28 Nov '13

Nix Review – Rumor Has it by Jill Shalvis (4 Stars)

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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…

FTC : I don’t personally know this author and requested this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I am a fan of Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series and that is why I immediately requested this. It is very recognisable as a Shalvis novel, and contains the same light writing and fluffy humor as that particular series, but I didn’t get as attached as quickly to these characters. I think it was because I missed the side characters and the small town side to the story

I always love a story where the heroine had a teenaged crush on the hero. Griffin was everything that Kate adored in her younger years; big, bad and completely dreamy. Back from war, he seems to be a more real version of the man she adored and she decides that now is the time to make her move. She made me laugh throughout. In her head, she wanted to be a complete sex kitten and sex Griffin out of her system at the wedding. In reality, she is the clumsy heroine who gets nervous around the man of her dream and randomly spurts out science facts (and random they are).

Griffin never ever wanted to come back to the place that harboured so many bad memories. Medically discharged from the army, he has little choice but to come back to celebrate his little sisters wedding. The plan is to leave as quickly as possible but he never counts on Kate. She blitzes into his life in a whirl of science facts and changes everything. She makes him happy and he never thought that was possible. I loved the combination of them together; it made me smile.

The chemistry was very apparent in the book and Jill Shalvis does write fantastic heat. The sex scenes were frequent and delicious. It is always nice to read a book that contains a lot of heat without being explicit; makes them bus journey’s far less uncomfortable J

This is a sweet and hot book that is very easy to read. With cute characters and a light love story, it is fun with a capital F.

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