Published on October 6, 2014
Published by Berkley
Source: Berkley, NetGalley
Copy for review provided by Berkley, NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the “awesomely, incredibly talented”* New York Times bestselling author of Still the One, comes a sexy new Animal Magnetism novel set in Sunshine, Idaho, where the sky is the limit when it comes to love.
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…
This is the kind of book that makes me rethink doing video reviews. Why? Well, I could talk about this book for a while. In fact last Friday I was at lunch with my BFF (S) and I was telling her how much I enjoyed this book. Then, I had to actually sit down and think about what I wanted to say and then I decided to record a video review. God help us all. Then I decided that even I wouldn’t sit through a 10-minute video.
Anyhoo, I loved this book. LOVED IT. This is my favorite series from Jill Shalvis and it keeps getting better. I was worried that Zoe might be one of those characters that is hard to connect with because of a previous relationship issue. While she does have a very bad relationship experience in her past and she does find it hard to trust Parker, it isn’t crippling. Parker has his own limitations, mainly his commitment to his job but he is truly a great guy.
Zoe and Parker have sizzling chemistry from the very beginning and their first meeting is quite memorable. Their relationship is set on a slow burn and I was ok with that even though I kept screaming “Just get together already!!” But that was because they were MFEO. (Made for each other… Sleepless in Seattle) It was little things that they noticed about each other: Parker repairing things around the house for Zoe and taking in kittens. For Parker, Zoe was the first time he truly felt like he could have someone to come home to and be happy. Let’s face it, in real life and relationships, it’s the little gestures that add up to make a big difference.
As always, Ms. Shalvis’s cast of animal characters play an integral role in this series. Oreo, Zoe’s dog was an addition that I personally loved, then add in some gregarious kittens and I was sold. Not only are the humans funny and interesting, the animals are just as fun if not more so.
As for the next book, I’d like to make a request for Kel, the sheriff’s book. You’ll see what I mean…