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The Opposite of Wild

(Clover Park #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,182 ratings  ·  324 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published January 16th 2014 by Extra Fancy Books (first published January 9th 2014)
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Dotti Elrick She got heat stroke at the lake/swimming hole, and vomited on him three times. The she over heard him laughing about her with his friends.…moreShe got heat stroke at the lake/swimming hole, and vomited on him three times. The she over heard him laughing about her with his friends. Embarrassing, yes. Life altering, I don't think so. (less)

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Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, kobo
Picked this up as an e-book freebie a few weeks ago. I loved the grandmother and her police officer/private investigator grandson, but the female protagonist was "big feeling." The number of times in this book that I wanted to slap her were too many to count! I would have much preferred a story about the grandmother only and her romance!!!
May 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
OMG!!! The heroine is a sanctimonious, arrogant know-it-all and the way she treated her sister right from the beginning was so irritating to me!!! After that, I could not enjoy anything about the story, I was too focused on her and the fact that I disliked her so much... Such a shame, the hero had so much potential... :(
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm being generous. I felt like she was so dumb, I mean her sister has to grow d fickle up lol
Jan 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book sounded reasonable, but I spent the whole time wondering why the hero was putting in so much effort trying to get the heroine to date him.

At first she avoids him because of a embarrassing incident when she was 13 even though she's now 30. Liz finally starts using Ryan for a booty call by arriving late at night and leaving before he wakes up in the morning. She spends the entire book avoiding dating him because she'll risk her heart due to the well known fact that he doesn't do love. H
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, ebook, own, reviewed
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
Maree Repa
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So excited to read another amazing novel from one of my most favourite authors, Kylie Gilmore. Here with another exciting series, Clover Park, The Opposite of Wild. Such a fabulous romance between these two such different people. I thoroughly loved each and every character to make this book such a great hit!

First and foremost in Ryan O'Hare's mind was that he knew he needed someone to help and care for his Nan. She had surviving a freak accident when she was sideswiped on a busy road by a truck.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 j
I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

My Thoughts: This was an OK read for me. I really thought I was going to love this book.

The Heroine: She was really annoying. She has always pined away for the hero, but never pursued him. When he shows an interest in her, she takes on the guy's part. She uses him for sex only. She was convinced that he could never change his playboy ways. He should have had more self respect for himself and dumped her.

The Hero: He has known t
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the 1st book I read by Kylie Gilmore. The only I liked about this was granny. I didn't like Liz character. I thought she was kind of bossy & immature. I didn't like Daisy character either. I thought she was immature too. If this story was about granny I would have been funny.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Couldn't make myself like Liz she is just not likable. Her borderline obsession at the beginning with her sister baby was just disturbing like her sister was bringing her a puppy in 9 months. And it's supposed to be a romance but there was nothing romantic about the fact that Liz treats Ryan like a Booty Call the whole book in till like a few chapter before the end. I could go into more detail about all the things she did to frustrate me but I ended up deleting that review because it became a lo ...more
Bette Hansen
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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, tog ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her debut novel, Kylie Gilmore gives us a highly amusing, sweet, sexy and very enjoyable read.

Even though I wanted to throttle Liz at the end because of her excessive OCD, if that’s even possible, I identified myself with her almost from the start and luckily Maggie (you’ll love her!) got across her very important point.

The story and individuals felt very genuine, even with Ryan’s take charge, caveman behavior and it left us with the promise of more.
Becki Brannen
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
So corny it hurts. No one has conversations like this. But bigger question, how can you be in love if you don't talk. After Liz realized she was "in love", her and Ryan had nothing but uncomfortable silent moments. Sex doesn't equal love. The addition of a baby, which coincidentally isn't hers, should not result in the deadening of a social life. Ugh this book was dumb.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweet and endearing romance in my opinion, nicely written and developed. Perfect summer add to your romantic reading list!
Brickley Jules
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, 2016
This is a great book!

