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Animal Magnetism (An Animal Magnetism Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jill Shalvis
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This alpha male is going to bring out her wild side…
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.
As 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 sexy, 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…

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Shalvis kicks off a new contemporary series with this entertaining smalltown tale. Lilah Young has given up on finding Mr. Right in Sunshine, Idaho. Fortunately, when she rear-ends a truck, its owner turns out to be handsome out-of-towner Brady Miller. Lilah, a junk-food–loving animal enthusiast, is focused on her work at an animal kennel. Brady is a pilot-for-hire and photographer who's just in town to help out his foster brothers. Brady and Lilah give in to their chemistry while telling each other their relationship is finite, but soon their passion deepens. There's plenty of sizzle but not much action, and there's never really any doubt that Lilah and Brady will overcome their hangups. Nonetheless, it's an entertaining read and a good choice for readers who like cooing over cute animals as well as a cute romance. (Feb.)
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*Starred Review* Lilah Young is as poor and as proud as the day is long. Co-owner and operator of Sunshine’s only kennels and the area’s designated animal rescuer, she is now taking online classes, so her days begin before dawn and end after midnight. When she literally runs into newcomer Brady Miller’s truck one morning, she’s further mortified to discover that he’s in town at the request of her neighbors Adam and Dell. Shalvis consistently delivers superlative contemporary romances, and the relationship developing between this imperturbable, commitment-shy former army special forces pilot who doesn’t understand what it means to have a home and the gutsy, tenderhearted woman who asks nothing but offers all and consequently has many champions is no exception. Shalvis combines her genuine appreciation for Idaho’s majestic Bitterroot mountain range and its stalwart residents with a deft gift for dialogue, sensual descriptive passages, and a fast-paced storyline as she introduces a new series set in and around the Belle Haven veterinary clinic, where three unwanted foster children became men under a rugged cowboy’s tutelage. --Lynne Welch

Product Details

  • File Size: 1222 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H0M8AY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A romance for animal lovers February 1, 2011
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I have read many novels by Jill Shalvis, but this one is my favorite by far. Of course, being a huge animal lover probably added to my delight with this romance, but the strength of the story comes from her creation of such remarkable and believable characters. Lilah was a joy throughout the novel and what's not to love about Brady. I really appreciated that Ms. Shalvis did not use any contrived plot devices to separate the couple so that she could bring them back together, instead she depended on honest emotions. Don't miss this well-written novel that had me both laughing and crying.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not my cuppa October 1, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The rating for this book is based solely on personal preference and not on any shortcomings in the writing or the author.

Jill Shalvis is an author many adore and have encouraged me to read. This was my first attempt and I'm afraid I may have picked up the wrong book to start with. The synopsis sounded perfect - right up my alley... small town love story between the owner of the local kennel and an ex-military pilot with lots of animals and humor added in. What's not to like, right? The problem for me was in the fact that I couldn't find much of an actual story.

The book starts with Lilah (h) accidentally rear-ending a total stranger's truck. He offers to give her a ride home, she accepts and they end up in a long and heated make-out session within minutes (reality check here... what intelligent woman would jump into a stranger's truck then immediately start making out with them... OK, without it being her profession?!?!) At this point, Lilah decides it's been awhile since her libido has had any fun so why not enter a no-strings-attached month long fling with said stranger. What follows is 275 pages (of a 295 page book) of sex. Now, for those who are looking for and enjoy reading about nothing but sex, this is undoubtably the perfect book and would rate a rousing 5 stars. For those - like me - who skip or skim the graphic sex scenes, or are story driven readers and require some kind, any kind of feelings or emotion before diving into the sexcapades, this book shouldn't even be considered. There just isn't much else there - well until the last 20 pages where, of course, they realize it hasn't all just been fun and games.

