The Opposite of Wild: Clover Park series, Book 1

The Opposite of Wild: Clover Park series, Book 1

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by Kylie Gilmore

USA Today Bestselling Series!

A humorous second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Kylie Gilmore.

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


USA Today Bestselling Series!

A humorous second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Kylie Gilmore.

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?

AUTHOR'S NOTE: 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.

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

Book 6: Not My Romeo

Book 7: Rev Me Up

Book 8: An Ambitious Engagement

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

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The Opposite Of Wild: Clover Park series, Book1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Ryan and his brothers have their hands full taking care of their grandmother. She stepped up to the plate and took care of them as boys when their mother died and their father left them. Now it's their turn to be there for her, but she's not willing to live a sedate life, only looking to get into trouble. Ryan placed an ad for elder care for his grandmother and he remembers his first applicant from his teenage days as a lifeguard. Liz sounded perfect considering she was already an elementary school teacher. He hired her right away, but was shocked to see what a beauty she'd grown into. Liz had a crush on Ryan when she was younger, but she finds it daunting to be in the same room with him now, realizing he's even more handsome. She needs the money this job will provide, but will she be able to deal with Ryan and not fall for him all over again? The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore is precious! The hero and heroine were delightful, their interaction charming, and the sexual tension, intoxicating. Each supporting character filled this story with fun and laughter making it an extremely pleasurable read. I loved the playful grandmother, Maggie, and without her this book wouldn't have been complete. It was wonderful to see Liz unfurl right before our eyes, as she finally opened up to Ryan. The storyline was original and uncommon with lively characters and witty dialect. It was sexy, yet amusing, with plenty of energy to keep this story in constant motion. Kylie Gilmore is a new-to-me author and I'm thrilled to have gotten the chance to read The Opposite of Wild! In my opinion, it's not only worthy of being a MUST READ but a KEEPER too! 5 Stars!
Tarri More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but I have to admit the main female character, Liz, would drive me crazy if I knew her IRL. First of all, she is so anal that she uses a label maker to label and alphabetize everything in her cupboards. Now I have no problem with a little alphabetization (you should see my books), but spices? When Liz was in junior high she had a big time crush on Ryan. Ryan was 17 and the town lifeguard. Then she humiliates herself in front of him and avoids him for the next 17 years (okay, something I would probably do), until she answers an ad for someone needing an elder caregiver for their grandmother and it turns out to be Ryan. Maggie is the grandmother and after surviving a serious accident decides that life must be lived and adventures must be taken. After she takes a ride on Ryan's Harley, he and his brothers decide she needs someone to watch over her. Liz goes along on Maggie's adventures and Ryan and Liz keep getting thrown together. I liked the fact that the grandmother is the one who brings Liz out of her safe shell. I think Maggie was probably my favorite character, showing the young people that 70 is not that old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is too much swearing for my taste so I was unable to go too far into this book.
gaele 14 days ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Liz is a schoolteacher, a bit of a control freak, and desperately in need of a summer job to keep her head above water, oh – and did I mention that her older sister is in town and pregnant, and needs help? Liz is perfectly imperfect, the youngest in her family, she’s also taken on the role of ‘the good one’, never stepping out of line or taking a chance. Ryan and his brothers were taken in by his grandmother when they were young, now Grandma Maggie is just recovering from an accident, needs a ‘minder’ to keep her entertained and on the safe and steady path, doing what grandmother’s do. Grandma Maggie is a hoot! She’s 72, and done mostly what is expected, and after her accident she knows that life is short, or shorter. She’s doing everything (Literally EVERYTHING) that ever took her fancy, and Ryan and his brothers are certain she’ll be hurt or killed. Hence the carer in the form of Liz. So, Maggie isn’t sure she needs one, but Liz is well-intentioned and far too lovely and young to be so afraid of chances. While Liz takes some getting used to, her timidity and need to make everything smoother for the people in her world is something she needs to suppress. Fortunately with Maggie’s help and a seriously steamy connection to Ryan that she didn’t see, she is able to let go of the worst of those moments. Ryan, beneath it all, just wants to feel secure and safe with someone – making Liz the perfect option, even as she isn’t quite convinced yet. Charles Lawrence’s narration of this story is a wonderful choice, and my first introduction to his work. He doesn’t over-work his voice to “imitate’ a woman, yet still managed to add all of the emotional undertones needed to present the story. As expected, his portrayal of Ryan is spot-on, including an underlying frustration when he thinks of his work or his grandmother’s antics. Most surprising to me was the hint of naughty child in all things Maggie – even when she was having one of her serious moments, the light and humor in her outlook and approach to life, love and all things exciting is present and palpable. A fun, light and clever story that is the perfect introduction to the Clover Park series and a great listen for those who want a fun and ultimately happy story. I received an audiobook copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were quirky and interesting and I loved the book from start to finish. I'll keep it and most likely reread it a couple times!
