Series: Animal Magnetism #6
Published by Berkley on April 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who'd rejected her when she'd needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can't refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.
A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he's already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he's not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they'd ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What's the real thing? And where does it go from here?
~ I have not read these books in order. I think I started with book 3, then 5, and now 6. It doesn’t really seem to matter, although I want to read them all just because hot men and cute animals are kind of my thing. I suspect it may be your kind of thing too. 😉
~ I wish there were a machine I could invent that would take places like Sunshine from Jill Shalvis’s head and make them real. I would also do this to JK Rowling and Molly Harper. Probably not Suzanne Collins or Stephen King though.
~ Darcy is spunky and taciturn and I loved her. I also liked that her wounds were insta-healed, that she lived with her scars and her pain and wore them well. The tattoo that she gets shows off, rather than hides, her scar, and I found that beautiful. Too often in romance stories the women are perfect and flawless, their only fault their “crazy hair” or their “curves”. Well, Darcy does have crazy hair, but really, show me one woman in the world that doesn’t think her hair has a mind of it’s own 99% of the time.
~ A.J., like most of the men of Sunshine, is perfection and yumminess. He’s been hurt, but he’s carrying a serious torch for Darcy. He does the whole “I can’t lust after my friend’s sister but I can’t help myself” dance that we all know is going to just end in a horizontal tango with Darcy.
~ I loved that Darcy rescued retired or unfit service dogs to pair them with folks that couldn’t afford to get their own dogs. I had a little problem with how unrealistic the one man is that Darcy dealt with, it just seemed a bit far fetched that he would demand money for dogs and set such ridiculous time restraints on the transactions. However, it served the plot so who am I to complain?
~ Darcy is recovering from a car accident, and has a fear of driving on the highway. I really liked that Shalvis showed the stress and realistic phobia that Darcy is now having to deal with.
~ I totally saw A.J.’s rich benefactor as Bill Gates, I could not stop myself. I loved and adored his wife though, she was a lovely and refreshing character.
The chemistry between A.J. and Darcy was palpable, and their physical therapy moments almost short circuited my Kindle Fire.
Stop the Clock:
Still the One is another great romance from Jill Shalvis. Sometimes I find romance books to be short on character development, but not with Shalvis. Darcy and A.J. both have personal hurdles to overcome, and both grow as characters even as they fall in love.
Still the One gets a Midnight Book rating of: