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Rumor Has It: An Animal Magnetism Novel (The Animal Magnetism Series) (Animal Magnetism Novels) Audio CD – Unabridged, March 1, 2021
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"Shalvis never ceases to amaze readers with her writing style; it almost seems as if a friend is telling a story. The fourth in her Animal Magnetism series will be a favorite amongst readers, because we get to hear about Kate and Griffin ... and how sweet it is! Griffin is such a strong character in spite of his flaws. Readers will wish there were more fish in the sea just like him. There are hilarious parts, and some scenes may even draw a few tears. This novel is so true to life, it feels like romance this special could happen anywhere, especially in a small town where big things are possible."-- "RT Book Reviews (41/2 stars, Top Pick!)"
Karen White's narration is always a joy---her storytelling skills bring the book to life.-- "AudioGals"
- ASIN : B08XLJ8X3R
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200052875
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 5.7 inches
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Kate is a caretaker for everyone. She's a school teacher, surrogate mother to her siblings, housekeeper to her father. She even takes care of her ex-boyfriend/best male friend. I honestly had no idea where she found the time for all these things, but that's pretty typical of Jill Shalvis characters – they're so busy, they must not sleep or something.
Kate doesn't really take care of herself; the best she can manage is an occasional run or something to work off all the ice cream she eats. She's been offered a full scholarship for a master's program, but she can't convince herself to accept it when she's so “needed” where she is. She's so very scared of losing her place in life. She shows she cares by doing for people and what will happen to her heart if she's not there to take care of everyone. It ends up being rather unhealthy, the way Kate enables everyone to depend on her. I got really frustrated sometimes with her family, not just for relying on her, but really they used her and dumped a lot of grief on her too. Ok, so it was mostly her teenage sister, but sometimes I really wanted to smack her and I got irritated that no one did.
Between Holly and Kate's ex (Ryan), she had some nice caring friends. They don't take advantage of her, but they do let her express her love by taking care of them. I loved that Kate was able to have a good male friend without any added weirdness from Griffin or others. It was really nice to see that kind of confidence and security between all the characters that no one started looking sideways at them because they were friends.
Holly warns Griffin to stay away from Kate because (obviously) he's a love-'em-and-leave-'em type. But especially with a little wedding related alcohol in her system, Kate really wants Griffin even if it's only for a night. It's something Kate's started convincing herself that she should do just because she wants it. Some way of taking care of herself, fulfilling her needs, taking some part of life by the horns and not letting opportunity pass her by.
Griffin is trying to find a place where he belongs after being injured in the military. He ran as fast as he could from Sunshine, Idaho as a teenager, but now thinks that maybe he could belong there. He's hurting inside and out and Kate is a great panacea for his pain. She adds him to her list of people she cares for and tries everything she can to help him. Griffin seems like the first person that actually tries to give something back to her. I loved that about him. He let her express her own caring, but also turned it around on her and took care of her too. Even when they're not sure where things are going between them, they both reflect affection very clearly.
Most of the time, I thought that Griffin and Kate were really alike. They were both so good at taking care of people and effortlessly showed people they cared. They also didn't get upset when the other person was caring for them. No hurt feeling or saying “don't baby me” and stuff. It was like they really understood each other.
I found it so amusing that Griffin ends up second guessing himself and being the insecure one. Kate seems totally ok with her decisions in regards to Griffin, but Griffin always seems confused. Kate's too busy with life to let herself wait around and pine for a guy, but Griffin's always wondering if she's upset about something. It was a nice switch to have the guy be a little insecure instead of putting that onto the female character.
They did have their times of messing up, which were frustrating and upsetting to see. In trying to deal with his pain, Griffin ends up being a bit nasty towards the end, but they were able to work things out eventually.
I usually have a couple good laughs from these books, but I think this one was more of a smile with a couple surprising tearful moments too. The caring in this book was so well written that you really felt for these characters. It was another good comfort read. Definitely nicest if you have a long afternoon to just sit and read all day, but still good when you only have small snatches of time.
Jill Shalvis has it. I don't know exactly what "it" is, but her books and the emotions of her characters are simply perfection. I love and adore the way that she writes. I am constantly giggling, but that's not the only emotion that her books manage to tug out of me. They are so heartfelt and real, but OMG...maintain that gorgeous level of smexy that makes everything just so fun.
This book features, Griff, a wounded alpha soldier trying to find his place now that the military is no longer an option for him. You all know I love a hot soldier story and Griff is right up there with EVERYTHING I love in a hero. He's the strong silent type until he gets around Kate. She manages to get under his skin every time and he doesn't know what to do about it. Griff is not a guy who does helpless well, but that's how Kate makes him feel...because she makes him feel and it's a gorgeous thing to read. I love it when a hot alpha is brought to his knees by the perfect woman. Romance absolutely at its best.
Then there's Kate. She's a second grade teacher and fits every idea behind that. She's sweet and open and honest and....OMG, one of the toughest heroines I've read in a while. She's awesome. At her heart, she's a caregiver...taking care of her family, her friends, her ex-boyfriend, the kids in her class, and Griffin in those moments when he'll let her. Luckily, she's pretty sneaky and manages to do that a lot of the time without him even realizing until it's too late.
There was just so much about this book that I loved:
*first and foremost...Griff and Kate...really incredible characters that are so easy to fall in love with. Jill Shalvis crafted their back-stories to perfection and I loved everything about both of them....so much!!
*Kate and the way that she takes care of everyone. Her relationship with her ex, Ryan...LOVED them together. They are nothing more than really good friends now, but they were so fun together, so honest. I'm pretty sure Ryan will get a story soon and I'm THRILLED about that because I loved him too.
*Dustin (one of Kate's harder students) and Tommy (Kate's little brother as well as her student too). I loved the way Tommy was a miniature version of Kate and how socially awkward that made him, but he's a kid secure in who he is and still willing to give so much...even to Dustin who's so awful to him throughout most the book. Like Kate, Tommy is a giver.
*Griff and his dad....this part of the story was so good and so emotional simply because Griff is trying to do better and wants to belong so badly. Those scenes between them were full of angst and it almost hurt to read them, but they just made me love Griff even more.
This is a FABULOUS book. Definitely entertaining. Completely romantic. Jill Shalvis did it again and proved once again why she's on my auto-buy list. I NEVER read cover copy for her books anymore. I just automatically know that if I buy one of her books, I won't regret it. LOVE!
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My only complaint was that I found Holly tedious in her vocal disapproval to Griffin and Kate about them developing a romance. Holly needed to mind her own business, however I can see why Ms Shalvis had Holly take on this role, all stories need a protagonist and this book was really a gentle, developing romance and may have lacked something with out some grit to create a pearl. So here is my advice if your a Jill Shalvis fan and you have enjoyed the Animal magnetism series then you will enjoy this story and if it's your introduction to this series and the story appeals then go ahead and purchase and a later date enjoy The previous stories and the ones that follow.