Thursday 10 July 2014

Review: Animal Attraction - Jill Shalvis

She's tempting his basic instincts . . .

Sunshine, Idaho, is the perfect place to give injured animals a refuge . . . or to find one. Veterinarian Dell Connelly suspects there's a reason his clinic's uber-efficient receptionist has taken shelter here.

Jade Bennettt couldn't be happier to escape the big-city jungle to work with injured animals . . . and enjoy the gorgeous views of her ruggedly sexy boss.

Jade is used to planning everything in her life, but Dell's seductive, alluring ways have sparked an uncontrollable desire. And though Dell has never had time for love, Jade's strength and sass is the kind of call no red-blooded male can resist . . .

Animal Magnetism Series:
Animal Magnetism
Animal Attraction
Rescue My Heart
Rumour Has It
Then Came You
Still the One
All I Want

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There is a reason Jill Shalvis is one of my favourite authors and it's because of the fantastic small town romances that she writes. Seriously, I don't think I've read a single one of her books that I didn't enjoy and Animal Attraction is another one to add to her list of hits. All of her books are so full of humour, they have strong themes of friendship and family and I already adore all of the characters in Sunshine. This series has the added bonus of cute fluffy animals and the crazy antics that the menagerie get up to never fail to make me laugh.

Jade moved from the city to live in Sunshine 18 months ago and has been running Belle Haven animal clinic ever since. She has become completely indispensable to vet Dell but it's not until he faces losing her that he realises it's not just her office skills he needs her for. They have become close friends since working together but neither of them have ever dared to take the next step in spite of the attraction that they both feel. Dell has never been one for relationships, he's lost too many people he cares about in his life already and refuses to let anyone else into his heart, while Jade has always known that her time in Sunshine is limited. Now that she is due to return home to Chicago in less than a month she is finally forced to face the fears that sent her running into the country in the first place. Will she be able to put her past behind her and return home to her family or will she decide that she actually belongs in Sunshine?

We met both Dell and Jade in the previous book (Animal Magnetism) and I was looking forward to seeing them act on the attraction that was obviously sparking between them. This story picks up not long after the end of the first book so we also get to see how Lilah and Brady are getting on and the scene is definitely set for the third brother Adam's story (which is up next in Rescue My Heart). That's one of the things I love most about small town romance series, you really get to know characters because you see them growing into their relationships over several books, each new books gives you the chance to see beyond the HEA of previous characters while you're getting to know a new couple.

Dell and Jade are perfect for each other. They both have issues that they need to work through but their story isn't full of clichéd misunderstandings and unnecessary angst - they are actually adult enough to talk to each other! I loved the banter between them from the very beginning, Jade is a very feisty woman with a take no crap attitude and she's more than capable of handling Dell and his brothers. She manages the animal clinic with an iron fist and keeps everything running smoothly with her OCD like efficiency. She may love her designer labels but she isn't the kind of woman who worries about getting dirty, in fact, she loves animals and is more than happy to help out in any way she can. She ran from her home scared after a brutal attack and ended up in Sunshine by mistake but now she's there she has found somewhere that she can be herself and where she doesn't have her family's expectations to live up to.

Dell is living his dream life, he loves his job, his brothers and a few close friends but he has walls up to keep out the rest of the world. On the surface he's a happy go lucky guy, someone that everyone loves, but most people don't get to see beyond that and he keeps his real self tightly closed off from all but a very select few. Dell's abandonment issues keep him alone but Jade sneaked in past his defences without him really realising it. They have become good friends and she's his right hand when it comes to business but he never really considered anything more between them. It's only now that she's handed in her notice and is planning on returning to Chicago that he really starts to understand just what he'd be losing if she goes. He's going to have to face his demons if he wants to convince her to stay.

Animal Attraction does work as a stand alone story but I think you'll get much more out of it if you read this series in order. I already adore Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series but I think I may end up liking this one even more and I can't wait to carry on reading it!

Source: Received from Headline Eternal in exchange for an honest review

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