Saturday, April 10, 2010
Romance Book Review: Instant Temptation
Series Connection: Wilder Brothers
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
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I've been waiting for this Jill Shalvis book to come out. Instant Temptation is the third in Jill's Wilder Brothers series. I've read all three from the beginning and while I liked the two previous stories, I believe this is my favorite of all. One of the best parts of the story is she sets the scene in the California Sierras, one of my favorite places in the world and lucky for me only a less than three hour drive from my home. Jill writes with such detail, I can almost picture some of my favorite places that I like to explore.
I was a little unsure of where Jill was going to take T.J.'s story. There was someone he loved in his past who died, but rather than dwelling on that part of the story, the author attaches T.J. to Harley, a friend of the family who was mentioned in the other books briefly.
Harley and T.J. share a past. The two grew up together, both experiencing hard times during their childhood. One faithful night in their youth they sleep together, but the problem is that Harley is the only one who remembers. Because of that their once close relationship has become strained and T.J. has no idea why.
T.J. is constantly leaving town. He runs the long-term guided adventure trips. He's home now and is finally ready to ask Harley what happened to change their friendship. He's always been attracted to her, but when he realizes her attraction to him, it is no holds bared. The only problem is this relationship can only be temporary. There is always another long term trip T. J. needs to take and Harley is being offered a job far away from the California Sierras. Harley isn't a causal affair kind of woman. T.J. is all about casual affairs. Is there any hope for these two?
This book gives you a new insight into T.J. I didn't picture him as the ladies man in previous books, but also he is described as one in this book, he doesn't really act like one here either. Once he sets his sights on Harley he is determined to have her. He's the strong alpha, head of his family and the mastermind behind the family business. Harley is a strong willed prideful woman. She too is the elder in her family, even though her hippy parents are still alive. She takes care of her whole family, even when she barely has enough money to take care of herself. A strong love story and hot sensual love scenes make up this novel.
T.J. Wilder is the perfect package of breathtaking adventure and raw sex appeal. Even better, he's about to reconnect with the one woman he's never been able to forget...
Get Your Pulse Racing
To Harley, the landscape around Wishful, California, is exhilarating, untamed, and more than a little dangerous. The same could be said for T.J. Wilder, who's invited himself along on her trek to study a rare coyote. Harley's career is riding on this trip, and she doesn't need a stubborn, incredibly sexy distraction. But T.J. is a professional guide who knows when to stay back and when to provide invaluable expertise-just like he's done since they were in high school. And Harley, as usual, is torn between throttling him and giving in to the raw attraction that's been smoldering all these years.
T.J. knows how proud and capable Harley is, but he's damned sure not letting her put herself at risk when there are illegal hunters in the area. She needs him, with the same soul-stirring urgency that he's always craved her. And here, in this beautiful place days from civilization, he'll finally have a chance to prove it-over and over again...