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The Opposite of Wild: Clover Park series, Book 1 (The Clover Park Series, #1) [NOOK Book]

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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.

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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?

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)

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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940151706674
  • Publisher: Kylie Gilmore
  • Publication date: 12/10/2014
  • Series: Clover Park Series
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,867
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    I absolutely loved this book! Ryan was dreamy, Liz was repressed

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2014

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    Excellent debut novel!  This is a well written, funny, enjoyable

    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. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Ryan and his brothers have their hands full taking care of their

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    FUN!!!!  Kylie writes "hunky man" so well. I just wish

    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!!  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2014

    Funny, light read

    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!

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  • Posted December 3, 2014

    I liked this book. The relationship between Ryan and Liz is swee

    I liked this book. The relationship between Ryan and Liz is sweet and relatable. I truly like how these characters interact. And how they developed throughout the story. If Liz has an annoying flaw, it is her inability to not go full throttle when someone asks for help and involving herself too much. I enjoyed the character of Maggie - she was inspiring and entertaining. Cannot wait til the next book!

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  • Posted November 4, 2014

    This was a sweet small town romance about an uptight woman who l

    This was a sweet small town romance about an uptight woman who learns to let go and embrace life (a little). Liz has had a crush on Ryan since high school, but also suffered an embarrassing incident that makes it hard for her to talk to him even though she is now around 30. She has to deal with him when she takes a summer job keeping an eye on his grandmother.

    I really liked the relationship between Liz and Maggie, and how Liz took a step back and enjoyed Maggie's lust for life rather than judging her. Ryan is an emotional blockhead, but eventually hr does come to terms with things and makes changes. I also liked how Ryan's perspective on Liz's Incident was so different.

    Liz has a sister with whom she's close. She has to learn to let her sister take care of things rather than rushing in to manage everything. Liz also has a best friend who is quite close and blows hot and cold about her own love life. I can see upcoming books with each of them and Ryan's brothers in the works. However, it is also clear that the setup will be very different.

    One thing that was a bit different about this book is that Liz's best friend is Jewish. Her religion is the topic of several conversations, especially how it does or doesn't relate to her love life. In addition, Liz is a teacher and her school is out for Jewish high holidays. I appreciated this mix of religious backgrounds as it reflects my own life much more closely than most contemporary romances.

    I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Nice love story!

    A nice easy read for a lazy day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Liz is a teacher but takes a summer job as a senior care giver t

    Liz is a teacher but takes a summer job as a senior care giver to Maggie O'Hare to earn extra money to help her sister who shows up unmarried and pregnant. One of Maggie's grandson's is Liz's boss which she really hates because they knew each other briefly as teenagers and had an embarrassing moment.  Liz remembers it as The Humiliation but Ryan remembers it much differently in a more positive way. Liz's job watching out for Maggie is not easy since Maggie wants to live life to the fullest (at 72) and does things like goes zip lining. 

    The characters are great.  Very sexy Ryan O’Hare is Maggie’s grandson and an ex-cop but now a P.I. Liz is very organized, actually too organized but very capable and always looking out for her sister who seems to be in some sort of trouble most of the time. Maggie is a blast and certainly needs a care taker or three. Ryan and Liz are attracted to each other but fight it for different reasons.  Ryan tries to stay away from Liz because she is his employee and Liz can't imagine Ryan being interested in her because of The Humiliation years ago.

    I enjoyed this book and am glad I won it in a giveaway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    The Opposite of Wild is the first book that I've read by Kylie G

    The Opposite of Wild is the first book that I've read by Kylie Gilmore and I will be reading more of her books soon. I loved Liz and Ryan's story and along the way I enjoyed getting to know their circle of friends and family as well. It was a great romance with some humor thrown in (Maggie had me snickering often!). I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in The Clover Park Series.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Copy received in exchange for an honest review This was a light

    Copy received in exchange for an honest review

    This was a light-hearted, cute romance.

