***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism, #2
Published by Berkley Sensation on October 4, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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She’s tempting his basic instincts…
Sunshine, Idaho, is a quiet ranching town, a perfect place to give injured animals a refuge…or to find one yourself. Veterinarian Dell Connelly suspects there’s a reason his clinic’s uber-efficient receptionist has taken shelter here.
Jade Bennett couldn’t be happier to escape the big-city jungle to work with hurt animals, and have a forlorn stray kitten make its home under her desk…or enjoy the gorgeous views of her ruggedly sexy boss.
I’m not going to do a synopsis since I think the above pretty much sums the book up really well.
We first meet Dell and Jade in Animal Magnetism. The readers right away can tell there are some serious chemistry between the sexy Doc and his receptionist/office manager, Jade. Dell (deep dreamy sigh here ladies..seriously big SIGH) is a commitment-phobe big time. He makes himself available to those around but basically keeps those relationships pretty shallow. He only has a select few that he lets into his inner sanctum which he is very protective of. Dell is a charmer and loves animals. He is really good at what he does and has no problem getting dirty or traveling long distances to take care of an animal in need. The man is sexy, sweet, fun loving and did I mention sexy? Dell is by no means perfect…remember commitment-phobe? Dell and his brother Adam grew up in foster homes and everyone that was suppose to have loved them was always leaving them. They finally found some stability when they were taken in by Sol Anders.
Dell is irresistibly drawn to Jade. Ever since she showed up in his life eighteen months ago Dell has had the hots for her. He wants to know what makes her tick and he especially wants to know what made her leave her home in Chicago. He’s been trying to get to know her but Jade is closed mouth about her life prior to coming to Sunshine. At first this works out for Dell since he really doesn’t mix work and pleasure but he still can’t help watching and caring for her. Once he realizes what happened to Jade that made her run, the man offers defensive training and does all he can to make Jade feel safe. How can you not love a guy like that. Even as he protest the entire time that he doesn’t do relationships with Jade his actions spoke louder than words.
Jade had a traumatic experience that made her question herself and since she’s been in Sunshine she’s found solace in this small town. She is happiest behind the desk organizing and running the lives of those in the clinic especially the sexy Dell. Jade is stand-offish, efficient and loves her spreadsheets. Boy does she ever love her spreadsheets. LOL. Jade is just as strongly attracted to Dell as he is to her. She’s held off jumping into anything since she will be leaving soon and also Dell’s playboy rep doesn’t help. She comes off very strong to those around her but inside she is as soft as they come.
It was a beautiful and sometimes frustrating experience watching these two find their way around each other. There were some miscommunications and some obvious signs that both missed and at times I just wanted to smack their heads together…lol. But it was all worth it in the end to see them open their hearts and let down the guards they’ve both put up. There are some serious sizzling moments that will leave you ummmm…panting. These two are a deadly combo in the sexy/foreplay department. The banter between them and the other secondary characters were witty and full of humor. I laughed so much.
Let me go ahead and say this…I’m seriously addicted to Jill Shalvis’s contemporaries. I can always count on Jill to deliver the laughs, quirky characters, sexy as hell heroes and lovable heroines. Animal Attraction is the second book in this series and it continues to entertain and keep me turning the pages. I finished the book in one night. This book reads well by itself so if you don’t read the first book (Animal Magnetism) first…I promise you that you will not be lost. Everything from the silliness at the clinic to the animals to the banter between Dell and his brother and friends worked perfectly. I don’t know how Jill does it but she knows how to create some damn irresistible heroes. Every time I’m done with one of her books I end up falling madly in love with them big time. It takes a couple of days to get over the crush…seriously! 🙂 Now, I can’t wait for Adam’s book.
It’s another winner for me. I recommend this to anyone who loves a sexy, funny and well written contemporary romance.
★★ Book was read in Sept 2011. I own my own personal paperback and eBook copy. ★★
Books in this Series:
- Animal Magnetism (Animal Magnetism, #1)
- Animal Attraction (Animal Magnetism, #2)
- Rescue My Heart (Animal Magnetism, #3)
- Rumor Has It (Animal Magnetism, #4)
- Then Came You (Animal Magnetism, #5)
- Still the One (Animal Magnetism, #6)
- All I Want (Animal Magnetism, #7)
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