Book Review + Giveaway – Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis

Posted by Ing on 23 October, 2011 // ★★ 30 Comments ★★


***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.***

Book Review + Giveaway – Animal Attraction by Jill ShalvisAnimal Attraction by Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism, #2
Published by Berkley Sensation on October 4, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 293
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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.

My Synopsis:
I’m not going to do a synopsis since I think the above pretty much sums the book up really well.

My Review:
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. ★★

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Now if you are interested in checking out this book and author I’m offering TWO lucky readers of the blog a chance to win Animal Attraction.  See below for details. Good luck!


  • Open to US and International residents where Book Depository ships to
  • You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
  • You MUST answer these question: What are some of your favorite contemporary books?  If you haven’t read any before why are you interested in this one?
  • Giveaway ends Oct 30th

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30 Responses to “Book Review + Giveaway – Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis”

  1. So many book i love to read : lavyler spenser, diana palmer, amanda quick aka jayne.a.k, nora robert, catherine anderson, robyn carr, lisa kleypas – travis series.

    jill’s book sounds great, love a chance to read 😉

  2. I usually stick with the contempary genre. I loved Animal Magnetism. Jill is one of my favorite authors along with Erin McCarthy, Victoria Dahl, Elizabeth Reyes, Rachel Gibson & Lori Foster. I’d love to add this book to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. I love contemporary romance and Jill’s books. I especially love Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr and Virgin River Christmas.

    Some of my fav authors besides above are Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, SEP, Catherine Anderson and Susan Anderson to name only a few.

  4. I have so many favorite contemporary books right now. Robyn Carr I love her Virgin River series. Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series is great, I have enjoyed all of her books. I also like Jill Shalvis and Kristen Higgans.

  5. Chelsea B.

    I read my first Jill Shalvis novel the other week, which was Simply Irresistable, and quickly became one of my favorite reads! Also Knock Me Off My Feet and Take a Chance on Me by Susan Donovan, Catch A Mate by Gena Showalter, Guys and Dogs by Elaine Fox and a lot more!


  6. There are a lot of great contemporary authors out there like Jill Shalvis, Julie James, Victoria Dahl, Robyn Carr, Lisa Kleypas and probably a bunch that I can’t think of off the top of my head.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  7. Mine is Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. It broke my heart over and over again, this was a very interesting book and it had been recommended to me.

  8. Reading through others comments, it seems that I am not alone. I really just need more time to read and more dollars to buy more books. haha
    I am right now, reading Katie Lane- Going Cowboy Crazy.
    I am still really new to contemporary. Still trying out new ones, new authors, new genres in contemporary. I have found quite a few that I really do like. 🙂

  9. Anonymous

    Hey Ing
    The cover is so cute with that kitten. I know you will be familar with this series. The Virgin River Series by Robyn Carr…Love it, it takes me home every time I open a book.

  10. Di

    I just finished the first three books in Susan Mallerys ‘Fool’s Gold’ series. I enjoy getting updates on the characters from the earlier books. This series of Jill’s looks just my style.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  11. Some of my favorite contemporary books are by Susan Mallery – Love her Fool’s Gold series. I also love Jane Graves, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Julie James. I especially liked Jill Shalvis “Wilder” series featuring the three Wilders….yum!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. I just read Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis and loved it so I want to read more of hers. I would also recommend Jane Graves with her series starting with Hot Wheels and High Heels, and I just read Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie and loved it.

  13. Most of the contemp books I read are cowboys. I love that this series features animals too. I am an animal lover and this series is on my wishlist.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  14. I recently read books by Toni Blake and Kristan Higgins.I have a few more by both sitting on my TBR pile.


  15. I have loved all of Julie James’ and Kristan Higgins’ books, and they have become some of my very favorite contemporaries. JJ’s THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE and KH’s TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE are at the top of the list.
    castings at mindspring dot com

  16. I have just purchased this book and WOW I think Dell could be my new fav bad boy…
    One of my fav new contemporary authors is Carolyn Brown. She writes with a Texan twang, but her books are delightful and full of sexy cowboys.. What’s not to love.

  17. For some reason I have not read many, it is not that I do not want to, but I always seem to find those other books first. I do want more

    I liked the Christie Ridgawy books, those were cute and nice. And there are more too of course 😉

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  18. Jet

    Just recently I read a contemporary romance called “Give Him the Slip” by Geralyn Dawson which I really liked!


  19. Great review, thank you for sharing it! I read a lot, but I have few of my favorite contemporary romances which include mostly the old ones, not the resent books. For example, Ruth Wind “In the Midnight Rain”, Susan Elizabeth Phillips “Kiss an Angel” & “Dream a Little Dream”, Karen Robards “One Summer”, Robyn Carr “A Virgin River Christmas” …

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

    natalija (dot) shkomare (at) gmail (dot) com

    P.S. International entry

  20. Some of my favorites include Susan Andersen’s “Just For Kicks,” Rachel Gibson’s “See Jane Score” and Toni Blake’s “Sugar Creek.”

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  21. At the moment, my favorite contemporary book is Simply Irresistable, by…….Jill Shalvis! haha No kidding. I am new to contemporary reading in the last year. I have not read very many. Maybe 20 or so. I like Cherry Adair as well. And some Lori Foster.
    I have always been a historical snob. But I figured I had to give it a try. But I love the idea of a sexy love story with a man that loves animals. You cant do better than that, can you?
    lisakhutson at cox dot net

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