I loved this book. I loved the story and the characters.
The narrator made it awesome!!! I hope Jill Shalvis and Karen White stick together and I can't wait for the next book.
I absolutely adore Jill Shalvis' books and began this particular series with the fourth book, and have ever since been dying to find the time to go back and start again at the beginning of the series. While it is a series, each novel can be read as a standalone companion novel, but trust me, once you begin, you will definitely want more. The story is set in the beautiful town of Sunshine Idaho. Lilah Young runs a shelter and kennel service for animals. She loves animals of all kinds, and is the go-to person for finding strays and other abandoned animals a home. She is fun-loving, witty, a very hard worker, and always has about a million things on her plate. Her two best friends AKA the hottest set of bachelors in town are Dell and Adam Connlelly. Dell is a veterinarian and runs an animal center, His brother Adam helps and also trains search and rescue animals. Lilah, Dell, and Adam are best friends.
Adam and Dell have a third brother, Brady Miller, who they haven't seen in quite some time. Brady is ex special forces, a pilot, and lives and works in extremely dangerous situations. While in town, he and Lilah meet in the most comical way. I don't want to give any more about that away, but trust me, you'll enjoy it. The chemistry between these two is intense from the moment they meet, but Brady doesn't do long-term relationships and has his own set of issues stemming from the past he has to deal with. Lilah has been hurt before and is reluctant to go down the relationship road again, but girls, Brady is just to hot and sexy not to have a little fun with. Whether or not she can keep her heart out of the mix will be the challenge, not to mention the fact that Dell and Adam are extremely overprotective of her. That said, the heart wants what the heart wants, and everything that happens between the heart wanting and actually getting that proves to be an absolutely delightful story.
Animal magnetism is one of those books that totally captures your heart, makes you smile, swoon, and sigh over and over again, and I total loved it. This series is a definitely a must read for fans of contemporary romance.
As far as the audio goes, the narrator is awesome and does a wonderful job, making this a pleasure to listen to.
It was a light and entertaining love story.
The characters were all fairly normal people - without a supposedly "intelligent" but actually idiotic heroine. The lead female (Lilah) was kind and actually acted intelligent. I hate that so many women authors write romances obviously meant for women and yet create heroines who are either always doing OMG dumb things and/or acting like total bitches. And yet, despite this, have gorgeous, intelligent men fall in love with pain-in-the-butt, impulsive, and too-stupid-to-live women.
Happily, that was not the case in this book. Although it didn't have a deeply thought provoking plot - the characters were well written and none of them annoyed me. The way the main man's character evolved was really good. I found myself laughing aloud at his interactions with "Twinkles".
The narrator did a really good job with both the male and female voices. I loved the animals in the book and thought the narrator's pet imitations were great! There were steamy love scenes and a tiny bit of drama - but nothing unrealistic, overly dramatic or contrived.
I liked it!
This story was better written than Shalvis' Wilder Series. The Wilder characters were distinct and entertaining, but these are stronger. Their qualities and values reveal themselves not only in the way they treat people, but in the way they treat animals. That might not communicate to everyone, but it communicates to me.
The three lead male characters also expose a lot about each other in the way they tease each other. The nicknames they assign to each other, the way one will respond to being teased by the others. We learn a lot about the characters by the way they joke with each other.
Lilah is interesting. I don't come off quite as impressed with the strength of her character as Brady does, but I am drawn to the loyalty she inspires from members of the community.
There is one question of continuity that bothered me throughout this book. That was the amount of time Shalvis allotted for various activities. She would say that it was a half mile walk from Lilah's kennel to the vet clinic....but then she would say that she could run home, take a quick showed and be back in 20 minutes. Everyone was always running across one field or another to do something--and then returning in a matter of minutes. If these locations were more than a few yards apart, Shalvis should have allotted more travel time.That is an odd complaint, even for me!
The narration is a little breathy, but Karen White did a good job of creating both male and female characters.
I recommend this book.
This book would be better for someone looking for a romance novel.
More plot. Discuss his issues as a pilot, have him leave for awhile on a secret mission
All but Chapter 1
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
Sure, but I'm not an editor/author so take this with a grain of salt. I was waiting, waiting, waiting for something to happen...there was no mystery, adventure, seduction. The publisher's summary calls it 'exciting' - I didn't hear it.
If you cut the intimate scenes it was a book about animals - a humane society, helicopter pilot and a cast of many characters. Perhaps the author was setting the table for future books in the series.
In this debut to an exciting new series, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life, while pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire. Contains mature themes.
©2011 Jill Shalvis (P)2011 Tantor
Right now I'm listening to Mastered by Lorelei James. After that I'm going for a counter terrorism or some other sort of military thriller.
She was average, not bad not distinguished. The script required her to make animal sounds - not something that makes an adult book seriously.
NOTE: Mature themes
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
karen white makes all the men in this series so sexy
entire read was fun
makes you feel good
Good Books Don't Promote Violence
I had great hopes for a book about people who enjoy & help animals. However the characters, both animal and human, didn't have much personality to me. My mind kept wondering and I didn't care how it ended.
This may be your typical love story where the strong, damaged guy meets the sweet girl next door from some random small town, but you know what? I don't care. I loved it. The story was sweet and endearing and Brady might quite possibly be the sexiest man alive.He's the strong silent type.He's the kind of guy who can fix anything and make you feel safe and loved.This is the kind of story that makes you love a good love story.It might not have been the best love story ever written, but it was sweet and in the end you are left with a smile on your face. So is that really a bad thing?
Yes absolutely. Even though you knew what was coming and how it was all going to end, it was still well written enough that you wanted to stay with it until the very end.
Both forms of this book are great. I have both. I read at home and listen to books at work and on the drive to and from work
One of the very first scenes was one of my favorites. It was Lilah who ran into Brady's car and he thought she was trying to leave the scene with a load of animals she was transporting to her kennels, although there is a nice steamy scene later at the lake which was also excellent.
Jill Shalvis never disappoints. I truly enjoyed this book one of the series and I am already working on book two and book three.