Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wilder, #1
Kensington | October 2nd, 2012
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating 4 out of 5 Stars
Get Wild… And Then Get Wilder…
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…
Jill Shalvis is one author that I could always rely on to give me something good whenever I’m in need of a pick me up. It’s just too bad she’s caught me at a time when I can’t buy anything because I’m a broke-ass nerd. Otherwise, that one-click button would’ve gotten a work out this past weekend. This is another one of those books I found on Audible for cheap. And since I’ve always enjoyed books by Ms. Shalvis, I wouldn’t be surprised if I give in to the temptation of one-clicking the books in this series.
Cameron Wilder is the prodigal son of Wishful, California. After a year of gallivanting around the world and trying to find himself, he came back to see if home is once again, the Wilder Lodge. Once a multiple gold medalist and a popular X Games celebrity, Cameron has been sidelined with an injury that had forced him into an early retirement. Since the wandering didn’t help him find the peace he was looking for, he decided to come back to the only home he knew: Wilder Adventures and Expeditions. Finding a feisty woman in his own bed was a surprise he wasn’t prepared for, however.
Katie’s life has been a monotony she’s gladly accepted before her accident. Realizing she’s been given a second lease on life instantly changed all that, however. She quit her desk job, packed up her bags and drove to wherever the road takes her. At Wishful, California, she found the perfect temporary job as an Office Manager for the Wilder brothers. Which was perfect for two reasons: she’ll be able to do things she’s never done before, and two, it’s temporary. When she woke up to find a man claiming to be a Wilder, her first instinct was to whip out the baseball bat and beat the daylights out of him. Thankfully, the man assured her that she had nothing to worry about except finding a new place to sleep because she was in his bedroom. That didn’t help her sanity any, as the man has an innate talent of messing with her equilibrium. Definitely the kind of excitement she was looking for on a temporary basis, but one that can only end disastrously.
WARM AND FUZZIES
Jill Shalvis has that knack; that innate talent for creating romance that leaves you warm and tingly all over. I don’t think she’s ever paired up a couple that I didn’t like. If her characters were real, she could make a killing as a matchmaker. I like Katie and Cam. One who was looking for adventures, and one who was looking to settle down – respectively. Cam has a quiet magnetism that I’ve always found irresistible in fictional characters. It’s in his swagger, his stance; the way he looked at Katie, and the way he treated her.
The best thing about this series is the family camaraderie between the Wilders. His cantankerous aunt Annie who loves them dearly, her estranged husband who still loves her, and the miserable stray cat who lives in their storage. Heck, the town of Wishful is a character in itself. Which is also why Jill’s books are so wonderful. She creates the perfect settings, conjures up supporting characters that help make the books all the more memorable. Over all, this series is worth breaking the paltry book budget that I have for the month.