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The Opposite of Wild (Clover Park, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kylie Gilmore
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Book Description

Each book in the Clover Park Series can be read as a stand-alone novel, or for more fun read them in order. Characters you’ve loved from past books frequently pop up in other books.

Unleash the wild woman…?

Ex-cop Ryan O'Hare takes one look at buttoned-up control freak Liz Garner and just itches to loosen the woman up. Not that he’s into her. Because a woman like that comes with way too many expectations. Not to mention, she practically works for him, and he didn’t hire Liz to watch after his beloved Harley-stealing Gran so he could turn Liz loose in his bed. Still, there’s something about her, a hidden wild side, that makes him wonder what it would take.

Liz must be crazy to work for the insensitive, arrogant, horribly…hot man she's avoided for years. Unfortunately, she needs the money and Ryan's grandmother needs a keeper. (Midnight tango lessons and ziplines with Gran, anyone?) Ryan's rare smile and swaggering confidence have Liz torn between throwing her favorite pinot grigio at his head or throwing herself at him. Can this control freak find a way to let loose with the tough, no-strings guy who once broke her heart?

The Clover Park Series
Book 1: The Opposite of Wild
Book 2: Daisy Does It All
Book 3: Bad Taste in Men
Book 4: Kissing Santa (a Novella)
Book 5: Restless Harmony

Don’t miss my new spinoff series, The Clover Park STUDS series, with some Clover Park favorites popping up too!

Praise for Kylie Gilmore:

"This book is everything a reader hopes for. Funny. Hot. Sweet."—New York Times Bestselling Author, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

"The Opposite of Wild found its way into my hands and, to my surprise, I could not put it down."—New York Times Bestselling Author, Michael Ian Black

"If you like a wonderful romance book full of family drama, love, laughter and so much more pick this one up."—Racing to Read

Editorial Reviews


"This book is everything a reader hopes for. Funny. Hot. Sweet."--New York Times Bestselling Author, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff 

"I loved this first book in Kylie Gilmore's Clover Park series--it was the first I've read by her, but I was connected to and immersed in her writing immediately."--The Revolving Bookcase

"There is a real sense of humour in Kylie Gilmore's debut, and it was a bunch of fun to read." --My Written Romance

"If you enjoy stories based in small towns, with a sweet HEA based on childhood crushes coming true in adulthood - than this should be right up your alley!"--Snarky Mom Reads

"Ms. Gilmore's writing style draws the reader in and does not let go until the very end of the story and leaves you wanting more."--Romance Bookworm

"Every aspect of this novel touched me and left me unable to put it down. I pulled an all-nighter, staying up until after 3 am to get to the last page."--Luv Books Galore

"The Opposite of Wild drew me in, held me down and made me laugh!"--Storm Goddess Book Reviews

"A fun, light-hearted read, filled with small town familiarity, some very relatable OCD, and some sweet romance."--My Favorite Things

"The Opposite of Wild is a funny, romantic and touching tale about love, friendship, and family."--The Book Freak

"I will definitely keep my eye out for more Clover Park stories from Kylie Gilmore. She's an author to watch because she writes a story full of humor and great secondary characters that bring out that feeling of family that we all know well."--For the Love of Bookends blog

From the Author

Don't miss my new spinoff series, The Clover Park STUDS series, with some Clover Park favorites popping up too!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4428 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Extra Fancy Books; 1 edition (January 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed all three books in this series August 26, 2014
By Kathy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed all three books in this series. The characters are real people, not billionaires, broken or whatever. They have situations they have to work through, but there is no major drama and there is a lot of humor throughout the book. Although I liked this book, I think my favorite of the series was Daisy Does It All. Buy all three, you won't be sorry.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this one July 11, 2014
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I really enjoyed this one. The romance is engaging and the antics of the secondary characters had me laughing out loud. Well written and easy to read, you can't miss with The Opposite of Wild. Highly recommended.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Romance April 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

My Thoughts: This was an OK read for me. I really thought I was going to love this book.

The Heroine: She was really annoying. She has always pined away for the hero, but never pursued him. When he shows an interest in her, she takes on the guy's part. She uses him for sex only. She was convinced that he could never change his playboy ways. He should have had more self respect for himself and dumped her.

The Hero: He has known the heroine since childhood. He never knew she had feelings for him. He had a difficult childhood raising his siblings after his mother's suicide and his father's desertion. I think that is why he never committed to a relationship before the heroine. At first, he is shocked that he is attracted to her. They date and eventually he gets tired of the way she treats him. I generally liked his character. Whereas, the heroine annoyed me many times.

The Story: Liz Garner (the heroine) is at home when her sister suddenly shows up. Daisy is pregnant and Liz offers to help with the baby. She realizes she need a summer job until school starts back up in the fall. Liz is an elementary school teacher. She sees an ad in the paper for an elder care giver. She calls the number and is shocked that it is Ryan O'Hare's number. She has always pined over him, but knew he would never go for someone like her.

