Series: Animal Magnetism #1
Published by Berkley on 01/01/2011
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Co-owner of the town's only kennel, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life. Pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah 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 that keeps him coming back for more.
Maybe you’ve noticed all the Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor series reviews popping up on my blog the last few months. Clearly I’ve been binging and enjoying every minute of it. But I thought I would try a book from a different series by Jill Shalvis, and since I picked up Animal Magnetism last year at the Penguin Putnam Warehouse Booksale, I thought I would give that a try. I mean, it’s a romance, it’s by Jill Shalvis, and it has puppies on the cover. Seems right up my alley, right? However, although Animal Magnetism was an okay book, I found it missing the magic something to make the book memorable.
Similary to Lucky Harbor series, Animal Magnetism is set in a small town, this time located in Sunshine, Utah. Sunshine isn’t quite as charming as Lucky Harbor, but it’s still pretty cute. Lilah has lived in Sunshine almost her life, and she is a bit overworked with trying to run a business, run an animal rescue operation, and take college classes. So when she accidentally bumps her car into the truck of a Sunshine visitor (Brady), it’s very understandable. Lilah is such a hard worker, and I absolutely love and admired that in her. And when she has a mishap by bumping into Brady’s truck, she immediately takes responsibility. I love honorable characters!
Brady is pretty swoony. He’s just in town for one month, visiting his sorta brothers who happen to be good friends with Lilah. Brady is another admirable character. He’s made a life for himself, even though he didn’t have the best life growing up. But he’s not one for putting down roots, so you can see where the conflict comes from in Animal Magnetism.
Lilah and Brady have a lot of chemistry, and I seriously just wanted them to be together. They both are such nice people that you can’t help but want them to be happy. Part of the reason, however, that I wasn’t madly in love with this book is because I don’t always like this type of storyline. The storyline where one character (Brady in this case) is only temporary, and then the love interests just decide to have lots of s-e-x until leaving day. Sometimes this works for me, but not that often, and it didn’t work for me 100%. It’s not terrible at all, but sometimes either Brady or Lilah would say how much the other meant to him or her, but then also just saying “you’ll leaving,” “I’m leaving.” That did result in some eye-rolls on my part.
Animal Magnetism was a typical contemporary romance featuring likable leads and a cute setting. Although the plot isn’t anything new, it’s not bad by any means. Animal Magnetism isn’t standout, and I think Shalvis has better books out there, but if you like these kinds of books, you won’t be disappointed.