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Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Still the One

by Jill Shalvis

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Series: Animal Magnetism (Book 6)

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Another great book in this fun series by Jill Shalvis. The characters in this series are fun and so well written, each book is better than the last. If you are fan of contemporary romance, Jill Shalvis does not disappoint. Do yourself a favor and pick up this series.
Happy Reading...enjoy! ( )
  AmyJ71 | Jun 20, 2017 |
Reading a book by Jill Shalvis is such a comforting thing and this one was just as awesome as the others. Hot sweet guy? Check. Troubled and funny as hell girl? Check. Result: a delicious romance novel. ( )
  msralways | Apr 20, 2017 |
Really good book. We met Darcy in her brother Wyatt's story, Then Came You. She is recovering from a very bad car accident that put her in a wheelchair. Thanks to the hard work and determination of AJ, she can walk again. The two of them have quite a history, and the sparks between them fly hot and fast.

First impression of Darcy was that she could be quite a brat. She doesn't like to accept advice and can be rather snarky and not very nice when she talks to AJ. She puts forth a very independent attitude, but she's also got a vulnerable center, and a lot of that attitude is a way to protect herself. Her parents were mostly absent in her life, finding their careers more important. She has never felt wanted or needed, or even loved, and has trouble accepting it when it is offered. She has been attracted to AJ for a long time, but the one time she made advances to him he turned her down. Since then things have been tense between them, even though they work together.

AJ is a physical therapist who has a true calling. He frequently continues therapy work on patients even when their insurance runs out, because he wants the best for them. He has the opportunity to get a grant to continue his work, but needs to take a former patient along as witness to his work. When his first choice bows out, AJ is left with asking Darcy. He's hesitant because of the tension between them. He's been attracted to her for years, but she's his best friend's little sister, and then she was a patient, which makes her off limits. Plus, he's been burned once by a woman who couldn't get past her issues and he didn't want to risk the same kind of hurt. I liked that he knows how strong and amazing Darcy is, knows when to sympathize and when to push, and doesn't coddle her.

The trip to Boise only serves to increase the sparks between them. Darcy goes a little overboard with her "help" and implies that there is a romantic relationship between her and AJ. Add in a snowstorm that strands them at the hotel and their inclusion in a team building exercise, and the sparks that fly between them burst into flame. I loved seeing AJ's protectiveness and care for her as she battles the memories of her crash brought on by the storm. Their coming together was spicy and sweet, and left both of them rattled by how it affected them.

I liked that AJ was ready to embrace how he felt. The problem he had was that Darcy was afraid to believe that he could really care for her. I loved seeing him patiently wear down her walls. Then a partially overheard conversation sends her running, believing she's been rejected again. I ached for her and how devastated she was. Poor AJ was completely unaware of what had happened, and confused by her actions. It was great to see his determination to fix whatever had happened, and I loved his big moment at the end. I can't wait to see more of them in later books and see how they are doing.

There was also a secondary storyline involving Darcy's rescue of S&R dogs that are no longer useful or have other problems. Her determination to save and many as possible and turn them into therapy dogs show just how big a heart she really has. I loved seeing her match dogs with just the right person, as her insight always seems to be spot on.

I also liked the other characters. Darcy and her siblings are still repairing their relationships with each other after suffering from the effects of their parents' neglect. Wyatt and Zoe tend to be a bit overprotective, which grates on Darcy and her sense of independence, but they are there for her when she needs them. Darcy also has a good friend in Xander, local tattoo artist and bad boy. Unfortunately, she doesn't see that he really wants more than to be just friends, though the interactions between him and AJ should have been a clue.

I loved the humor that wound throughout the book. There were a couple of hilarious scenes involving animals, including an office scene with Darcy and a parrot, and another involving puppy obedience training. The conversation between Darcy and AJ on the trip to Boise was a riot, covering everything from her eating habits to her sniping at him. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Apr 1, 2017 |
Still the One
4 Stars

Darcy Stone and AJ Colton both have valid reasons for not getting romantically involved. Still smarting from AJ’s previous rejection, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to help him secure grant funding for his physical therapy patients. AJ is just a reticent as he and Darcy will have to pretend to be a couple; an idea that he is much too eager to explore for real. Can AJ and Darcy get beyond the past and find a future together?

Darcy and AJ’s romance is sweet and the “fake” relationship trope only intensifies their pre-existing chemistry. Given their backstories, i.e., Darcy’s issues with rejection and AJ’s reluctance to become involved with a footloose and fancy free woman, it is not surprising that communication, or the lack thereof, becomes a central focus. That said, the story mostly manages to avoid the silly misunderstandings that usually characterize this type of relationship.

The secondary plot involving Darcy’s rehabilitation of search & rescue dogs is charming, but unfortunately does not play as integral a part as it could have and remains rather underdeveloped. Secondary characters Zander and Tyson are both intriguing and it will be interesting to see if Shalvis develops them further.

In sum, Still the one is another solid installment in this charming series about small town friends who find love in the most unlikely of places. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
I always enjoy a Jill Shalvis book as I know I am going to get a heartwarming story full of humor. This is the 6th book in the Animal Attraction series and while it did have animals – even those we’ve come to love from previous books – the main story revolved around physical therapy.

Darcy Stone was in a horrible accident that left her in a wheel chair. But due to a vigilant physical therapist, A.J. Colton she is now walking again. One of the things I liked about how the author chose to write Darcy was – she wasn’t ashamed of her scars on the outside – she accepted and faced her disability but it was the scars that were on the inside left over from her childhood that were really debilitating her.

A.J has always had a thing for Darcy but she not only was his patient she is his best friends little sister and there are just some lines you don’t cross. When Darcy kisses him after an intense therapy session his rejection causes her to treat him with disdain even while at work as she is his part time admin.

One of Darcy’s side jobs is rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers. The problem with this is the sellers want a lot of money for the dogs they no longer consider of value and Darcy struggles coming up with the funds for each save. When A.J. comes to her with a proposal to give her money to attend a meeting with him to get a grant from a wealthy businessman to aid in helping patients whose insurance runs out she takes it even though she cant stand to be around him.

As you can imagine the attraction that these two have buried for each other doesn’t take long to explode while they are forced to be so close to each other. Its also during this time we find out that Darcy isn’t the only one holding onto some deep scars from the past.
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  CindySnS | Oct 26, 2016 |
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