THEN CAME YOU
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Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of the Los Angeles clinic she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.
Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor, but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans… JillShalvis.com
Someone like Jill’s character, Emily, who has a plan for her life is really foreign to me. I don’t usually have a plan for anything, and even hate to make appointments. Emily and I are probably opposite ends of some kind of “ordered life” scale. But, it could also be that she is young and has had a lot of responsibility. I can understand where order can make you feel like you are in control. But, we aren’t in control. Not really — life, or a higher power or something else (your choice) is. And hence the phrase, life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans (John Lennon). Emily has a plan, probably in a desperate attempt to gain some control over her life and to have it be different from what she perceives as failure in her parents’ life plans. Problem is that her perceptions are not always right and what we think we want is not always what we really want.
I really enjoy Jill’s books in both this series and her Lucky Harbor series. They’re sexy, heartfelt and pretty much make me feel good. In addition to the upset life plan, this one offers a theme I noted in one of the Lucky Harbor novels, IT HAD TO BE YOU: Career driven parents who were more involved with their own lives and desires than those of their children. Here they are Wyatt’s Parents and in IT HAD TO BE YOU they are Luke’s folks. Both are absentee in one way or another, and sent the kids to their grandparents. On the woman’s side, Emily and Kate from RUMOR HAS IT (also Animal Magnetism) share “emotionally lost” fathers and mother’s who passed away: culprits for a certain feeling they are responsible for the family. Both are, as RUMOR HAS IT’s Kate is described, “As the grease that ran her family’s wheel.”
And in both books, the woman has a career choice to make and the couple has communication problems, or rather, the individuals in the couple are afraid to say what they really mean.
Poor communication, and the inability to articulate feelings, is probably the most common trope in the genre.
But, what’s not to love about the people in Sunshine, ID? Some are curmudgeonly, but so far I have only found one episode of criminality, and it is in this book. And, the creeps are pretty heinous. In general though, under any curmudgeons hard shell is a gooey interior. And, in the case of the guys it is usually a fit and uber handsome package. The female love interests are usually pretty, but on the normal side, so most of us can relate. And the story revolves around a veterinarian clinic so the characters interact with compassion and we are shown their personality traits through their actions and words. And, they are usually likeable or dealt with.
The plot here goes the way I generally expected, but with a couple of twists and in the best possible way with heat, and angst, heat, new life experiences, interactions with family and friends, growth and more heat. It got the two hot pepper icon because it’s hot, but not too wild or kinky. The dialogue is spot on, wry and sometimes you might get a shiver or two. This even has cats and dogs. And a turtle.
I also listened to the audio book provided by Tantor Audio. The narrator, Karen White, is experienced and does a good job on the characters and their consistency. She doesn’t overdo the men’s voices. I got something new from the audio performance: more of a sense of the book and series. The phrasing isn’t fraught with weird timing that I have found in a couple of others. An enjoyable interlude.
This is the perfect beach, hammock, plane/train/automobile book. It would be perfect to read right before a weekend getaway with someone special. I highly recommend it and have a giveaway for you too. I have a copy of RUMOR HAS IT and one of THEN CAME YOU to offer one winner in the US who is at least 18 years of age. Enter below please.At Tantor Audio
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