When attending a book signing, I always look forward to being exposed to new-to-me authors. One such writer I had the pleasure of meeting at UtopYA2015 was Anna Kyss, an author of YA and NA romance, fantasy and dystopian novels. The gorgeous cover for Wander and Roam caught my eye and as soon as I found out it was the first in her NA romance series, my interest was piqued as these types of stories are right up my alley. Little did I know what a hidden gem this book would turn out to be!
The story centers around Abby, a college dropout trying to escape her past, and Sage, a philosophical adventurer with an aversion to discussing his future. The two meet as volunteers on an Australian farm. Working side by side, they form a fast friendship based on their mutual agreement that speaking of the past and present is off limits. As they focus on being in the “now,” friendship evolves into deeper feelings; however, their blossoming romance is threatened by secrets they are unwilling to divulge.
Wander and Roam is a breath of fresh air in the New Adult genre. Sage is far from your typical NA hero. He’s a thinker, a free spirit, a man who notices the magic held in quiet moments. He urges Abby to venture outside of her comfort zone and she, in turn, does the same for him. Kyss does a remarkable job of capturing the resulting self-discovery for both of these characters, a key element to this genre. The changes the two undergo aren’t just superficial. They are deeply felt and change the fabric of their lives as individuals and as a couple.
Kyss has a talent for evocative writing and infuses the book with descriptions of scenery and food that leave you feeling as though you’ve been transported right into the story. Putting all of this together, it would be incredibly difficult to read this book and not feel completely invested in Abby and Sage’s heartfelt journey. The book does end on a cliffhanger; however, their story will continue in the third installment in the series. I, for one, cannot wait to see what Kyss has in store for these two characters who now hold a special place in my bookworm heart.
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“We didn’t just convert the raspberry crop into jam that night. We transformed our fragile acquaintance into the sticky binds of attraction and friendship.”
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