ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Jill Shalvis
Copyright: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Source: Received book from Publisher
This alpha male is going to bring out her wild side…
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.
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 angry, 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…
I don’t want to jinx myself but so far this month, (yes, 17 days in), I’ve read more books (17 of them) than I had most of last year when I tallied my monthly reads each month. I’m not kidding when I say it’s been a while since I’ve been in the double digits, months, in fact. I know the why of it, things here were a bit with my daughter’s health issues but I think *knocking on wood* we’ve finally turned a corner and have started moving in the right direction and making progress. I’m not saying we’re closer to the end of the tunnel yet, we still have a lot to do before we get there but…we’re making progress and for that, I’m thanking God every day.
I started this late Friday night and by page 8 I was giggling. The scene with Brady, Lilah and Abigail the duck was hilarious. I have no words for how much I loved this book. I loved everything about it and it was such a cute & fun story. The chemistry was to die for. I couldn’t put it down once I started and I found myself staying up until 4am reading it until I reached the end. I love Jill Shalvis’ humor. For those looking for a fun sexy read, ANIMAL MAGNETISM is it….it’s a must-read!
I’m hoping we will see more books in the future…namely Dell and Adam’s stories. Pretty please??
HERE TO STAY by Catherine Anderson
Copyright: January 25, 2011
Series: Coulter/Kendrick/Harrigan Series #12
Source: Received ARC from Publisher
Mandy Pajeck had a tough childhood — an abusive father, a mother who left, and a younger brother, Luke, who depended on her when she was just a child herself. Now twenty-eight, Mandy remains devoted to Luke and feels responsible for the accident that took his sight. When she meets handsome Zach Harrigan and his mini guide horse, she thinks she’s found the ticket to her brother’s happiness — and maybe her own.
Of the five Harrigan siblings, Zach is the hellion who parties hard and takes nothing seriously. But lately his life has felt empty. So, employing his skills as a horseman, he begins training a mini guide horse for the blind, never expecting that the project will lead him to beautiful, tenderhearted Mandy. She’s everything he’s ever wanted in a woman. But though she’s charmed by Zach’s patience and compassion, she can’t bring herself to fully trust him. And when Zach urges her to confront the truth about her mother’s disappearance, the secrets they uncover are so shocking that even Zach’s steadfast devotion may not be enough to win Mandy’s heart.
Read more like a General Fiction book than a Romance Book. Story was more focused on the relationship of the heroine and her 19 year old blind brother than it was on the heroine and the hero. Am really sad to say that as I used to love Catherine Anderson’s books but the last few have just not done it for me. Find them boring at times and the romance between the characters taking a back seat to whatever “issues” are going on in the book.
Also, not that I have anything against praying but I noticed God and praying was mentioned several times throughout the book. At one time, during a discussion of praying, I found myself checking the spine to make sure it wasn’t labeled Christian Fiction and I had somehow missed it. I’m not one for CF books…find them too preachy at times and that’s not what I want in the books I read.
The brother was a brat. That’s all I can say about him. A spoiled brat. Yes, he was blind but that he refused to help himself and made his sister do everything for him because he wanted to “control her” just made me want to take a bat to him. There was nothing good about the messed up relationship they had.
The heroine was a wuss. She let him get away with too many things without calling him out on it.
The only redeeming quality about this book was the hero. He made this book for me.
I’ve been meaning to post this for the past few days & things have been busy here & I kept putting it off. Here’s the post to link up your January contemporary books if you want to. It’s not mandatory but I, for one, love finding out about books that I’d like to get my hands on. :)
This will be the last 2011 reading challenge I sign up for. I couldn’t not sign up for this one as it was one of my favorite challenges to do this year. I’m just sad that Pearl isn’t hosting it again this year but happy to give it a home here at my blog so that it can continue. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these challenges are meant to be fun and stress-free so I will not be making a list for this challenge and just reading as my mood drives me. I wish I could say I’m not a mood reader but I would be lying, I’m very much a mood reader. I will keep this challenge updated on the sidebar as I will all the other challenges I’ve joined.
Last year Pearl of Pearl’s World of Romance hosted the first Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. With the new job she started recently, she decided not to host the challenge this year but I offered to host it in her place because this was one challenge I really enjoyed doing this year and I didn’t want to see it end already. Pearl had no problem with my suggestion so I’m pleased to say that CRRC2011 will still be around.
I’m basically copying what Pearl had for the challenge last year because I’m not changing anything of the challenge. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, you know? *g*
1. By contemporary romance I mean straight contemporary, so without paranormal, fantasy or time-travel elements. Sexy, steamy contemporaries are eligible and so are category romances. (i.e. Harlequin Blaze, Harlequin Presents, Harlequin Super Romances, Silhoutte Desires, etc.)
2. Read at least 10 contemporaries between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011
3. You don’t have to pre-select your books, you can just add them as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed. Nothing is set in stone! Also, the books you choose can crossover into or from other challenges you are participating in.
4. Feel free to grab the button below for the sidebar of your blog. It would be great if you would link it back to this post so others can find their way back to this post and join the challenge.
5. If you decide to join this challenge be sure to create a post telling others and feel free to add a link back to this post so others can join in the fun.
6. Add your name and post URL to Mr. Linky below.
Have fun & Happy Reading!!
When signing up below for Mr Linky, please add the direct link to your post where your challenge post will be listed as it makes it much easier for others to find.
Many thanks to Pearl for letting me host this challenge!