Almost in Love: Clover Park STUDS, Book 1

Almost in Love: Clover Park STUDS, Book 1

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by Kylie Gilmore

A humorous friends to lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Kylie Gilmore. 

"...Delightful and highly recommended!" USA Today HEA blog 5 star review 

The hero of Almost in Love, Barry Furnukle, appears in the Clover Park series too starting with Bad Taste


A humorous friends to lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Kylie Gilmore. 

"...Delightful and highly recommended!" USA Today HEA blog 5 star review 

The hero of Almost in Love, Barry Furnukle, appears in the Clover Park series too starting with Bad Taste in Men where he's the "villain." 

Successful entrepreneur Barry Furnukle is ready to take things to the next level with the pink-haired neighbor he adores. But when his attempt to woo her with the world's most "awesome" date (birding and fro-yo) lands him in the friend zone, he wonders if a guy like him ever had a chance.

On advice from his ladies' man brother, Barry returns to his acting roots for a little confidence rehab. Suddenly he's got more female attention than he knows what to do with. But will his new found popularity make him happy? Or will he finally release his inner stud to win the woman he can't forget?

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"Amber?" Kate called loudly. "I'm ho-ome!" 

Amber slapped at Bare frantically, and he finally let her go. 

She dressed quickly before he could get his hands on her again. "Coming!" she called. 

He chuckled. She threw his shirt at him. "Get dressed," she hissed. 

He pulled his shirt on. "I can't wait to have you again," he said in a low voice. 

The throbbing between her legs shocked her. That voice. The words. 

"I know what you like," he added. 

She smoothed out her hair with shaking fingers. 

"You like when I'm in command." He pulled up his breeches. "You like when I'm demanding. You like when I talk dirty." 

She opened her mouth to say...what, she didn't know. It was startling how well he read her so quickly. He crossed to her, pulling her in for a hard kiss, and she sank against him. He released her and smiled down at her. "I told you I could be whatever you want. That works for me too. I love watching you lose control." 

She swallowed hard. "What if I said I didn't like that? Would you be sweet and gentle and let me be in charge?" 

He tipped her chin up and kissed her gently. "Yes." He leaned down to whisper in her ear. "But we both know what you really want." 

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Each book in the Clover Park STUDS 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.

The Clover Park STUDS Series

Book 1: Almost in Love

Book 2: Almost Married

Book 3: Almost Over It

Book 4: Almost Romance

Originally published under the title Stud Unleashed: Barry

Editorial Reviews

A Beautiful Book Blog - Amber Trimble
"I was pulled in quickly and between the fascinating characters, the witty banter, the flow of the story and the emotions I was feeling I was blown away! I loved every second."
USA Today - Becky Condit
"Ms. Gilmore is an excellent storyteller, and her main characters are hard to forget, but her secondary characters are equally impressive...Stud Unleashed: Barry is delightful and highly recommended."
Reading by the Book - Mayas Sanders
"Barry is just a riot who fought for the girl who stole his heart with an over the shoulder wink. This books adds to a hit series by Kylie that keeps you engaged and cheering on the fro-yo pirate king."

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Meet the Author

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
BOOK 6: Not My Romeo
BOOK 7: Rev Me Up