    I think I have read too many MC or Romantic Suspense books lately, so it was really refreshing to pick something up that is purely about the relationship, and not about bad guys with guns!


    The entire cast of Characters was great. I loved Maggie! I want a Gran like that!


    Ryan, again, loved. In fact I loved all the O'Hare brothers! There is something about a man who loves his Gran that is swoon worthy! And their reactions to their Gran and her new lease of life "Gran is flirting. I've never seen that. It's like seeing a cow suddenly milk itself" 


    I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this, as it was a really enjoyable book, but I struggled with certain things.


    Liz! I really struggled to warm up to her at first! I know she is meant to be buttoned up and uptight, but she took over control too far sometimes IMO


    The way she went on about her sisters baby, how she would be bringing it up, etc, " Me and the baby are a package " Well, no, the kid has parents, and she needed to stop enabling her sisters dependant behaviour!


    But, she started to grow on me, especially when we learn of The Humiliation, what led to her total control, and you realise, she is grabbing at excuses to not let Ryan close to her, because her self image of herself was formed in the moment of The Humiliation! And even her super organisational skills started to become almost endearing. Alphabetised Spices! 


    Also, at the beginning, maybe the first 30% or so, I wanted more of Ryan, it felt like Liz and Maggie were the two main characters of the book, and I loved Maggie, but needed more of Ryan!


    There was there odd thing here to there that was a bit predictable! [ I knew, as soon as it was mentioned there would be a wedding, Liz and Ryan would end up getting together properly at the wedding (hide spoiler)]


    All in all, though, a great début by Kylie Gilmore, that I enjoyed. I ended up rating it 3.5 (rounded up to 4) just because it took me a bit to warm up to the h and I wanted more from the H at the start.


    But, I will certainly be getting books 2 about Daisy and Trav, and cannot wait for a book, about Shawn (which I assume/hope there will be)

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

    Ryan's easygoing charm and Liz's uptight ways led to fantastic b

    Ryan's easygoing charm and Liz's uptight ways led to fantastic banter and some steamy scenes. I was rooting for them through out their bumpy ride. The humor was nicely balanced with heavier, emotional moments. I fell in love with the O'Hare's, especially the kooky grandmother Maggie, and of course Ryan. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    I LOVE IT!!! I was laughing at the beginning of the story, and a

    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. 




    ¿ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Review: Clover Park #1: The Opposite of Wild

    The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore is the first book in her Clover Park series. A fun, light-hearted read, filled with small town familiarity, some very relatable OCD, and some sweet romance.

    Liz had a weight problem in school, and has, in the years since, taken FULL control of her life. Organizing her home and her diet with the best of the meticulously organized in the world. Well organized until her 7-month pregnant sister shows up on her doorstep and she has to get a summer job to help said sister. This leads to "watching" over the grandmother of the guy she crushed on in high school, the object of the biggest "Humiliation" in her life, Ryan O'Hare.

    Ryan O'Hare is an ex-cop turned private investigator and he has just made it his goal to ruffle as many of Liz's feathers as he can as often as he can.

    How can Liz retain her controlled and organized life with everyone around her throwing everything out of whack? Will she let her OCD tendencies keep her from letting loose and chasing love with Ryan?

    I am eager to read the next book in this series if it is anything like this first book. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Liz has tried for years to keep everything under control. From h

    Liz has tried for years to keep everything under control. From her weight, to her money and to helping her sister she likes order. When a need for extra money comes up she takes a job as an elderly care giver. She doesn't realize what she is getting into. Ryan has to find someone to keep an eye on his Gran. She is living on the wild side and he worries. He hires Liz to keep an eye on her and ends up with his eye on Liz. They both have links in the past and while one wants a happily ever after the other isn't for settling down. They will have yo see if opposites can work.




