INSTANT GRATIFICATION by Jill Shalvis

Wilder, Book 2

From the publisher:

Welcome to Wishful, California, where the air is mountain clean, the people are small-town friendly and the wide-open spaces are perfect for a woman wanting to reinvent herself.

THE WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART

There was a time when Dr. Emma Sinclair wanted to challenge herself, sharpen her medical skills by plunging into the relentless pace of a New York City ER. But she was younger then. Now she’s not that much older, but at least she’s wise enough to jump at the chance to run her father’s clinic for a summer in the Sierra Nevadas. Here she treats bee stings, stomach flu, and the occasional pet cat. She also contends with patients like Stone Wilder, laid-back and well-aware of his good looks—and irritating beyond belief. The man laughs at her. And Emma loathes him. Partly because she can’t resist his smile and the gleam in his eyes . . .

As co-owner of Wilder Adventures and Expeditions, Stone knows when he sees a fish out of water. He also knows how to put it back in the water. When he tries to help Emma loosen up a bit, he pictures white-water rafting or scenic mountain hikes. He never bargained for a much more intimate encounter. Still, Emma’s sure she has no place in a town like Wishful, but Stone knows different. Emma belongs here—in this town, in his life. Convincing her is a challenge he was born to take . . .


This is the second book in the Wilder series and I liked it as much as the first. This story centers around Stone and Emma. Emma lived in Wishful when she was a young girl, but when her mother decided to leave her father, there was no looking back for either of them. Emma was hurt that her father never tried to stay in touch with her, but she doesn’t have the whole story. I really liked this subplot, it added a lot of depth to the story and the character.

Emma’s father stayed in Wishful and is the town doctor. When he has a mild heart attack, Emma decides to help him out. She recently lost her mother and her father is her only family. But she is used to running a very busy ER in a NYC hospital, and the trickling in of patients is not fun for her. Especially when Stone shows up.

Stone is argumentative, stubborn, and has a real fear of needles. But he is really banged up and finally allows Emma to treat him. He drives her nuts but he is really good looking. And he thinks she is a knockout. Eventually they work out their differences and start dating and pretty soon, they are a couple. But the road to true love never runs smoothly, but that is half the fun of getting there.

This is a very hot romance with well developed characters and some humor. I loved it, and immediately read the rest of the trilogy. Reviews to follow.

8/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

IINSTANT GRATIFICATION by Jill Shalvis. Kensington; Reprint edition (July 31, 2018). ISBN: 978-1496720849. 304 pages.

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