{Review} Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis (with Interview)

{Review} Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis (with Interview)Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis
Also by this author: Then Came You, Still the One, Sweet Little Lies
Series: Animal Magnetism #4
Also in this series: Then Came You, Still the One
Published by Berkley on November 5, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
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He’ll help unleash the new woman in her…

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…


Kassiah: I love Jill Shalvis and the way she writes. This is my first book from the Animal Magnetism series, but I know I need to read them all.

Elementary Science teacher Kate Evans takes care of everyone around her. She’s always had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Griffin, who is a Special Ops soldier and has been away for most of the past few years. He returns for his little sister’s (and Kate’s BFF) wedding, and they can’t deny their attraction.

“What are you doing?”

Possibly drooling on you…”If you don’t know,” she said, “then I’m way more out of practice than I thought.”

I love this storyline and really enjoyed these characters and their history. Kate was super-smart and quirky, and Griffin Reid has got to be one of my favorite guys ever. Super hot military guy? Sign me up. You’ll love him.

“You win,” she said.

“Yes.” He pointed to the bed. “There,” he said. “You’ll be my prize.”

I loved a lot of things about this story. I loved the memories that we got from Griffin and Kate–both with each other growing up and their families. I love when he calls her “Katie” and his cocky attitude. I also love that she calls him out on things, and he does the same to her. The other characters in this story were fun, especially Kate’s ex, Ryan, and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series. There’s humor and swoon with a bit of angst thrown in. Animal Magnetism readers will be happy to see little glimpses of Brady thrown in.

What didn’t I like? Even though I loved Griffin, his I know what’s best for everyone attitude wasn’t for me. Kate thinking that she had to do every little thing for her family got old–they weren’t totally incapable. There were some things that I didn’t love regarding Kate’s job: while on a field-trip, she lets the kids roam around (with an adult, but not a school-appointed chaperone) without being with them the whole time and her friend comes by with an “emergency” that takes Kate away from her class for several minutes. There are a couple of twists in the story toward the end that I don’t think were necessary, and I definitely think Trevan Anders’ reaction to his kid was totally unrealistic. Also, the ending was a little abrupt for me.

A lot of readers say that Jill Shalvis is a formulaic writer, but I say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! I enjoy her stories and don’t mind that we know what’s going to happen in the end. It’s definitely hot 🙂

If you want a fun story with a super-hot guy and a quirky girl, grab Rumor Has It when it hits shelves on November 5.

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Overall: 3

***INTERVIEW***

 


We’re so lucky to have Jill stop by for an interview today!

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

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.

What is your favorite thing about writing this series? The sexy men, the heroines, or the animals?

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.

What do you think makes romance readers and the romance community so strong?

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. 🙂

Are contemporaries your favorite genre to read as well as to write? If so, can you give our readers some of your favorite recommendations?

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…

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?

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.

You write so many wonderful contemporaries, how do you keep each novel fresh and exciting?

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. 🙂

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. 🙂
  5. Oh, and if there’s training issues? Chances are it’s you, so revisit #1.

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?

Me: What are you eating?
Him (mouth full):Nothing
Me: It smells like Oreos.
Him:…
Me:Are you … eating Oreos? I thought we were out of cookies!!
Him:There’s only four left.
Me:I need two.
Him:I’ll give you one.
Me:No! You can’t eat just one cookie!!! There’s a rule!!!
Him:Show me the book where this rule lives.
Me:I’LL WRITE YOU THE $%#!#$!@ book, give me a second cookie and no one gets hurt!
Him:Is it possible that you need something to go with that cookie?
Me:Milk?
Him:I was thinking Midol…

Your friendship with Kristan Higgins and your friendly battle for “Man Wars” has become infamous. Why do you two connect so well?

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.

What’s next for Jill Shalvis?

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. 🙂

***About Jill Shalvis***

 

Author Jill ShalvisJill Shalvis 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.

Find Jill Here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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  1. I’m a HUGE fan of Jill Shalvis and I’ve been counting down the days until I can read Griffin and Kates story in Rumor Has It.
    Thank you for the interview, always love hearing about my fav authors 🙂

  2. Love all of Jill’s books, it’s so hard to pick a fave book and steamy guy since there’s so many to choose from! For me, it’s a toss up between Sawyer from “Head Over Heels” and Adam from “Rescue My Heart”. Can’t wait to read Griffin and Kate’s story! 🙂

  3. I love everything that Jill writes but if I had to choose my absolute favorite, I’d have to say Brady from Animal Magnetism. There’s just something about him that’s so alpha yet he’s such a softie for Lilah! Love it and so can’t wait for Griffin’s story!!!

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