Series: Animal Magnetism #3
Published by Berkley on 11/06/2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
She never wants a hero…
After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable. Holly learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, Adam is the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him. For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.
Jill Shalvis has become one of my go-to contemporary romance authors. She’s practically auto-read, and there aren’t many authors out there that I feel that way about. I have so fallen in love with the Animal Magnetism series, and I absolutely enjoyed Rescue My Heart, book 3 in the series. While Rescue My Heart isn’t my favorite, there is still a lot to love about this novel.
Adam and Holly are the romantic interests in this book. Adam was part of the National Guard, but returned home to Sunshine, Idaho a bit ago. He’s struggles with PTSD, and currently trains search and rescue dogs as well as helps with search and rescue. Holly has moved back to Sunshine to help her father. Holly and Adam have been butting heads a lot, but anyone can see that it has a lot to do with chemistry. Holly and Adam had been together before Adam joined the military and broke things off with Holly.
As much as I truly wanted Holly and Adam to get together, I just wasn’t able to connect to them as strongly as I like. I liked them, but my feelings were more middle of the road than madly in love, if that makes sense. Some of the situations they were in felt a bit . . . unrealistic, especially when they were looking for Holly’s dad.
I really did like how determined Holly was. She’s a strong character. Adam was pretty swoony, too, even if at times he acted stupidly. I am a bit weary of the whole “I’m not good enough for her,” thinking, and that was definitely case with Adam.
Seriously, some of my favorite bits from the Animal Magnetism series have been the adorable animals. In this book, we get to see a lot of Milo, who is such an adorable dog, I can’t even.
Overall, this is a great book. Although Rescue My Heart isn’t my favorite in this series, it’s still so good, and I want more Jill Shalvis books!