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Jade Bennett couldn't be happier to escape her past for the quiet ranching town of Sunshine, Idaho. Plus, there's nothing like working for veterinarian Dell Connelly. And though Dell has no intention of settling down, Jade's strength and sass are enticements no red-blooded male can resist.
“Come on, baby,” he murmured. “Give it up for me. You know you want to.”
Jade Bennett did her best to ignore the way the low, sexy voice made her shiver. Besides, it wasn’t aimed at her. Dr. Dell Connelly; dog whisperer, cat whisperer, horse whisperer, and known woman whisperer … was talking to a stray kitten.
The feline in question huddled miserably beneath the bench seat in Dell’s vet center waiting room, staring at him from narrowed eyes, clearly having none of the sweet talk. She was a scruffy/mangy grayish brown with sharp green eyes, and like Jade, not swayed by sweet talkers.
“Huh,” Jade said from behind the reception counter. “Most females leap right into your arms at the slightest encouragement.”
Dell craned his neck and regarded her from eyes as dark as his secrets. “Not all.”
There was a beat of silence during which she did her best not to break eye contact. He was right. Not all females, otherwise she’d have made the leap.
One thing about Jill Shalvis' books is she brings the characters to life from the moment you first meet them. In Animal Magnetism (bk 1), we meet Jade, the well dressed but private, spreadsheet addicted, office assistant/organizer/book-keeper of Dell's large animal clinic. (I was intrigued by Jade, I really wanted to know her story, it was obvious she was hiding a hurt or something). Dell, the easy going, fun loving, unorganized, laid back animal loving ALPHA, who doesn't do relationships...PERIOD, he never lets a woman leave him, he leaves first. A match made in heaven..NOT!!!
For 18 months Jade and Dell have ignored the chemistry and attraction sizzling between them. Jade because Dell doesn't do relationships and her stay in Sunshine has always been temporary, she is there to heal from an experience she had at home in Chicago. She plans to return to Chicago as soon as she is healed to help with her family business. Dell has "good-bye" issues, mostly because of time spent in foster homes, he has "love em and leave em" down pat. BUT there is something about Jade that calls to him, but he refuses to give in because he knows she's leaving. The "tit for tat" flirtatious banter between Jade and Dell is some of the funniest I've read. Jade has a dry, quick wit (reminds me of me) and Dell doesn't know how to handle a woman who doesn't fall for his sexy charm. I have to say, I did cry for Dell, he has some demons to work through and when he's ready, the person he needs hasn't figured out what she is doing with her life, my heart broke with his every time he tried to get Jade to see there was a place for her with him.
In book one, Animal Magnetism, I loved the camaraderie of Dell, Adam and Brady. Three big, sexy men who give each other hell, but you can tell they have an unbreakable bond and love each other. I am so glad we got to see more of it in AA. Added into the guys banter was Lilah, she is still giving them hell and trying to play matchmaker between Dell and Jade.
Animal Attraction is a fun, steamy, emotional read with an engaging cast of characters. I loved both the H/h, the secondary cast is funny, loving and meddling. AND we get more animals that come close to stealing the spotlight from the H/h, Peanut the parrot, Gertie the St Bernard and Bones the abandoned kitten. ABSOLUTELY adorable!!! I love the way JS includes the animals in this series, I could vividly see each of their personalities.
NOW to wait for Adam's story, I have a feeling his is going to be even more emotional, along with being a funny and HOT one!! I also wonder....will we see more of Sam, Jade's cousin??????
D' Gives Animal Attraction
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