Publishing: Berkley Sensation,
Date Published: February 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via publisher
Jill Shalvis’ amusing contemporary romance, ANIMAL MAGNETISM, was light, funny and plain old enjoyable read.
Lilah Young runs a kennel in Sunshine, Idaho where she happily spends her days tending the town’s animals, amongst her lifelong friends. Ex-military pilot and photographer Brady Miller, has finally decided to take up his foster brothers’ offer to spend some time on the ranch, he co-owns with them. He isn’t in town an hour before literally bumping into Lilah. Their attraction is instantaneous. But Brady is only visiting and has a real problem with emotional connections and Lilah, isn’t a temporary kind of woman.
Jill Shalvis’ ANIMAL MAGNETISM is pure fun. From the very first scene where Lilah backs her jeep into Brady’s parked truck and she jumps out, with dogs, a duck and a pot belly pig on leashes, the tone for this entertaining tale has been set. When Brady is forced to foster a puppy while Lilah supposedly looks for a home for it, it is hard to decide whether the dog or the man are more endearing. Lilah is upbeat and deeply cares for everyone in her hometown of Sunshine, Idaho, including the wide variety of pets that spend time at her kennel. Since two of her best friends own a ranch where she spends a great deal of time with her charges, Lilah and Brady are bound to be spending some time together. Their attraction is magnetic from the start. As wacky and entertaining as Lilah is, Brady is far more complex. On the surface, he is all smiles and sex appeal. But under the surface character, Brady has a real hard time with emotional commitments. Though he and his foster brothers jointly own the ranch, this is the first time in years he has bothered to visit. And a visit is all he is ready to commit to at this point. He is so not prepared to meet hurricane Lilah.
This reader freely admits that the cover for this book was what hooked her. The story, thankfully, lived up to the cover. Jill Shalvis’ ANIMAL MAGNETISM is the kind of book that you read when you just want to relax and have a laugh or two, while falling in love with a solid hero who doesn’t realize he is in need of saving.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.