Wilder at Last
by Serena Bell
(Wilder Adventures #5)
Publication date: February 7th 2023
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Falling in love with my frenemy? Out of the question.
Easton: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been giving Hanna a hard time—and she’s been giving it right back. So we’re both shocked to find ourselves on the same side of a project: helping Hanna win the heart of the celebrity chef hired by my family’s business to give summer workshops.
It shouldn’t be a big deal. A wardrobe evaluation. A shopping trip. Maybe some how-to-get-the-guy advice. I’m an expert on matters of the heart—or, at least matters of the mattress.
But as Hanna starts to trust me and open up, I see her differently. She’s not so much blunt as refreshingly honest, not so much a plain Jane in baggy clothes as… deliciously curvy. And hidden under that spiky, steely exterior is a soft heart she doesn’t show anyone.
Suddenly, the project includes ogling Hanna in dressing room mirrors. Offering her kissing lessons. And desperately trying not to give in to the sizzling heat between us.
I have to let her know the plan has changed: I’ll still help her get the guy she wants. I just need to somehow convince her that it’s me.
A steamy, opposites-attract, enemies-to-lovers (or is it friends-to-lovers? So hard to tell with these two!), mountain man small-town rom com.
OMG, Easton and Hanna. This book had me a weepy mess by the end, especially with lines like:
“I didn’t understand why I was saving them. But now I do. It was because they were my ballast. They were the steadiest, most dependable thing in my life. And I liked being able to look at them and know you were there. I loved being able to look at them and know you were there.”
So. Many. Happy, Sighs!
Easton, the youngest Wilder, the *last* Wilder if you will, practically broke me. I’ve read all of his siblings’ books and thought I knew him, but just like his family only saw the Easton he showed them, I didn’t have a clue what kind of guy he really was, way down deep. If you’ve read the series, you’ve seen Easton and Hanna snarking at each other from the start, and if you’re a regular romance reader, you were also pretty sure from the start that Serena Bell was going to give these two a book eventually. But even I, an admitted Serena Bell superfan, didn’t truly see the real Easton until he showed us.
Gah, he almost broke me, y’all. As in, I was practically clutching my chest to make sure my heart wasn’t going to melt right out of it when he was feeling his feelings and Hanna seemed oblivious. Or when Hanna seemed unable to believe him. Or when Hanna…you get the idea. Easton had me feeling all the things. All the time. And then I found out he’s watched Bridgerton…like, I just can’t even.
Not to say he overshadowed Hanna in my romance-loving heart, because he absolutely didn’t. I loved Hanna too. I loved that she was unapologetic about her size and her love of food and how much she loved her job and her grandad. (OMG, her grandad. He had me snort laughing a little more than was probably healthy, not going to lie.) I loved her inability to even fudge the truth a little bit and how everything she ever thought or felt pretty much showed up on her face the minute she thought or felt it. The way she never felt like she quite belonged anywhere nearly broke me too–she wasn’t one of her brothers, she wasn’t one of the boys, she wasn’t *quite* one of the girls, and she wasn’t really a Wilder.
Except now she will be, because spoiler alert, the book is called Wilder at Last for a reason. And if you don’t already know what that reason is, well…
I guess you’d better get to reading. 😉
Wilder at Last is the final book in the Wilder Adventures series, and although Easton and Hanna’s story is complete here and *could* be read as a standalone, I wish you the best of luck trying to restrict yourself to a single Wilder. If you could manage to read this one first and NOT immediately put the rest of the series on your TBR, I’m sorry, but I’m not sure we could be friends. Casual acquaintances, maybe. But that’s a pretty big maybe. 😉
And if you’re all caught up on the Wilder series already after this one? No worries, because Hanna’s got five older brothers, and they’re up next, in her new series, Hott Springs Eternal. First up? Quinn’s book, Hott Shot: A Steamy Rush Creek Romantic Comedy . Is it December yet???
(Also, I just have to mention–kissing practice. Bwahahahahaha!)
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head.
Serena’s books have earned many honors, including an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Apple Books Best Book of the Month, and Amazon Best Book of the Year for Romance.
When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college-sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos—all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena’s imaginary friends but also of how often she changes her hobbies and how passionately she embraces the new ones. These days, it’s stand-up paddle boarding, board-gaming, meditation, and long walks with good friends.