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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Reprint edition (April 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373771991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373771998
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.6 x 16.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,172,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After her husband's betrayal, event planner Naomi Delacroix is getting in touch with her inner tigress and trying to go from doormat to Rambo. Wealthy businessman Royce Powell, the most eligible bachelor in Dallas, has loved Naomi ever since he saw her at a party she put together. Now Royce has hired her as the planner for his mother's extravagant birthday event. His demand that she work only for him during this period guarantees some quality time together. Royce is handsome, attentive, and romantic--in other words, the perfect man. However, Naomi's experiences with a fickle father and a philandering husband make her doubt Royce and his intentions. Secondary characters, including Naomi's twin cousins, the cleverly named Kera and Mel, add many humorous moments. Although the subtext, learn to trust, is a serious one, Showalter writes with a sparkling humor that keeps the story light without losing poignancy. Shelley Mosley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gena Showalter sold her first book at the age of 27 and now, four years later, is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirteen books, with eleven more on the way in a thrilling blend of genres: breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, cutting edge young adult novels, and stunning urban fantasy. 

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, MTV, Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated in French, Italian and Korean.  The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”. 

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This book was not what i'd call an enjoyable read. The hero was unfailingly handsome and adept physically, emotionally and intellectually. The heroine was described as thin and small chested; she was an emotional basket case (I became totally fed up with her ) clumsy (e.g. frequently tripping, her walking was called "lumbering") and anxiety caused her to faint or vomit . Not a pretty picture.
Emotional interaction between the h and h changed on a dime and without much of a logical reason. They both seemed to change from cold frigidity to warmth in the blink of an eye. Supporting characters were for the most part emotionally stunted and hard to like.
The plot was contrived to an uncomfortable degree. For instance at the end of the book, the heroine runs away the day before her wedding, takes a plane trip in a panic, then sits in the airport lobby and while watching people come and go in the airport, we are asked to believe that she suddenly has an epipheny and does a total about face and decides that she's been a coward and wants to marry her guy after all. She arrives at the church for her wedding hours late and everybody is still there in place, including the groom who has remained waiting at the front of the church, apparently confident that miss loop-de-loo will show up.
What Ms Showalter does have, however is good comedic writing skills, which is why i gave the book three times i laughed out loud. But unfortunately that wasn't enough to rescue this effort.
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Brilliant, hot and funny. The last thing I need is another author having "keeper" status on my bookshelves but I am going to read and probably keep all Gena's books.
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I really enjoy her storytelling
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa90b4ba8) out of 5 stars More like 4 1/2 stars- absolutely hilarious! June 3 2006
By Deborah Wiley - Published on
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Party planner Naomi Delacroix is determined to release her inner tigress. Her failed marriage to Richard the cheater has left her wary of men so when Royce Powell hires her to plan his mother's birthday party, Naomi wants nothing more than a professional relationship. Royce has other plans, however, and relentlessly pursues Naomi.

Naomi refuses to acknowledge the budding relationship with Royce and fights the attraction constantly. After all, he is a Triple C- corporate, controlling, and a commando. Her distrust of men is heightened when she and her mother suspect that Naomi's stepfather is cheating on her mother. Royce is a determined man, though, and used to getting what he wants- and what he wants is Naomi as his wife.

ANIMAL INSTINCTS is guaranteed to keep the reader laughing! The interactions between Naomi and Royce are hilarious as Gena Showalter has switched the stereotypes and Royce is the one trying to hold out for marriage while Naomi just wants to have a good time. Naomi's twin cousins, Kera and Mel, provide some entertaining moments as well, including the play off of their names.

This reviewer must admit that she approached this book with some trepidation. While being a huge fan of several of Gena Showalter's paranormal books, this reviewer hadn't quite made up her mind as to whether or not she liked several other books by the author. ANIMAL INSTINCTS has convinced this reviewer that Gena Showalter's books are a definite "must-buy" as this book is hilarious! The depth of the characters makes them seem real and Royce is truly one of the best male characters ever created. His patience with Naomi was extraordinary as there were several occasions this reviewer wanted to slap her for him and yet he remained calm and understanding of her insecurities.

Gena Showalter demonstrates her writing skills with this one. ANIMAL INSTINCTS is a book sure to perk up anyone's bad day!

