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Animal Magnetism [Mass Market Paperback]

Jill Shalvis
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Feb. 1 2011 An Animal Magnetism Novel (Book 1)
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Co-owner of the town's only kennel, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life. Pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire.

It's Brady's nature to resist being tied down, but there's something about Lilah and her menagerie that keeps him coming back for more.

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"An entertaining read and a good choice for readers who like cooing over cute animals as well as a cute romance." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Jill Shalvis is the author of several popular series including the Lucky Harbor Series (It Had to Be You; Always on My Mind; Forever and a Day); the Animal Magnetism series (Rescue My Heart; Animal Attraction; Animal Magnetism), the Wilders series (Instant Attraction; Instant Temptation; Instant Gratification), and the Sky High series (Strong and Sexy; Superb and Sexy; Smart and Sexy). Her baseball-themed romances include Slow Heat and Double Play, and she also appears in anthologies such as He’s The One.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Animals Rule the Roost in this Cute "Tail" Dec 7 2012
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With a quack quack here, and an arf arf there...cute and cuddly animals of the 4 and 2 legged variety carry the story in Animal Magnetism.

Brady Miller's in serious need of some downtime from his pilot-for-hire job and visiting his "foster brothers" Adam and Dell in Sunshine Ohio seemed like just the break he needed for the next month. Brady only planned on staying in Sunshine for a good time...not a long time since the ex-army loner has never been one to put down roots probably because of his upbringing in the foster care system. But it's not long before Lilah Young and her 4 legged friends have gotten under his skin and have him thinking that maybe sticking around isn't such a bad idea after all.

It's hard not to like Lilah. She's hard-working, a co-owner of the animal kennel and boarding facility and she's dedicated 100 percent to her animals. But that's not all since she's also studying to get her degree in Animal Science. Whether she's mucking out stalls, burning the midnight oil studying or promising to eat carrots and broccoli when all she really wants to do is eat doughnuts and dig into her secret stash of junk food...she's a girl after my own heart.

Both Lilah and Brady aren't looking for a serious relationship - she knows he's leaving in short time and since he has no desire to settle down...they decide there's nothing wrong with the why can't we be friends (with benefits), why can't we be friends (with benefits) to each other's mutual satisfaction and they embark on a relationship based solely on sex. Ya well we all know how "those" relationships turn out.

Even if you're not an animal lover, the 4 legged characters in Animal Magnetism from Twinkles to Sadie to Boss will capture your heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hoped for more from Shalvis Aug. 13 2013
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This the first rime I read jill shalvis.... and I had a bit of a time getting used to her writing style cause she uses. Periods. a lot. Sometimes it felt like just a bunch of scenes placed in event order but not really strung together, just reasons to put the h/H in the same place. Some cheesy lines some lines that made me chuckle aloud and some great lines that could have been put to better use but great all the same. Not really feeling the chemistry between the two leads, more just how obsessed about looks they both are. Hot. God he/she is HOT. .. Then half way the sex began... and frequented too often for my tastes. So I tried to skim along but it was just a bunch of silly lines I kept seeing. So I quit. ...

I do subscribe to Jill Shalvis' FB page and I find her witty and fun to read so I really hoped I would enjoy her books... I will try her again.. perhaps this was just not a great one for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A romance for animal lovers Feb. 1 2011
By J. Emerson - Published on
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I have read many novels by Jill Shalvis, but this one is my favorite by far. Of course, being a huge animal lover probably added to my delight with this romance, but the strength of the story comes from her creation of such remarkable and believable characters. Lilah was a joy throughout the novel and what's not to love about Brady. I really appreciated that Ms. Shalvis did not use any contrived plot devices to separate the couple so that she could bring them back together, instead she depended on honest emotions. Don't miss this well-written novel that had me both laughing and crying.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much plot which can be ok. Small town girl is dating a hot guy who's hard to get. Lots of loving interaction with pets. Feb. 6 2011
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Lilah left college to care for her grandmother until she died. Lilah has no other relatives. She turned her grandmother's property into a kennel/animal shelter. Her neighbors are Dell and Adam, two attractive Native American guys who were brothers in the foster care system. Dell is a veterinarian. Adam trains search and rescue dogs. Adam also trains people with their pets. Brady spent two years as a teen with Dell, Adam, and foster dad Sol. Sol later died. The three guys consider themselves family. Brady has been in the Army and Special Forces for many years. He is now a pilot for hire - somehow still working with the military. He takes a month off to visit his brothers. They have a used helicopter they want him to repair and fly. They also want Brady to live there and work with them. Brady is handsome and generates a lot of interest from women in the area. He and Lilah meet. They are lustfully attracted to each other. He tells her he doesn't do relationships and he never "stays" in one place. She tells him he doesn't need "to stay." She just wants to have some fun sex for a while, and she won't be hurt when he leaves.

