If I Dig You (Paperback)

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National Treasure meets Count Your Lucky Stars in this f/f adventure romance where the only thing trickier than finding gold is understanding what's in your best friend's heart.

Archaeologists Isadora Ross and Louise Morgenstern have been best friends for sixteen years. But ever since Lou went back on a promise, broke off her toxic engagement and took a once-in-a-lifetime job on a dig in Turkey, leaving Isi behind - their relationship has been teetering on a precipice.

Lou’s been back a year, and Isi’s avoiding her, struggling with her resentment and unrequited romantic feelings. She throws herself even further into her never ending search for her mom, who went missing on a research trip in the mountains fourteen years ago.

But when Isi unearths an old journal of her mom’s indicating that the legends of lost Cherokee gold were more than legends, and she and Louise are kidnapped by a wealthy private collector who’s also been searching for it, they are forced to work together. After escaping, all they have is a half-empty pack of supplies they stole from the camp, a broken compass, the clothes on their backs… and each other.

Now, they must navigate not only the complicated feelings between them but also predators, the weather, and even the dark as they race through the mountains. Isi will have to decode her mom’s map in order to find the gold and get them out alive.

In Colby Wilkens’ thrilling friends-to-lovers adventure romance If I Dig You, there’s no place better for getting dirty than the woods.

About the Author

Colby Wilkens is a queer white and Choctaw-Cherokee author with a heart for adventure. When she’s not traveling, she can be found in the Pacific Northwest on unceded traditional land of the Coast Salish Peoples with her partner, 2 cats, and a vast collection of books and candles.

Praise For…

“A thrilling tale of getting lost on a treasure hunt while finding out that ‘the one’ has been right there beside you all along. This exhilarating, wild ride is action-packed with passion, mutual pining, and furious archeological fever.” - Andie Burke, author of Fly With Me

Praise for If I Stopped Haunting You:

"I devoured this debut by Colby Wilkens! The author writes with such authority and conviction that I really felt like she had lived in a haunted castle in Scotland, just like the characters. Every sentence felt like it was coming from a place of authenticity, which I loved. In addition, the spooky elements are genuinely spooky, the enemies to lovers genuinely enemies, and it all came together beautifully. I didn't realize I needed a romance book married to cozy horror but now I'm wondering where this particular mashup has been all my life. Can't wait to read the next!" - Jessica Clare, New York Times bestselling author

""If I Stopped Haunting You skillfully balances creepiness, difficult conversations, and a lot of steam to deliver readers a satisfying debut and a well-earned Happily Ever After." - Helena Greer, author of Season of Love and For Never and Always

If I Stopped Haunting You is a complex deep dive into identity, history, and staying true to one’s self that pulls no punches. With a toe curling romance and bone chilling ghosts lurking around every corner, this effortless blend of romance and horror is not to be missed.” - Sonia Hartl, author of Heartbreak For Hire and Rent to Be

"Brimming with angst, heat, and heart, If I Stopped Haunting You is the unputdownable rivals-to-lovers romance I've been craving! Set in a haunted Scottish castle with atmosphere to die for, this is a cozy season must-read. I fell hard for Penelope and Neil as they traversed their differences toward deeper understanding and love–with lots of steam along the way! Writing with thrilling boldness, sparkling wit, and profound care for queer and indigenous representation, Colby Wilkens is a highly necessary and breathtakingly talented fresh voice in romance–meet your new autobuy author." – Courtney Kae, author of In the Event of Love and In the Case of Heartbreak

"Masterfully blends the delicious tension of a great rivals-to-lovers romance with the gothic vibes of a creepy haunted house story. The heat between Penelope and Neil ignites as they untangle their complicated relationship and grow closer together, and the horror elements create some truly memorable moments of forced proximity. If I Stopped Haunting You hooked me from the first page, and I didn't want to put it down when it was over!" -Jenny L Howe, author of On the Plus Side and The Make-Up Test

"Wilkens’ debut is the perfect mix of enemy to lovers, haunted castle, and steamy spice. Pen and Neil’s slow burn is smouldering with the spooky atmosphere." - Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan's Book of Luck Fortune and Sophie Go's Lonely Hearts Club

"If you're in the mood for a steamy enemies-to-lovers romance but also a chilling haunted-house horror, GET YOU A BOOK THAT CAN DO BOTH! Colby Wilkens' debut If I Stopped Haunting You is so inventive and immersive -- I couldn't tell if my shoulders were up by my ears because of the creeping dread of whatever was going on in that castle or because of the electric chemistry between Pen and Neil. I blazed through this book in one sitting because I just couldn't wait to find out what would happen next!" - Alicia Thompson, USA Today bestselling author of With Love, from Cold World

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250292933
ISBN-10: 125029293X
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 25th, 2025
Pages: 336
Language: English