Author: Jill Shalvis
*I received this ARC free of charge in exchange for an honest review*
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (October 4, 2011)
She’s tempting his basic instincts…
Sunshine, Idaho, is a quiet ranching town, a perfect place to give injured animals a refuge…or to find one. And veterinarian Dell Connelly suspects there’s a reason his clinic’s uber-efficient receptionist has taken shelter here.
Jade Bennett couldn’t be happier to escape her well-meaning but smothering family and their expectations, not to mention the big-city jungle. There’s nothing like working with injured animals, having a forlorn, grumpy stray kitten make its home under her desk…or enjoying the gorgeous views of her ruggedly sexy boss.
Jade is used to planning everything in her life, but Dell’s understanding has sparked an uncontrollable desire. And though Dell has never had time for love, Jade’s strength and sass is the kind of call no red-blooded male can resist…
Why have I not read this series before? What rock have I been under to have missed such a great story and author? Since this is the second book in the Animal series, I wasn’t sure if I was going to understand what is going on. Yet as I started reading it, the book definitely can be read as a stand alone novel. With that being said though, now I want to pick up the first book in the series to read about the other characters!
Jade ran away from her life in the big city after a tragic event at her previous place of employment. She ran to Sunshine, Idaho to rediscover and reinvent herself. She always knew it would be temporary and even told her boss Dell Connelly that the job he gives her would only be temporary. They have both found each other attractive, but never made any attempt at a relationship since Jade would be leaving. Of course, now that Jade is getting ready to leave, the two find themselves fighting the attraction even more. While Dell tries to get Jade to open up about what happened in the past and work through it, the two start to express their feelings towards each other and give up the fight. Everyone can see that they like each other, but is love enough to keep Jade from leaving?
I loved this story! Dell was a great vet, friend, brother and romantic lead. He was charming and loved his work without letting it get to him. Jade was okay in my opinion. I wanted her to just explain the situation sooner to Dell than keeping it a secret. I think if she would have opened up sooner to him, they could have had a better chance at a relationship. Of course then there would be no drama for the romance novel if it went the way a reader wants it to. So I trusted the author and went with it. I also loved the witty banter between the two and had a smile on my face for most of the book. The writing flowed easily and kept you not only interested in the main characters, but in the side characters as well.
I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series and have already read a few more by this author!
Very Good! I would recommend this book!