Author: Jill Shalvis

Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Still the One by Jill ShalvisStill the One by Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism #6
Published by Berkley on April 7th 2015
Pages: 311
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four-stars

Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who'd rejected her when she'd needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can't refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.
A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he's already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he's not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they'd ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What's the real thing? And where does it go from here?

How is it that Jill Shalvis can thoroughly disappoint me with one book and then make me love the next one so desperately?

But as stumped as I am, I adored the abrasive, wounded heroine whose strength – the only thing she can rely on to rebuild herself – both saves and damns her and a very special physical therapist who’s more than her match with his steady, unmoving ways but who isn’t without his own issues.

Together, I was convinced that their baggage would break the camel’s back and every animal unfortunate to come into contact with them. Their relationship is volatile and filled with more unanswered questions than answers, yet instead of losing my patience, I found myself very happy when things straightened themselves out in the end.

four-stars

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Second Chance Summer by Jill ShalvisSecond Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge, #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on June 30th 2015
Pages: 368
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three-stars

Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .
The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .

This was such a fun and funny read and I loved all the antics that the Kincaid brothers got themselves up to. Aiden – firefighter, SAR crew and resort helper – is the focus here and while there was so much to like about him, I found his object of interest and flame of the past, Lily, much harder to tolerate, for all the excuses she gives for holding herself back from Aiden. For this reason, I found it hard to stand behind Aiden/Lily together and this has definitely affected my overall rating of this book.

That being said though, I still think I want more of the hilarious Kincaid antics that actually kept me up all night.

three-stars

My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

My Kind of Wonderful by Jill ShalvisMy Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge, #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing on December 22nd 2015
Pages: 368
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four-stars

UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE...
Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she's determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn't realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn't want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn't the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she's not planning to stick around.
As head of ski patrol at his family's resort, Hud thinks he's seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he's been missing far too long. Now he'll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.

Hudson Kincaid’s life is full to the brim and there isn’t space – or so he believes – for love that isn’t of the familial kind, especially not when he’s still haunted by a missing twin brother he hasn’t seen in years. But it’s on the ski slopes that he meets a very special woman who has fought her own battle with cancer and is on the cusp of winning that particular war…and learns the very hard way that life’s preciousness is meant to be seized in every way possible.

More sombrely written than the first (I can’t quantify this except to say that I didn’t laugh as much as I did in the first installment) most probably because of the subject matter, even if Jill Shalvis has admittedly kept the story more on the light-hearted side, nonetheless, choosing not to tilt the narrative into tragic proportions. Hudson’s and Bailey’s story grew on me each step of the way, even if I didn’t really quite understand or needed the clumsy dance and tizzy about messing around/commitment they got into, which turned somewhat farcical and ridiculous right up until the very end.

four-stars

All I Want by Jill Shalvis

All I Want by Jill ShalvisAll I Want by Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism, #7
Published by Berkley on October 6th 2015
Pages: 297
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four-stars

From the “awesomely, incredibly talented”* New York Times bestselling author of Still the One, comes a sexy new Animal Magnetism novel set in Sunshine, Idaho, where the sky is the limit when it comes to love.
Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler.
Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going…

Zoe Stone is as settled as she can ever have it. Having found a permanent home base in small town Idaho after decades of wandering the world with her diplomat parents, she’s taking care of things in her own way and making her slow inroads when it comes to blind dating now that her brother and sister have flown the coop.

At least that’s her M.O. until Parker – her brother’s good friend – appears at her doorstep and gets an unexpected kiss from her on the day she’s expecting a blind date that never showed up. Evasive about the so-called vacation that he’s supposed to be taking, Parker wedges himself firmly into her life in a matter of days (a man with kittens is rare) and Zoe tries to go with the flow…and ends up putting her own heart and safety on the line.

‘All I want’ is strangely more entertaining than I thought (given the cringe-worthy name of the series), with a large dose of cute balanced with a light sprinkling of suspense. Now I’m curious about the rest of the series…but not until I get over the cuteness of the kittens in here (and the lone dog who gets tortured by them).

four-stars