Thursday, December 16, 2021

Book Review: Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis

Instant Gratification

Jill Shalvis
Series: Wilder (Book 2)
Publication: Kensington Books; Reprint edition (March 1, 2012)

Description: When a beautiful doctor butts heads with a laid-back mountain man, the spark is undeniable in this romance by the New York Times bestselling author.

Dr. Emma Sinclair sharpened her skills in a fast-paced New York City ER. Now she’s happy to spend a summer running her father's clinic in the Sierra Nevadas. In the quiet town of Wishful, California, Emma treats bee stings, stomach flu, and Stone Wilder—a patient who’s almost as irritating as he is irresistible. Emma can’t stand the way he laughs at her…or get enough of his mischievous grin.

As co-owner of Wilder Adventures and Expeditions, Stone knows how to treat a fish out of water. When he tries to help Emma loosen up, he pictures white-water rafting or scenic mountain hikes. He never bargained for an intimate encounter. While Emma is sure she has no place in a town like Wishful, Stone knows that belongs here—in this town, and in his life. Convincing her is a challenge he was born to take.

My Thoughts: Dr. Emma Sinclair is back in Wishful, California, taking over her father's clinic while he recovers from a heart attack. She hasn't been back since her mother took her to New York City when she was six. She has only seen him a few times in her life. Her mother was determined that Emma would be a success in New York. But now her mother has died from cancer, leaving Emma bereft and lonely. However, that doesn't mean she wants to bury herself in Wishful. As soon as her father recovers, she's going to leave and never look back.

Stone Wilder is a co-owner of Wilder Adventures and Expeditions with his cousins. Stone has a totally different take on Emma's father and he knows things she doesn't. When he needs emergency medical attention, his brother brings him to Emma's clinic where they meet each other. Stone's needle phobia and conviction that all he needs is a band-aid gives Emma a bit of a challenge. But her tough as nails New York persona wins the day - and Stone's heart.

He doesn't have an easy task wooing Emma. She doesn't know how to relax and doesn't really want to learn. It takes all his efforts, and the efforts of other town people, to convince Emma to open up and give Wishful and her father a chance. 

I enjoyed the characters in this one. Both are caretakers though Emma has managed to keep everything impersonal and keep herself isolated from emotion. I also liked the setting and the side characters and look forward to reading more of their stories. 

Favorite Quote:
"Well, here's a memo for you, life isn't easy."

"No," he agreed, sweeping a hand up her back, his smile gone. "Life sure as hell isn't. But you make of it what you can, and you do your best to enjoy the hell out of it, because it's the only life you get."
I bought this one in July 2009. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. A new book for me which I've not seen around. Thanks for the review.


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