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?



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The Opposite of Wild is the first book in the Clover Park series by Kylie Gilmore.  Liz is the younger sister to Daisy who she is always bailing out of situations her sister finds herself in.  Liz thinks and acts much more responsible than Daisy.  Liz is ready for children but without a man in her life, she is at a loss until her sister turns up pregnant. 

Liz starts planning for a way to help Daisy.  Liz’s second job turns out watching Maggie O’Hare.  Maggie is a seventy two year old grandmother of three who after a near death experience is hell bent on living life to its fullest.  Maggie is an amusing and fabulous character. 

Ryan O’Hare is Maggie’s grandson and an ex-cop who is a hot and sexy man.  Ryan takes one look at Liz and itches to loosen her up.  His biggest issue is that Liz is the woman a man marries.  And he is not looking for that or is he?  As Ryan and Maggie take Liz out of her comfort zone, he is drawn to her. 

The chemistry between Ryan and Liz is blazing.  There biggest issue is that they have history that Ryan and Liz both remember completely different.  The sex scenes were hot.  I loved that they did not get too descriptive. 

I found this book to be well written.  The main and secondary characters were interesting and realistic.  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.  Overall, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.  This book was marvelous. 


After this start, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!


This series starts off with an introduction to the Garner’s and the O’Hare’s, in the sleepy little town of Clover Park, Connecticut.


Liz Garner has a lot on her plate, but she thrives under pressure.  From taking care of her inconsiderate sister, to Ryan’s saucy grandmother, she tends to forget about her own needs.  She’s a little on the O.C.D side, but she’s also a nurturer with a heart of gold.  A teacher in a small town, she never steps outside of her comfort zone, and always plans ahead.  Her lack of spontaneity soon becomes a thing of the past as Maggie, or Ryan’s Gran, starts to rub off on her. 


Although Ryan O’Hare’s worried about his grandmother, he soon becomes haunted by intimate visions of the uptight woman he hired to watch after her.  Liz, once a sweet and chubby little girl, has blossomed into a beautiful woman that’s very guarded and tense.  The thrill of the chase soon becomes too much for him to handle, as he finds himself scolding Gran’s caretaker more than Gran.


There’s a lot going on in this novel, but nothing is in excess and simply adds to the story.  The setting is a quaint little town that reminds me of home, and some of the characters resemble people I know personally.  The challenges faced by the hero and heroine were very realistic, as were their personalities.  I came from the days when Tab was king and Jane Fonda was the Goddess of Fitness, so I was completely amazed by some of the advances dieters have made since then.  The ending was fabulous, and I’m excited for the next edition.  Great read!






Kylie Gilmore was lucky enough to discover romance novels at a young age as they were strewn all over the house (thanks, Mom!). She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor. Her first book in the Clover Park series, The Opposite of Wild, will launch in January 2014 featuring the oldest of three brothers and his lady love. The next two books in the series give each brother his dream girl (eventually).

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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Ryan just stood there, his sharp eyes studying her. “You’re a puzzle, Liz.”

“I am?”

He reached out and smoothed a lock of hair behind her ear, and her heart caught in her throat at the gentle gesture. “You seem so…uptight,” he said. She stiffened and took a step back. “But I know you were checking me out when I was mowing.”

She flushed, but rallied quickly. “I was only bringing you water.” She crossed her arms and said primly, “You surprised me when you dumped the water on your head. I was merely looking to see if you were going to do any other…surprising things.”

His lips twitched. “You’re like a librarian just waiting to let loose.”

“Is that supposed to be a compliment?” she bristled, hands on her hips.

“There it is.” He smiled and stepped close, crowding her space. She drew in a quick breath, but held her ground. “The puzzle—fire and ice.”

She put both hands on his solid chest and pushed him out the door. “Next time, mail the check.” She shut the door in his face, turned and leaned against it. “Urgh!”

“That’s what I’m talking about,” he said through the door.

She ripped open the door. “Go away.”

His head cocked to the side while he bit back a smile. “Is that any way to talk to your employer?”

“Gah!” She slammed the door and locked it. She heard his low laugh as he walked away.






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