Rumor Has It (Animal Magnetism #4)He’ll help unleash the new woman in her…
by Jill Shalvis
Published: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Berkley/NAL, Penguin Group USA
Special Ops soldier Griffin Reid doesn’t exactly have happy memories of growing up in Sunshine, Idaho. He’s only come back to recover from a war injury, and while he refuses to admit he’s in a weakened state, he finds comfort in the last person he’d expect.
Kate Evans teaches fourth grade science in Sunshine, the place she’s always called home. Dreaming of graduate school and a happily-ever-after, she’s desperate to break out of the monotony of Sunshine. Luckily, a certain sexy man has just come back into her life.
To Griffin, Kate as always been his little sister’s friend, but now he’s finding her to be so much more. As both attempt to forge their paths, they must decide if their passionate connection can turn into something lasting…
He tasted like wine. He tasted like her secret hopes and dreams. He tasted like the very best thing that had happened to her all week.
All damn month.
Because Griffin knew how to kiss. He was the master of all kissers, and when he started to pull back, she tightened her grip on him in protest.
But he wasn’t going anywhere. Instead he spread hot kisses along her jaw and throat, and then opened his mouth on her heated skin. Her toes curled in response. Clearly it’d been way too long since she’d had a social orgasm. Locking her wobbling knees, she tried to live in the moment, tried to soak it all in for the deep dark of the night when she was alone again.
He whispered her name, a soft, sexy “Kate.” And then his mouth was back on hers.
Trembling with the need now, she pushed closer, responding to the raw kiss and needing so much more. When he broke the connection it took her a moment, but eventually she realized she was leaning on him, and that he was fully supporting her. Her only salvation – he was breathing as raggedly as she was.
“You have to admit,” she said. “That wasn’t sweet.”
Q: Can you tell our readers a little bit about the Animal Magnetism (Sunshine, Idaho) series, and where your inspiration came from?
A: I’ve always wanted to write a series where I could incorporate cute animals. Cute animals and sexy heroes together, who can resist that. So I came up with a series about a set of wildly alpha brothers running an animal center in Sunshine, Idaho at the base of the Bitteroot Mountains.
Q: What is your favorite thing about writing this series? The sexy men, the heroines, or the animals?
A: All of the above, but okay, let me admit the truth – the combination of hot guys and adorable animals is pretty much irresistible for me.
Q: What do you think makes romance readers and the romance community so strong?
A: I think what makes the romance community so strong is that romance readers are awesome. They’re loyal and dedicated and always so willing to help support our community by talking about the books and making it okay to read whatever you want, may that be straight contemporary, romantic suspense, erotica, whatever. I love that. As far as having a strong presence, that is an accidental cause of working alone most of the days out of the year. Reaching out to romance readers and writers via social media is just a really great way to not always be alone. J
Q: Are contemporaries your favorite genre to read as well as to write? If so, can you give our readers some of your favorite recommendations?
A: Yes, though I love to read everything, across all genres. Heck, I’m happy reading the back of a cereal box. But as for my recommendations in the contemporary genre, you can’t go wrong with Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins, Carly Phillips, Susan Mallery, Lori Foster, Rachel Gibson…
Q: Do you think reading romance makes us expect more from our own romantic partners? What effect do you think romance has on those that read it?
A: We’re writing fiction. Not nonfiction. But made up stories, fantasies really. I’m not writing “How To Have A Hot Romance.” Or “How To Train Your Significant Other Into Being A Perfect Mate.” I’m writing a fictional tale. I think our readers are sharp, and are well aware and capable of knowing the difference between a pat Happily Ever After and real life. If I can provide someone with a fantasy, a little escape from her reality, then I am considering it a job well done.
Q: You write so many wonderful contemporaries, how do you keep each novel fresh and exciting?
A: Keeping it fresh is a constant battle, and I struggle with that daily. I just love writing, and this genre, and work hard to do the job so I can keep doing it and pleasing readers. Also, I find that stalking neighbors and friends, and being extremely nosy about their personal lives and conflicts is very helpful. J
Q: What’s your advice for a first-time pet owner?
