Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ Animal Attraction

Posted February 22, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

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Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ Animal Attraction

Animal Attraction


Jill Shalvis

romance in Paperback edition that was published by Berkley on October 4, 2011 and has 293 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Instant Attraction, Instant Gratification, Instant Temptation, The Night Before Christmas, "Under the Mistletoe", Animal Magnetism, It Had to Be You, Simply Irresistible, The Sweetest Thing, Rumor Has It, Rescue My Heart, It’s in His Kiss, Head Over Heels, Lucky in Love, He's So Fine, At Last, One in a Million, Forever and a Day, Second Chance Summer, My Kind of Wonderful, "Wrapped in You", Get A Clue, The Trouble with Mistletoe, Chasing Christmas Eve, “One Snowy Night”

Second in the Animal Magnetism romance series and revolving around a veterinary practice in Sunshine, Idaho. The couple focus is on Jade Bennett and Dell Connelly.

My Take

The cute, sex-on-a-stick, disarranged doc meets the super-efficient, super-organized woman and turns cute in a very white bread, light, and fluffy way. The kind of romance for the days you need to escape into strictly easy. Open that cover and home in on the doc who likes playing the field and the receptionist who plans to run.

Oooh, I never thought of that! That a vet could be so good at reading people from all the practice they have reading animals.

Work your dream! Don’t be like Dell and Adam’s dad, working “a job he hated with a passion but kept to provide a roof over our heads”.

It’s a different sort of “dating”, with Dell teaching Jade how to defend herself using whatever is in her handbag. And he’s wanting so much more, while the elusive Jade keeps slipping and sliding around his overtures.

The Story

It’s the kiss of death, or almost for Jade Bennett. It’s why she ran away from home, to come to terms with the old horrors in a new and safe environment.

A clinic in which her skills shine while her fears slumber.

Only it’s a different attraction, one she must resist since she isn’t, refuses, won’t stay…really.

But then that urge hit, that need to outrageously protect the sexy Dr. Dell…and it opens up all sorts of attractions.

The Characters

Jade Bennett is the chic, snarky, and scarily efficient receptionist who’s been working temporarily at Belle Haven for the past 18 months. Gertie is the 10-year-old St. Bernard who keeps her company. Peanut is the parrot who picks up the darnedest phrases. Beans is the kitten she takes home.

Dr. Sam Bennett is her worried cousin. Sandy is the manager from Urgent Care who’s had to pick up the slack. Jade’s mother is more of a control freak than Jade while her easy-going dad will probably work himself into the ground from his Parkinson’s. Corey and Karen were hurt in an armed robbery.

Dr. Dell Connelly is one of three “brothers” working the Belle Haven veterinary clinic and this sweet-talker has quite the reputation for the ladies. Adam Connelly, former National Guard, runs search-and-rescue and more from the clinic. Brady Miller, an ex-army ranger, recently came home (Animal Magnetism, 1) and now flies the vet chopper to those far-flung ranches. Sol Anders is the foster father who took the three boys in and made them brothers and decent men. Keith is the animal tech, and Mike is the vet nurse. Bessie is the cleaning service. Reno and Kiwi are Dell and Adam’s horses. Nila is the woman who abandoned her sons. Robby is the truant with major issues.

Lilah runs a kennel near Belle Haven and is the Humane Society. She’s also one of Dell’s closest friends and engaged to Brady.

Cassie is a local rancher; Michelle‘s son, Timmy, terrifies Jade, and they have the pregnant Rose; the single Leanne Whitfield has a plan that includes Sergio, her very sick kitten; Joe and Donna Mooreland have a litter of Labradors; Gil Roberto is the local mechanic worried about his German shepherd, Max; Holly Reid has been handling her dad’s empire and rattles Adam; Mrs. Wycoff owns the bunny; Melinda runs a huge ranch up north and gets personal service from Dell; and, Stacy also has a kitten with lots of problems.

The Cover and Title

The cover is a hazy autumn backdrop with a low-lying mountain in the distance and a bare-chested hunk whose khakis blend into the golden field holding a tabby kitten emerging from his crossed arms.

It’s definitely an Animal Attraction for the animals, kids, and women attracted to Dr. Connelly.