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…
Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So basically I think this is my new favorite from Jill.
By now, you’re all familiar with my Jill Shalvis love. At least I think you are.
The one thing I can count on with her books is that I’m entertained. Are they formulaic? Absolutely. But I don’t care one bit when I am completely engrossed in the story and the characters.
Rumor Has It is book 4 in the Animal Magnetism series and we’re quickly introduced to Kate Evans. She takes care of everyone, her father, her younger brother and sister and she even still tries to take care of her ex-boyfriend.
I really loved Kate. She was endearing and funny and her random science facts had me chuckling as I read. As the Fourth grade science teacher, she’s had the opportunity to take advantage of a scholarship but that would take her away from her family that depends on her for everything.
Enter Griffin Reid. Griffin is back for his sister’s wedding and to recover from a war injury. But then he’s heading out of Sunshine as fast as he can. As intriguing as his sister’s best friend is, there just isn’t anything in Sunshine for him.
Holy crap I think I might love him the most… and that’s saying a lot especially if you’ve read all the Lucky Harbor books. I can’t pinpoint just one thing about Griffin that I loved … He’s the injured hero, the troublemaker who returns as someone more, the brother who adores his sister, the son who wants to make things right with his dad, and of course the thing that happens about 74% in… all of it.
Jill does an amazing job with creating and developing her characters and I really loved both Kate and Griffin. But I also loved the additional information we got on some of the secondary characters. Tommy was one of my favorites. Kate’s young brother was a wonderful addition to the cast of characters in this series.
I loved the chemistry between Kate and Griffin… and they tried as hard as they could to ignore what was happening between them.
Don’t mistake restraint for disinterest, Kate.”
Some of my favorite quotes had me laughing because they were so spot on:
“He’s a seven-year-old boy. He avoids soap like the plague, watches The Avengers on repeat, and sometimes forgets underwear.”
Smiling because I agree whole-heartedly:
“He choked out a laugh. Did you just say dick?”
“Would you rather I have said penis?”
“Actually,” he said. “I prefer cock.”
And sighing because it was just perfect:
Don’t try to fight it, Griffin. I’ll be gentle.”
Like I said, I can count on Jill Shalvis to give me interesting & relatable characters that I enjoy reading about and a story that keeps me turning pages. That’s exactly what you’re going to find here with Rumor Has It.
If you haven’t yet listened to me gush about Jill every time a new book comes out, please listen to me now. Get started on the Lucky Harbor series, then pick up the Animal Magnetism series and come find me when you’re done so we can compare notes!
Please note, all quotes are taken from and ARC and may change in the final copy.