Author: Jill Shalvis
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Synopsis: Small town vet, Dell Connelly is irresistible to all women, except one - his sassy, super-organized office manager, Jade Bennett. However, just as Dell and Jade are coming to recognize and act on their attraction, Jade's past casts a shadow on their new found romance.
Review: The basic plot thread is virtually identical to Animal Magnetism only this time it is Jade who is leaving rather than Brady.
While Jade and Dell have steamy chemistry, the snarky sarcasm and witty banter that characterized their relationship in book #1 is disappointingly missing. Dell is sexy, patient and caring but his womanizing is somewhat of a turn off and his background could have been better developed (perhaps we will get more of this in Adam's book).
Jade is an amalgamation of opposites. On the one hand, she seems strong willed and self-confident but this turns out to be a facade. Yes, her mysterious past is traumatic but she has a tendency to come across as overly weak and needy, and she takes too long to stand up for herself both with Dell and her family.
The Belle Haven animals, Peanut the sex obsessed parrot, Gertie the slobbering St. Bernard and Beans the gun-shy kitten, totally upstage the characters and the romance although Dell's brother, Adam, is definite hottie material.