Review: Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis


Rumor Has It (Animal Magnetism #4) by Jill Shalvis
Berkley (November 5, 2013)

Rating: B+
Heat: Hot

Heroine: Kate Evans – Teacher, Brainy Beauty 
Hero: Griffin Reid – Special Ops Soldier, Gruff





Griffin Reid wanted nothing more than to escape Sunshine. At the age of eighteen, he enlists in the army and has been gone ever since. He’s recently been medically discharged after an IED exploded by him and scarred him badly. He’s back in his hometown for Holly (his sister) and Adam’s wedding and to also recuperate and regroup; trying to figure out what he wants to do next. He’s never truly noticed Kate, but when she literally falls at his feet, he notices that his little sister’s best friend is no longer little Katie but sexy-as-hell Kate. This beauty with brains intrigues him right from the start.

Kate Evan’s has lived in Sunshine her whole life. She’s a second grade teacher and the town sweetheart. After her mother died, she put her own happiness on hold to take on the responsibility of making sure her dad, teenage sister, and little brother are taken care of. Which is why she was rushing to get to her father’s house to help the kids get ready for school when she literally falls at Griffin’s feet. With his rugged good looks and hard body, this man makes Kate nervous. And when Kate gets nervous she blurts out random scientific facts. This awkward reunion was ridiculously funny and loaded with sexual tension.

Kate has always had a crush on Griffin but has never had the guts to do anything about it... until now. She wants to have some fun and be free. She’s does everything for everyone except for herself. Griffin is the man she's always wanted and she's ready to take what she wants, even if it is for just one night. Griffin wants Kate - oh, does he ever. But he is trying to do the right thing by staying away from Kate, per his sister’s requests. Suddenly thrown into a compromising position at the wedding, Griffin fails miserably at keeping his distance when Kate makes her move to seduce him. The irresistible brainy bombshell won this battle of the wills and Griffin waves the white... condom. (lol)

Griffin, our very sexy, gruff, and broken alpha hero is struggling with his injury and his strained relationship with his father. His issues with his father go skin deep and has impacted his life. Mending fences with his father proves to be difficult and seeing just how much he wants a relationship with his father had me choked up. Sunshine has never been place he could call home before but, the older, more mature Griffin, feels like he could put down roots in the place he once hated. Then there is the unexpectedly saucy and sexy brainiac who managed to burrow her way into his heart and changed everything for him. She brought sunshine and smiles into his life when he had felt empty for so long.

I adore our delightful and sassy heroine, Kate. From the very first science fact she spouted, she had my heart. She’s absolutely adorable, witty, generous, smart, and very stubborn. Kate is at a crossroads in her life. She is her own person but continues to sacrifice herself for her family. She does some soul-searching and with a little bit of pampering and encouragement from Griffin, she starts to slowly realize she doesn’t have to fix everything and take care of everyone. She can move on with her life and follow her dreams.

“The first contraceptive was crocodile dung,” she whispered. “The Egyptians used it in 2000 BC.”

“You say the sexiest things,” he said, and gently sank his teeth into her earlobe.

These two together are as molten hot as they are entertaining. I absolutely loved the flirty banter, the endearing talks, the kissing, the thoughtfulness between them, the smoldering looks, the hot touches, and, oh man, did I love the sexy times. It was delectable. Griffin and Kate really complemented each other perfectly, which made it effortless to love them.

Jill Shalvis is no doubt my go-to author when I want to read a sexy and sassy contemporary romance. Rumor Has it might be one of funniest books she's written to date. I laughed and snorted so many times while reading I received some odd looks from the hubby. I do have to mention one of the awesome secondary characters, Tommy, Kate’s little brother. He nearly stole the show with his random science facts (just like his sister) and oddness. I loved that kid. With its sparkling characters, snarky humor, yummy sexy times, and sigh-worthy romance, I had a good time reading Rumor Has it and can honestly say this book should not be missed.


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