by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books
Release Date: May 17th 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format Read: ARC
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Growing up the daughter of notorious treasure hunter and absentee father Duke Wilder left Lily without much patience for the profession…or much money in the bank. But Lily is nothing if not resourceful, and now uses Duke’s coveted hand-drawn maps to guide tourists on fake treasure hunts through the red rock canyons of Utah. It pays the bills but doesn’t leave enough to fulfill her dream of buying back the beloved ranch her father sold years ago, and definitely not enough to deal with the sight of the man she once loved walking back into her life with a motley crew of friends ready to hit the trails. Frankly, Lily would like to take him out into the wilderness—and leave him there.
Leo Grady knew mirages were a thing in the desert, but they’d barely left civilization when the silhouette of his greatest regret comes into focus in the flickering light of the campfire. Ready to leave the past behind him, Leo wants nothing more than to reconnect with his first and only love. Unfortunately, Lily Wilder is all business, drawing a clear line in the sand: it’s never going to happen.
But when the trip goes horribly and hilariously wrong, the group wonders if maybe the legend of the hidden treasure wasn’t a gimmick after all. There’s a chance to right the wrongs—of Duke’s past and their own—but only if Leo and Lily can confront their history and work together. Alone under the stars in the isolated and dangerous mazes of the Canyonlands, Leo and Lily must decide whether they’ll risk their lives and hearts on the adventure of a lifetime.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I have been a huge fan of Christina Lauren’s for a while, so when I saw this book become available for ARC request, I had to snag a copy.
This book was so unique. After reading the synopsis, I was already pulled in by the treasure hunting and second-chance aspects, but this book went the extra mile. Let’s just say, things happen that you don’t expect–and it’s amazing!
This book revolves around Lily, a woman who has struggled her entire life, and doesn’t see an end in sight. After the death of her father and losing the one place that meant the world to her, Lily is working as a tourist guide on treasure hunts. It’s definitely not what she expected or wanted for her life, but she’s low on options. The last thing she expects is to see her long lost love come back with his friends for a treasure hunt.
Leo Grady has been going through his days with his main focus being his sister and taking care of her. When the annual yearly trip with his friends come up, Leo is beyond surprised to see that he will be going on a tour for treasure, and that the one woman he loved, and left, is the tour guide.
This book has so many twists I didn’t see coming. It was fun. Sexy. Addicting. I read this book so quick and couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it to everyone who is looking for a fun read that has just enough spice, mystery, and heartbreak.
Hello! My name is Brittany. I’m a newbie nurse by day and an avid reader 24/7. I am a proud romance junkie and will read just about every genre as long as there is some romance. I love to spend my time with my 9 cats—yes, you read that correctly—and posting on my bookstagram account (@_darkreadings if curious). I’m also a hardcore JLA fan.