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Animal Instincts (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – April 20, 2010
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After her husband's betrayal, event planner Naomi Delacroix is getting in touch with her inner tigress and trying to go from doormat to Rambo. Wealthy businessman Royce Powell, the most eligible bachelor in Dallas, has loved Naomi ever since he saw her at a party she put together. Now Royce has hired her as the planner for his mother's extravagant birthday event. His demand that she work only for him during this period guarantees some quality time together. Royce is handsome, attentive, and romantic--in other words, the perfect man. However, Naomi's experiences with a fickle father and a philandering husband make her doubt Royce and his intentions. Secondary characters, including Naomi's twin cousins, the cleverly named Kera and Mel, add many humorous moments. Although the subtext, learn to trust, is a serious one, Showalter writes with a sparkling humor that keeps the story light without losing poignancy. Shelley Mosley
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"Bold and witty, sexy and provocative, Gena Showalter's star is rising fast!" -- New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Naomi, burned first by the biological father who did her mom wrong, then again by her own husband, sees love and marriage as the most insidious sorts of traps and thinks all men are utter snakes. She's taking a hands off approach to those snakes in general and love in particular when she accepts a job planning a birthday party for the fabulous Royce's mother's birthday. From the moment she walks into Royce's office her life starts resembling a tilt-a-whirl on meth - while she's ecstatic at the attention and the hard core romance and lust Royce is full court pressing her with, she's terrified with it as well, and when he tells her he loves her...AND she's the woman of his dreams...Naomi goes from terrified to frantic with fear. She can't let herself love again - ever - or she'll be destroyed. She's convinced of it, and no amount of yummy bedroom games will convince her otherwise. Can Royce convince her he's everything he seems to be or will the flighty Naomi fly the coop?
For the first half of Animal Instincts, I was amused at the role reversal - the stubborn and sharp tongued Naomi willing only to risk a purely sexual fling with Royce and Royce desperate to drag Naomi to the alter and love her for the rest of their long lives. I found the first half to be light, sweet, funny, and fun. Then came the crippling waves of panic that at first lapped at, then crashed upon Naomi's mental beach. I had a hard time staying in the story from that point on because frankly, I felt the book went from fun to disturbing. Naomi's problems were written to such a deep-seeded and pathological level that all I kept hoping for was for her to seek some serious therapy. I've read about commitmentphobes in the past, but this woman was severely damaged. And that damage spiraled further and further out of control until it just wasn't funny any more, it was sad.
Royce, however, was a darling throughout, and while I didn't totally buy the love-at-first-green-dress motivation, if Naomi had been less damaged and had been even the smallest bit nice to the man, I would've forgiven the reach of the depth of his feelings. There's definitely a line between a great guy and a cartoon character (like Royce is Wiley E. Coyote and Naomi's the Roadrunner who kept dropping anvils on his head, but Wiley E. keeps coming back again and again), and unfortunately, Showalter crossed it. Because that aspect of the book didn't work for me in the second half, several other issues started nagging at me - issues that I can easily ignore in other chick lit romance novels because I'm reading for light fun, and I'm very forgiving if I'm enjoying the romance. In this book, though, those aspects really started to wear on me. The two dimensional secondary characters - like Naomi's cousins and her mother, for example. The cliched face off with the jealous secretary and the resolution with her step father, as well. If I'd been invested in the story at that point, those things wouldn't have bothered me at all.
I'm a little disappointed in Animal Instincts - though it did keep my mind off the heavy reading I'm doing with another book...it's just...now I feel like I need more light reading to help me recover from THIS one.
I'm not quite sure how I missed this book before because I have read everything of Gena Showalter's over the years but I am so glad that I found it. While it is one of her earlier books and there is nothing paranormal in it, this books is amazing none the less. It is very comparable to Stone Prince and the pleasure slave. The romance scenes in this book are smoking!
If you are a fan of Gena Showalter you will love this book!
Naomi is sort of shallow. She has already had collogen for her "stripper" lips (and yet is uncomfortable when people stare), considered a boob job and botox all on top of the fact that she is admittedly very skinny and only 31. At the same time, I cannot help thinking that she reminds me of a bi-polar child. Crying one minute and then playing around the next. She is overly dramatic (ex: throwing a phone she hates out the window to get it to shut up rather than just taking the battery out). While her thoughts change from one minute to another ("he's a lying rat bastard" to "no, he's different") and she sometimes comes off weak, all those around Naomi tell her how strong she is. Why?
So with all that you may ask why did I give the book 3 whole stars?
Well, even with his too soon declaration of love, I adored Royce. A millionaire pilot who is willing to throw a giant birthday bash for his mother just to get Naomi's attention... Sigh. I do think the whole situation with the press was not believable because though he is supposedly gorgeous, no non-famous millionaire would really garner all this attention. Possibly a billionare though.
I wrote this review mainly so that a few customers would more carefully consider not buying this book. It is not one of Showalter's best.