All I Want
Animal Magnetism #7
By Jill Shalvis
Berkley Mass Market/Penguin Random House
October 6, 2015
Paperback/E-Book: 304 pages
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler.
Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going.
First Wyatt met Emily: That’s how we really get to know these three siblings in this family. Wyatt is a veterinarian, Darcy is the middle-child, formerly aan adventure travel video journalist recovering from a life changing accident, and Zoe is a pilot with a bad ex-boyfriend experience.
Older by a year or two, Zoe has always been the caretaker in the family; essentially her parents saddled her with two kids when she was twelve because having kids got in the way of their diplomatic careers. She is always concerned that she doesn;t show weakness. (I noticed that parental abandonment is a repeating theme in at least two series by Jill Shalvis).
Zoe has become a charter pilot; flying tourists and businessmen around the beautiful natural treasure that is Idaho. With Darcy and Wyatt all settled with their loves and careers, Zoe is sort of an empty nester and decides to put her uptight self on the dating market.
But the guy she thinks is her date is really her new housemate – her really hot, new housemate, Parker.
Parker is a special agent for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He tracks poachers and criminals who trade in illegal animals and illegal animal parts. He’s a sucker for pets too.
The book describes how the poaching issue with the illegal trade in ivory, furs and such, is a much bigger issue than most of us know, and a much more dangerous profession. He’s supposed to be on vacation and on medical leave, but he is working against orders on his recent case.
And, guess which two characters are attracted to each other and yet fighting it?
Jill is less about the slow reveal in this book than in the first Cedar Ridge volume, SECOND CHANCE SUMMER, which I also reviewed recently. In this book it’s more about the danger of Parker’s job, how Zoe can get mixed up in it and how the two characters get mixed up in each other. And, they do get all mixed up with one another. You know when your having sex on your living room floor and your neighbor comes by? Right, they get that kind of mixed up. They also share a witty repartee that Shalvis is really good at. Everyone is a little snarky.
I was conflicted about Parker — he’s really a good guy but then he acts like a player. I don’t like players, but I like a guy who loves kittens and dogs. Plus her dog, who was abused, likes him instantly. Dogs are good judges of character, right?
Zoe is trying to date, but she is still stuck on the last relationship she had where she got totally screwed over. She felt kind of milquetoast to me.
It’s another example of how Mr. Right Now could be Mr. Right if all the characters get their heads on straight. He might find his forever home. I always enjoy the small town feel of Shalvis’ books, and I really enjoyed this story.
In regards to the cover, there is no beach mentioned anywhere in this book. Why are the cover people walking on a beach?? This is part of a larger series, and at least the stories about these three siblings, THEN CAME YOU, STILL THE ONE and this story, are best read in order.
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If you don’t know what to comment about here are a couple of ideas:
- What is your favorite animal to have as a pet, or that you wish you could have as a pet and why?
- Have you ever had pets of different species like dogs and cats, cats and mice, moose and squirrel?
- Have you been/are you an empty nester?
- Zoe is working on renovating her house without much knowledge or ability. Do you do your own home improvement?