some people, it may be good to hear about these things from this less obvious source to start thinking a bit deeper on these important topics. 
I enjoyed reading this book for a fun summer read.

Thanks, NetGalley for the ARC of this book.
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