Walk on the Wilder Side
Author: Serena Bell
Series: Wilder Adventures, book 2
Publisher: Jelsba Media Group (September 23, 2021)
Paperback, 298 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
His best friend’s sister is rocking his boat. In the best way possible.
Brody: What’s a bad boy doing hosting a book club on his boat? Excellent question. All I can tell you is, it’s not going well. I forgot the bug wipes, the TP, and the hand sanitizer, we’re out of wine, and… well, I may have made some people angry, if the Yelp reviews are any indication. The only way to dig myself out of this hole is to redeem myself by offering the best girls’ nights out in town.
Enter my best friend’s sister. I’ve gone out of my way to avoid Rachel, since despite her good-girl rep, I can’t seem to get her out of my head. Now she’s in my boat… and if I don’t watch myself, soon she’ll be in my bed. Things are going surprisingly well between us… but I know myself, and I’m not this guy. I’m the guy you want for fantasy fulfillment, not the guy you want for forever.
But what if I need this time to be different?
Rachel’s entire world has just imploded – she loses her job, her fiance, and her apartment all in one day – so she heads back to her hometown for a while to help out her mom with her consulting business. Her smalltown where her very hot, bad boy childhood crush – who happens to be her big brother’s best friend – lives. Cue ALL THE CHEMISTRY.
This is a deliciously steamy best friend’s sibling/sibling’s best friend slow burn. The chemistry between Rachel and Brody is already off the charts, then throw in a little forced proximity and some sex toys and – whew! Yes please! I love when a romance is between two people who fit together like puzzle pieces, filling in each others’ gaps and helping pull them into better, more well-rounded people. Rachel is a super-planner “perfect girl,” and Brody is a bad boy without a plan, and they both challenge each other to stretch themselves to some uncomfortable places and live outside their boxes.
I love this wonderful cast of characters. There are a lot of folks to keep track of, and a few times I felt a bit lost. Perhaps if I’d read the first book in the series I’d have a better handle on who each of the Wilder siblings is, but there’s enough info given in this book to really get a full understanding of Brody, who is the brother this book focuses on. And they’re all so fun! I’d love to go to a book club on Brody’s boat, or grab drinks with the fam.
This is the second book in the Wilder Adventures series and can be read as a stand alone. There are some spoilers for the first book in the series, Make Me Wilder, and the couple from that bok are side characters in this one (which makes sense, since the series is about the five Wilder brothers who run a company together!) Still, this second book can be read without having read the previous book. In this story the seeds for book three, Wilder With You, are planted and I cannot wait for!
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.