Wilder Series by Jill Shalvis

instant-attraction-shalvis1Instant Attraction, Instant Gratification, Instant Temptation (Wilder 1, 2, 3) by Jill Shalvis, published by Brava.

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Source: purchased for Kindle (all three).

Genre: contemporary (small town) romance.

My rating of the series: 4/5.

Each of these is a separate story but you should probably read them in order because characters from book 1 appear in books 2 and 3 and it’s cool to know them from the beginning! :)


Hi, my name is Kaja and I’m addicted to Jill Shalvis’s novels. I only reviewed Simply Irresistible, part 1 of her famous Lucky Harbor series, but I’ve been binge reading her books for six months now. They’re a sure way to get in a good mood, they feature loveable, strong characters and never disappoint.

Anyway, this series follows the adventures of the three Wilder brothers, Cameron, Stone and T.J. They live in Wishful, California, which is a small town in the mountains. They own a company that organizes trips and adventures (hiking, skiing, kayaking) and they’re your typical Shalvis heroes: strong, tough, but slightly wounded and adorable.

Katie, Emma and Harley are three unique women with no serious plans to stay in Wishful for longer than is strictly necessary. You can imagine the rest.

I loved the setting for this series, and the fact that nature played a big part in the couples’ adventures. I love how Shalvis manages her romances – I can always understand insta-lust, which features prominently in her work, but she knows that love takes time to develop.

Of course, some things get a bit repetitive when you’re reading 15 titles by the same author in a short time but this is actually one of the things I like about romances: it’s like you’re re-reading a favourite story but each time, you find something different. There’s something wonderfully soothing about knowing that the book will have a happily ever after.

I would strongly recommend this series to all fans of Jill Shalvis and contemporary romance. If you like your stories fluffy with a dash of heart-wrenching earnestness, go for it and thank me later! :)


Have you read any Jill Shalvis books? Did you like them as much as I did?

I’m nearly out of her novels – do you have any similar favourites?

I’d love to hear from you! :)


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  • I will have to check out this series. I’ve only read the first book in her Lucky Harbour series, but I loved it, I just haven’t gotten around to the rest of her books yet. I totally agree, I love a good romance series because the stories are never groundbreaking, but each time something new comes out in a story that you didn’t get in another book and you love it for it.

    One romance series I’ve been reading is the Bad Girl series by Codi Gary, similar kind of thing all set in a small town and the gossip and drama that goes with that. They aren’t serious reads, but great to curl up on the sofa with.

    • Ooh, thanks for the recommendation, I’ll check it out! I just read a rather bad contemporary romance I’d requested on Netgalley (ugh, so sappy), so I need something good. Small town & gossip sounds perfect.

      I don’t know why I love small town romances so much, considering I’d probably bite people’s heads off if they tried to pry into my business, but I love the *idea* of a tightly-knit community. Not that Ljubljana is a huge town, but it still offers some anonymity.

      I definitely recommend Jill Shalvis’s other novels – she consistently writes great stuff and it’s so hard to find an author like that!

  • Hi, I’m Quinn and I’m also a Jill Shalvis addict! I should totally check out this series. I’ve been craving some more contemporary romance in my life, and seriously, Jill Shalvis knows how to write contemp. romance!

    • The Jill Shalvis Anonymous. We should create a club!
      I think this is an older series – published before Lucky Harbor and Animal Magnetism – but it’s just as good.

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