Release Date: Aug 11, 2020
Series: An Exlibris Adventure
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Penguin Group
Eighty Days to Elsewhere by KC Dyer felt like it was a book made for me – my two absolute favourite things to do are reading and travelling. This book molded both of those loves perfectly.
The protagonist, Ramona (Romy) Keene is a born and bred New Yorker who is working at her uncles’ bookstore while dreaming of photography and Paris. She is happily living out her dreams through the adventures in the books when their new landlord threatens to triple the rent, making the bookstore unaffordable. Romy decides to pursue a strange internship in order to earn enough money to keep the bookstore; she is required to recreate the original route of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. Romy is nervous to finally leave home, but knows that she must in order to help her family, she soon discovers that Dominic Madison is also taking on the challenge and he happens to be the nephew of her new landlord. Romy feels like she needs to hate Dominic on principle for his attitude and his greedy uncle, but she finds herself drawn to his good looks and witty personality.
If you couldn’t tell right from the first line, I really loved this book. There was less of a focus on the romance aspect and more on Romy travelling and learning more about different cultures and of herself. In the times we are living in at the moment with travel so restricted, it was great to be able to live through the pages and see different parts of the world with Romy – kind of like what she was doing at the bookstore herself! This is a very fun book with lots of quirky conversations and great character development with the backdrop of the world.
I really enjoyed reading about Romy as she travelled and realized her privileges growing up in New York and how she developed as a character throughout the book, from a shy bookworm to becoming more confident in her dreams and ambitions. I love a good female lead! Her “nemesis” Dominic was also very charming and I could feel the chemistry between them jumping off the page. Their romance is a slow burn and they go from enemies to friends to lovers. The focus of the book is more about Romy growing as a person with these experiences than about the romance of it. It was a very nice change from a lot of the romance novels that I have recently read, especially the enemies to lovers ones that often have both parties just consumed with each other and nothing else.
Overall, this is a very entertaining and fun book while still being though-provoking and smart. I highly recommend for anyone who is a fan of travel and romantic comedies.