Still the One by Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism #6
Also in this series: All I Want
Published by Penguin on April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Love is a dare in the sexy new romance by the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of the Animal Magnetism novels and the Lucky Harbor series...
Darcy Stone is game for anything—except sexy Navy vet and physical therapist AJ Colten, the guy who’d rejected her when she’d needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately Darcy can’t refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.
AJ admits it—Darcy is irresistible. But he’s already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he’s not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they’d ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What’s the real thing? And where does it go from here?
There was definitely Animal Magnetism between AJ and Darcy…
I loved this story. Darcy was badly injured in a car accident and AJ is her physical therapist and her brother’s best friend. We’ve met both characters in previous stories but this is where it all comes together. Darcy hasn’t seen much love in her life and AJ has been in love before but it didn’t end well. Both of them hide behind antagonism and indifference instead of facing the real feelings they have for each other.
Darcy has faced a lot of pain in her recovery and the people who love her the most have had to suffer with her. She lost her job as a reporter traveling the world when her injuries left her with a limp and long lasting damage. Her sister Zoe and brother Wyatt help her as much as they can, but Darcy likes to do things for herself. Her best friend Zander has helped her cope by always being there for her but her feelings aren’t as deep as his. AJ has always been there for her especially in her physical recovery. One night she threw herself at him and he rejected her, this to Darcy was another example of why she keeps people from getting too close. AJ and Darcy are thrown together to help raise money and their feelings for each other can no longer be put off. There were some very HOT scenes between AJ and Darcy but they still have issues that need to be worked out.
I really enjoyed the Animal Magnetism series, but I think this one was my favourite. I loved AJ, he was sweet but also tough with Darcy while everyone else hovered and protected her. AJ is a hardworking man who puts the needs of his patients before himself. AJ has to learn to express himself and his feelings but has to learn to put his loved ones ahead of his work sometimes. Darcy was so vulnerable because of the hurt she received in her childhood, but she was lovable too. It was great to see them work through their problems and come out the other side with smiles on their faces.
Jill Shalvis is one of my favourite authors and this was a good example of her at her best. I can’t wait to read more of her work.
Rating: 5 Stars
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