Dr. Emma Sinclair is stuck out in the boonies, as far she is concerned. Wishful, California, is a far cry from New York City, her home. But, she is determined to help her father out at his medical practice while he recovers from a heart attack. Instead of embracing the differences life in the wilderness can offer, Emma is doing all she can to be a stick in the mud in Wishful.
Stone Wilder is determined to change all that. Stone is very attracted to Emma and he knows a part of her is attracted to him. He wants to get close to her but she has barriers even he cannot break. Nonetheless, as Stone shows Emma some of the fun that can be found in nature, she starts to lose her heart to him, piece by piece. But will it be enough to keep her from going back to New York City?
Instant Gratification is the kind of contemporary romance you can sink your teeth into. There are some tough issues in the book, tough choices the characters have to make, but it is underscored by a growing trust in each other. Emma is no stranger to disappointment with love and family. Her father virtually abandoned her while she was growing up but yet she comes to Wishful to help anyway. She gets the opportunity to get to know her father again, and perhaps learn some hard truths, but giving him that trust is difficult.
Stone is the caretaker of his family in many ways. He too has had disappointments but he is trying to make changes in his life. I really liked his interactions with his brothers. Jill Shalvis knows how to write men so they seem like men. Stone is a nice combination of masculine and romantic.
Stone and Emma’s romance is enjoyable reading from start to finish. There is strong character building and tangible emotions. Instant Gratification ended way too soon for this reader!