BOOK 1: Almost in Love
BOOK 2: Almost Married
BOOK 3: Almost Over It

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Almost in Love: Clover Park STUDS, Book 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Beckety More than 1 year ago
You know what I liked the best about this book? It was completely different from any romance I've ever read (and I've read a lot!). The hero is nice looking and fit, but that's where the similarities to standard romance heroes ends. Barry is pretty dorky at first--lovable but dorky. I mean, the man dresses up as a cow and dances a jig, thinking the woman he's attracted to will like it. She doesn't, LOL. But his charm, his sweetness and the fact that he's a genuinely good guy (not to mention an amazing kisser), finally wins the hot girl next door. This book is just so damn likable.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Author Kylie Gilmore has done it again! Barry of STUD UNLEASHED is not the kind of guy I think she or anyone could make me fall for, but I have to tell you how much I love Barry. Poor, completely geeky, but full-on adorable Barry. He at first seemed a very unlikely candidate to be considered a stud, but he proved he had the chops, and the determined romantic heart to do what it took to win Amber, the woman of his dreams. I'm very excited to read Kylie's new Clover Park STUDS series if this is just a taste of what's in store. Amber, couldn't help liking Barry too, but it took her awhile to see that he could also be the man for her and not just a friend. Amber and Barry's story has a cast of characters that were quirky, adorable and added so much fun to the story as Barry worked his way into Amber's heart. LOVED this story and am sold on the series!! 4.5 stars ~complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review.
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
HOLY SMOKES!!!!!! I absolutely LOVED IT!!! First of all, this was one SCORCHING HOT read. I wasn't sure what to expect in that regard after reading the first couple chapters, but just like the moral of the story, one never knows where hotness may linger.  The narration was wonderful! The whole story read so smoothly, and there was never a dull part. The dialogue was very believable and the details of the settings, emotions, etc. made it easy to put myself in the story. Kylie inserted humor in perfect increments and I laughed out loud many times, right from the beginning. The conflict was pretty low-stress, which was fitting given the light-hearted nature of the story.  This was not the first Kylie book I have read, and this will DEFINITELY not be the last. Her books have kept me thoroughly entertained on many levels, and I love spending my time reading her work. If the epilogue was any indication of what the next book will be about, then it was a perfect set-up and I am dying to read it!!! ***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
The first 3 chapters read like a comedy.  By the fourth chapter the real romance started to blossom.  I really felt sorry for Barry.  He wasn't bad looking, he had a killer body but his geekiness showed like a beacon in the night.  He had no idea how to date and I'm surprised Amber even gave him a second chance.  I guess opposites attract.  Barry never gave up.  I think it was his brother that saved him. Remember the three C's?  For some there is that instant attraction and for others it starts as a friendship and grows from there.  That was the case for Amber.  Her and Barry were friends and her attraction grew from that and his 6-pack abs and 2-pack butt.  All in all this was a fun and entertaining read.  I can't wait to see what's next for this talented author. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review
AmyHiggs 8 months ago
I loved Barry and Amber's story! I have a soft spot for geeky guys and I always root for them. At first it seems like Amber and Barry are mismatched but they are perfect for each other! I loved all of the secondary characters too and can't wait to read their stories! I would definitely recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't help but cheer and smile. I love books that leave you with a smile. And this one does. Awesome!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good fluff reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought this was quite different . Really kinda crazy .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm struggling with how much they both had to change for the other. Bare even had to take the cow magnets off his car! If that is love than it isnt worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Kylie Gilmore read--I'm lookiing forward to my next! It was beautifully written and edited; I truly appreciated that it was free of grammar and punctuation errors (Seems publishers hardly bother any more!) Highly recommended!
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Kylie Gilmore; I received a copy from her in exchange for my honest review. I love books where the characters are mostly just every day, ordinary people. Barry has always been the underdog. He's not athletic and has always been kind of nerdy. When he meets his new neighbor, Amber, he falls hard for her - but she has a boyfriend. Amber has issues from her past that she hasn't really dealt with. Their path to happiness is rocky and kept me wanting to finish the book quickly so I could find out how things turn out. The book is at times humorous and other times serious. I really enjoyed reading it.
qstewart More than 1 year ago
Take a nerdy computer geek who has become rich from an app he created moving into a new apartment and almost instantly falling in love with his neighbor across the hall. From his past experiences with women he feels that he has to change his appearance and come on to her in a more manly way than the geeky computer expert. Their first couple of dates turn into disasters because of his interests clashing with hers. With the help of an exercise DVD and the lead role in a play being presented by the community theater group he sees a change in her attraction to him. When he puts on his pirate costume he becomes more manly and controlling. He uses this to win her over though there are some bumps in the road toward their forever happiness that awaits them. The story is interesting because of what Barry goes through to win Amber over to his side. He is captivated by her art work and secretly purchases some of her works to encourage her. He works to get in shape so that he will be more attractive to her. When impressing her with his silliness and happy go luckiness does not work he tries becoming more demanding and controlling which his role in the play helps him create. Amber, on her part, is not sure of the guy across the hall. Yes he likes her art but he is sort of geeky and weird with the speaker on top of his vehicle and the cow suit. But there is an attraction there and when he becomes more confident and other women become interested her interests increase. They just have to get over a couple of obstacles in their way. A very good read, The characters are well developed and the story line is excellent. It is a story that shows how two people fall in love even with difficulties standing between them. It may have started out as lust at first sight but the love grows as they get to know each other more. I look forward to other stories in this series. A job well done.