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NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S PICK Two best friends. One huge crush. A year that could change everything...

A warmhearted, hilarious queer rom-com about what happens when a group of friends are actually brave enough to live the dream and give up their dreary city apartments to buy a house in the country together. “Real Emily Henry vibes but gay. Joyous, funny, sexy, and romantic—a triumph!”—Kate Sawyer, award-winning author of The Stranding
“Buoyant, charming, delectably wistful, and quietly earnest—not to mention, British enough to beguile even the subset of Americans who cuddle up to The Great British Bake Off on a Sunday afternoon.” —Casey McQuiston, The New York Times
"A delightful romance, complete with DIY home repair, a beautiful queer found family, and backyard hen.” —Ashley Herring Blake, bestselling author of Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail

El is in a rut. She’s been hiding in the photocopier room at the same dead-end job for longer than she cares to remember, she’s sharing a flat with a girl who leaves passive-aggressive smiley face notes on the fridge about milk consumption and, worst of all, she’s been in unrequited love with her best friend, effortlessly cool lesbian Ray, for years. So when a plan is hatched for El, Ray, and their two other closest friends—newly heartbroken Will and karaoke-and-
Twilight-superfan Jamie��to ditch the big city and move out to a ramshackle house on the edge of an English country village, it feels like just the escape she needs.

Despite being the DIY challenge of a lifetime, the newly named Lavender House has all the makings of becoming the queer commune of the friends' dreams. (Will has been given a pass as the gang's Token Straight.) But as they start plotting their bright new future and making preparations for a grand housewarming party to thank the surprisingly but wonderfully welcoming community, El is forced to confront her feelings for Ray—the feelings that she’s been desperately trying to keep buried. Is it worth ruining a perfectly good friendship for a chance at love?


Genre: Gay Romance

Praise for this book

"Wild Things filled my heart all the way up. El is the disaster bisexual of my dreams, and I fell in love with Ray, Jamie, Will, and Lavender House just like she did. I want to have a glass of wine (or three) with all of them. A hilarious story of queer friendship, queer longing, and queer triumph." - T J Alexander

"Brimming with both hilarity and heartfelt relationships, Wild Things is a delightful romance, complete with DIY home repair, a beautiful queer found family, and backyard hens. I adored El's journey to realizing that only by taking risks can she really get what she wants, in both life . . . and love." - Ashley Herring Blake

"This book made my heart sing! A tale of unrequited love set on a queer commune, Wild Things has a great cast of characters, stacks of charm, and so much feeling. Laura Kay just gets better and better." - Matt Cain

"Wild Things feels fresh and exciting - a touching and realistic read with wonderful characters. I love Laura Kay's writing." - Katie Fforde

"I completely and utterly adored Wild Things. It's perfectly observed, brilliantly funny, full of queer joy and such a timely exploration of what adult life could and should look like now." - Emma Hughes

"Fresh, fun, thoughtful and hopeful, a joyfully messy story of contemporary queer life." - Bethany Rutter

"Laura Kay has taken it to the next level - real Emily Henry vibes but gay. Joyous, funny, sexy, and romantic - a triumph!" - Kate Sawyer

"Heartfelt, heartwarming and absolutely adorable, Wild Things by Laura Kay explores living and loving to your absolute fullest, and with each turn of the page, she encourages both her characters and readers to reach for the life they want and embrace the joyful ride." - Allison Winn Scotch

"Deeply felt and wonderfully whimsical, Laura Kay's ode to getting wild is full of will-they-won't-they spark and the resonance of life-changing questions. El and Ray's is the perfect story of leaving everything you know and finding your meant-to-be." - Emily Wibberley

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