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Published by Swoon Romance on November 10th 2015
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Source: ARC from publisher
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After a nasty breakup, twenty-two-year-old Devin Ashford is on a mission to travel the world one random excursion at a time. He wants to forget his ex, discover new experiences and end up with some awesome stories to tell. If it takes spending all of his savings to do it, he is ready.
His first stop is a communal homestead in the Appalachians of North Carolina, which turns out to be a bohemian paradise. The weed is plentiful, the owners adore him, and the very sight of Cora, their nineteen-year-old goddaughter, makes him want to set up a permanent camp.
Cora warns that she isn’t ready for a serious relationship, but Devin is falling hard. Playful kisses turn into passionate sex, and each day is spent connecting and enjoying the mind-numbing awesomeness—until he makes the mistake of saying “I love you.” Discussing the future kills the good vibes, and Cora pushes him away.
Pissed off and rejected, Devin begins preparing for his next excursion: backpacking India. But just when it’s time to go, the death of one of the homestead’s beloved animals leaves Cora upset and in need of a friend. Devin’s kindness wins him another shot at romance.
With a plane ticket in hand and his pride on the line, Devin and Cora find themselves teetering on the thing more.
I enjoyed this book. It really messed with my head, but like…in a cool way.
It all just seemed very sudden. Pretty much everything that happened, except the whole India thing—that was from the beginning. It’s a pretty impulsive way of life. Devin really hasn’t got anything holding him down, anchoring him—until Cora.
I’m sad to say that I wasn’t 100% on board with the relationship—it was clear that Cora wasn’t ready to throw herself into it. Devin probably did rush it a bit, and I wasn’t sure why. I didn’t feel like I knew enough about Cora to really like her yet. But in a way, I think that made the time apart a good thing. They could both get their heads on straight a little bit—ironically, they were probably both smoking their minds away at the time. The drugs are plentiful in this book. I think that’s part of what makes the book poignant as well; it kinda questions reality a bit and helps them make decisions.
I don’t know if this was just a personal thing, but this book also had a way with my emotions. When they were tripping, I was tripping. When tensions were high, I was uneasy. When Devin was mad, I was furious. I actually had to put the book down overnight because it was getting to be too much. I honestly think it’s just me because my empathy levels are generally always through the roof but I do think that means that’s a plus for anyone else who reads this book. You’ll probably feel something. I did crack up a few times. Especially when they were comparing the names of certain body parts to the creatures they sounded like.
Honestly though, I had a hard time seeing Devin as 22 years old. He seemed to act like a teenager a lot of the time. He really had no idea what he was doing with his life. I guess that’s why he decided to be an adventurer and thus the whole point of this book. It doesn’t really affect much of the story, considering Cora is also pretty immature (but at least she is actually younger). But it was always just a thing that was in the back of my mind. I really liked his friend Lucius though. Panky took a while to grow on me, but she did.
The plot didn’t have a clear direction (except maybe India) but that was cool. Keeps you on your toes, you know? You never know what’s gonna happen next. It’s also like real life. You just have to kinda roll with the punches. That was also a nice message in the book. And believe me, there was plenty of adventure.
This book was a crazy trip, but an enjoyable one. It was unexpected and entertaining. It was introspective and emotional. A fast read, but a good one.
reaction upon finishing
Well, that turned out better than expected.
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