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??
In the first of a breathtaking trilogy set against the stark beauty of medieval Scotland, one man discovers a surprising past, a remarkable gift—and a terrible destiny…
Once, Connor believed that his ability to see the future would grant him everything. Instead, it landed him in a prison of his own making. Summoned by the Lord of the Isles to serve as his counselor, Connor gains wealth and prestige, but with every vision, his own sight dims. Even so, Connor doesn’t grasp the terrible consequences of his gift until he’s wounded by a young woman who blames him for her family’s massacre.
Moira curses herself for failing to kill the Seer—especially when she learns her punishment is to be given to him as a slave. Far from the proud, arrogant tyrant she imagined, Connor is a tortured man with a dark sensuality that tempts her night after night. But freeing him from a strange power that is spiraling out of control will mean forsaking her vow and risking her heart for the one man she has sworn to destroy…
Moira is a woman set on vengeance. Years before her family was massacred and she was the lone survivor. She swore to find who was responsible and kill them. She discovers that the massacre happened because of a vision the “Seer” had and sets into motion a plan to kill him, knowing that if she failed, it could mean her death, and not a quick one.
Connor is basically a prisoner of his visions. He can find no relief, despite the many ladies he sleeps with. Every month, at the full moon, he’s wracked with visions he can’t control and that are draining him. He is basically blinded for days after having a vision. No one knows about that side effect except for his servants who are loyal to him and Moira, who finds out by luck the night she finally tries to kill him. He knows with each vision it is building to something more. Something that he feels he will never recover from but once he meets Moira, she brings him a little relief and he is determined to keep her close until he finds out what power she has over him.
What follows next neither can understand. Both are tortured souls. He’s devastated when Moira tells him that his vision cost her her family and Moira wants to hate him but can see he’s not the monster she thought he was. The scene where Connor asked for Moira’s forgiveness and she replied that she had none to give, broke my heart. But she knew more about Connor’s past than he did and works to help him find the answers he’s seeking.
I’m going to be honest. I was not sure I’d like this book. Not because of the hero or the heroine but because of something that always squeaks me out when I encounter it in books. I found it dark in some parts. Much darker (although we didn’t “see” the scenes, they were just mentioned) than I’m used to when I read Terri’s books but even though I was squeaked out, I couldn’t find it in me to put it aside. I needed to know what was going to happen next. Then I needed to know what would happen after that. I kept saying that to myself all night as I stayed up reading, riveted to the story of how Connor and Moira came to be and how the story was unfolding right before my eyes. A true sign of a talented author. Captivate them and make them want more of the emotional story.
My only complaint is that I wish there was that scene where Connor confronted Diarmid with what he found out. I tend to be bloodthirsty with some of my books.