Two and a half years ago (?!!!) I read this book – and you can read that review here. But, when Kylie Gilmore contacted me with an offer to review her Clover Park series now in audio – how could I resist? Please read on for my review of the audio version of
The Opposite of Wild
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.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: The Opposite of Wild
Author: Kylie Gilmore
Series: Clover Park #1
Also in this series: The Opposite of Wild, Daisy Does it All, Daisy Does It All
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Charles Lawrence
Published by: Extra Fancy Books
Published on: 13 July, 2016
Source: Audio Producer
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 49 minutes
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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?
A copy of this title was provided via Audio Producer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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