Animal Magnetism (Animal Magnetism #1) by Jill Shalvis

Saturday, July 30

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

What I loved:
- It has animals! Seriously, I would have read it just for that. The romance itself was secondary for me.
- Also, the cover has a puppy and a hot guy. Either of those things on it's own, and I'm buying the book. Both? Together? I would hunt this book to the ends of the earth just to see all the cuteness and the hotness in one place on my bedside table.
- I haven't read a book in any fiction genre about animal rescue, so it was really enjoyable. Quite a light, fun read and there was enough going on that I didn't even need to have the MCs in one place to enjoy the story.
- Brady is ex-military, and I love me some military man... so, yep.
- The peripheral characters were really enjoyable, and the MCs were developed enough that I really enjoyed them. I loved that about Jill Shalvis' writing in the Lucky Harbour books, too, so clearly she is just that good with her characters.

What I didn’t love:
- Lilah gives me a complex. I know it should make her relateable but the way JS keeps making references to what Lilah eats, and how she is going to make better brocolli food choices, just made me side eye the jar of peanut butter propped in my lap.
- I wish Lilah's backstory hadn't been so built up, because in the end when it came out I was just - meh. Is that all?

A beautiful, laugh out loud, fun read - I'm definitely going to hunt the rest of this series down. Incidentally, though, this book was so damned hard to find in NZ. If you're a fellow kiwi - where are you finding these?

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