Miles and Miles of You
Miles and Miles of You opens with endearing heroine Lucy quitting her job, borrowing her Grandma’s old airstream trailer, and readying for her first road trip as @SoSavvyTraveler. She’ll take photos of her new adventures and blog about them on Instagram. After two years of working at Triad as an executive assistant where she is taken for granted as she organizes schedules, puts out fires, and crushes on her billionaire boss, Miles, she had enough of living for others – it’s time to go after her dreams.
Lucy’s ready to head out on the road when Miles shows up, begging her to come back to her job. Since she quit, Miles’ life has gone to hell. He’s missing meetings, can’t keep up with his email or laundry – he even double booked a dinner date! After Lucy refuses his plea, he convinces her to make a bet with him. The two of them will spend two weeks on the road together and whoever backs out first, loses. If she loses, she goes back to work for him. If he loses, he’ll pay her an annual bonus along with a reference. Lucy is sure she’ll win so she agrees to his wacky wager.
Lucy’s plans to use Savvy Traveler to show real people traveling on a budget. She doesn’t believe Miles can survive without the luxury hotels and restaurants he’s used to. For his part, Miles doesn’t think Lucy can make it as a travel influencer. He started a successful tech company with his two brothers and wants to get his life back, even if it means he has to drop everything for two weeks to join her on her road trip. They set off from Odell, TX to travel Rt. 66 to Santa Monica, CA.
I liked the banter between Miles and Lucy. Miles is surprised by how sassy Lucy is, compared to the compliant, hardworking employee she had been at Triad. Lucy plans the daily activities on their road trip, and together they eat at historic diners, have campfires with s’mores, stop at roadside attractions like the Rabbit Ranch, and post pictures on her Instagram account. They both get out of their comfort zones and try new things. The couple made me laugh and I couldn’t wait to see where their adventures would take them next.
Given that this is a romance, I wasn’t surprised that, soon into their travels, they embarked on a no-strings fling. Their motto is, “What happens on the road, stays on the road.” Their relationship, however, is more complex than either of them planned. Miles has some trauma from his childhood to work through and it’s hard for him to see how much Lucy really means to him. I loved watching Miles come into his emotional own with the help of his brothers.
I did struggle with the fact that despite that Lucy had worked with him closely for two years he never really noticed her. But suddenly, on a two week road trip, he falls for her big time. I had a hard time buying it. Also, I couldn’t imagine Lucy could build her social media account so quickly – she gets a major sponsor after one week! I am excited to learn more about Miles’ brothers – it looks like Miles’ brothers will be getting stories of their own.
If you are looking for a lighthearted road trip story, I can recommend Miles and Miles of You. It’s not perfect but it’s lovely to see Lucy get her man and her dreams.
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Kayne Spooner is a retired science teacher, dog owner, and proud grandma who lives in beautiful Colorado. While she's an avid reader of all genres, romances have always swept her off her feet. Kayne gravitates toward stories with humor, swoon-worthy love interests, and memorable furry sidekicks, although really, if there's a happy ever after, she's here for it! She loves sharing her passion for books with the romance community and connecting with fellow readers. Follow her at: TikTok @kspoonerfish.