BOOK REVIEW: Love story set in small-town Idaho is a delightful read

pbrewer@idahostatesman.comOctober 20, 2013 

  • ‘Rumor Has It’

    by Jill Shalvis; Berkley ($7.99)

This is a wonderful continuation of the Animal Magnetism series by Jill Shalvis. She writes with humor, emotion and wit about life and the amazing characters that inhabit her world.

Sunshine, Idaho, is your typical small town, a place that Griffin Reid could not wait to leave when he turned 18. Now he is back in town for his sister Holly’s wedding and is at a turning point in his life. He has not told anyone, but he has received a medical discharge from the Army for being too close to an improvised explosive device when it went off. He has a few options to consider; however, he is interested in mending his relationship with his father so is home for more than one reason.

Kate Evans is Holly’s best friend and is excited for the wedding. She is pleasantly surprised when she sees Grif back in town. She has always had a crush on him, but since he was the bad boy in his teen years, she has steered clear. This time she is ready to see what happens when she pushes the relationship.

My take: I have to say that Shalvis writes amazing contemporary romances, and “Rumor Has It” is one of my favorites in this series. The relationship between Grif and Kate is romantic as they dance around their attraction. He tries to stay away, knowing that he is not sure of where he will end up, but she is ready to make this work. I love the dynamics of the secondary characters and enjoy that many from previous books are featured. Although this is the fourth in the series, this can be read very easily as a standalone.

My rating: I highly recommend this feel-good romance that is well-written with humor and hope.

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