After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable.
Holly Reid learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, it’s the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him.
For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.
Favorite Quote: She glanced up into his face. Damned if he wasn’t the most annoyingly compelling man she’d ever met. His force of personality was so strong that she couldn’t begin to fight her attraction to it. His hood hid so much of his face from view except for his strong jaw and the stubble there that she wanted to rub up against like a cat.
Adam just returns from rescuing a boy and his father from a hiking exercise, bruised and exhausted, to find the only woman who ever meant anything to him on his doorstep because she needs him to help her find her father. And Adam wants to help her because 1) it’s his job and 2) her father means a lot to him, but he doesn’t want her help. In fact, he’d rather she didn’t come, but, with the help of Adam’s brother, Dell, she sneaks into his vehicle.
It turns out that Adam and Holly dated a long time ago, before Adam dumped her and joined the Army. Holly was devastated and went away to college, where she, as an impressionable 19 year old, ended up marrying a professor, who both her father and her brother despised. So now Holly is back in Idaho, taking care of her father’s businesses, divorced, but she hasn’t told anyone because she doesn’t want to hear the dreaded “I told you so.” And her attraction to Adam is still burning…
I gotta say, with every book, Jill Shalvis is proving more and more to be one of the 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, but Adam really takes the cake. If I were to cast this book, Daniel Sunjata would be my Adam, cause I can understand the compulsion to rub against him.
Holly, though, I probably liked better than Adam. What, you say? Yeah. I loved that she went for it, she went after him. She just kept showing up, putting herself right in his way. Holly is no shrinking violet. Once she decided she wanted Adam back, she wasn’t content to wait for him to realize he couldn’t live without her, she let their chemistry do the talking. And even when she was seducing him, she was funny and real, not some seductress that was unattainable, some fantasy for your typical porn watcher. This wasn’t some sweet romance, this was fierce.
Also, I really liked Adam’s dog, Milo, and Holly’s family, including her brother, Griffin and her best friend, Kate (who will be the focus of the next book in the series and I’m so POed that it’s nearly a year away, but I am so happy that she’s continuing the series). Adam’s issues with PTSD were handled very well and described in such a way that you really feel like you understand his reaction. Also, Adam’s interactions with his brothers was funny and touching. I especially love Dell, who makes me laugh, and brings Adam out of himself. We should all be so lucky to have such family.