4.75 out of 5 stars
All I Want by Jill Shalvis is part of the ‘Animal Magnetism’ series and centers around Zoe Stone, who is trying to be happy that her siblings have found their perfect mates but is dealing with her staggering debt and her lonely and dilapidated house. She is somewhat content with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Oreo, and her career as a pilot, but her inability to effect repairs around the house and her dissatisfaction with her dating life has led her to trying blind dates…which leads to the unconventional introduction to her brother’s friend, Parker James. Parker has plenty of challenges in his own life, not least of which is the thirst to avenge the death of his colleague by taking down the leader of a major poaching ring.
I love contemporary romances that combine humor, passion, and a bit of danger, and this story fits the bill delightfully. This is the kind of book that you are likely to be embarrassed to read in public because of your tendency to burst into laughter at inopportune times, but you can’t put down because you want to know what is going to happen next. Despite the fact that it is part of a delicious series, it can be read as a stand-alone title, although the glimpses of characters from the previous books will undoubtedly make you want to read their stories if you haven’t yet had that pleasure.
Small-town romances have the advantage of a small pool of characters who tend to know each other, with plenty of history between them and meddlesome interactions. The charm of being able to feel the warmth and caring that is characteristic of this environment is a testament to the talent of this author, and it is always wonderful to visit the town of Sunshine, Idaho and catch up on the doings of its inhabitants. I love the interaction between the fierce (lol) guard dog, Oreo, and the irrepressible kittens, and the beauty of Parker’s relationship with his beloved younger sister, and I constantly giggled at the repair attempts that seem to be such a challenge to Zoe. The touching descriptions of the love that she has for so many of the beings in her life really bring her to life for me and the intensity, focus, and compassion that Parker displays makes him an irresistible hero to me and their reluctant romance kept me enthralled and rooting for them. There’s so much to enjoy in this story, find a comfy spot, a tasty libation, and enjoy the trip to Sunshine!
A copy of this title was provided to me for review