Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rescue My Heart (Animal Magnetism #3) by Jill Shalvis

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 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.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: November 6, 2012

There are some books you just can't help but enjoy even if the heroine has a terminal case of being TSTL and you want to slug every man in sight at least once for their alpha he-man moments. Rescue My Heart? So one of those books. I loved it though. From Adam and Holly's somewhat turbulent relationship, which has had me curious as all get out since book one, to the undeniably cute animal menagerie that continues to shine. 
Holly and Adam were fabulous together. I really liked that it wasn't exactly easy for them and that they gave each other a hard time more often than not. It was so fun to watch them get under each other's skin and see their relationship change over time. Seeing them provide comfort and safety for each other as they battled past hurts and personal demons as well. Everything about these two really worked for me. They're funny as hell too. 
"Let's switch," she said after a while. "I'll drive, you keep a watch out." He shook his head and kept driving.

"Why?" she asked. "Because I'm a girl?"

"No, because you drive like a girl. No, scratch that. That's insulting."

"Yes," she said. "Thank you. It is insulting."

"Because you drive like a granny."

"What? I drive perfectly fine."

"Yes, for an eighty-year-old granny," he said. 

She choked. "And how do you know that?"

"I've been behind you on the highway with an entire lineup of other people all stuck because you were going like fifty-five."

"Which is the speed limit!"

"Sixty-five on state highways," he said. "Seventy-five on interstate highways, which is where you were." He paused. "Driving like a granny."

"I do not drive like a... Oh, forget it." She went back to the binoculars, but she found she couldn't let it go. "I'll have you know, I actually got a speeding ticket last year."

"For driving under the speed limit?" he asked.

"No!" She might have smacked him, but she saw the twitch around his mouth. She was amusing him. She hated being amusing. At least in this context. "I want to drive, Adam." He grimaced. And kept driving. "I've been driving since I was fourteen," she said. "That's how old I was when I stole my dad's Bronco and took it for a joy ride."

"Yeah, I've head this story from Griffin." He slid her a glance. "You had it in low instead of drive, and you dropped the engine out on Highway 47."

"One tiny little mistake," she said. 
And the sexy bits? Incredible. They're emotionally charged and singe the paper hot. They're some of the best I've read from Shalvis and will have you flipping back to reread them they're so damn good. 

My only real complaint was that neither of the secondary storylines were fully explored. They added a touch of drama here and there but either didn't go anywhere and were forgotten or wrapped up way too easily and felt anticlimactic. Holly and Adam, though, definitely make up for that!

If you're a Jill Shalvis fan or just love a good contemporary romance you won't want to miss Rescue My Heart. It's full of laugh out loud moments and ones that will seriously touch your heart as you watch these two work through their pasts, their fears and figure out what they really need in life. All together it was a fantastic read that kept me thoroughly entertained and has me excited for the next book in the series!

Animal Magnetism (Animal Magnetism, #1) Animal Attraction (Animal Magnetism, #2) Rescue My Heart (Animal Magnetism, #3)
**Alright so I gotta say something about the cover real quick. It's cute as hell. I'm loving it. But what were they thinking? Other than the font I'd never put it as an Animal Magnetism series book. And no way whoever put it together read the actual book. Because, hello, it takes place in the winter. And it's snowing the entire time. Gah! Seriously though am I the only one that annoys the heck out of? It's like having a bald hero and on the cover the guy has a full head of hair. Just makes me twitch. lol.**

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Alright, I wanna hear from you now. What's your fave Jill Shalvis book?
What're you thinking about Rescue My Heart? Sound like your kinda book? Gonna grab a copy?


  1. My favorite Jill Shalvis book is the fourth Lucky Harbor book. Mallory and Ty just melted my butter. I'm excited to read Rescue My Heart. It is right down my alley and I want to know how Adam gets his HEA.

    1. Aw I loved Ty and Mallory too. Really that entire Lucky Harbor series has been wonderful.

      I hope you enjoy Rescue My Heart. I was really pleased with how Adam's story turned out :)

  2. I really have to try Jill's books out. Hopefully I can convince my mister to loosen the purse strings and buy me a couple soon :D
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Oh my goodness you so do. Her Lucky Harbor series is fantastic. I've got an extra copy of the Sweetest Thing (book 2 I think) in the giveaway drawer. Shoot me your info to and I'll send it out to you :)

  3. This was the first from the series that I've read. It was also the first of the authors that I've read. I actually enjoyed it. I have to agree with you on the cover. I had no clue it was part of the same series as the bare chested men holding photoshopped animals. I thought the previous covers were a little cheesy and I liked the new one but I agree with the fact that it not only doesn't coexist with the previous covers but the summer background doesn't match the story. I'm a huge cover snob and hate when covers don't match the story itself. It drives me insane! *Kudos for noticing the season change on the cover, I didn't notice.*
    -Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it Kristen! You should really check out her other series Lucky Harbor. That's what got me hooked on Shalvis. This series overall is pretty good too. I had a harder time with book 1 but really enjoyed the last two.

      So glad I'm not the only one that gets bothered by covers. Really makes me twitch. The first two books were a little cheesy but you know I actually kinda liked em. Or at least that they matched. Ah well. I'll never understand the art departments ;)

      Thanks for coming by!


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