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
Excellent debut novel!  This is a well written, funny, enjoyable read.  I can't wait to read the other books in this series!  Maggie, Ryan's grandma, is a blast and makes the story more colorful. I'm sure we will learn of more of her adventures as we read Trav and Shane's stories. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FUN!!!!  Kylie writes "hunky man" so well. I just wish I was good at writing reviews. Then I'd be able to explain how the story hooked me, make me laugh, and made me sweat!  In a world full of dark and dreary, I'm always thrilled to find sunny authors!!  
BeckiB More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Ryan was dreamy, Liz was repressed, and their interactions are hilariously explosive! The characters feel real and likeable, and this was such a fun read!  It did beg the question, early on for me - which came first, the chicken or the egg?  When you read it, you'll realize why that question had me snorting in laughter!
MsChris1161 27 days ago
Great book! Kylie Gilmore's THE OPPOSITE OF WILD was a well written story of Liz Garner and Ryan O'Hare unexpectedly falling in love amidst a handful of quirky, oftentimes hilarious, secondary characters and well, life. I was lucky enough to listen to the audiobook version and the narrator did a fantastic job. The varying nuances for each character were clear and contributed to my enjoyment of the story. Mostly I loved that this story was in no way cookie-cutter or predictable. I thought it would be sweet... and it was, but it was also steamy. I thought Liz would be stuffier and well, prudish even, but no way. She was definitely the responsible sort, but she also had backbone, could be adventurous and had a serious heart for accepting the people in her life for who they were. Ryan also had a few surprises up his sleeve. Ms. Gilmore gave him depth you don't always find in such an alpha lead. And as much as this was all about whether or not Liz and Ryan were going to be willing to take a chance on each other, it was so much more. Seems there was a plot twist every few chapters which really kept my interest. And honorable mention must to Ryan's Gram. Maggie O'Hare was a hoot and did her best to steal the limelight. Definitely the way I hope I have the guts to be when I'm in my 70's. Overall fun and very romantic! 4 stars
HumorMyWay 3 months ago
This was a total delight from start to finish. Nothing can be better than the love of a family unless you want your love one to stay alive and you control her life as Ryan did with his every fun loving granny. She is something else with a bad accident behind her she has learn life is short as she takes the bull by the horn and becomes one wild granny out for thrills that will chill her grandsons. This book will make you laugh and laugh some more at all the grandmother gets into. This is one woman after my heart with her wild ways along with a few shocking ones. There are many lessons to be learn the question is who is doing the teach could it be the handsome grandson Ryan or the wild Harley steal Granny, or just might be the sexy Liz who will teach not only Granny but her sexy grandson a thing or two. Ryan along with his brothers thinks Granny has a few screws loose every since her accident but she and I know she is very sane and only out to enjoy life at it’s fullest. Granny has a few tricks up her sleeve that will not only put the fear of God into Liz but take a few years off Ryan’s life. Her last little plan has Ryan in a total uproar. Just when he thinks things can’t get worse than her taking his Harley for a joy ride she lets loose with a few hair raising plans but nothing and I mean nothing beats the last one she has come up with. Ryan will not have this no way no how. He hires Liz who is one hot little thing and dang if she hasn’t changed from the girl of long ago he hopes she can tame granny down to be the loveable kind granny any grandchild will be proud of. Liz has her hands full trying to keep granny under control which let me tell you isn’t very easy. Every time he thinks he has control Granny lets go with a wilder plan than the last and dear sweet sexy Liz seems to be right in the middle of it. Ryan would love to pick Liz up and tan her backside for letting Granny get away with so much. Just as he starts yelling Liz makes Granny see things in a different light. Everyone takes a breath and then she is off again with even wilder ideas than before. Granny will be the death of them all that is if Liz doesn’t kill him first with all the trouble she gets into with Granny, Liz is just your normal every day flower on the wall child. She wants so much but just doesn’t feel the condense to go after what she wants. She more or less lives through her sister who is the wild child. She has given up so much to look after and take care of her. Liz is the baby of the family but at times she feels so old looking out for and keeping her sister out of trouble. This time her sister has out done herself with Liz having to pay. She agrees to take on Granny and help her keep busy doing granny things only granny has her own plans and lord the places she takes Liz and the things she talks Liz into seem to keep getting her in trouble with the sexy Ryan who Liz has always had a crush on. She just can’t forget those years long ago when something happens to make her crawl deep inside herself and never come out. I loved the humor in this story and all the things granny came up with. I love the back and forward baiting between Ryan and Liz. Things heat up really hot in more ways than one. The attraction is off the charts with some very steamy scenes. Ryan kept over thinking or over saying when he should have been listening. I had no trouble at all understanding how much he loved his grandmother. The author does give you heart break with Ryan’s
