Interview & Giveaway: Jill Shalvis

Rumor Has It Tour BannerWe’d like to give Jill Shalvis a warm welcome to our blog today! Jill is the bestselling author of over four dozen romance novels, including her upcoming sexy contemporary romance RUMOR HAS IT, book four in the Animal Magnetism series set in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho. Jill is known for stories that are sexy, fun and full of heart. The 4-time Rita nominee and 3-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe. Visit her website at www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog.

Q: Can you tell our readers a little bit about the Animal Magnetism (Sunshine, Idaho) series, and where your inspiration came from?

Jill: 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?

Jill: 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. [Read more…]

Review: Rumor Has It

rumor has itReviewed by Carrie

This is another light contemporary read in Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series set in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho.  The stories have interconnecting characters, but they are all standalones.

On the surface, Griffin Reid is back in Sunshine for the wedding of his little sister Holly and best friend Adam, but few know that he might be back for good.  Still recovering from an IED blast that nearly killed him and did end his military career, Griffin is unmoored and unsure of the next phase of his life.  Once all he wanted to do was get far far away from the small town and his overbearing father, but coming back as an adult has Griffin looking at things in a different light. [Read more…]

Review: Simply Irresistible

Reviewed by Allison

Although this is an older book (pubbed back in 2010), this series has hit the NYT Bestsellers List –and Jill Shalvis is hilarious on Facebook– so I figured I’d give her a try. I’m so glad I did! Much in the vein of Kristan Higgins, the Lucky Harbor series stars a sweet little town that everyone wishes they lived in, a heroine looking for a new beginning, and a hero ready to fall in love. I guess you could say that it’s a bit romance formulaic, but just like my favorite chick flick, it’s not the predictable ending that I love, it’s how we get there!

Maddie is on the run from her old life… old boyfriend, old job, old town – all of it. She needs a fresh start and she thinks that a road trip to Lucky Harbor, Washington is where she might get it. She’s inherited an old inn with her two older sisters from their mother, and she is ready to slap a coat of paint on the outside and see what it’ll do. However, life (as we all know) has other ideas. On her way into town, she almost runs a biker off the road. After she checks to see if he’s okay, introduces herself, and apologizes profusely, she makes it to town only to find out that the biker is no stranger and hangs out at the only bar in town. Sparks fly when they meet for a second time and you can tell that Jax, Mr. Sexy Biker Man, is going to fall quick for our Maddie.

Watching Maddie and Jax fall for each other was so sweet, it was almost too vanilla for me. They’re an easy couple to fall for, to root for. You want Jax to be more upfront with her, but you know she’s holding out on him as well and you just want everything to be okay for them! I do wish there was a little bit more of a story, though. There is plenty of character development which is always satisfying to see, but other than the storyline with her sisters and the inn (which I loved!) the book isn’t meaty enough. However, I truly enjoyed Ms. Shalvis’ storytelling technique and fully intend on checking out her other series and continuing with this one!

Grade: B

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Simply Irresistible
by Jill Shalvis
Release Date: October 1, 2010
Publisher: Forever