The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore
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The Opposite of Wild
by 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?
Ryan just stood there, his sharp eyes studying her. "You're a puzzle, Liz."
He reached out and smoothed a lock of hair behind her ear, and her heart caught in her throat at the gentle gesture. "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."
She flushed, but rallied quickly. "I was only bringing you water." She crossed her arms and said primly, "You surprised me when you dumped the water on your head. I was merely looking to see if you were going to do any other…surprising things."
His lips twitched. "You're like a librarian just waiting to let loose."
"Is that supposed to be a compliment?" she bristled, hands on her hips.
"There it is." He smiled and stepped close, crowding her space. She drew in a quick breath, but held her
ground. "The puzzle—fire and ice."
ground. "The puzzle—fire and ice."
She put both hands on his solid chest and pushed him out the door. "Next time, mail it." She shut the door in his face, turned and leaned against it. "Urgh!"
"That's what I'm talking about," he said through the door.
She ripped open the door. "Go away."
His head cocked to the side while he bit back a smile. "Is that any way to talk to your employer?"
"Gah!" She slammed the door and locked it. She heard his low laugh as he walked away.
Ryan handed her the check. "Not going to let me in?"
"I'm having a movie night with Daisy."
"You know I've met Daisy before. She was only a grade behind me."
"Thank you for the check."
He put a hand on the doorframe above her head and leaned close. "Gran says she's having fun with you." His silky voice sent shivers through her.
"Yes," she breathed. He was so close she could see the golden flecks in his hazel eyes framed by those long lashes.
He grinned. "So you do know how to have fun."
She stiffened at his teasing tone, whirled around and grabbed the doorknob. He placed a hand over hers on the knob. She looked at his large hand covering her smaller one and her heart seemed to stop and lurch painfully forward. "I'm not a puzzle," she told him quietly. "I’m not fire and ice. You just don't know me."
"I think I do."
She could feel the heat of his body on her back. If she turned around, she'd be in his arms.
"If you hand deliver my next paycheck"—she scrambled to think of a suitable threat—"I'll-I'll—"
"You'll what?" His breath was hot on her ear.
"I'll dump ice on you!" She slipped inside and shut the door. Again she heard his low laugh as he walked away. She wanted to rip open the door and yell at him some more, but stopped herself because she didn't want Daisy to see the insanity he provoked in her.
Kylie Gilmore was lucky enough to discover romance novels at a young age as they were strewn all over the house (thanks, Mom!). She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor. Her first book in the Clover Park series, The Opposite of Wild, will launch in January 2014 featuring the oldest of three brothers and his lady love. The next two books in the series give each brother his dream girl (eventually).
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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