Review: Vacation Wars by Meghan Quinn
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by Montlake.
Greece is one of the countries on my "hope to travel to before I die" list, and after it being the backdrop to Meghan Quinn's latest standalone, it's certainly moved up said list. Vacation Wars is a romantic comedy featuring a woman being pushed by her sister and friends to find love, so why not do exactly that while vacationing in her favorite place in the world: Santorini, Greece? After all, Tessa Doukas is thirty, and her twin sister, Roxane, will be walking down the aisle soon, meaning it's time for the former to make good on a contract she agreed to back in high school. But the more Roxane and their friends involve themselves in her love life--i.e. helping her find the love of her life--the more Tessa regrets ever signing the darn contract over a decade ago. She does, however, find an ally in Myles Cirillo, a Greek god Tessa met when they were kids and currently someone who works at the resort she's staying at. Oh, and did I fail to mention she was crushing on him for a good, long while each time her family was vacationing on his side of the world? But Myles has family issues of his own, and what hope is there for their feelings to have a future past vacation?
There are vacation flings, but then, there's what Tessa and Myles have--history. These two aren't exactly strangers who decide to engage in something temporary while she's in Greece, although non-strangers can engage in the same thing as well, FYI. I liked these two a lot, so naturally, I was cheering them on as they stumbled and struggled with their respective hang-ups and burdens, all while falling in love with each other. I confess that I didn't have any sort of warm and fuzzy feelings towards Roxane and the rest of the girl gang. They're proof that immaturity exists even when you're supposedly well into your adulthood. There's also a difference being well-meaning and mean-spirited, but hey, maybe I'm naïve in thinking that women should uplift other women. Thankfully, the romance between Tessa and Myles won me over, and if Greece wasn't already on my travel bucket list, Vacation Wars would have inspired me to add it immediately. Four stars.
Release Date: 17 April 2023
Date Read: 16 April 2023
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