Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism #4
Also in this series: Then Came You, Still the One, All I Want, All I Want, All I Want
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: November 5th 2013
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He’ll help unleash the new woman in her…
Special Ops soldier Griffin Reid doesn’t exactly have happy memories of growing up in Sunshine, Idaho. He’s only come back to recover from a war injury, and while he refuses to admit he’s in a weakened state, he finds comfort in the last person he’d expect.
Kate Evans teaches fourth grade science in Sunshine, the place she’s always called home. Dreaming of graduate school and a happily-ever-after, she’s desperate to break out of the monotony of Sunshine. Luckily, a certain sexy man has just come back into her life.
To Griffin, Kate as always been his little sister’s friend, but now he’s finding her to be so much more. As both attempt to forge their paths, they must decide if their passionate connection can turn into something lasting…
This is probably my favorite of all the Animal Magnetism books. I loved Griffin and Kate. But especially Griffin.
Griffin is home in Sunshine, Idaho for his baby sister’s wedding. He’s basically just doing time until he heals completely and the wedding passes. He doesn’t get along well with his father and the town doesn’t hold much appeal for him..until he runs into Kate. She was always just his sister’s friend, but now she’s a knockout who keeps him on his toes. She makes it clear she’s interested in burning up the sheets with him, but he’s only in town a short period of time and he doesn’t want to get involved with someone..especially someone who has “forever” written all over her.
Despite what Griffin thinks, Kate isn’t really looking for forever. Well, ok, she kind of is. But she isn’t really looking for it with him. She wants a good time while he’s in town because she’s fallen into a rut and needs to be shaken out of it. What better way to accomplish that than sexy-times with a sexy soldier?
But what happens when Griff is the one that starts thinking about forever? Can he let go of his past long enough to grab hold of what’s in front of him now? Will Kate’s own plans for the future interfere with theirs?
I haven’t disliked the previous books in this series, but I didn’t love any of them the way I loved this book. I’m not sure what about it spoke to me, but I was engaged from page one. I really liked Kate and her quirky sense of humor. I love that she wanted to take care of those she loved, but I also wanted to see her let go some (which does happen over the course of the novel).
Griffin has physical and emotional scars, both from his time in the military and his past. He was a rebellious teen who bucked authority at every turn. Though it was expected that he’d take over his father’s ranching operation, he joined the military instead. Now that he’s been medically discharged, he’s a bit lost. I think his struggle to mend things with his father and to figure out what to do with his future is what made him so real. Instead of just being another alpha, he was vulnerable and easy to like.
I literally laughed out loud when Griffin freaks out after Kate leaves his bed for the first time. When he rushes to confront her because he thinks she’s upset when she really just had a family meal scheduled, I cracked up. There were some emotionally tense scenes in this book, but there was a lot of humor.
Shalvis has penned another winner. I definitely suggest you go buy this book. Right now.
4.5 out of 5
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