Monday, September 10, 2012

Animal Magnetism (Animal Magnetism #1) by Jill Shalvis

Sunshine, Idaho, is a small and sunny town—the perfect home for man and beast. Well, maybe not for man, as pilot-for-hire Brady Miller discovers when his truck is rear-ended by what appears to be Noah’s Ark.

The co-owner of the town’s only kennel, Lilah Young has good reason to be distracted behind the wheel—there are puppies, a piglet, and a duck in her Jeep. But, she doesn’t find it hard to focus on the angry, gorgeous stranger she’s collided with.

Lilah has lived in Sunshine all her life, and though Brady is just passing through, he has her abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire. It’s Brady’s nature to resist being tied down, but there’s something about Lilah and her menagerie—both animal and human—that keeps him coming back for more…

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5

I absolutely adore Jill Shalvis. I devoured her Lucky Harbor series and loved each one more than the last so I was thrilled to see the new book club I'm joining was reading Animal Magnetism for my first month attending. Not to mention I know so many people who flat out loved this series, some more than the Lucky Harbor books which are favorites of mine. So I was looking forward to it. And it was a nice read. It's cute and easy to read but that's about it. It was nice. I honestly can't put my finger on exactly what was missing but there just wasn't that spark I usually feel when I'm getting lost in one of her books. The characters were all likable, situations they get put into fairly funny, there are friendships and community. But it just didn't gel together to make an impact that stuck with me.

There were some great things about the book. Being in rescue I loved the whole animal aspect even if some terms weren't used quite right. The animals were adorable from the duck to the lambs, puppies and piglets. They brought a sweet humor to the story that was very enjoyable. And really there's nothing sexier than a big bad alpha male brought to his knees by a little dog named Twinkles. Rrarrrw!

Brady and Lilah were pleasant characters both overcoming personal demons created early in life. After a childhood being bounced between foster homes Brady has an aversion to setting down roots or committing to anything but his job as a pilot for hire. And Lilah struggles with asking for help or accepting it when offered. She really gets her back up if anyone tries to do anything for her. I did like them as a couple and OMG were they scorching hot together. With little bouts of skinny dipping and what not. Whew. Yeah. It was hot. But outside of that the relationship didn't really do all that much for me. There's usually some tension or teasing between her couples or some snark that really makes them fun to watch but with Lilah and Brady it was almost too easy until the very end when the boy just needed a good shake. I did enjoy the humor tucked in here and there and had a number of laugh out loud moments which was great.
"Suck it up," she whispered fiercely to herself. "It's all good, no matter how hard it is." 
"I'm going to refrain from saying 'That's what she said' since you seem to be having a moment."
Overall I enjoyed Animal Magnetism despite that blasted elusive spark. It was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon if you're just looking for an easy escape to fill time. But it's not a read that's going to really stick with me more than a couple hours after finishing it. There just wasn't anything all that memorable. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series though and finding out more about the secondary characters. You could already see that snarky goodness going on between the other men and their perspective ladies that's typical of Shalvis and what makes her books so entertaining.

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  1. OOh I love the cover of this book! I've yet to read any of the author's books but I think I may try this one. Too bad you didn't like it more but still 3 stars isn't a bad rating!
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

    1. Yeah I'm loving the cover too :) And book 2's is just as good.

      It's definitely one to try out. Everyone I know absolutely loved it and I enjoyed it myself I think I just prefer her other series. I'm completely smitten with her Lucky Harbor boys :)

      Hope you enjoy it!


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