05 February 2014

The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

The Opposite of Wild
Book One Clover Park Series
By: Kylie Gilmore
Released Jan 16th, 2014

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?

I LOVE IT!!! I was laughing at the beginning of the story, and at the end. It was a whole load of fun, thanks to the old lady named Maggie! She’s a darling.

Liz – she’s the opposite of wild. She’s got OCD – loves control, lists and order. Out of desperation and her urgent need for money, she agreed to work for him. The last time they have seen each other – it was during THE HUMILIATION. I wondered what it was, and what transpired and why was it a big deal. I mean, it was seventeen years ago, why is Liz hanging on to the memory? But, with his sexy smile, and persuasiveness, how long can Liz last before she sets her heart on the line?

Ryan O’Hare gave up his badge after an incident. Now, he just works as a PI, following married men who have strayed, and taking care of his grandmother. But when his grandmother decides to live her life to the fullest, he knew he needed help. What he didn’t expect is to see the control freak Liz Garner. She was temptation personified, all he wanted was for him to see her lose her control.

Liz is a wonderful sister, and I think she’s almost abused. I thought all the while she was the older one with all the things she’s doing, and all the flightiness Daisy had in her bones. She’s responsible, and a little bit of a worry wart. There was a time when I wished she would just forget about taking care of everyone and put her happiness first. When she finally had her HEA, I was so happy because she, of all the people here, truly deserved it.

As for Maggie, read this book and tell me she didn’t make you love her. She’s an old, charming, sweet, and one-of-a-kind woman who thought Liz how to live life, and for that, she deserves a very tight hug. Before her, Liz was living a boring life…

The Opposite of Wild is a funny, romantic and touching tale about love, friendship, and family. You will surely fall in love with most characters, and yes, maybe hate some of them. You will laugh, have your eyes sorta wet with tears, and swoon as they finally get together. The story tells us to live our life to the fullest, and enjoy every moment of it. Fall in love, break your heart, and seize every chance you get, because you only live once. 

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. 
"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.

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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