    Liz was embarrassed years ago and it left it's mark on her. She never eats anything that may go over her calorie intake, she has her money all planned out, and she likes things neat and orderly. She really at times can seem kinda stiff. One thing you can say is she really cares for people. Whether it is Maggie or her sister Daisy she tries to get them to do the right thing and live a calm life. I liked her because she does have a wild side that she doesn't even know about yet and while she thinks she has everything figured out she doesn't. Ryan is very yummy but he to at times wants to control his Gran. You know he wants the best for her but he can be pushy. He had to grow up early and help raise his brothers. He also has a bad past that changed him. He has problems really letting anyone in. Both are amazing characters that stick with you.




    I love this book. The main characters seem like two people who will never work together. Liz has a troublesome sister and wants to run her life in some ways but her sister just wants to run. While she would like a quiet life that sure isn't what she gets. Her and Ryan touched each others lives years ago but never knew how much until later on. They are very steamy together and apart they seem to fall apart. Besides the main characters the whole cast of side characters seem to have you begging for more. From Daisy Liz's sister to Ryan's brother to my absolute favorite Maggie Ryan's Gran. I have to say she stole the book for me. Every time she was in a scene I would sit back waiting to see what she would come up with next. I eagerly look forward to more books in this series as I have to see where the other characters go and more of Maggie. If you like a wonderful romance book full of family dramas, love, laughter and so much more pick this one up.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Highly recommend.......great read!!! Cant wait for next book!

    Highly recommend.......great read!!! Cant wait for next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    A Fantastic Debut! The Opposite of Wild from debut author Kylie

    A Fantastic Debut!

    The Opposite of Wild from debut author Kylie Gilmore is the opposite of dull. It’s a delightful, fun, fast-paced read that will have you literally LOL-ing in many places. When her flighty sister shows up on her doorstep and announces she’s pregnant, schoolteacher Liz Garner is reminded of the loud ticking of her own biological clock. Seizing the opportunity to have a baby in her life, Liz puts all of her control-freak efforts into helping her sister, including taking an extra job as a companion to uber-sexy Ryan O’Hare’s somewhat…unconventional grandmother. Keeping her eyes off Ryan while struggling to keep up with the irascible Gran, Liz finds her neatly scheduled life spinning out of control.

    Ryan is intrigued by the buttoned-up schoolteacher, and the hints of reckless passion simmering just below her surface present him with a challenge he can’t pass up. But for him, that’s where it ends. After raising his brothers almost single-handedly, settling down with a family of his own is not on his agenda.

    The author has a gift for writing both humor (think Kristan Higgins) and passion (think Jill Shalvis). Home and family are major themes throughout the story and in this first book from the Clover Park series, Gilmore has created a charming small town backdrop for Liz and Ryan’s whacky and rocky road to romance. The secondary characters are well-developed and witty (especially the sometimes scene-stealing Gran!) and I’m looking forward to seeing them all in the next story in the series.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am already a big Kylie Gilmore fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    I don't normally read romance novels but was recommended "T

    I don't normally read romance novels but was recommended "The Opposite of Wild"
    and it was fantastic!  Liz was adorable and the kind of funny, strong woman a man
    would be lucky to have.  The Gran character had me laughing out loud and reminded me
    of some family members I won't mention by name, LOL!  I was surprised by how much I
    enjoyed "The Opposite of Wild" and can't wait for the next installment!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    I just finished reading The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore an

    I just finished reading The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore and what a treat! It was fun and funny, capturing those awkward moments when you can't decide if you love him or want to clobber him :) Hats off to Kylie Gilmore in her debut novel and here's hoping to see these characters, who I've grown quite attached to, again soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    No spoilers here! I don't usually read anything but YA books! Bu

    No spoilers here! I don't usually read anything but YA books! But I used to read tons of adult romance and I had the chance to read this pre-pub. What a fun read! I loved Liz because she reminded me so much of myself when I was in my twenties. And holy smokes, Ryan. Definitely the kind of guy I want in a romance novel! The other characters are just as memorable especially Ryan's gran--she's hilarious in a show-stealing way!
    Lots of tension, plenty of laughs, and a whole lotta steamy! You won't be sorry! :)

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