Title: Animal Magnetism
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Edition: Mass Market Paparback
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…
The one thing that immediately made me want to read the book was that the heroine runs her town's kennel. I love stories that have animals in it, plus I have a soft spot for ducks, which this story has, and every time the duck made an appearance it made me laugh. Both the hero, Brady, and the heroine, Lilah, have some issues to work through but they have help at all times from several people in Sunshine.
Lilah helps everyone in town and she formed a very strong friendship with Dell and Adam, Brady's brothers, after her grandmother died. It was sweet seeing how much they cared for her and then seeing them trying to warn Brady off her. Brady has been left by everyone since he was a kid so he made no emotional attachments since he left town, but Dell and Adam don't give up on him and they try to make Brady see that Sunshine is his home. I loved seeing the interactions between these three and I would have liked to see more of them.
As for the relationship between Lilah and Brady, these two have an instant connection, or maybe I should call it attraction, that makes them jump into a no-promises kind of relationship. It was funny seeing these two realize that they were falling for each other and it was also very sweet how they understood each other as no one else did.
If you're looking for a light and sweet romance, this is the book for you. I really hope that we get Dell and Adam's stories.
“Legend says that if you take a moonlight dip, you’ll supposedly find your one true love,” Lilah said.
“Of course.” Brady nodded. “It’s always midnight. So, do you swim often?”
“Never at midnight.”