Book 1 in the Animal Magnetism series
Author Jill Shalvis
Narrated by Karen White
Audiobook published by Tantor Media
Publication date Nov 28, 2011
Running time 11 hrs
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Sunshine, Idaho, is a small and sunny town—the perfect home for man and beast. Well, maybe not for man, as pilot-for-hire Brady Miller discovers when his truck is rear-ended by what appears to be Noah’s Ark.
As the co-owner of the town’s only kennel, Lilah Young has good reason to be distracted behind the wheel—there are puppies, a piglet, and a duck in her Jeep. But she doesn’t find it hard to focus on the sexy, gorgeous stranger she’s collided with.
Lilah has lived in Sunshine all her life, and though Brady is just passing through, he has her 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—both animal and human—that keeps him coming back for more. https://tantor.com/animal-magnetism-ill-shalvis.html
As in most of Jill’s series and books, this one deals with issues of abandonment and betrayal by either a parent or a love interest. This is the first book in this series, but I can only recall one character in the series who grew up in an intact two parent home.
Most characters in this series seem to have gone through the foster care system or were raised by grandparents. How weird is that?
Having taken note of that, this series is obviously also about the unconditional love animals can provide and how it can heal and transform lives. And, let’s not forget these characters’ mutual attraction to junk food!
It’s also about heat and passion, and how that can either screw you up, or be a saving grace. And, it is about the characters finding a core of people who care about them and who are a chosen family. Otherwise, they might become isolated and depressed.
For Lilah, life has been a series of setting free the people and animals she loves and bouncing back. “Life goes on” seems to be the message the universe has given Lilah. But she does go on and she does it with a strength and emotional honesty that most people aspire to.
What is interesting is that both characters admit they care for each other, but one is hell bent on showing she can let go of the people she loves; she can care enough to set them free. And the other is so used to traveling light he can’t admit when he might need a little more luggage on his journey through life.
The story is well told and offers a positive view of life, love, and small towns filled with people who care.
As always, Karen White does a great job with one of Jill’s books — her voice really brings all the characters to life with sparkle and innate snark.
I recommend this book as a start to a thoroughly hot and enjoyable “small-town” series!
Jill Shalvis: http://jillshalvis.com/