Wild Goose Chase by Jan Romes

Wild Goose Chase by Jan Romes
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (269 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Olivia Pence has been a word-nerd and all-around geek forever, which didn’t exactly win her a ton of friends growing up. It did, however, snag the attention of a like-minded geek, Dezz Casey. Instead of becoming fast friends, Dezz became a competitive thorn. The rivalry continued through grade school, high school, college, and now as co-workers for Brilliance magazine.

The most annoying thing – Dezz went from being a homely dork to six-feet-three-inches of hotness that infuriates Olivia to the point of madness. Their boss has had her fill of the chaos and orders a two-week cooling-off period where they’re to travel (separately) and find serendipitous situations to write about.

Will the time away fix their work issues and their hearts? Or will it amount to a wild goose chase that drives them farther apart?

Will Olivia and Dezz finally figure out what their families have known for years?

Olivia and Dezz’s “relationship” has spanned decades. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at some of the situations they find themselves in. Through all their ups and downs, they refuse to acknowledge what everyone else already knows. Olivia and Dezz are in love. Unfortunately, neither of them know to express their feelings in a healthy, adult way. The friction between them is evident from the very first page. Consequently, their battles have become increasingly epic and both Olivia and Dezz are at a breaking point. Will they open up to each other, or let their road trip take them in separate directions?

I can’t believe Olivia and Dezz have fought with each other for so long. They have great chemistry underneath the intense conflict they generate. While it was entertaining to watch them pick at each other, it was also bittersweet, especially when they reminisced about the past. Each memory pinpointed a missed opportunity to change the dynamic of their relationship. Neither one seemed to know when to stop, especially Dezz. There were so many times Olivia showed a softer side and instead of responding in kind, he chose a sharp jab. When Dezz finally begins to understand how much time he’s wasted, he makes a desperate play for Olivia’s heart, but is it too late?

While I enjoyed watching Olivia and Dezz spar, I feel that it was drawn out too long. The whole book was about them trying to find a different way of life, preferably together, and it almost happened several times. Unfortunately, something always happened to keep them apart and then either Olivia or Dezz would lose their nerve and walk away convinced they didn’t belong together. This generated a lot of interesting tension, but it became a bit much after a while. I won’t spoil the story with too many details, but I will say that there is a point when they find their way to each other again and they seem set for a happy ending. After everything they’ve been through, all the confessions, and all the revelations, the moment finally seems right for a total reconciliation, but everything falls apart again. It was very disappointing to build up to what could have been a happy moment only to have it snatched away yet again. It was just one time too many for me.

Despite this issue, I am pleased to report that this strange couple does eventually find their way to a happy and satisfying ending. Readers definitely need to have patience when following the misadventures of Olivia and Dezz. I’m sure their future will be interesting to say the least.

I enjoyed reading Wild Goose Chase. Olivia and Dezz are well rounded characters and their relationship is undoubtedly intriguing. Readers looking for a book with a couple on a difficult road to romance will certainly want to give Wild Goose Chase a try.


  1. LASR/Poinsettia, thank you so much for the review. You made me smile with the things you picked up on. Olivia and Dezz were a fun couple to create. I appreciate your incredible feedback, even the bit about there being one too many conflicts. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate all that you had to say. Have a great weekend! ~ Jan

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