Book Review: Wilder With You by Serena Bell

Wilder With You

Author: Serena Bell
Series: Wilder Adventures, book 3
Publisher: Jelsbra Media Group (February 15, 2022)
Paperback, 300 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
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Summary

Who knew pretending could be so hot?

It started as a joke. After all, I’d never pretend to date a woman just to get my mom and sister off my back.

I would, however, pretend to date her to get her ex-husband off hers.

Now the two of us, the wilderness warrior and the wedding planner, are stuck sharing a very small tent. I had no idea how fast things would heat up in here, or how hard it would be to keep my hands—among other things—to myself.

I also didn’t guess how quickly the news of our “relationship” would spread to my big, nosy family.

We can’t “break up” yet, because she’s planning my brother’s wedding and I’m his best man. Through venue visits, DIY disasters, and Vegas trips, we’re thrown together, and the chemistry’s off-the-charts. But the kicker is, I feel like she gets me.

Maybe that’s what scares me the most. I’m still reeling from the loss of my wife, and she’s still hurting from her ex’s betrayal. There’s no way this can ever be real.

But what if I’m starting to hope it is?

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is both funny and endearing while also touching on some really serious topics, like the death of a spouse and grieving. I love a grumpy x sunshine fake dating story!

I liked the previous book in this series, Walk on the Wilder Side, well enough, but probably wouldn’t have bothered to pick up this next book in the series if it hadn’t been fake dating (which is my catnip). The end of book 2 had a sneak preview of this book and I was hooked right away and needed to IMMEDIATELY buy this book. Again, I really liked it, but it did get a bit predictable at times. Still, I loved Jessa so much, and the chemistry between her and Clark is so great. She’s a walking disaster, and I really relate to that, haha. I love that both of the leads see the other for who they really are and are so willing to accept them 100%, warts and all, and meet the other right where they’re at.

This is the third book in the Wilder Adventures series. While it can be read as a stand-alone, there are a lot of characters and plot points introduced in the first two books of the series that are touched back on in this book so you may be better off reading them in order. Definitely spoilers for the first two books in this one, as well as a scene that’s a lead-in for the next book in the series.

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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