REVIEW ➼ My Favorite Souvenir by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward


My planned trip for two unexpectedly turned into a trip for one. Rather than let my breakup get me down, I packed my bags and decided a week at a luxury resort was just what I needed.
But one calamity after the next, and suddenly I was stuck without a hotel room, along with a few hundred other people.
It looked like my fancy vacation was about to turn into me sleeping on the hotel lobby floor.
Until I overheard a gorgeous man pretending to be someone he wasn’t in order to steal a reservation from a guest who hadn’t shown up yet.
When I realized there were two rooms, instead of calling him out, I pretended to be his sister. That’s how the story of “Milo and Maddie Hooker” began.
We were the Hookers.
My depressing trip quickly made a U-turn into an adventure.
My fake brother spent the next few days showing me around his hometown. When it was time to leave, neither of us really wanted to go yet.
So, instead of flying back to our respective homes, we ventured on a road trip.
At every stop, we’d pick up souvenirs.
But as hot as our chemistry was, we never crossed the line.
Milo knew I’d just come out of a tough relationship and didn’t want to mess with a vulnerable woman.
So instead, at the end of our trip, we made a pact to meet again in three months.
It was always my intention to meet him.
But when I got back home, reality hit in a big way.
And I worried I may have lost my handsome stranger forever.
Was there a place for him in my future?
Or had the memory of him just become my favorite souvenir?

“What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?”

“Said yes to a pseudo-stranger who asked me to go on a blind adventure with him.”


My Favorite Souvenir quickly became my favorite escape from reality. It was an emotional, soul searching, wild adventure across the country.

Hazel and Matteo meet completely by chance when both stranded in Colorado and trying to get a hotel room. This simple meeting quickly formed a faux sibling relationship of Maddie and Milo Hooker and led to an adventure that neither of them expected. What happens when the adventure is over and real life sets in?

I LOVED every single moment of this book. Hazel and Matteo’s adventures were fun and it felt like you were joining them on this wild ride. Watching their relationship grow over the course of two weeks was magical. They bonded, they got to know each other (minus their real names), they both opened up and came out of the shells they were hiding in. I loved their chemistry and their sweet relationship. There was attraction instantly which led to a lot of tension throughout the course of the book.

An expected turn occurs and the story takes an emotional turn that will gut you. There were times this frustrated me and I was yelling at my kindle. However, I loved watching Hazel grow and really find who she is and what she wants in life.

My Favorite Souvenir is a MUST READ and a TOP BOOK of 2020 for me.


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