Again, let me reiterate, I have absolutely nothing against those who bow at the alter of Shalvis. I totally understand.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Lilah left college to care for her grandmother until she died. Lilah has no other relatives. She turned her grandmother's property into a kennel/animal shelter. Her neighbors are Dell and Adam, two attractive Native American guys who were brothers in the foster care system. Dell is a veterinarian. Adam trains search and rescue dogs. Adam also trains people with their pets. Brady spent two years as a teen with Dell, Adam, and foster dad Sol. Sol later died. The three guys consider themselves family. Brady has been in the Army and Special Forces for many years. He is now a pilot for hire - somehow still working with the military. He takes a month off to visit his brothers. They have a used helicopter they want him to repair and fly. They also want Brady to live there and work with them. Brady is handsome and generates a lot of interest from women in the area. He and Lilah meet. They are lustfully attracted to each other. He tells her he doesn't do relationships and he never "stays" in one place. She tells him he doesn't need "to stay." She just wants to have some fun sex for a while, and she won't be hurt when he leaves.

A sample of their conversation page 132: After their first night of sex, Brady feels guilty. Lilah says "Don't worry. I'm not going to ask you to go steady. This is light and easy remember? You're in the clear, so you can breathe now." She was right, he wasn't breathing. He drew in some air. "You really are different, you know that?"

The story brief above is what we learn in the beginning of the book. But by the end not much else seems to have happened - other than answering the big question of will he stay or will he go.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying Ho Hum Romance (C Grade) February 8, 2011
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Brady Miller is spending a few weeks relaxing in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho where his two foster brothers, Dell and Adam live. Brady has just come back from fighting in Afghanistan. As Brady is picking up his breakfast at the local 7-Eleven, a woman rear-ends his truck.

The driver, Lilah Young, the co-owner of the only animal kennel in town has her hands full with not only two puppies and a potbellied pig in the car, but a mallard duck who won't quit it's squawking. A car accident is the last thing Lilah needs since she's low on cash. And when she meets the attractive owner, who she feels is passing judgment on her, she's not certain how she can make amends. But then the man, who introduces himself as Brady, offers her a ride and has the power to make her duck obedient, she can't help but quickly become attracted to him. Maybe the reason is because she hasn't had any sex a long time due to her working long hours at the kennel to keep it up and running.

Because Lilah is good friends with Dell and Adam, she comes in contact with Brady almost every day. They both flirt outrageously with one another to the point they want to do much more than just innocent flirting. Since Brady is only in Sunshine for a short while, he doesn't want to start a relationship with the adorable Lilah, who wears her heart on her sleeve whenever it comes to the animals she takes care of. And Lilah is reading willing and able to have a no-strings affair with him, he takes her up on that offer. Unfortunately his heart gets involved with this small town woman who he dreams of possibly having forever with.

Animal Magnetism is perfect for those readers who enjoy reading small town romances with larger than life men.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
Rather drawn out and very anti-climatic. The h was enjoyable and her big reveal did quite explain her behavior and was very anti-climatic. The H was a totally moron. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
It doesn't get any better than a Jill Shalvis romance! I've devoured her Lucky Harbor series and now have started this one. Trust me, she never disappoints. Now it's on to Book 2!
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected

This is my first Jill Shalvis book. I’ve heard so many good things about her, that I don’t know why it took me so long to pick this up. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Miss Series!!
This book was the start of my little obsession with the Animal Magnetism Series, after reading it I had to get my hands on the rest of the series! They are SO GOOD! Read more
Published 20 days ago by mamalovestoread22
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It kept my interest to read the rest in the series.
Published 1 month ago by 1955twin
3.0 out of 5 stars 100 pages to long.
Paperback/Romance: first, two disclosures: I got this book as a gift from Goodreads in return for a honest review. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brave Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series!
I absolutely adore Jill Shalvis' books and began this particular series with the fourth book, and have ever since been dying to find the time to go back and start again at the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Always YA at Heart
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!
This one might be my favorite of the series but who can decide! I love them all.
Published 1 month ago by Flannel Quilter
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Jill Shalvis has done it again. Loved the settings and how she gets so many characters involved. That lets you know that more books are coming. I read the book in one day. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie Rabideau
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series and all the characters
Love this series and all the characters. Dialogue is clever and the romance is hot. Can't go wrong with a Jill Shalvis book.
Published 2 months ago by Pumwee1
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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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