Monday, 4 November 2013

Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis review, Q&A and giveaway!

15810107Rumor Has It
Animal Magnetism #4
Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: 4th November 2013

I've never read a Jill Shalvis book that I've not loved to bits and she's written a tonne of books! She's my contemporary romance go to author so I've been dying to get my hands on Rumor Has It the fourth book in the Animal Magnetism series and it didn't disappoint. 

Rumor Has It hero Griffin Reid is so grrrrrrrr! He's a first class Jill Shalvis alpha male extraordinaire. An ex-army demolitions expert, Griffin is back in Sunshine, Idaho for his sister Holly's wedding but unknown to anyone Griffin has been medically discharged from the army after sustaining a serious head trauma in a blast. Still suffering from blinding migraines, sleepless nights and ringing ears Griffin refuses to let his family know how much he is actually suffering. Griffin is a little bit gruff (sorry, I HAD to get that in there!) and makes heroine Kate Evans so nervous that she constantly blurts out random science facts whenever he speaks to her.

Griffin's sister Holly warns him off her BFF and bridesmaid Kate despite the fact that Kate has had a crush on him forever. Holly knows that Kate has enough on her plate to contend with and doesn't want a broken heart to add to her troubles because Griffin isn't the kind of guy to stick around.  Not only is Kate an elementary school teacher she's also practically raising her two siblings stroppy teenager Ashley and cute little Tommy who thinks he's a super hero. On top of this she's also looking after her own father who has been suffering from depression and an addiction to painkillers since the death of Kate's mother in a car accident. Kate always puts her family first, she's even put her dreams of attending a masters programme in science aside so it's impossible not to love her. However, bolstered by a little bit of alcohol at the co-bachelorette/bachelor party Kate is determined to get out of her current rut and sample some fun naked with Griffin even if it is only for one night.

Kate and Griffin had A-MAZ-ING chemistry together (well, she is a science expert after all). With Griffin tries his hardest to be a gentleman and not take advantage of Kate when she tries to seduce him despite his attraction to her to her and with Kate stepping in to take care of him when he has a migraine at the pre-wedding dinner I just knew that when they did get together it would be explosive (well, he is an explosives expert after all).

I adored Rumor Has It, funny, sweet, smexy and emotional it's yet another Jill Shalvis must read.

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I’d like to give Jill Shalvis a warm welcome to My keeper shelf today!
Jill is the bestselling author of over four dozen romance novels, including her upcoming sexy contemporary romance RUMOR HAS IT, book four in the Animal Magnetism series set in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho. Jill is known for stories that are sexy, fun and full of heart. The 4-time Rita nominee and 3-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe. Visit her website at for a complete book list and a hilarious daily blog.

Can you tell our readers a little bit about the Animal Magnetism (Sunshine, Idaho) series, and where your inspiration came from?

I’ve always wanted to write a series where I could incorporate cute animals. Cute animals and sexy heroes together, who can resist that. So I came up with a series about a set of wildly alpha brothers running an animal center in Sunshine, Idaho at the base of the Bitteroot Mountains.

What is your favourite thing about writing this series? The sexy men, the heroines, or the animals?

All of the above, but okay, let me admit the truth – the combination of hot guys and adorable animals is pretty much irresistible for me.

What do you think makes romance readers and the romance community so strong?

I think what makes the romance community so strong is that romance readers are awesome. They’re loyal and dedicated and always so willing to help support our community by talking about the books and making it okay to read whatever you want, may that be straight contemporary, romantic suspense, erotica, whatever. I love that. As far as having a strong presence, that is an accidental cause of working alone most of the days out of the year. Reaching out to romance readers and writers via social media is just a really great way to not always be alone. 

Are contemporaries your favourite genre to read as well as to write? If so, can you give our readers some of your favourite recommendations?  
Yes, though I love to read everything, across all genres. Heck, I’m happy reading the back of a cereal box. But as for my recommendations in the contemporary genre, you can’t go wrong with Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins, Carly Phillips, Susan Mallery, Lori Foster, Rachel Gibson…

Do you think reading romance makes us expect more from our own romantic partners? What effect do you think romance has on those that read it?

We’re writing fiction. Not nonfiction. But made up stories, fantasies really. I’m not writing “How To Have A Hot Romance.” Or “How To Train Your Significant Other Into Being A Perfect Mate.” I’m writing a fictional tale. I think our readers are sharp, and are well aware and capable of knowing the difference between a pat Happily Ever After and real life. If I can provide someone with a fantasy, a little escape from her reality, then I am considering it a job well done.

You write so many wonderful contemporaries, how do you keep each novel fresh and exciting?

Keeping it fresh is a constant battle, and I struggle with that daily. I just love writing, and this genre, and work hard to do the job so I can keep doing it and pleasing readers. Also, I find that stalking neighbors and friends, and being extremely nosy about their personal lives and conflicts is very helpful.

What’s your advice for a first-time pet owner?

1. Read up on your pet, on the specific breed.
2. Be patient.
3. Be patient.
4. Be patient.
5. Oh, and if there’s training issues? Chances are it’s you, so revisit #1.

The interactions shared between you and Alpha Man always entertain; what is a recent “He Said, She Said” between you and Alpha Man that we may not have heard yet?
Me: What are you eating?
Him (mouth full): Nothing
Me: It smells like Oreos.
Him: …
Me: Are you … eating Oreos? I thought we were out of cookies!!
Him: There’s only four left.
Me: I need two.
Him: I’ll give you one.
Me: No! You can’t eat just one cookie!!! There’s a rule!!!
Him: Show me the book where this rule lives.
Me: I’LL WRITE YOU THE $%#!#$!@ book, give me a second cookie and no one gets hurt!
Him: Is it possible that you need something to go with that cookie?
Me: Milk?
Him: I was thinking Midol…

Your friendship with Kristan Higgins and your friendly battle for “Man Wars” has become infamous. Why do you two connect so well?

I think our chemistry translates well because it’s genuine. You can’t fake a real friendship. We connect on lots of levels, such as competing for readers (kiddin!), and because we’re both raising aliens—er, teenagers.

What’s next for Jill Shalvis?

If you read RUMOR HAS IT, you may notice a new vet is working at Belle Haven. Dr. Wyatt Stone. He and his two sisters, Darcy and Zoe, are each going to get their own story next year.
Want to win a copy of RUMOR HAS IT?

Thanks to Jill's lovely publishers I have a copy of RUMOR HAS IT up for grabs today.
This is a US ONLY giveaway.
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Don't worry INTERNATIONAL PEEPS I haven't forgotten about you!
I have a little giveaway for you too via The Book Depository, the winner can pick any book from the series because they're all fab!
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  1. Thanks for the great review. I love the sound of this book, but then Jill Shalvis is always a delight to read.

  2. Thanks so much for having me and for the lovely review! Jill

  3. Robyn Carr and Susan Mallery.

  4. Robyn Carr and Susan Mallery.

  5. Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Ohh yay! Thanks for letting INT peeps get a chance!! All the other ones I've seen has been for US only. It's so nice that we get a chance to win something from Jill.

    I'd love to win Rumor Has It!

  7. Ohh I'd totally love to win Rumor Has it! The Animal Magnetism series is one of my all-time favorites!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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