Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis

Jade Bennett couldn’t be happier to escape her past for the quiet ranching town of Sunshine, Idaho. Plus, there’s nothing like working for veterinarian Dell Connelly. And though Dell has no intention of settling down, Jade’s strength and sass are enticements no red-blooded male can resist.

Favorite Quote:  “I owe you. Lunch tomorrow?”

“We can never agree on a place.”

“Name it, then,” he said. “Name your price.”

This appeared to interest her given how she cocked her head. “That’s a lot of power.”

She had no idea how much power she already had.

“Anything.”

Book two in the Animal Magnetism series, Animal Attraction follows Dell, the vet from Animal Magnetism, and his secretary/gal Friday, Jade, as they fall in love.  I was really looking forward to this story.  Dell seemed like a really fun, nice guy and Jade was a very interesting and intriguing, some might say mysterious, woman.  This is gonna be FUN! 

And indeed it was!  After being in Sunshine, Idaho, working for Dell at the clinic for a year and a half, Jade has decided (under pressure from her family) it’s time to go home, back to Chicago to work in her family’s doctor practice.  But suddenly, her secret attraction to Dell starts to nag at her.  Dell has the entire female population of Sunshine (and surrounding countryside) under his thrall (including the animals), but Jade refuses to succumb, too.  Yes, she’s been thinking about him that way for quite a while now, but she just cannot be involved.  Dell doesn’t DO involved, anyway.  He’s scarred from being a throw-away kid in foster care; the only people he loves and trusts unconditionally are Brady and Adam.  He cannot give himself to a woman in that way.  Love like that scares him (as it does a lot of people).

Quote:  It would be nice to know there was a woman waiting on him at the end of the day. He wouldn’t mind that. It was the emotional depth and level of attachment that bothered him. The love part. Love would take trust and blind faith. It would take allowing access to parts of him that he didn’t allow himself access to. “I’m not really cut out for it.”

 Jade, thinking of leaving, slowly starts to let her guard down.  In the time she’s been in Sunshine, NO ONE has been to her apartment.  She doesn’t LET ANYONE IN, literally and figuratively (except, to a small degree, Lilah).  But then she takes in one small homeless, wary kitten, and that seems to be what opens the door.

Jade’s hiding some recent trauma, but it becomes obvious that something has happened to her. Things start to get a little spicy when, due to some vet clinic break-ins in the area, Dell starts to teach Jade self-defense (in his home, where he never brings any other women).  Both Jade and Dell find they like touching each other…which, of course, leads to kissing.

This book really lived up to it’s promise.  Jade and Dell were so hot for each other; their chemistry was palpable.  I enjoyed the watching the two of them let down their guard and break away from whatever it was holding them back.  It was very sweet.  I really loved the end, when they’ve both made up their mind…I cannot say too much without giving it away, but I loved this book and the characters.

Pecans: 4.5/5

~Dixie

I thought this book was really cute, but not as hot as Brady and Lilah. Of course I say that but I read most of this book while waiting on my car to be repaired.  I do not recommend reading this in a high traffic area as you might feel uncomfortable reading certain areas of this in groups. 😛 As always I’m a sucker for anything animal related, and an alpha male that save animals is always going to be welcome at my house.  Personally I’m holding out for Adam’s story.  It’s always the quiet ones you need to worry about.  🙂 ~Maggie

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5 thoughts on “Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis

  1. Brie September 15, 2011 at 11:16 am Reply

    You got an ARC? Ohhhh this is your vengeance because I got all the Fool’s Gold ARCs LOL! I’m dying to read this book! And there’s a kitten, oh no, I love kittens… Is there a hint to Adam’s story?

    • Gone Pecan September 15, 2011 at 11:20 am Reply

      We got it directly from Ms. Shalvis. I loved this book. I think there is a hint about Adam & if I’m correct, the hint was in the first book as well. The kitten kicks ass, BTW. I have Only His preordered on my Nook, so I’m good. I have to read a book for my book club this weekend, so it’s good that the new Fool’s Gold won’t be out until next week!

      • Brie September 16, 2011 at 10:34 am

        I know what you mean, I’ve got so many things to read that I’m actually glad that I don’t have more ARC’s. Oh yes, now I remember, Adam’s love interest is the one with the puppy right? She wanted to train him or something like that, I don’t remember. I can’t wait to read these two books and Head Over Hill, I’m happy to see that you liked the book because it means that I will love it as well!

      • dixie September 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

        I CANNOT WAIT FOR HEAD OVER HEELS! i love lucky harbor! i have a few good ARCs to read (kristan higgins & victoria dahl)…they’re sitting there waiting for me, taunting me…

  2. […] top romance authors of the day.  I liked the other two books in this series (Animal Magnetism and Animal Attraction), but this one is my favorite.  I think it’s because of my obsession with stoic alpha males, […]

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