Still the One
Book 6, An Animal Magnetism Novel
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Love is a dare in the sexy new romance by the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of the Animal Magnetism novels and the Lucky Harbor series...
Darcy Stone is game for anything—except sexy Navy vet and physical therapist AJ 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.
AJ 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?
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Jill Shalvis does it again!
Another great book in the Animal Magnetism series.
This one takes up where the last book (Then Came You) left off, with AJ and Darcy's story. The characters are well written and the storyline very believable. Overall a great read.
Shalvis Hits It Out Of the Park
I cannot express how amazing Still the One by Jill Shalvis is. This book exemplifies Shalvis’ sense of humor, her creativity, as well as her outstanding writing ability. Still the One is the sixth book in her Animal Magnetism series. This book stars AJ Colton and Darcy Stone. We met these two in Then Came You, Wyatt and Emily’s story. Darcy, the younger sister of search and rescue pilot Zoe and veterinarian Wyatt, was involved in a very serious car accident. In the earlier book, she was described as a screw up, who took too many risks. In this book we learn that she was a rebellious youth who just wanted attention from their globetrotting parents. Also, before her accident she traveled the world as a photographer/videographer. AJ, Wyatt’s best friend, is a physical therapist who worked with Darcy, getting her back on her feet and walking.
The two end up traveling from Sunshine to Boise for AJ to meet with a philanthropist who is willing to donate money so AJ can help people still in need of PT after their insurance runs out. A severe snow storm hits, stranding them at the hotel an extra day and night. During this day, the two partake in a team building exercise where they start to trust each other. Talking, admitting fears, being honest, all leads to AJ helping Darcy being able to sleep longer than a couple of hours. In return, AJ helps fund Darcy new enterprise of finding or purchasing retired service dogs and giving them to residents of Sunshine who are in need of one due to PTSD. This being a Shalvis novel, mishaps occurs before the two find their way to admit their love and reach a happy ever after.
I love how Jill Shalvis creates realistic characters, it is pure genius. It is part of why her books are so well loved. AJ and Darcy are not perfect, nor did they grow up in perfect worlds. These are characters that normal people can relate to, might even know, or have as friends. I also appreciated the cameo appearances of former Animal Magnetism heroes. Darcy works part time at AJ’s gym and also at Belle Haven, Sunshine’s Animal Wellness Clinic. It is at Belle Haven where Darcy deals not only with her brother Wyatt, but also Dell and Adam. Even Brady pops in, as do all of their women.
Still the One although part of the Animal Magnetism series is a standalone story. Shalvis is a talented writer, able to create a funny, romantic story that made it hard, at least for this reader, to put the book down. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good contemporary romance that contains a lot of humor. I love books written by Jill Shalvis, no matter which series she is writing.
No cliffs, no teases. Can stand alone. Score: 4.1
STILL THE ONE (Animal Magnetism, # 6)
by Jill Shalvis
April 7, 2015
approx 312 pages
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-- MY THOUGHTS --
Exterior: Cover design has a different feel/vibe than the others of the series. Not as fond of this look as I am of the previous installments. Cover blurb is well-rounded and accurately describes the story.
Story is written in the third-person POV. AJ is former Navy and runs the Sunshine Wellness Clinic. He's also Darcy's boss and her siblings' best friend. His goal is to continue to be able to provide therapy to his patients when their insurance cut them off. Darcy's still recovering from a life-threatening car accident eleven months ago. Currently, she's working at the Wellness Center and she rescues therapy dogs that are displaced ("thrown away") for various reasons and repurposes them into emotional support dogs. With the opportunity for funding presenting itself, AJ needs to take one of his patients to a fancy dinner party and showcase his work. His original prospect backs out. It's then that Darcy learns of all the pro bono work AJ had done on her to get her walking again and feels that it's the least she can do, to go to this dinner party thing for him. Their attraction for one another becomes a full-on blaze by this point.
I really like these characters. He's strong, loyal, and caring. But he is still an intense Alpha. She's independent, determined and compassionate. The secondary characters are a blend of both new and old. The dialogue is mostly natural and believable. The plot flows smoothly and progresses at a steady pace. There is some minor dynamics & conflicts to keep it from feeling one-dimensional, the conflicts are resolved in a timely manner, in human ways; not always perfectly. There was only a little bit of predictability, but nothing major. The conclusions wraps up all the loose ends and the epilogue was a nice bonus. No cliffhangers. No teasers to an upcoming installment. Can stand alone, but is more beneficial to the reader when read in order of the series.
Heat Level: 3.75
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- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Apr 07, 2015
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
- Print Length: 320 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 6, An Animal Magnetism Novel