A sample of their conversation page 132: After their first night of sex, Brady feels guilty. Lilah says "Don't worry. I'm not going to ask you to go steady. This is light and easy remember? You're in the clear, so you can breathe now." She was right, he wasn't breathing. He drew in some air. "You really are different, you know that?"

The story brief above is what we learn in the beginning of the book. But by the end not much else seems to have happened - other than answering the big question of will he stay or will he go. What fills the book is ordinary, everyday events like buying donuts for breakfast, having Brady take care of a puppy for a while, Brady and Lilah going on a dinner date, and having a lengthy discussion about their pasts. It's like dating someone in a small town with a variety of animals interrupting you.

The story is character driven rather than plot driven which is ok, but I would want something different, unusual, quirky, weird, or "something" about one or more of the characters. All these characters were normal regular likeable people with good motivations, which is nice but doesn't take it to four stars for me.

Something minor bothered me. Lilah's arm was hurt requiring 18 stitches. A few days later she goes swimming in the lake. I'm shaking my head. Irresponsible! Infections! No doctor would allow this.

The first sex scene was not passionate enough. There was too much conversation taking me out of the moment. Other sex scenes were ok, somewhat hot.

Story length: 295 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes:10. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 21. Copyright: 2011. Genre: contemporary romance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just not my cuppa Oct. 1 2011
By TJ MacKay - Published on
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The rating for this book is based solely on personal preference and not on any shortcomings in the writing or the author.

Jill Shalvis is an author many adore and have encouraged me to read. This was my first attempt and I'm afraid I may have picked up the wrong book to start with. The synopsis sounded perfect - right up my alley... small town love story between the owner of the local kennel and an ex-military pilot with lots of animals and humor added in. What's not to like, right? The problem for me was in the fact that I couldn't find much of an actual story.

The book starts with Lilah (h) accidentally rear-ending a total stranger's truck. He offers to give her a ride home, she accepts and they end up in a long and heated make-out session within minutes (reality check here... what intelligent woman would jump into a stranger's truck then immediately start making out with them... OK, without it being her profession?!?!) At this point, Lilah decides it's been awhile since her libido has had any fun so why not enter a no-strings-attached month long fling with said stranger. What follows is 275 pages (of a 295 page book) of sex. Now, for those who are looking for and enjoy reading about nothing but sex, this is undoubtably the perfect book and would rate a rousing 5 stars. For those - like me - who skip or skim the graphic sex scenes, or are story driven readers and require some kind, any kind of feelings or emotion before diving into the sexcapades, this book shouldn't even be considered. There just isn't much else there - well until the last 20 pages where, of course, they realize it hasn't all just been fun and games.

Again, let me reiterate, I have absolutely nothing against those who bow at the alter of Shalvis. I totally understand. I even admire her for keeping her characters honest to their natures, she never suggested her heroine was anything other than what she was. She didn't yammer on about the heroine being a "strong, independent woman who would never consider anything but a deep, meaningful relationship", then strip her brains and toss her into bed the minute she sees a hot guy. What she writes, she writes well. This particular premise just isn't my cuppa.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Shalvis' best Aug. 31 2011
By SavvyChris - Published on
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This isn't Shalvis' best book and I usually really like her.

Lilah is overworked and burning the candle at both ends. Brady comes into town to help out his old foster-brothers (who just happen to be Lilah's best friends). The attraction is instant and I liked that. Lilah is different than a lot of other characters -- she takes matters into her own hands -- she kissed Brady first and after they sleep together, he wakes up and she's already left. She tells him she only wants a fling with no attachments (which is all he is willing to give) and when she starts having feelings for him, she never reneges on what she agreed to.

However, not much changed in this book. I didn't feel the characters grew or developed, like Shalvis is usually so good at. The best friends are flat, boring characters (which since they are 2 good looking single men, will probably turn into a series) and not all that likable.

But the thing that is so different with this novel than most of Shalvis' novels is it had no staying power. Once I read it, that was it, it was out of mind. I never thought about it again.

As an alternative, read her Lucky Harbor series instead -- much better books.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Feb. 1 2011
By D. J. Taggart - Published on
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You can't go wrong with a Jill Shalvis book! A light read, loved the characters, wanted to go out and get a duck and made me laugh. I want to move there and run a shelter! Loved all the animal interaction, the repertoire is very enjoyable and amusing. Hopefully there will be a book with Brody's "brothers". Can't wait!
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