Rescue My Heart
(Animal Magnetism #3)
by Jill Shalvis
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: November 6th 2012 by Berkley
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
She never wants a hero… After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable. Holly learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, Adam is the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him. For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.Goodreads
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Crystal L.'s Thoughts:
Jill Shalvis is my go to author for funny romances with heroines who do silly little things that should require face palms. I've yet to read a Shalvis book I didn't love, and Rescue My Heart is no exception. Great story. We have Adam who suffers from PTSD from a rescue gone wrong overseas while he was in the military. We have Holly, who had her teenage heart broken by Adam when he says he's leaving for the military and she shouldn't bother waiting for him at home, because he's never coming back for her. So she did what any mixed up hormonal nineteen year old would do, she ran off to someplace far away looking for someone to fill that hole. Too bad the man who filled that hole, a Professor she was a Teacher's Aide for, ended up being a dill-wad of the highest order who liked sleeping with all of his available TA's. But instead of divorcing cheating dill-wad husband, she just decided to go home to Idaho and pretend everything was honkey dory. She couldn't possibly let her father, or her pain in the ass brother Griffin, know that she had a failure of a marriage. What she didn't count on? Adam Connelly being back home in Idaho after his military service is over. Now doesn't that just suck?
Adam's got more on his emotional plate than the PTSD. He's got mixed up emotions about his native american mother who gave him and his brother away to a foster system because she couldn't deal. He's got a guilt streak a mile wide for a tragic accident that killed a police officer that was caused by drag racing from him and his buddies. And he also can't face the fact that Holly was the only girl he thought of through all those long, cold nights during his deployments, but he just never felt that he was good enough for her. Adam's got all of these things that keep him from connecting, and really living, his life. After Holly comes to him for help finding her Dad in the woods surrounding their hometown, they find themselves on less shaky ground after having cleared some of the air between them. But can Adam let himself love, and be loved by Holly? Or will he throw the best thing for him away by being a typical mule headed man?
While this isn't my favorite Animal Magnetism Series book (that honor distinctly goes to Brady's book - because YUM - he's Brady), it was still a totally typical rockin'-off-the-charts Jill Shalvis winner. This is a must read ladies! Five wine glass toast all the way! And not only do I say you will enjoy it, but by the end you will be totally hankering for the next book which will be Griffin's book. (Because - Double YUM - growly Griffin!)
Rating: 5 Wine Glasses