Title: When Adam Met Evie
Author: Giulia Skye
Publishing Date: February 7, 2020
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
When former Olympic Swimmer, Michael Adams—now Canada’s hottest reality TV star— insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he escapes the ensuing scandal and jumps on the first flight to Australia. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”, just another tourist traveling through the Outback. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, he needs a better disguise… and he’s just found it.
Sweet and scruffy British backpacker, Evie Blake, is taking a year out of her busy London life. Tired of lies and liars, she’s looking for adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to be her travel partner through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he’s got the world out looking for him.
He’s just a down-on-his-luck traveler, right?
We meet Adam, but more commonly known as Michael Adams, as he drives through the roads of Australia. He is a renowed swimmer and Olympian, quite famous for his achievements and his very public (and very fake) wedding to a glamorous model, Saskia Williams. He went to Australia to escape his public life and to get his head straight, hence taking the name Adam. To mask the life he is running away from.
Evie Blake is taking a break from her life in London. She recently broke up with her long-time partner and found out that he is now living the life they planned out, a beautiful home, having kids, etc. Determined to be unfazed by it all, she sets out to Australia and experience the backpacking life and explore the wilderness. She meets Adam, a broke, quiet traveller, and they decide to travel to Darwin together while sharing costs and the adventure.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading When Adam Met Evie, as this book has so many elements I love. Romcoms are my absolute favorite, specially when the characters have a nice blend. Adam and Evie did not disappoint the slightest in this aspect. They were well balanced, and the jived well along the way. I enjoyed feeling like I was in the backseat of their drive and adventure.
Australia has recently become a dream destination of mine, and a prospect of a new home. And so, when I saw that the setting of this book was in my possible future home, I was absolutely thrilled. Though I have only been in Sydney, reading about the natures of Western Australia is such a delight. I can’t wait to have my own adventures there in the future.
Overall, Guilia Skye has written a romcom that has kept me on my kindle for most of the time that I should be working, which is a good thing. It’s given me the kind of valentines read that I’ve been long for, a good romantic comedy and an adventure. Aside from the travel and adventure narrative, it didn’t fail to cover sensitive topics such as divorce and honesty with your partner. If you’re looking for a quick escape and a backseat read when you’re on the road, then I highly suggest picking up this sweet novel.
Italian-born Giulia Skye spent her childhood watching classic Hollywood films and thinking up her own romantic stories. After two decades working in TV production, she knew turning those stories into novels would be much more enjoyable – and far cheaper – than turning them into films. She still keeps her hand in TV production but is at her happiest being a stay-at-home mum, spending time with her family, growing her own vegetables and conjuring up sizzling stories about sexy heroes meeting fiesty heroines who aren’t always as they at first appear. When Adam Met Evie is her first novel, Book 1 of her “Take a Holiday” series