It's a sweet romance that's part of the Clover Park series but is a stand-alone. If you're like me sometimes cliffhangers get old and a you need a Happy Ending.
Karen Hrdlicka
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Gilmore and I am hooked and need to read the rest of her series. I enjoyed the fun flirty banter, the heartwarming family aspect, and the characters that Ms. Gilmore created. Maggie (Gran) ranks high up on my 'who I want to be when I grow up' list. She's grabbing life by the balls and forces her grandsons and others to join her, much to their dismay. The main couple, Ryan and Liz, are polar opposites who have known each other most of their lives. In school ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this romance. The characters are quirky and flawed and I think most of us can relate to at least one of them. Whether it is the quirky and outgoing grandmother, the solid and dependable Ryan, the over organised Liz or the wild and needs to grow up Daisy. There are lots of connections hinted at in this book and I look forward to reading more of the Clover Park series.
Marissa Chavez
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Liz and Ryan were everything! They were perfect for each other. They both knew exactly what the other needed. It was great story between these two. Can’t wait to read about Daisy and Travis next! ❤ ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Really fun story and so cute. Perfect summer read. This one flowed really well and the characters were very believable. I would have liked a little more, but overall it was very entertaining.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meet Liz, a prim and proper 30-something who wants a baby so bad that when her way word older sister comes in pregnant and ready to pop she starts acting like its her kid. When her sister can't take it and leaves to live her own life, Liz hooks up with Ryan, a big she had a crush on in middle-/high-school for a casual sex-only relationship. But she falls in love... And since Ryan doesn't want the kid, white picket fence, and dog fantasy, she leaves him. But it's ok, because her sister is back wi ...more
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Okay, I liked The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore, but I have a few reservations about a character. That's a problem in itself, because she's the heroine. Yeah, that can't be good. Lets dive into my thoughts on this story.

So, we have Liz Garner who is Type A scary. Seriously, she has to be in control of everything and I don't know where it all stems from, because it's not like she had a horrible childhood. What I gather she had a normal childhood other than the one em
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to give one star, but I actually finished the book so for that, I gave it two.

The heroine has three strikes from the very beginning of the book. The fact that Liz harbors such intense animosity about a person she hardly knows, Ryan, because of incident that happened 17 years ago when she was an overweight 13 year old at the pool, gazing up at his eyes as he sits in the lifeguard stand. The second strike came when her older sister, Daisy, tells Liz that she's pregnant, and Liz completel
I tried, but just couldn’t do it. This book vascillated between dull and inane. The heroine, Liz, used to be a big girl but after a humiliating incident she became a control freak who monitors everything she eats and organizes the heck out of everything in life. She’s straightlaced and dependable.
PI and ex-cop Ryan hires her to serve as a companion to his Grandma who’s trying to live life to the fullest after surviving a car accident.

So many things about this book irritated me, but I’ll mentio
Heather andrews
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ryan's family I knew right off the bat was going to entertain me especially his gran, "Ryan couldn’t believe his eyes. Gran wearing leather chaps in a Harley shop, talking about her a**. It was a living nightmare." Being a detective means Ryan always is on his 'A' game and notices everything, "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.” He's persistent and keeps at things until he gets what he wants, “for someone tha ...more
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
a man works taking photos catching cheating spouses. his 72 yr old grandma took his motorcycle out for a spin so he wants to hire a babysitter for her

a woman teacher, her sister preg shows up a her house. she has a lot of debt so the sister is going to get another job to help with bills and raising the baby. she applies for the caretaker job but knows the grandson.

the gran wants to buy a motorcycle but she talked her into a convertible instead.

the sister moved out of state so she really doesnt n
Denise Vasak
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
This book was only ok. The main characters really had NO chemistry and there was no real story of their love. Liz's big drama that had shaped her life seemed REALLY minor to me - even from a preteen/teenagers standpoint.

I have to say, if I knew Liz, I might have to slap her and shake her often. I don't know how Daisy could stand her for even a minute. It was all just too much and I didn't get enough of the stuff that would make me love her.

I'm not sure about this author's writing style. I want
J. E.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Opposite of Wild is the tale of a methodical little sister, Liz, who has bailed her older sister out of more sticky situations than Liz has ever been in. Family drama ensues when Liz discovers that her sister Daisy’s condition requires a lifetime of responsibility. The problem solver, Liz is ready to take on the challenge of motherhood and help Daisy raise the child despite her teaching position. Money for the new baby is Liz’s top priority over the summer. Discovering the identity of the fa ...more
Laura Barfield
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
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Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-freebie
Okay, so here's the deal - I could've been all over this book if the heroine wasn't such a walked all over stick in the mud. Ryan was the only saving grace for me, and even at that, he wasn't enough to overcompensate for how much Liz annoyed me. She couldn't stand up to her sister, Daisy, and allowed her to walk all over her and abuse the kindness that Liz offered. I get that Liz wanted to help Daisy, but there is a such thing as personal responsibility. Liz acting like Daisy's responsibility wa ...more
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“Ryan couldn't believe his eyes. Gran wearing leather chaps in a Harley shop, talking about her ass. It was a living nightmare.
"What am I doing here?" he asked Gran. Before he could read her the riot act on safety, Liz stepped in front of him. Her pink shirt was buttoned all the way to the top and tucked into ironed white pants. Her hair was straight and perfect. He had the strangest urge to muss her up.”
“soon-to-be divorced Stew Harbinger to get this one up to his room. Stew’s hand slid up her inner thigh—not too long a wait. His cell vibrated again. Another message from Trav. Dammit. Trav knew” 1 likes
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