This was such an adorable and fun small-town, one night stand, surprise baby romance that I absolutely loved! I read it in one sitting, not wanting to put it down until the very end!
A Little Wilder is the fourth book in the Wilder Adventures series, but since each book focuses on a different brother in the Wilder family, it can be read as a standalone. It was my first read not only in this series, but by Serena Bell, and I had no problem understanding the family dynamics without having read the other three books. But having read this one and loving it so much, I can’t wait to continue working my way through Serena Bell’s backlist!
In this book, the story focuses on the middle Wilder brother, Kane, who is the good boy, the fixer, of the family. Seven months ago, at his brother’s bachelor party in Las Vegas, Kane had a one night stand with an amazing woman named Marigold (Mari), who he hasn’t been able to forget ever since. But since they never exchanged names or numbers, they haven’t been in contact since that night. So imagine Kane’s surprise when Mari shows up in Rush Creek to help his brother with a redesign of the RV’s for the family business and not only is she pregnant, but the baby is his…
I absolutely loved both Kane and Mari from the very beginning. Kane is just such a sweetheart, so kind and understanding and protective of his family. And Mari was such a lovable free soul, and so strong and independent, even though she’s struggling with commitment after the rejection of her mother and the fear of being an equally bad mother herself. The chemistry between Kane and Mari was mesmerizing and I loved the way the story was told from both their different POVs so we really could follow their thoughts and feelings, and see them form a friendship first before allowing themselves to admit the attraction. I really appreciated how the unexpected pregnancy wasn’t the core focus, but that the relationship and the character growth and self-discovery, was just as important.
I also adored the small-town setting and the Wilder family. This family was so sweet and fun, and I loved their wonderful support for each other, but also their constant banter. There were so many fun moments with the brothers picking on each other and the strong females in the family speaking their minds. I can’t wait to read all the other books in this series to get to know the other brothers and their plus ones more as well.
All in all, this was a fun, sweet and heartwarming romcom with complex and relatable characters, hilarious banter, and just the right amount of spice and emotions! And so bingeable – I read it in just a couple of hours!
Huge thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for the ARC and blog tour invitation! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
4.5 stars rounding up to 5
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