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa90b4fb0) out of 5 stars Absolutely hysterical Sept. 25 2007
By Tracy Vest - Published on
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After barely surviving her painful divorce to philandering Richard the Bastard with her sanity intact, Naomi Delacroix vows never to fall in love or get married again. On her way to an interview for a lucrative catering assignment, she is mugged and barely makes it to her meeting on time with wealthy entrepreneur Royce Powell due to a hold up in the lobby filled with green-clad women. Royce makes it clear that she's hired and wants her to work exclusively for his mother's surprise party (which is no surprise to mom). Naomi finds the bachelor sexy as hell, despite his on-going quest (and application process) for a wife. What she doesn't know right off is that Royce fell for her months ago when he saw her across a crowded room at a wedding reception she catered and has been trying to ask her out since. Adding fuel to her contempt for men, she suspects that her stepfather is stepping out on her mother. As Royce makes her face her fears and take a walk on the wild side, Naomi finds that her inner Tigress is liking the attention he gives her (especially the smoldering sex). But can she forgive the sins of the past and make a go at a future with a man who seems too good to be true?

Showalter has a gift for dialogue. The bantering between the two is absolutely hysterical, as were Naomi's constant inner dialogues as she tried unsuccessfully to talk herself out of a relationship with Royce. The chemistry between the two blazes off the pages, making them a believable duo. Though I found Royce just a little too patient, Showalter has created an endearing and sensual story that will resonate with the reader.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa90b4db8) out of 5 stars It Depressed me..... Sept. 3 2006
By I. Daco - Published on
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...that I don't have a man just like the hero, Royce!

This story was unbelievably loving. Not in the serious-sobering kind of way--although the hero did love her QUITE SERIOUSLY--this story was filled with witty barbs and banter. I busted out laughing numerous times.

The characters were absolutely great! The heroine, Naomi, was absolutely inspired and so were her cousins! Royce was simply to die for. Imagine being in-love like that--that everything he did was because of her.

It was hilarious how the roles between men and women were switched between the two! This simply is a MUST READ!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa90b4fec) out of 5 stars so disappointed March 19 2007
By shay - Published on
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I normally enjoy Gena Showalter's books, they are sweet and great escapism. I found this book so 'try hard'. The heroine was so immature, and such a cow to the hero, her relationships with her cousins were at a 13 yr old schoolgirl level, and the situation with her spying on her stepfather was just ludicrous. The heroine wanted to be a strong woman...she failed, she came over as a selfish, self-centred, whining manipulative, controlling brat. The hero's patience with her patterned an abuse victim relating to his abuser. Thank goodness, for her other books e.g. The Nymph King, The Pleasure Slave etc. If I had read this book first, I would have never read any of her great books.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6ee1348) out of 5 stars A Must Read You Have To Add To Your TBR List May 15 2006
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I normally read paranormal romance novels and pretty much nothing else. I decided to read Animal Instincts by Gena Showalter because I have read her other novels with paranormal aspects in them and thought they were well written, fun, sensual, and strong! All good things, I must say. So being someone who gives everyone a fair shot no matter what genre they write, I decided to give it a try.

It's a contemporary novel written in a first person view about a woman named Naomi Delacroix who has decided she's tired of people running all over her and using her as a doormat. She has loosened her inner Tigress(or at least, she tries really hard) Now this includes everyone but men are the ones she's really unsheathing the claws for. After a marriage to a cheating husband, Naomi has decided she isnt' going to take any more nonsense especially from men who are Triple C.(Corporate, Controlling, Commando). Remember the cheating ex-husband? Triple C.

Royce Powell comes into the picture and out come the claws! He's a Triple C and incredibly hot to boot. Here is where you see Gena's um, fascination, or celebrity crushes come out. He is a mixture of George Clooney, Josh Wald, and some Brad Pitt. (I believe I read somewhere, that Gena loves Brad Pitt) He hires Naomi to plan his mothers birthday party and later explains he's been in love with her since he saw her at a party she planned for one of his friends about a YEAR ago. Yeah, right, is what Naomi thinks. Then why is he looking for a wife via apllications.

So many times while I read this, I had to laugh because she truly was trying to fight the strong attraction she feels for Royce but everytime he came near, she was on sensory overload. Let's think about that for a second, ladies. Any time you throw Bradd Pitt in the mixture of what a man looks like, HELLO, no wonder she was overloaded. Oh, by the way, he's extremely fascinated by Naomi lips, which sound like Angelina Jolie's lips to me. The interaction between these two was fun, exasperating, and extremely sensual(kissing scenes were HOT!) Literallly for me, one of my fave scenes was a kissing scene right before a meeting Royce has. Naomi, as you can imagine after dealing with a cheating ex husband, has serious issues she must overcome before she truly decides what it is she wants with Royce. There were a few times I wanted to just scream at her and tell her to get over her fears or make room for me(yes, I really got into the story) because I would have jumped at the chance to be with Royce if she didn't want him. Not every man is a two timing, triple c, morons! The only thing that was a little different for me was the first person perspective. A few times I would have loved to know what was going through Royce's head but not every story needs to be told through other characters. This one didn't. It was a fun read and I hope you all put it on your lists as one you want to pick up and read. While you're at it, think of your inner animal. What is it? I know

You wont' be dissappointed!

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