(Animal Magnetism #7)
by Jill Shalvis
Published: October 6, 2015
From the “awesomely, incredibly talented”* New York Timesbestselling author of Still the One, comes a sexy new Animal Magnetism novel set in Sunshine, Idaho, where the sky is the limit when it comes to love.
Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler.
Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going…
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My Thoughts: I just love Jill Shalvis, and her Animal Magnetism Series is my favorite out of all the series that she has written, with her Lucky Harbor Series running a close second behind that. All I Want is the 7th book in the Animal Magnetism Series, and while each novel is a companion novel and can be read as a standalone, you are missing a treat if you don't read them in order, especially the first three books in the series. After that, you can mix them up if you like, but the first three really need to be read in order. I couldn't wait to start this one, but yet I wondered how in the world could Shalvis come up with a hot guy that could top and/or even equal Brady Miller or the Connelly brothers, Dell and Adam, who are my favorite hotties in the series. Let me just say, Parker "OMG" James, has earned his spot amongst the hottest of the hotties in my "Jill Shalvis Male Hotties Harem List."
All I Want is Zoe, who we've met in the previous novels, and Parker "OMG" James' story. If you are familiar with the series, Zoe is Wyatt and Darcy's sister. If this is the first book in the series that you are reading, this will become apparent, and this book is written in such a way that you won't fill like you are missing something by not reading the prior novels. Zoe is a pilot, and has worked very hard to achieve that goal, incurring a lot of debt along the way. She also lives in the old family home, which could better be labeled "the money pit," but wouldn't have it any other way. Very independent, stubborn, and strong-willed, she is determined to do, fix, and handle everything that needs doing, fixing, and handling herself. She's been burned in the past by the male species, so needless to say, she is reluctant to let one of the critters back in her heart, life, and especially her home, with the exception of her dog Oreo, who barks and farts simultaneously. Her brother Wyatt has asked her to let his best friend Parker stay there for a few weeks while on vacation, and the fact Wyatt asked her, plus she could really use the rent money, has her giving in.
A blind date mix-up, a granny dress, and an awkward but really hot kiss gets this story started off with a laugh, a sizzle, and the romance that Jill Shalvis is famous for. (You'll have to read the book to decipher what that all means, but trust me, you'll enjoy it). The chemistry between Zoe and Parker "OMG" James is off the charts. She's wary of getting something started, and he's got a hidden agenda that he hasn't shared yet, the likes of which sets the stage for an element of danger in this story on a level that we haven't seen yet in the previous novels. As these two explore their chemistry, they find that there is a lot more to their relationship than just chemistry, as fears, desires, hopes, dreams, haves, have-not's, and what are perceived as never-will-be's come into play. In the process of this, however, there is a lot of funny times and hot romance that balance it all out. The danger escalates, choices are made, and hearts are broken in the process. But nevertheless, in that Jill Shalvis tradition, love finds a way, and it is all oh so very good.
All I Want is a wonderful addition to this fantastic series and is definitely one of my favorite novels out of the bunch. Fans of the series, of Jill Shalvis, and of contemporary romance will definitely want to check this one out.
Quotes:“Maybe she could just move to Iceland. Iceland might be far enough to escape the humiliation, but probably not. Dammit. She’d kissed a perfect stranger, just accosted him on her doorstep. And… now her heart hurt. Maybe an impending heart attack would explain her behavior.”
“He doesn’t seem that nervous to me,” Parker said.
Oreo farted audibly.
Zoe fanned the air. “See? Nervous.”
Parker laughed. “My guess would be he’s eaten some of your cookies.”
“He smiled. “And you liked what you saw.”
Oh God. She had. She really, really had. She closed her eyes and wished for a big hole to swallow her up. “I hardly even noticed you were naked.”
“She wasn’t going there again. Ever. Nope, she needed transparency from a man. And Parker, for all his bad-boy, cowboy ‘tude and cocky swagger, wasn’t anything close to transparent. At all. And that made him downright dangerous to her.”