An Animal Magnetism Novel (Book 6)
I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance. There are a couple of authors that I like – Susan Wiggs and JoJo Moyes, one that I love, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and that’s about it so far. But I am big fan of the Library Reads list, and this book made the April list so I read it.
The main characters were interesting. Darcy had an unusual childhood. Her parents travelled the world, often abandoning her in schools. Then she was in a horrible car accident that left her in a wheelchair, and they never even came to visit. Luckily, physical therapist AJ got her walking again. She made a pass at him which he turned down, leaving her bitter.
AJ has applied for a grant to be able to continue physical therapy for people whose insurance has run out. He needs to bring Darcy along as an example, except she doesn’t know he did that for her, and she hasn’t recovered from his rejection. But she finally agoutlived rees when he offers to pay her. Darcy’s goal in life is to rescue service dogs that haven’t worked out so the cash will come in handy.
Getting snowed in gives their relationship a big turn but Darcy is still gun shy, and AJ is too. Will they get past all their differences? Of course, this is a romance!
I liked the characters a lot. What I didn’t like was the repetition. This seems to be a common failing in all sorts of romances and it drives me crazy. Why is it necessary to repeat ad nauseum the problems they each have in their past? Tell me once and I’ve got it. Tell me twice and I can live with that. But tell me over and over and I want to throw the book across the room. I didn’t, and I finished it, but it was a disappointing read because of that.
This is the second time I haven’t loved a “Library Reads” recommendation, but fortunately, that is a very small minority so I will continue checking out their lists every month. I don’t think I’ll read another Shalvis book though.
4/15 Stacy Alesi AKA the BookBitch
STILL THE ONE by Jill Shalvis. Berkley (April 7, 2015). ISBN 978-0425270189. 320p.