I received this book for free from Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Still the One by Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism #6
Published by Signet on 04/07/2015
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who'd rejected her when she'd needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can't refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.
A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he's already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he's not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they'd ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What's the real thing? And where does it go from here?
2014 was the year of Jill Shalvis for me. I binged on so many of her Lucky Harbor books, and I enjoyed every second of it. So when I saw Still the One by Jill Shalvis on Netgalley, I requested that one immediately and did a little mental happy dance when I was approved for it. And friends, Still the One was totally worth that little happy dance.
Sill the One is part of Shalvis’s Animal Magnetism series which is set in Sunshine Idaho. Sunshine doesn’t quite have the charm of Lucky Harbor, but still I can never resist a small-town contemporary romance.
Darcy Stone moved to Sunshine somewhat permanently about a year ago after a terrible accident. She needed lots of help with her recovery, and her brother and sister live in Sunshine so they helped her out. I was actually a bit apprehensive that I wouldn’t like Darcy. She’s a bit abrasive at times, and she’s always calling herself a bitch (which I admit got on my nerves a bit). But I did end up really liking Darcy. She’s not my favorite Shalvis heroine, but Darcy’s well-developed and I was most definitely rooting for her.
Now A.J. is my kind of guy, though. I liked him immediately, and could totally understand why Darcy liked him. He’s just that responsible type of person, and seriously, men that are responsible are a major turn on for me. What can I say? He’s also gorgeous and really nice and honorable. What’s not to like?
I really enjoyed reading about Darcy and A.J. finally getting together. I was rooting for them right away, and their journey was a fun and relatable one. Sometimes Darcy was a little harsh, and she did frustrate me a bit, but moreso because I loved A.J. so much, and I wanted him to be happy. But, of course, things work out in the end (this is a romance, after all). Contemporary romance fans will love Still the One.