- 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: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,978,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Animal Instincts Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 2007
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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
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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”.See all Product description
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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 stars....at times i laughed out loud. But unfortunately that wasn't enough to rescue this effort.
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Naomi, burned first by the biological father who did her mom wrong, then again by her own husband, sees love and marriage as the most insidious sorts of traps and thinks all men are utter snakes. She's taking a hands off approach to those snakes in general and love in particular when she accepts a job planning a birthday party for the fabulous Royce's mother's birthday. From the moment she walks into Royce's office her life starts resembling a tilt-a-whirl on meth - while she's ecstatic at the attention and the hard core romance and lust Royce is full court pressing her with, she's terrified with it as well, and when he tells her he loves her...AND she's the woman of his dreams...Naomi goes from terrified to frantic with fear. She can't let herself love again - ever - or she'll be destroyed. She's convinced of it, and no amount of yummy bedroom games will convince her otherwise. Can Royce convince her he's everything he seems to be or will the flighty Naomi fly the coop?
For the first half of Animal Instincts, I was amused at the role reversal - the stubborn and sharp tongued Naomi willing only to risk a purely sexual fling with Royce and Royce desperate to drag Naomi to the alter and love her for the rest of their long lives. I found the first half to be light, sweet, funny, and fun. Then came the crippling waves of panic that at first lapped at, then crashed upon Naomi's mental beach. I had a hard time staying in the story from that point on because frankly, I felt the book went from fun to disturbing. Naomi's problems were written to such a deep-seeded and pathological level that all I kept hoping for was for her to seek some serious therapy. I've read about commitmentphobes in the past, but this woman was severely damaged. And that damage spiraled further and further out of control until it just wasn't funny any more, it was sad.
Royce, however, was a darling throughout, and while I didn't totally buy the love-at-first-green-dress motivation, if Naomi had been less damaged and had been even the smallest bit nice to the man, I would've forgiven the reach of the depth of his feelings. There's definitely a line between a great guy and a cartoon character (like Royce is Wiley E. Coyote and Naomi's the Roadrunner who kept dropping anvils on his head, but Wiley E. keeps coming back again and again), and unfortunately, Showalter crossed it. Because that aspect of the book didn't work for me in the second half, several other issues started nagging at me - issues that I can easily ignore in other chick lit romance novels because I'm reading for light fun, and I'm very forgiving if I'm enjoying the romance. In this book, though, those aspects really started to wear on me. The two dimensional secondary characters - like Naomi's cousins and her mother, for example. The cliched face off with the jealous secretary and the resolution with her step father, as well. If I'd been invested in the story at that point, those things wouldn't have bothered me at all.
I'm a little disappointed in Animal Instincts - though it did keep my mind off the heavy reading I'm doing with another book...it's just...now I feel like I need more light reading to help me recover from THIS one.
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.
I'm not quite sure how I missed this book before because I have read everything of Gena Showalter's over the years but I am so glad that I found it. While it is one of her earlier books and there is nothing paranormal in it, this books is amazing none the less. It is very comparable to Stone Prince and the pleasure slave. The romance scenes in this book are smoking!
If you are a fan of Gena Showalter you will love this book!
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