MY FAVORITE SOUVENIR IS LIVE!
A Contemporary Romance Novel
New York Times Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
My planned trip for two unexpectedly turned into a trip for one. Rather than let my breakup get me down, I packed my bags and decided a week at a luxury resort was just what I needed.
But one calamity after the next, and suddenly I was stuck without a hotel room, along with a few hundred other people.
It looked like my fancy vacation was about to turn into me sleeping on the hotel lobby floor.
Until I overheard a gorgeous man pretending to be someone he wasn’t in order to steal a reservation from a guest who hadn’t shown up yet.
When I realized there were two rooms, instead of calling him out, I pretended to be his sister. That’s how the story of “Milo and Maddie Hooker” began.
We were the Hookers.
My depressing trip quickly made a U-turn into an adventure.
My fake brother spent the next few days showing me around his hometown. When it was time to leave, neither of us really wanted to go yet.
So, instead of flying back to our respective homes, we ventured on a road trip.
At every stop, we’d pick up souvenirs.
But as hot as our chemistry was, we never crossed the line.
Milo knew I’d just come out of a tough relationship and didn’t want to mess with a vulnerable woman.
So instead, at the end of our trip, we made a pact to meet again in three months.
It was always my intention to meet him.
But when I got back home, reality hit in a big way.
And I worried I may have lost my handsome stranger forever.
Was there a place for him in my future?
Or had the memory of him just become my favorite souvenir?
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The life one has is not always the one they’re destined to have, but that idea can never be learned unless changes are made, new perspectives gained. Which is exactly how the story of Milo and Maddie Hooker comes to be, but how it ends for Matteo and Hazel isn’t quite as simple for the fake names they created, let’s just hope that when everything is said and done, each of their favorite souvenirs will be each other.
But just like all adventures, theirs comes to an end and what that means for these two strangers, turned pretend siblings, who become travel partners remains unclear until their fake names become real and they somehow fuse their epic adventure with the reality of their actual circumstances.
This book can easily be divided into two parts – the soul searching adventure of a lifetime and the new reality of everyday living. Part one had a fun and flirty vibe and the sexual tension that surrounded Hazel and Matteo grew the farther their journey took them, and I loved how it felt like readers were in the backseat with them, experiencing this once in a lifetime opportunity to let go a bit, to be free of responsibilities and hold on with both hands, never forgetting who you are and what you want out of life.
As much as I adored every minute of the characters’ escape, admittedly, I struggled with the second half of the book a bit more than I usually do with this writing duos stories. And I’m not sure if it’s because it felt like their little bubble popped and they were left with trying to figure out where they go from there, especially due to logistics and interfering exes. Don’t get me wrong, I know that going back to reality can be a bit of a shock and there might still be internal conflicts and such to contend with, but going from that life changing road trip that seemed so easy and so perfect to unknowns and conflicted feelings felt a bit too separated from the first part of the story. I was frustrated with a number of the characters and things just felt disjointed more so than I would have liked.
Overall, I enjoyed the adventure that Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland took their characters and their readers on. And while I had a few issues with the latter half of the book, I still revel in the way this writing duo crafts their stories and creates intriguing and complex characters.
4 Poison Apples
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.
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OTHER BOOKS BY VI KEELAND AND PENELOPE WARD:
Park Avenue Player
THE RUSH DUET
Rebel Heir (Rush, Book 1):
Rebel Heart (Rush, Book 2)
OTHER BOOKS BY VI KEELAND
All Grown Up
The Naked Truth
Sex, Not Love
Life on Stage series (2 Standalone Books)
Worth the Fight
Worth the Chance
Worth It All (Complete Fighter Series)
Belong to You
Made for You
Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)
By:Vi Keeland & Dylan Scott
OTHER BOOKS BY PENELOPE WARD:
The Day He Came Back
When August Ends
Jaded and Tyed (A novelette)
Amazon Print only:
Sins of Sevin
Jake Undone (Jake #1)
Jake Understood (Jake #2)