1. Read up on your pet, on the specific breed.
2. Be patient.
3. Be patient.
4. Be patient. J
5. Oh, and if there’s training issues? Chances are it’s you, so revisit #1.
Q: The interactions shared between you and Alpha Man always entertain; what is a recent “He Said, She Said” between you and Alpha Man that we may not have heard yet?
What are you eating?
Him (mouth full):
It smells like Oreos.
Are you … eating Oreos? I thought we were out of cookies!!
There’s only four left.
I need two.
I’ll give you one.
No! You can’t eat just one cookie!!! There’s a rule!!!
Show me the book where this rule lives.
I’LL WRITE YOU THE $%#!#$!@ book, give me a second cookie and no one gets hurt!
Is it possible that you need something to go with that cookie?
I was thinking Midol…
Q: Your friendship with Kristan Higgins and your friendly battle for “Man Wars” has become infamous. Why do you two connect so well?
A: I think our chemistry translates well because it’s genuine. You can’t fake a real friendship. We connect on lots of levels, such as competing for readers (kiddin!), and because we’re both raising aliens—er, teenagers.
Q: What’s next for Jill Shalvis?
A: If you read RUMOR HAS IT, you may notice a new vet is working at Belle Haven. Dr. Wyatt Stone. He and his two sisters, Darcy and Zoe, are each going to get their own story next year. J
My Review: I just loved Rumor Has It. I found it absolutely delightful, memorable, and just loved everything about it. This is the first novel I have read by Jill Shalvis and I can honestly tell you it won't be my last. In fact, I can't wait to read the rest of the companion novels in the Animal Magnetism Series. I also love that each novel can be read as a stand alone easily, while at the same time you see some of the same characters that are in the previous books. The story takes place in the town of Sunshine Idaho where Kate Evans is a science teacher. Her best friend, Holly Reid, is getting married and she is the maid of honor. Holly's brother is Griffin Reid, and it just so happens that Kate has had a crush on him for what seems like forever. He has been away from Sunshine for a number of years, serving as a Special Ops solider in Afghanistan. Griffin is back in Sunshine for the wedding, but what he hasn't shared yet is that he has been medically discharged because of a injury he suffered from an IED device. He is a total alpha male and silently exudes all that hotness and power just by walking in a room. His presence definitely affects Kate making her a nervous wreck, which causes her to spit out scientific facts about anything and everything, something that Griffin secretly finds adorable. Griffin also happens to notice how beautiful Kate is, but because he isn't one to stick around, he has resolved to stay away from Kate, not to mention his sister has threatened him if he doesn't. This turns out to be harder than he anticipated, especially when Kate lets him know that little Katie Evans is not so little anymore.
Kate is one of those people who does everything for everyone, placing herself and her own needs last. She takes care of her dad, little brother, and sister, and she is also wonderful with her students. The chemistry and sexual tension between Griffin and Kate is almost palpable. Determined to make Griffin see that she is not expecting anything more than a tryst, she clearly lets him know what she wants from him and is determined not to take no for an answer. They both find themselves having the most memorable night of both of their lives, but it is harder to stop at one night than they thought, which proves to be quite entertaining. In addition to being physically attracted to each other, as events unfold both Kate and Griffin begin to see and understand things about each other on a much deeper level, connecting in a way that neither intended. When it seems like things are taking a serious turn in their relationship, something is discovered that causes Griffin to second guess everything, including his newly found relationship with Kate.
Rumor Has It is a lighthearted, romantic, fun, and sexy novel that will make you smile, swoon, and at time laugh out loud, all the while enjoying this entertaining story that keeps you turning the pages as you watch the story unfold for these most memorable characters in pursuit of their happily ever after. I totally enjoyed it and most definitely would recommend it to all contemporary romance fans.
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About: New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jill Shalvis is the award winning author of over four dozen romance novels, including her sexy contemporary and award winning Lucky Harbor series (FOREVER AND A DAY was one of Amazon’s Top Romances for 2012). She won a Rita for SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE and is a 3-time National Readers Choice winner as well. Make sure to click on the blog button above for her daily blog where she recounts her Misplaced City Girl adventures.