Wilder--three bad-boy heroes who effortlessly mix breathtaking adventure and scorching sex appeal. 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.
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Katie Kramer survives a near fatal tragedy and determines that she must live big else her survival would have been wasted. This newfound enthusiasm for adventure leads her to take a job with Wilder Adventures. Wilder Adventures is an extreme winter resort in the Sierra Madre mountains run by the Wilder brothers.
It is also the home of Cam Wilder, a champion snowboarder, whose long and glorious career ended during a race the previous year. He was a thrill seeker to the nth degree with no mountain to great a challenge for his board and body. His zest for life seemed to be crushed with the career ending injury to his knee. Cam returns home after a year of wandering the world to find Katie in his bed.
The two have an immediate attraction which Katie embraces and Cam runs from. Katie sees Cam as part of her big adventure and Cam senses that Katie poses a big risk for him. Neither are ready for any long term relationship. To presume that Katie is the more courageous only skims the surface of the story because Cam and Katie are a study in how we hide our weaknesses by pretending they are our strengths. Katie lived her life with precision and carefulness until that one fateful day.
She wanted to become that thrill seeker. Cam lives pursuing challenges, each one greater than the last, but only in the physical sense. Katie, while living with her heart on the outside of her body, uses her openness as shield to hide from people, from hurt, and from fear and guilt of living.
Katie has to stop hiding from the real effects of her trauma and Cam has to stop running and address the challenge of living inside his own skin. I admit that I initially had a problem with snowboarder Cam because he simply was a snowboarder. And as much as I liked Cam whose vulnerability ran just beneath surface, it is Katie who carries this book.
There is a real sense of joy in her character, despite her loss. My complaints are fairly weak. There is a certain homogenity to the narration of the Wilder brothers. Sometimes the sibling interaction seemed cliched, as if there was an obvious effort to make all of the Wilder boys irresistible to seed the future books in the series. There is a delightful secondary romance as the Wilder aunt, Annie, and her longtime husband, salveage the marriage that has gone stale.
There was a lot of nuance in this story that came as an unexpected surprise. I mentioned to Sarah that this was Cruise-like in its tone with the smart dialog, the engaging characters, and the slightly ensemble cast.
This book can be purchased in trade paperback from Amazon or ebook format from the Sony Store and other etailers on January 27, Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts.
She self publishes NA and contemporaries and publishes with Berkley and Montlake and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane dearauthor dot com.
After reading the review here and on SB, I was dying to download a copy from Amazon. Ms Shalvis writes some of the best Contemporary Romance on the market. I am looking forward to reading this one and the rest of the Wilder stories.
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Instant Attraction (Wilder Series #1)
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Death and destruction and horror still dogged her dreams. Until tonight, that is. Tonight she'd miraculously been nightmare free. So when she opened her eyes sometime just before one, she felt She wasn't screaming about the bridge collapsing, about being trapped in her car, hanging upside down by her seatbelt fifty feet over the side of a cliff with flames licking at her