Ryan calls back and hires her. She goes to his grandmother's house and realizes Ryan never told her. Eventually, Ryan's grandmother accepts her. They strike up a friendship.

The rest of the book deals with Ryan and Liz's eventual HEA.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humor, romance in a beautiful story... July 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
So... I tried to think how to start this review, but even if we have Ryan in the first scene, what I really liked in the first place and made me extremely curious was Ryan's Grandma, she's a 'little' old, but don't let her hear you saying it, she'll kill you! I'm joking, people! Ryan's Gran or Maggie is a really interesting character- seriously she was like the cherry on top of the wedding cake, but let's not going there ... yet!
The story presents Ryan, ex-cop, now private investigator who works for rich woman and cheating husbands, well not exactly for the cheating spouses, but you got my drift, so on day he's receiving an call from his brother, Travis about Gran and how she was stealing his beloved Harvey and now, because life's a bitch, she's implicated in an accident,but after the other accident (yes, yes, another one), an accident that changed her life and the manner she's living it. Now, she wants to live and be happy, but her happiness is not like her grandson imagine it. Now, he needs someone to look after his beloved Gran, someone like...

....Liz- she's 'uptight', a control freak, a good girl, a buttoned-up kind of woman, with dreams of a loving husband, children and living the' happily ever after'. Well, Ryan is not a boyfriend material and of course, he doesn't want to be a husband or a father- but in his defense, he has his personal demons to battle, issues about his father- and Liz knows that, well almost all that. Let's not forget this little fact about how he needs a keeper for his Gran.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE OPPOSITE OF WILD March 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
There was a major humiliation that happened 17 years ago between Liz Garner and Ryan O’Hare at the city pool where he was a life guard. This event was life altering for Liz who at the time was 13 years old, overweight, awkward, and shy.
To her he was the older 17 year old, handsome, trim, confident, and in control life guard she had crushed on. It was so humiliating she has done everything and anything to avoid any and all contact with Ryan since.
Since that time though she has done everything in her power also to change that girl that everyone saw, through dieting and exercising. Plus, she is now a respected teacher, does nothing in which anyone could talk badly about her at all.
Ryan looked at that day she calls one big “Humiliation” as life altering in that it made him want to protect and serve.
To be able to do whatever he could to help people and he always thought of Liz as the girl that helped him on his career path.
Yet, Liz wanted the white picketed fence, kids, and a husband with the no shedding dog. Whereas, Ryan wanted to find a good “lay” and move on no “strings attached.” She tries his way when meets his grandmother and becomes her keeper. But when things become confusing for them very quickly when lines become blurred. I love the characters, Molly, Ryan’s grandmother is a hoot! You will fall in love with this cast of crazy characters and their offbeat lives. I give this book 5 stars. Provide by Find us on:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 2 days ago by Roger Hailstone
5.0 out of 5 stars ryan
Ryan's family I knew right off the bat was going to entertain me especially his gran, "Ryan couldn’t believe his eyes. Read more
Published 3 days ago by andrewsheath
4.0 out of 5 stars role reversal
It’s funny how one event in two teenagers lives can be taken so differently and set the path for the course of their lives. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Celtic
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Didn't want to drop it at all. I loved the hero most of all, and then his unusual grandma.
Published 5 days ago by Aderonke Wale-Adeogun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This book is a great read, if you are looking for a laugh out loud, LoVe story... look no further! I LoVed all the characters especially Maggie (Gran) The author really knows how... Read more
Published 9 days ago by kguinn
3.0 out of 5 stars The Crazy Granny Ran Away With The Book!
Okay. The main character was engaging, believable. The hero was not particularly likable. The crazy granny ran away with the book--in a good way.
Published 9 days ago by Ann L. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A nice story without a lot of junk.
Published 10 days ago by onthegoMom
2.0 out of 5 stars The female character was a controlling & obsessive woman. ...
The female character was a controlling & obsessive woman.
At 13, she had overheard something that messed her up for 17 yrs. Read more
Published 11 days ago by ladysmoosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reading enjoyed it
Published 11 days ago by Mary Daigle
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing characters
Loved it. Well written with endearing characters. I want to read the next one.
Published 11 days ago by Voracious Reader
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***RESTLESS HARMONY, book 5 in the Clover Park series, COMING APRIL 2015!***

Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling romance author of the Clover Park series and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor.

Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she's not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.

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BOOK 1: The Opposite of Wild
BOOK 2: Daisy Does It All
BOOK 3: Bad Taste in Men
BOOK 4: Kissing Santa
BOOK 5: Restless Harmony (April 2015)

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BOOK 2: Stud Unleashed: Barry
BOOK 3: Stud Unleashed: Dave
BOOK 4: Stud Unleashed: Will

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