Something Wild & Wonderful

Forever: Grand Central. Mar. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781538754887. pap. $16.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
Alexei Lebedev has only been hiking the Pacific Coast Trail for a few miles when he meets Ben Caravalho. Awkward and quiet, Alexei intended to do the trail solo, but Ben creeps under his guard with kindness and, well, hotness. Ben is hiking the PCT as an adventure—his last before settling into a new career. He didn’t mean to fall for Alexei. But the quiet hiker is cute and smart, and Ben can’t resist, no matter how hard he tries. Hiking together, the duo form a friendship, then a romance, one that lifts both up at a time when they need it most. Alexei and Ben are likable, relatable characters written with great depth and emotion. Both are carrying more baggage on their journey than just their packs, and readers will laugh and cry with them as they learn to share the load.
VERDICT This steamy opposites-attract m/m romance from Kelly (Love & Other Disasters) is impossible to put down. Highly recommended.
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