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The first in a new series by veteran romance author Shalvis hits the ground running. After Katie Kramer survives a devastating accident, she resolves to live life balls out and leaves L.A. for a job with Wilder Adventures in the Sierra Madre mountains. Hunky Cameron Wilder, a champion snowboarder whose career ended with his own devastating accident, appears, and the attraction is instant for both of them. But neither wants a relationship so it's up to the Wilder clan to make them realize that they were meant to be together. What elevates this beyond the standard of the genre is the Wilders, particularly the subplot around Cameron's surrogate mother, Annie, and her husband, Nick. Their relationship problems and love for each other are more authentic than what's found in most romance novels. The Wilder men make great romance heroes while Katie is a great heroine: fearless but vulnerable, bright, charismatic and a great match for Cameron, who is classically reserved and brooding. By focusing on the Wilder family as much as she focuses on the couple, Shalvis thoroughly engages readers as she finds the perfect women for the other Wilder men. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Jill Shalvis is the author of several popular series including the Lucky Harbor Series (It Had to Be You; Always on My Mind; Forever and a Day); the Animal Magnetism series (Rescue My Heart; Animal Attraction; Animal Magnetism), the Wilders series (Instant Attraction; Instant Temptation; Instant Gratification), and the Sky High series (Strong and Sexy; Superb and Sexy; Smart and Sexy). Her baseball-themed romances include Slow Heat and Double Play, and she also appears in anthologies such as He���s The One.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Wilders
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780758231246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758231246
  • ASIN: 0758231245
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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Customer Reviews

This book was enjoyable from start to finish.
JenQ
Cameron and Katie are two wounded souls who find the love and acceptance they both need in each other.
Ashley
The romance is hot and the stories are always interesting and I enjoy the settings and the characters.
Karen Ball

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Laurie VINE VOICE on February 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
After surviving a horrendous accident that nearly took her life, Katie Kramer decides that it's time to make some changes and take charge of her life and her future. Deciding to take a temporary bookkeeping job for an outdoor adventure business in the Sierras, she's pleased with her decision. Until, that is, one of the owners of the business arrives unannounced in the night, demanding to know why she's in his bed. Despite this initial misunderstanding, sparks fly between Katie and former snowboard champion Cameron Wilder and she soon finds herself in the middle of her very own fast-paced, wild adventure.
Cameron Wilder suffered a career-ending injury and is struggling with constant pain and a near addiction to pain meds. Having been estranged from his family for several months, his homecoming was a welcome surprise for everyone. Even more unexpected than his return is his instant attraction to Katie. He typically prefers low-intelligence snow bunnies, not smart, sensible, sweet girls like Katie Kramer. His family at Wilder Adventures repeatedly remind Cameron that employees are off-limits to the owners but Cameron can't help himself. He figures they're both adults, they both know that Katie's position is temporary, and when the time comes they'll simply move on. But that plan proves to be less than perfect when it's time for Katie to leave.
Jill Shalvis writes great emotion and has a real talent for injecting just the right amount of humor at just the right time. Cameron and Katie are irresistible. Both are slightly damaged and more than a little vulnerable - imperfect enough to be perfect for each other. Secondary characters with their own stories are an added bonus to the story. I highly recommend this book to all contemporary romance lovers. If you've enjoyed Jill's books in the past, you're going to love this one, and if you're new to Jill, this is the first book in a fun new series - there's no better place to start reading her work!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Judy on February 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Instant Attraction By Jill Shalvis is spectacular. Its everything I enjoy from her books and so much more.

Katie Kramer's new motto is Live Life Balls Out is really put to the test when she takes a temporary job at Wilder Adventures. After surviving a terrible car accident Katie feels she has to push herself to the limit. Late one night she is shocked to find Cameron Wilder claiming she is in his bed. This wasn't at all what she was planning when she wanted new things.

Cameron Wilder has his own demons to deal with after a snow boarding accident. He wondered the world trying to get it out of his mind but has finally returned home to figure out what he truly wants. His first night back "goldilocks" is in his bed. Katie is so different from any other woman he has ever known. And her vow has him reevaluating his own world.

Katie and Cameron both work hard at keeping their problems close to their hearts. But soon realize another survivor like themselves will help them to heal. Their attraction is instant and hot enough to melt any snow. Once Katie's temp job is over will they fight to keep each other in their lives.

Jill Shalvis introduces readers to the fascinating Wilder clan in Instant Attraction. Katie and Cameron are complex characters and their chemistry is explosive. Then secondary romance of Annie and Nick is heartfelt and emotional. This is a well rounded novel and should be on everyone's list to buy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on July 7, 2009
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Instant Attraction introduces the males of the Wilder family and this first novel features Cameron an ex-Snowboarding champion who was used to adulation, money and women falling into his lap until an accident ended his snowboarding days. Katie Kramer, the heroine, takes a temporary job at the Wilder resort after surviving a horrific bridge collapse that killed 30 others and left her the only one alive.

Many romance novels feature the hero/heroine, some type of plot, and the mechanisms that follow the couple until they fall in love for a happily ever after. Instant Attraction has those elements, but what sets it apart from many other romance novels is the growth of the two main characters. Both Cam and Katie are emotionally damaged individuals from their respective accidents. As their story and love affair progresses, the characters are very real in their feelings, their emotional issues from their accidents, and instead of coming together in an unrealistic fashion where their problems are swept under the rug and conquered by true love--you actually experience their healing and journey towards health and love with them.

Highly recommended if you like some substance to your romance novels!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Bielman on January 27, 2009
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I loved Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis! Her fast paced writing, captivating characters and funny, but real situations made it so I didn't want to put the book down until I got to the end. Set in the Sierra's during winter, the landscape plays an integral part of the story, but the two main characters, Katie and Cameron, are what really bring the story to life. They've both been through traumatic events, and each has deeply personal motivations for being in the mountains, but as soon as their reasons collide, without hesitation they help each other overcome their fears. In the process a steamy, unforgettable romance blossoms and after a few bumps, of course they get their HEA. I can't wait for Jill's next book in this series!
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