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Instant Gratification (Wilder Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"Yeah, she was sweet and gentle and soft, all right. Like a sleeping lion."
Dr. Emma Sinclair is a big-time New York City doctor. She likes order and control and works 80-hour weeks in order to fill the void of having very few close friends and family. When her father has a heart attack and asks her to help out in his small-town clinic in Wishful, California until he recovers, she reluctantly agrees and can't wait until her time is up so she can go back to her own life where she loves her Thai takeout. Emma is used to performing surgeries, not treating ingrown toenails and pregnant cats. She certainly isn't expecting to have to hand out Band-Aids like candy to Stone Wilder.
Stone Wilder takes care of his family. He helps run Wilder Adventures and Expeditions with his brothers and he's the type of person who flies by the seat of his pants. He enjoys his work but dreams of restoring the historical buildings in the town someday. Stone meets Emma at the end of Instant Attraction and, as much as Emma denies it, she is attracted to him. As a reader, I could feel the sizzling attraction between Stone and Emma and I loved the banter between them! Stone ends up teaching her how important it is to have a support system and to slow down and enjoy life.
"Just as you know that if you want something, you have to go out and get it. If things haven't worked out the way you hoped, then change them."
I loved this second book in the Wilder series and am eager to read the third one! I don't feel it is necessary to read them in order but you will probably enjoy the series much more if you start with Instant Attraction. I definitely want to read more of Jill Shalvis' books and would recommend the Wilder books to anyone who enjoys witty contemporary romances!
It is the story of Stone and Emma. Stone is the middle brother of the Wilders and Emma is the successful NYC ER doctor who has come to Wishful, California to help her father with his medical practice while he recoups from a heart attack.
Stone and Emma's interactions and conversations always left me wanting more from them. I wanted to love this book as much as the first one but it fell a bit short for me. Emma is confused with what she wants. To go back to her life in NYC or stay and build on her newfound place in Wishful. Stone is hesitant to admit he has feelings for Emma and wants to her stay.
Even the secondary characters of Spence and Serena didn’t hit the right notes. They knew with a chance meeting and one night together that they have something special together. I understand the reason for the vast difference between the two couples, it just made me wish for more complexity or depth.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book and the continuation of the Wilder series. I look forward to TJ's story next.
Emma is witty, smart, tough as nails inside, soft as a lost kitten on the outside. She can be uptight, brusque, abrupt and seldom ever smiles. Aaaah but when she does...the sun fills a room! She's complete business and so focused on her career choice that she overlooks kindness. She's stubborn, cool elegance in a mountain town...with her classy clothes, glorious fiery auburn hair and baby blue eyes. She's all bark and no bite. She has no time for a man...not in New York and certainly not here in Wishful, Ca. She has no time for romantic diversions. She's only staying long enough to get her Dad back on track, and then she's outta' here......back to the world where she belongs.
He's tall, muscular and full of effortless charm and charisma. He's a little wild and a little modest...sheer testosterone fueled masculinity with his tanned, rock hard build and laughing, easy going, fathomless deep green eyes. And holy cherry suckers Batman....but this man is one hawt piece of yummy cheeze! Stone Wilder is partners with his two brothers, running the "outdoor adventure/expedition" company (Wilder Adventures). He's stop-in-your tracks sexy and gorgeously dangerous to female hearts with his wind tousled, sun kissed light brown hair. Stone is basically a care giver...keeping his family together or taking care of and rescuing foster kids from their troubled lives. He's the whole package and he's completely dumbfounded and lost when he meets Emma..... Let the games begin.
This is such a great story of one damaged woman going through her rigid life being the efficient but disconnected Dr. that she is, without giving of herself - - it never occurs to her that she'd possibly need anyone. She's lonely and alone and is unable to connect to people, until one charming man becomes her saving grace. This is a wonderfully brilliant (and predictable) romantic story of learning to open yourself up to be brave enough to take risks and chances on love. To overcome your fears and allow yourself to be vulnerable enough to let the walls fall...to trust and reach out to that "someone" who could be so perfect for you. A fabulous story of life's lessons of allowing yourself to stop and smell the roses. To live in the moment, grasp that happiness that has fallen in your lap and appreciate and revel in it. And Ms. Shalvis tells it so well.
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