Samhain Publishing, $4.50, ISBN 978-1-60504-523-8
Contemporary Romance, 2009
In KyAnn Waters’s Wanderlust, we meet Meg Snow, our heroine who is in love with Cory Tavern all this while. Well, after four years in the Air Force, Cory decides that it is time he comes home to Milcott and make Meg his hoochie-mama for real. Well, this may work in novels by Nicholas Sparks, where women exist only to weep and reaffirm the notion that man is the center of the universe, but Meg is getting ready to move out of Milcott when he decides to move back in.
Poor Wanderlust – this would have been an entertaining, if familiar and therefore not too memorable, romance if the message of the story doesn’t make me roll up my eyes. Meg wants to see more of life outside Milcott but Cory doesn’t understand why she wants to do that when he’s already sleeping with her, snort. The way the author resolves this conflict is a very, very clichéd one especially if you have seen enough Hallmark movies, and toward the end Meg decides that yes, she wants to stay in Milcott with Cory because he’s all she really wanted.
The characters are fine, if you go along happily with the script they are playing out. The story is fine, if you are okay with the resolution. But because I don’t particularly like the message being thrown around in this story, reading this book is like dating a hot guy whose philosophies and beliefs are completely different from mine. It’s pleasant while it lasted, but I’m not sticking around.