Monday, April 18, 2016

Review: Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Series: Animal Magnetism Book #6
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 311
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Small Town
Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who'd rejected her when she'd needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can't refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.

A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he's already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he's not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they'd ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What's the real thing? And where does it go from here?


I came for the physical injury and stayed for the general adorableness. There were some inconsistencies and repetitive unnecessary drama, but overall it was a good story. And it made me want to read the other books in the series which is always a good sign.

A.J. was definitely my favorite. He kept being described as an alpha, but he felt like a big puppy dog. I would've liked to learn more about his past. But I liked how Ms. Shalvis showed his personality through his job and treatment of others.

Darcy was likeable. Sometimes "independent" characters like her can be annoying, but she was likeable. And I really enjoyed reading about her struggles with her injury and showing weakness.

The romance was full of chemistry and cuteness. When A.J. and Darcy were a couple I loved it. They complimented each other very well. But the constant running away got annoying. I understand why, especially for Darcy, but it happened one too many times. Maybe create another conflict if you think the story needs more tension. But that's just my opinion.

Thanks for reading!

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