In this grumpy-sunshine teen romance, indoorsy theater girl Natalie must team up with surly nature-lover Finn in an Amazing Race-style reality show set in the Appalachian wilderness—if they don't kill (or kiss!) each other first.
Natalie Hart has always been loud, unfiltered, and unapologetically herself.
But that was before her freshman year of college, when she lost her merit scholarship and gained one pesky little anxiety diagnosis.
Hesitant to take out more student loans, Natalie decides to shoot her shot and applies to Wild Adventures, a popular outdoorsy reality competition show.
Sure, Natalie prefers her twelve-step skincare routine to roughing it along the Appalachian Trail while competing in challenges against other college kids, but that scholarship prize money is calling her name.
High risk, high reward, right?
Enter Finn Markum, her randomly assigned, capital-O Outdoorsy teammate whose growl could rival a black bear.
These partners have more friction than a pair of new hiking boots.
Or is that... flirtation?
One thing's for certain: it's going to be a wild adventure.
This friends-to-lovers spin on The Bachelor follows two childhood besties reuniting to spend the summer in L.A. after five years apart—but when they both get involved with a teen reality dating show, their lives take an unexpected turn for the unreal.
Sloane McKinney feels like a background character in her own life. But this summer will be different, because she's spending it with her childhood best friend, Liam Daniels, in her dream city, Los Angeles. Sure, she's surprised to find that Liam just happens to have had a Hot Guy glow-up since she last saw him, but so what? A little attraction won't ruin her plans for their fun—and completely platonic—reunion.
What might, however, is that Liam has been roped into working for his producer dad's new teen reality dating show, Aspen Woods's Future Leading Lady. Liam figures Sloane can still hang out with him on set while he fetches coffee for the film crew, or whatever it is that production assistants do. Except it turns out the show is one contestant short . . . and Sloane is the perfect last-minute addition.
Once cameras are rolling, the whirlwind of dating teen heartthrob Aspen Woods feels way more real than Sloane expected, and Liam doesn't exactly enjoy watching it all unfold. But it's behind the scenes where the drama really picks up. . . .
Because wanting to kiss your best friend? That's a plot twist neither Sloane nor Liam ever saw coming.
This delectable debut romantic comedy about two rival interns with the recipe for love is perfect for foodies, feminists, and fans of aspirational YA romance like LOVE & GELATO and AGAIN, BUT BETTER.
This summer, Reese Camden is trading sweet tea and Southern hospitality for cold brew and crisp coastal air. She's landed her dream marketing internship at Friends of Flavor, a wildly popular cooking channel in Seattle. The only problem? Benny Beneventi, the relentlessly charming, backwards-baseball-cap-wearing culinary intern—and her main competition for the fall job.
Reese's plan to keep work a No Feelings Zone crumbles like a day-old muffin when she and Benny are thrown together for a video shoot that goes viral, making them the internet's newest ship. Audiences are hungry for more, and their bosses at Friends of Flavor are happy to deliver. Soon Reese and Benny are in an all-out food war, churning homemade ice cream, twisting soft pretzels, breaking eggs in an omelet showdown--while hundreds of thousands of viewers watch.
Reese can't deny the chemistry between her and Benny. But the more their rivalry heats up, the harder it is to keep love on the back burner...