by Opal Wei
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Pub Date 23 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 24 Feb 2024
HARLEQUIN - Romance (U.S. & Canada), Harlequin Feature
The Plan was simple: find a cure for the cancer that nearly took her sister’s life. But for Zoey Fong, something about The Plan isn’t working anymore. Maybe it’s her unsuccessful research, maybe it’s burnout. But when a crucial tissue sample accidentally winds up in the hands of a very distracting—and disarmingly handsome—visitor, Zoey jumps at the chance to follow him home to retrieve it.
Davy Hsieh’s rugged island estate is no manicured suburban park. His plan is simple: establish a legitimate animal sanctuary and embrace life as a hermit to make up for a sketchy past. Zoey invading his fortress of solitude should not, under any circumstances, be a romantic development.
And yet it’s the single most invigorating week of their lives…when they're able to set their many differences aside and embrace it. Stranded amid all manner of flora and fauna—including a semidomesticated cougar called Baby—Davy and Zoey first have to survive the island. Then they'll need to take a leap of faith, maybe even trusting in each other, to save it.
A Note From the Publisher
Some readers may find topics discussed in this book difficult. These include cancer and terminal illness, anxiety and mental illness, flawed family relationships, and the mistreatment of animals.
"Wild Life is a classic screwball story set in the modern age--creative, compelling, and so witty. Wei delivers laugh out loud moments alongside thoughtful, moving reflections on why and how we love--with sharp, chemistry-laden banter on nearly every page." –Kate Clayborn, author of Georgie, All Along
“Opal Wei takes small town romance one step further in this delightful tiny island screwball romance. Wild Life is an absolutely charming opposites attract story that will have you swooning for Davy, feeling for Zoey, and swearing to stay away from geese.” –Lily Chu, author of The Stand-In
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Average rating from 125 members
A wonderfully zany rom-com that also works as a lovely, gender-flipped homage to one of my favorite-ever screwball comedies, Bringing Up Baby. I loved fierce scientist Zoe and sweet, anxious Davy, their romance was really sweet and tender, and I laughed SO many times along the way!
Very sweet and steamy. Lush and descriptive. I could see it all in my mind's eye like a movie. Likeable, relatable characters, one a PhD student who is devoted but miserable, and one a people-pleaser who finds refuge in living alone on a private island. A page-turner romance about falling fast and letting go of the sunk cost fallacy and choosing happiness.
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