I can't stand characters that are simpering. I really enjoyed this first book in Jill Shalvis' Animal Magnetism series. Like her better known Lucky Harbor series, these are small town contemporary romances full of appealing characters, snappy dialogue, fast-paced plots. Animal Magnetism is set in Sunshine, Idaho, which is a less touristy, white-picket-fency kind of place than Lucky Harbor, Washington a good change, in my opinion. Lilah runs an animal kennel and shelter. She's alone in the world after the death of the grandmother that raised her, but she has very good friends, including her ex-boyfriend and business partner, Cruz, and Adam and Dell, the veterinarians who run the animal center next door.
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Adam and Dell are brothers who invite Brady, who was their foster brother when they were teens, back to town to help them fix up an old helicopter which they intend to use for search and rescue calls and veterinary visits to Idaho's remote mountain ranches. Brady and Lilah have instant, and believable, chemistry, but for the first part of the book they're at cross purposes because Brady doesn't plan to stick around once the helicopter is ready, and even though Lilah says she knows that and is only looking for a fling, he sees her life in the house where she grew up, working in the town where she grew up, still good friends with her few exes, and thinks that whatever she may say, nothing about Lilah is temporary.
Plus, there's the fact that Adam and Dell consider Lilah an honorary little sister, and much as they love Brady, they don't take kindly to the idea that he'd mess around with her. As time goes on, however, Brady comes to find that maybe putting down roots and making a home somewhere is not such a bad idea.
It's not only his growing feelings for Lilah that change his mind, but also his brotherly affection for Dell and Adam, his respect for their business and the fact that there's a place for him in it. Also, he takes in a stray dog, an arrangement that was also supposed to be temporary, but soon comes to realize he doesn't want to give the puppy up. From there, it's only a short leap to realize he doesn't want to give Lilah and his foster brothers up, either, which paves the way for Happily Ever After.
I love blue collar heroes and heroines, and books that handle class issues in a way that is believable and empathetic without exploiting a character's poverty for tragic effect, and I really enjoyed that aspect of this book. Lilah, Dell, Brady, and Adam all grew up poor, and Lilah still struggles every month to juggle her bills and keep her house in reasonably good repair, but that's just a fact of life. It's not a source of sympathy or plot conflict, and there's no billionaire here to bail her out.
Instead, she's using her smarts and her own hard work to build a successful business, with the help of friends, and maybe she'll succeed and maybe she won't -- and that, too, is just a fact of life. I absolutely loved this book. The characters feel so real, just your average citizen trying to make a living, but never striking it rich. Dell, Adam, Brady, and Lilah might have grown up dirt poor, but they don't wait around for some rich person to save them from despair.
In the case of Lilah; she's using her smarts and her own hard work to build a successful business. And with the help of friends, maybe she'll succeed at it or maybe she won't but she gives it her all anyway, one day at a time. In the case of Brady; He doesn't stick around one place too long.
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He'd rather walk away first, rather than have people leaveor quit on himlike they've always done in the past. That is until his foster brothers Adam and Dell talk him into coming home to help them out. But it was Lilah and their budding relationship that made him want to finally stick this time. This is a slow building romance story that will melt your heart. I would highly recommend this story to everyone.
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Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. One thing about Jill Shalvis' books is she brings the characters to life from the moment you first meet them. I was intrigued by Jade, I really wanted to know her story, it was obvious she was hiding a hurt or something. Dell, the easy going, fun loving, unorganized, laid back animal loving ALPHA, who doesn't do relationships A match made in heaven.. For 18 months Jade and Dell have ignored the chemistry and attraction sizzling between them.
Jade because Dell doesn't do relationships and her stay in Sunshine has always been temporary, she is there to heal from an experience she had at home in Chicago. She plans to return to Chicago as soon as she is healed to help with her family business. Dell has "good-bye" issues, mostly because of time spent in foster homes, he has "love em and leave em" down pat. BUT there is something about Jade that calls to him, but he refuses to give in because he knows she's leaving. The "tit for tat" flirtatious banter between Jade and Dell is some of the funniest I've read.
Jade has a dry, quick wit reminds me of me and Dell doesn't know how to handle a woman who doesn't fall for his sexy charm. I have to say, I did cry for Dell, he has some demons to work through and when he's ready, the person he needs hasn't figured out what she is doing with her life, my heart broke with his every time he tried to get Jade to see there was a place for her with him.
Three big, sexy men who give each other hell, but you can tell they have an unbreakable bond and love each other. I am so glad we got to see more of it in AA. Added into the guys banter was Lilah, she is still giving them hell and trying to play matchmaker between Dell and Jade. Animal Attraction is a fun, steamy, emotional read with an engaging cast of characters. I love the way JS includes the animals in this series, I could vividly see each of their personalities. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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Review quote Fast-paced and deliciously fun. She's a consistently elegant, bold, clever writer. Her writing is smart, fun, and sexy, and her books never fail to leave a smile on my face long after I've closed the last page. Jill Shalvis is an author not to be missed! Any book by Jill Shalvis is guaranteed to be a hit! And of course, in true Shalvis fashion, she expertly mixes in humor that has you laughing out loud -- Heroes and Heartbreakers I always enjoy reading a Jill Shalvis book.
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