Saturday, June 28, 2014

[Double ARC Review]: "Then Came You"

TBQ: I heard from many readers that they like dual reviewers, especially when we have different opinions on the book in question. Here's a prime example. Now I do agree with all the positive points Pat brings up, but I didn't love Then Came You as much as she did. I hope you enjoy our reviews!

Then Came You by Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 2014)
Series: Animal Magnetism, 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rumor Has It and the Lucky Harbor series comes the story of a woman whose world is turned upside down by one night's torrid fling...

Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of the Los Angeles clinic she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.

Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor, but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans...

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Reviews of Shalvis' Previous Books:

Once in a Lifetime (#9) -- TBQ

Rumor Has It (#4) -- TBQ

Seeing Red (#3) -- Kame

Pat's Review:

One thing you can always count on in a Jill Shalvis novel, lots of love and caring: that's just for the animals. This trip to Sunshine, Idaho we meet the new intern who will be at Belle Haven Animal Center for the next year. Her name is Emily Stevens, she's from Los Angeles and was really hoping to do her internship in Beverly Hills. Didn't happen. Karma can be a bitch sometimes. Emily has a notebook dedicated to "The Plan" which is actually her life laid out on paper. Three hundred and sixty four days and she'll be on her way to Beverly Hills, the next step of The Plan.

Belle Haven is an extremely busy animal hospital run by Dell, Adam and Brady. If you have read earlier Animal Magnetism books in the series, you know them well. Wyatt Stone has been friends with the brothers since childhood and has joined the practice working as a vet. When Emily arrives he is helping a sheep give birth and Emily finds herself in the midst of it, to the point of being elbow deep in sheep in her new first day on the job suit.  Suddenly in the muck and hay and sheep Emily realizes that Wyatt is her one and only one night stand that occurred at the one and only Vet Conference she ever attended in Reno. Of course, Wyatt recognizes her and for added fun he will be her mentor for her time in Sunshine. She quickly states her intentions, Reno never happened and their relationship will be strictly professional. Wyatt agrees with a big old smirky smile on his face.

I love all of Jill Shalvis's books, but her Animal Magnetism series has a special place in my heart. The stories about the variety of pets and wildlife is so entertaining. Lady the female Bull Mastiff who turned out to be a male after some strange behavior started occurring. Gertie the bloodhound who lives at the clinic and of course Peanut the parrot that shouts out occasional cuss words. Both Wyatt and Emily have family issues they have to face, but they just can't keep their hands off each other. This book was pure entertainment from start to finish. I highly recommend it and if you haven't read the previous books, your missing a lot of laughter, romance and fun.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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My Review:

The last book in Shalvis' Animal Magnetism (Rumor Has It) is one of my all time favorite books. I related with the heroine so much it was scary, but in a very, very good way. And Grif was simply perfect! *sigh*

But . . . I had a few issues with Then Came You. I liked it, the story and romance was cute. It just did not capture my attention (and heart) like Rumor Has It did.

I was able to build a small connection with Emily due to her worry about taking care of her dad. The connection was weak, or at least weaker than I would have liked. Wyatt was sexy, of course, but again, something kept me from falling in love with him completely. Something was missing.

I liked both Emily and Wyatt's sisters, they were fun and a bit crazy at times. I wanted to see more of them, Darcy especially. I think her book may be coming up, if I was reading the hints in the end of this book correctly . . .

One scene continues to stick out -- and not in a good way. Emily watches Wyatt squeeze a dog's anus glands, a normal enough activity in their line of work. But she can't stop thinking how sexy he is while doing this job, and I had a problem with that. Really? O.o No, just no. That job is not a pretty sight and I don't care if he had been shirtless and looking his sexiest . . . NO!

Overall, Then Came You was a charming and easy romance. Shalvis always writes wonderful small town romances, so that should come as no surprise. This one just didn't reach my favorites list. I still look forward to the rest of the series though, because Shalvis is an author I turn to for a comfort read. 

3 1/2 STARS!

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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Thanks for your review, Pat! I can see why you loved this book so much, even though I found it had a few minor flaws. Oh well -- that's the fun of reading; we all love different books for different reasons! 

Do you like seeing dual reviews where our ratings are different? 

More importantly -- Do you have a favorite book by Jill Shalvis? 


Until Next Time,


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