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Instant Gratification (The Wilders) Paperback – July 1, 2009
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Stone Wilder is the glue that keeps the Wilder family from utter chaos. He's strong, reliable, smart, and on the verge of a burnout.
Dr. Emma Sinclair is only in Wishful to take care of her father's medical practice while he recovers from a heart attack. Then she is on her way back to the bright lights and fast pace of New York City.
Stone and Emma collide and are complete opposites. She's uptight and stuffy while he is relaxed and fun. Somehow, though, opposites attract.
As usual, I love Jill Shalvis' writing. It is witty and fun and it draws you into the characters. Even though many of her male characters are similar, I find myself still liking the stories and situations she puts them in. I really liked Emma despite her overly stuffy attitude.
It is not necessary to have read the first in the Wilder series (Instant Attraction), but you probably will want to after reading this one. :) Also, it continues the setup for the 3rd Wilder book, Instant Temptation. I can't wait to read the final installment of the trilogy to learn TJ and Harley's story.
Emma Sinclair thinks she's returning to Mayberry USA, aka Wishful, California, to run her father's medical clinic while he recuperates from a mild heart attack. What she didn't count on is her father not giving her the full story of his almost certain brush with death, the citizens of Wishful ignoring the fact that she is indeed a "real" doctor, and the horrors of no Starbucks or Thai take-out restaurant for miles. Hell, there isn't ANY fast food period. Then there's Stone Wilder. The man is hotter than hot and wilder than his name implies. At least that's what he leads her to believe. When she starts to peel away the layers and sees the real man behind the ski and mountain bum façade, she finds a solid guy who happens to be the backbone keeping his family together. But is he enough to keep the big city girl rooted and happy in a po-dunk town? Who knows, but they're having a hell of a time playing "doctor."
Jill Shalvis is a brilliant story teller. No matter which book I pick up, I know I'll be immersed into the picturesque settings as well as the drama happening with her characters. Instant Gratification is the second book in a trilogy about the Wilder brothers and their outdoor adventure/expedition company. Right from the start, I felt like I was a part of this magnificent country, sweating in the sweltering heat and cringing from the pain as Emma patches up Stone after one if his many accidents. Ms. Shalvis has a knack for putting it all into her books and making the reader feel like they are living life right alongside the characters.
Reviewer: Tami Brothers
Rating(s): 4 Petit Fours and 3 Hot Tamales
Typically when I read these books - I love to read them in one sitting. But I found myself looking up recipes, doing work, running errands. This book did not keep me want to turn pages as the first one, Instant Attraction. Granted, these are not deep, intense novels that make you go crazy -they are light and easy. But even so, I couldn't find myself being very interested in these characters.
Stone is one of the brothers that owns a mountain exploration/attraction company (hiking, biking, snow mobiles, etc). He is a guide, owner and is sexy as heck. He is the middle brother who is known for being laid back and a peace maker. Emma is the daughter of the local doctor (her estranged dad who has had a heart attack and cannot practice medicine for awhile). She comes in to take over his practice until he gets back on his feet. She is from NY and the small town life is nothing that she thinks will interest her. She is supposed to be the quintessential uptight, 'stick up your rear', hard core doc from the Big Apple.
They meet and Stone is determined to teach her to relax and hopefully stay in the town for good.
The story takes us through their relationship as well as the relationship b/w Emma and her father.
There is also a second (but much smaller) relationship b/w two other characters.
The idea/premise of this story is great. Love the "hard-a**" meets laid back person, and they both find things to love about each other.
Love the 'estranged daughter heals with dad' storyline as well.
But this just didn't work for me.
Stone is perfect. yes - he is afraid of needles. Oh - big deal.Read more ›
Dr. Emma Sinclair comes back to Wishful, California to take care of her estranged father who has had a major heart attack. But she is already chomping at the bit to get back to her fast life and ER job in New York City. That is until she meets Stone Wilder, the middle Wilder brother. Stone tries to introduce Emma to his laid-back outdoorsy lifestyle when he is not getting hurt in an accident which requires Emma's attention. Emma just doesn't know how to loosen up and have fun though. My main problem with the book is I just didn't care for the heroine all that much. Usually what I love best about Jill's books is her ability to make me sigh when I am reading the dialogue between hero and heroine. This book had very little sigh ability to it for me. The dialogue was pretty repetitive and boring. But I can see where she is setting things up for Harley and TJ's story (book three) which I know will be good. Instant Gratification - 3 1/2 stars!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The second installment of the Wilder series is a good and engaging book.
It is the story of Stone and Emma. Read more
Stone ends up at Emma's father's clinic after an incident while rescuing one of the clients. Emma gets under his skin but how can his attraction to her go anywhere when she will... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TBreakiron
I didn't like Emma which makes it hard to really get into the book. I liked the spence Serena story line.Published 1 month ago by aelathrop
I read all 3 books in about a week. They were all enjoyable and a good read.Published 1 month ago by Becz
This is a very nice love story. Funny at times with hot love scenes. Love Stone and Emma. Love the ending.Published 1 month ago by Girt