May 3, 2013

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Review: Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis (Wilder #1)

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Contemporary Romance
January 24 2009
Mass Market Paperback
320 pages
Kensington

Yummy Man – Cameron Wilder
Kick Ass Chick – Katie Kramer

From Goodreads –
Accountant Katie Kramer is a quintessential good girl; working hard, recycling diligently, all the while trying to ignore the feeling that she doesn’t fit in anywhere. That’s all she wants. Well, that; and amazing sex, and the kind of daredevil escapade she can look back on when she’s crunching numbers in a dusty cubicle. Which explains why she just took a job in Wishful, California, working for Wilder Adventures and Expeditions. Waking up to find a magnificently built stranger towering over her bed; that part defies explanation…

After wandering the planet for months following a life-changing accident, Cameron Wilder has come back to the only home he knows. Under other circumstances, he might be thrilled to find a gorgeous woman sleeping in his cabin, but now, while he’ll risk his body taking clients on adrenaline-drenched excursions, his heart is off limits. Still, Katie’s killer smile triggers something deep in his gut…among other places. Showing her how exhilarating it can be to stop balancing her life as if it was a checkbook is the biggest rush he’s ever felt, and an adventure Katie’s wishing would never end…

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Instant Attraction is the first book in Jill Shalvis’ Wilder series.  This is a series that was originally published back in 2009 and has recently been ‘re-packaged’ with a shiny new cover and re-released.  I had just finished re-reading Jill’s Forever and a Day (an absolutely perfect contemporary romance in my opinion) and was in the mood to read another happy contemporary book.  So I decided to check out Jill’s books that I had yet to read (since you’re pretty much guaranteed a happy book if it’s written by her) and decided on Instant Attraction.  And it was a good choice.

The Wilder boys are three brothers who own a wilderness resort in the mountains in Wishful California.  What a great setting for a series!  The mountains, snow, a small town with tons of character…I enjoyed Wishful and Wilder Adventures.

Katie is from LA but after finding herself the lone survivor of a bridge collapse, she decides she needs to finally live.  So in her car she goes and finds herself in Wishful.  There was a temp position open at Wilder Adventures with a plan to stay for one month before moving on to another adventure.  After coming close to dying, Katie isn’t looking for a home – she just wants to feel like she’s truly living for the first time in her life.

I loved Katie.  After what she went through, she could easily have shut down but instead she decided to find happiness and adventure.  She isn’t the most adventurous person but is determined to try.  Katie’s attitude was amazing.  She still suffers from panic attacks and such from her ordeal but she deals.  It was hard not to smile when she was on the page.  Not only because she is a bit of a klutz but also because her attitude is infectious.

Cam is the baby brother and a world class snowboarder.  But an injury made it impossible for him to compete again.  Needless to say, he’s a bit bummed.  Okay, he’s a lot bummed.  He’s pretty much downright depressed.  He’s been roaming the world for the past year trying to ‘find himself’ now that he has lost the one thing he knows and loves.  He’s lost his sense of direction.  After a year away, he reluctantly comes home.  And what does he find?  Katie.

Cam was such a little lost puppy.  I liked seeing him open up and find himself where he didn’t think he would in this book.  And his scenes with Katie were amazing.  Their chemistry was fantastic.  And how he was with her during her panic attacks, how he was open to helping her try new things, showed what kind of sweetheart he truly is.

Cam and Katie’s meet-cute was great.  For me, that’s important in a contemporary romance book and Jill got this one right.

There is a side plot involving the boys’ aunt Annie and her soon to be ex-husband Nick that I didn’t enjoy as much as the rest of the book.  I liked Nick quite a bit but Annie was a little difficult to read.  She has such a short fuse, she’s always shouting, and I found some of her expectations of Nick were unrealistic.  She still loves him and he still loves her but there was no communication there.  It’s hard for either party to fix things if there is mostly just yelling going on.  It all turned out great and I enjoyed Annie once she softened up but getting there was though.

Overall, I found Instant Attraction to be a great introduction to the series.  Books two and three are about how Cam’s brothers find their HEA and I will definitely be checking them out.

4.5 stars

Books in the Wilder series –
Instant Attraction
Instant Gratification
Instant Temptation

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  1. I read this series a couple of years ago and absolutely adored it….to the point that I have the originally released print books, but I bought the re-released ones too…LOVE those new covers! Great review! smiles….

  2. I love the setting of this book already, so I just have to add it to the wishlist. Thanks Julie.

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