All I Want (Animal Magnetism #7) by Jill Shalvis
Released: Oct 6, 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler.
Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going...
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Jill Shalvis and this book is another great example of why. She has a way of weaving fantastic characters and romance with just a bit of action. I enjoy her mix of sassy, strong women and alpha males who have a softer side. Zoe and Parker are no exceptions.
Zoe is a high-spirited and highly independent woman. Because she had parents with less than spectacular parenting skills, she’s used to taking care of her brother and sister and still continues to despite them all being adults. In reality, Zoe uses her focus on her siblings and her career as a way to deflect from some negative past experiences. I won’t give those up but they are in the story.
Parker is a ruggedly handsome man bit with the wanderlust spirit. He spent his early adulthood trying to escape his small town life and now does so in pursuit of bad guys. As a special agent for U.S. Fish and Wildlife he often finds himself in different towns across the country for who knows how long, this is what he’s always wanted until his job forces him to have a break. Will he find more than he’s expecting on his trip to Idaho?
Just as Zoe is ready to get back in the dating game Parker enters her life…as her roommate. There is such a great tease with the two of them. Of course, we know eventually they’ll end up together but it’s the getting there that is the most fun. We get to see both of them learn to let each other in and be vulnerable. Fortunately it’s not all serious. There is plenty of fantastic dialogue filled with wit and charm.
Shalvis’ books are always a favorite of mine. I’ve not read a story of hers yet that isn’t complete with laughter, cheekiness, and good old fashioned sweet romance. I’ll always bet on her for a truly entertaining story.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.