Anonymous 3 months ago
I really liked this book it had a nice mix of humor, romance and steam. Loved the wild granny.
Bette313 5 months ago
I really enjoyed this one and will absolutely be reading more in this series. Liz, the lead female character was a tad annoying at first with her control freak tendencies but she eventually won me over. The book is full of fun quirky characters who will have you laughing in no time. Liz has avoided Ryan for years after "the humiliation" when they were younger but now she needs a summer job and caring for Ryan's Gran is her best bet. She's an uptight control freak and he's a no strings loner, together they are explosive! Definitely a book I recommend!
MikkaJane 6 months ago
Liz is an uptight person, who needs to loosen up, and Ryan is just the person to do it. With a little bit of help from Liz’s friends Maggie and Rachel, she learns that it’s okay to break from routine and have a little bit of fun. Through her journey she makes some startling discoveries about Ryan as well and how her Humiliation in school really wasn’t one after all. If you love second chances, especially where more than one character gets one, you will love The Opposite of Wild. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
SaraBetty 12 months ago
Really enjoyed this book.. While it was endlessly humorous it also carried several messages about our insecurities and characteristics that we carry from our childhood experiences both good and bad.. Ryan was a hunk but his mom died by her own hand when he was a child and he found her... His dad became an alcoholic and abandoned his three sons leaving Ryan, the eldest to man up... Turning to his grandmother she took them in and raised them.. Ryan became a cop but encountered a situation that caused him to leave the force and become a private investigator... Liz strove for perfection.. Compulsive in her appearance and in all things... Enter whacko sister Daisy who turns Liz life upside down just when she was starting to let her hair down with Ryan... Endlessly interesting with Maggie, the 72 year old grandma, stealing motorcycles and buying convertibles and you have one very interesting and totally time grabbing read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun story line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is so much that happens in this book. The characters personalities all change. Which in this case flows with the story. Though it's a good book I just didn't think it was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would have been a four without the descriptive sex scenes.
alexiajanie More than 1 year ago
"The Opposite of Wild" by Kylie Gilmore is the first book in her series 'Clover Park.' It is my first read from this author but it will not be my last. I enjoyed reading about the relationship between LIz Gardner and ex-cop Ryan O'Hare. It is classic romance where the heroine is a good girl who follows the rules but has to be in control of everything. The bad boy crush who was the lifeguard during her awkward moments as an overweight, shy 13 year old girl. Finding their way together later in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did really enjoy the book, but I felt like there was something missing from Ryan and Liz and the development in their relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't think I was gonna like it at first but it got better as it went on. In the end I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny! Not the run of the mill, bland love story as reflected by the cover. Liz & ryan are a perfect foil with a lot of sizzle. Hilarious bits that made me crack up. The grandma is outrageous, & rachael, liz's best friend is nerdy & adorable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down . Was funny and great characters .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am surprised by all the rave reviews. I liked the lead male character Ryan and the dynamic of his family, although I did find his Gran to be a bit over the top, but endearing. The female lead character Liz on the other hand, was cringe worthy in my opinion. I found myself caring more about her sister's storyline as well as her friend Rachel's. I am still on the fence about reading their full stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy Susan Mallery's and Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books, you'll love this one, too. Funny, believable chatcters. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
This story was good, and would have been great if Liz was not so annoying. Okay. You had a traumatic experience with Ryan years ago at the public pool. Either you get over it and be with him, or you don’t get over it. If you don’t, then you don’t need to be with him. Move on with your life. Or better yet, why not communicate with him. If you can’t talk to him about something that happened about 20 years ago, what are you going to do when something happens in your relationship today? Oh that’s right, act all snarky and pull away. If it wasn’t for the other characters, mainly, Maggie, Ryan’s grandmother, I don’t think I would have finished the book. Maggie, who raised Ryan and his two brothers, is now in her early 70’s. She recently had a car accident, and realized she has a lot of life in her, and wants to live it to the fullest. After she steals Ryan’s Harley, Ryan thinks his grandmother needs someone to watch her. This is where Liz comes in. There was a lot of potential with Liz and Maggie’s relationship. Maggie helps Liz loosen up a bit, but it’s not soon enough. If it had happened about a fourth of the way into the story, I think it would have been a lot better read. I really enjoyed watching the adventures that Maggie dragged Liz into. And when Maggie found a lover who was 20 years younger, it was great reading the family’s reaction, and Maggie basically telling them to bug off, because she didn’t care. I did start the second book in the Clover Park series, Daisy Does It All, because the premise of the book sounds good. I’m only a few chapters in, so I hope Daisy isn’t as annoying as her younger sister.