2015 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, Book Reviews

Still the One (Animal Magnetism #6) by Jill Shalvis

I have been a fan of the Animal Magnetism series for a while. I actually didn’t know this book had come out. I picked it up on a whim and read it almost in a day. It is a good read, not super romantic (but there is a love story), but it is an emotionally heavy book.

The story follows Darcy and AJ. Darcy used to be a travel writer but has been forced to stay in Sunshine after a terrible accident on the highway. As her physical therapist, AJ helped to get her to walk again, but she still has some PTSD issues, both from the accident and her childhood. She is currently working as a temp at the physical therapy office and the veterinarian office (where most of the characters from the first few books work). She is also using her money to buy dogs that have been trained for police work or search and rescue that cannot perform their duties anymore and gives them to locals as service animals. Throughout the book, you have Darcy and AJ kind of circling each other on the relationship topic. At one point, they end up having to fake a relationship to aid AJ in obtaining funding for his gym. It is charged and emotional as Darcy tries to deal with everything that has happened to her. Surprisingly, you do not see much of the other characters from previous books which I was hoping for. However, you do get a very in-depth look at these two characters and the emotional struggles they go through. Also, you are reminded of the strong support the different members of the town give to the residents.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Jill Shalvis’s writing or the Animal Magnetism series. It is also a good summer read or for anyone who enjoys a good romance book that doesn’t focus on sex.

My rating:

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