Release Date: May 14, 2020
Series: A Road Trip Rom-Com
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Tickled Pinkest
All I Wanna Do is You by Dylann Crush is the story of Reagan Campbell, a senator’s daughter who is desperately trying to get to her brother’s wedding in Florida. After being grounded in Kentucky by mechanical issues she teams up with her ex-boyfriend Zach Anderson to drive the 800 miles to South Florida. Reagan needs to make it there on time even though she’s lost her wallet and must depend on Zach to get her to the ceremony. But Zach’s hiding some secrets and lingering resentments, can he put those aside to help Reagan to the church on time?
I picked up this book because I was looking for a fun quick read that had a bit of steam. I was excited to see that they had to take a road trip to the Florida Keys to get to a wedding since I have made that trip several times over myself. The blurb seemed to reference a comedy of errors in the vein of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles which is favorite movie from my childhood. With all these things going for it how could it go wrong? Turns out, a lot.
Perhaps it’s a sign of the times or a general change in my preference but by the 30% mark I was annoyed by the heroine and bored by the hero. Reagan is spoiled, immature, whiney, and almost too stupid to live. Zach is one dimensional, insensitive, and irreverent. The “chemistry” between these two was stilted and uncomfortable. Regan hiccups every time she’s nervous and instead of being endearing it was tedious. Their past history should have help build the current tension, however it was just another sticking point for Reagan to whine about and Zach to brood over.
The mistakes and errors that lead to Reagan being stranded in Kentucky are fairly unbelievable. Her father is a senate majority leader who has access to a private plane, but she does not call him out of pride and a fear of small planes. She is supposed to be in charge of the wedding but she does not act as any reasonable adult would. She fails to check in with security about the lost wallet and to ask how she can board a plan without an ID. Instead she wails and cries about her misfortune saying the word “bomb” loudly and is detained by TSA. This incident sets up the totally ridiculous drive through the southern states which is peppered with more “accidents”, unnecessary side trips, an RV, a stray, and horrible caricatures of southern residents.
By the time they reach Miami I didn’t care about the wedding or the romance. It was obvious what the “big incident” would be from the start of the novel. So, when it finally happened it was a relief to get it over with. I’ve made this same drive at least 15 times in my life and those long drives through the swamps of Central Florida were more interesting than this book. I’m rating this a 2 which I upgraded from a 1 only because I did enjoy reminiscing about my own drives to the Keys while reading this bore of a book. If you are in the mood for a road trip romance pick up a book like Managed by Kristen Callihan or Heaven Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips for excellent examples of the trope.