Monday, May 24, 2021

Make Me Wilder by Serena Bell Release Blitz

Make Me Wilder by Serena Bell. Book Blitz May 20 - May 24.

This tent is too small for the both of us. And I like it that way.


I promised my dad I’d take care of the Wilder family adventure business, including my rowdy co-workers, AKA my brothers.

Now the business is in trouble. Rush Creek has become a spa-and-wedding destination, and the new tourists aren’t interested in getting dirty—at least not in the woods.

Then Lucy comes to town, all blonde hair and silky blouses and spike heels. It’s her job to give Wilder Adventures a makeover. If she gets her way, Wilder Adventures will become Wilder Romantic Adventures.

Lucy hates small towns, getting messy, and anything involving the woods or the water—which pretty much makes her Not My Type.

That doesn’t explain why when I see her, I can’t look away. Why when I touch her, I can’t stop. And why, even though I know no one can talk a city girl into small town life, I’m still trying.

She’s driving me wild. All I can do is make her wilder.


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Make Me Wilder by Serena Bell

Book 1
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I’ve been giving Lucy a hard time, but the truth is, she’s doing great. She’s a fish out of water, but she never balks at anything that needs to be done, in or out of the woods.

Right now, she’s doing her damnedest to start a fire using flint and steel, and even though she’s probably struck them together a hundred times without success, she’s still doggedly trying. Everyone else has a passable fire going, even the ironically bearded Iggy.

I kneel beside her and hold out my hands.

“I will never live this down, will I?” she asks.

“Probably not.”

Clark calls from the other side of the clearing. “Luce. You want to try one of the drills?”

Clark fashioned two drills, a hand-drill and a bow drill, to demonstrate how rubbing wood inside a groove can start a fire. He brings them over to where Lucy is crouched, shoulders slumped, and offers them to her.

“You want me to demonstrate again?” he asks.

“I got this,” I tell him.

He cocks his head, considering me. I give him a shut the hell up brotherly look. He retreats, smirking.

Yeah, I know. I don’t usually act this way around women. Any women. And I know I’m going to hear about it later.

But I can’t stay away from Lucy. Like earlier, when I saw her struggling with the water collecting. I’m a fixer—it’s who I am. And those knots needed fixing.

It was a bonus that I got to wrap my body around hers.

Double bonus that she wriggled herself back against me, just a little bit. Like we were both trying to pretend it wasn’t happening.

She got away with the pretending a hell of a lot better than I did.

Here I am again, Mr. Fixer, with the fire-starter.

I still have ulterior motives, too. Not gonna lie. I like being her hero—I have since that first day with the ducks. Sometimes, like when I was cooking fish the other night, or when I was building my shelter earlier, I catch her watching me. With wonder in her eyes.

I’ve had women look at me that way before. But it’s different with her. Having someone I admire so much look at me like that cracks me open.

I feel like I’d do almost anything for that look in her eyes.

Plus, I like to mess with her.

“So, look, you want to put the drill rod in the opening, here—” I murmur. “And then apply just the right amount of pressure.”

I meet her eyes. They’re wide. Her cheeks are pink, too. “You’re doing that on purpose.”

“Of course I’m doing it on purpose. I’m making a point. It’s all about the friction. And the technique.”

“Gabe,” she grumbles, but she traps her soft lower lip between her teeth, and her breath is quick.

“All that rubbing,” I murmur.

I watch the flush cover her throat, and hope the way I’m squatting conceals my raging erection.

“What’s basically happening here is that the two pieces of wood stop knowing where one ends and the other starts. Their molecules mix. And that’s combustion. Heat. Flame.”

On that note, the wood smolders and I tease it to life with my breath, adding tinder, fanning the flames.

Of course, I narrate what I’m doing, too, checking to make sure she’s with me. The flush, and the way she’s torturing that soft lip, tells me she is.

“What did I say?” I tell her. “Stick with me, and you’ll be just fine.”

“Or dead from sexual frustration,” she mutters.

I grin. “Stay patient, baby.”

“You know I only brought one change of underpants, right?”

“I can’t help it if you underestimated me,” I tell her.

She turns a shade pinker, and I get to test out how hard it’s possible to become without being touched.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The story starts off with a very embarrassing scene which ends with marketing professional Lucy taking time off work. She ends up in small town Oregon, for a three-week job to help a local business, Wilder Adventures, with their marketing issues. Problem is. she has been hired by the matriarch of the Wilder family without the knowledge of Gabe, the oldest brother who runs the business.

The scene where Lucy and Gabe meet is so fabulous. It is cute and hot and all I could think was if these guys grow old together, they’ll have a great story to tell the grandkids. Lucy and Gabe have great chemistry from the start, and it only burns hotter the more they spend time together.

Make Me Wilder is so fun and sexy and romantic. I adored it from start to finish. I loved all the flirting and romance between Gabe and Lucy and their adventures had me grinning over and over. I also loved that Lucy, who had always kept people at arm’s length, found friends in this town. Not only did I fall in love with Gabe and Lucy during this story, I fell in love with all the Wilders, their friends, and the town.

As the story came to an end, rather than be sad it was over, I was excited to know that there are more books to come from the Wilder Brothers. I’ve already pre-ordered book two, Walk on the Wilder Side. Make Me Wilder is a fantastic romance in its own right but it is also the beginning of what I’m sure is going to be an amazing series.

This is the first book in a new series and we are in for some fun future installments I am sure! The Wilder family-run outdoor adventure business is suffering from a decline in trade as the town converts to less rough and tough tourists. So the major shareholder and mum of the family brings in a marketing expert from New York City. Cue a whole load of resistance, of opposites attract and totally scary adventures for both Gabe and Lucy.

Lucy has a very no relationships policy, which gets her into unexpected deep water in New York City, so she takes a leave of absence. Thanks to her mum, she ends up with a contract at Wilder Adventures and finds herself bunking in the business HQ sharing Gabe's shower facilities. The set-up is hilarious and guarantees a fun journey for reader and leads alike.

I really liked how both their backstories had an impact on how they react to events. It was easy to understand why they behaved as they did, and how they still couldn't resist their mutual chemistry. It is going to be a lot of fun watching the other brothers find their happily ever afters in the future.



Author Bio

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.

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