Interview & ARC Review – Still the One (Animal Magnetism #6) by Jill Shalvis

Can’t go wrong with a Jill Shalvis feel good romance, Still the One is another winner! ~ Ava, Guilty Pleasures 

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Slick interviews Jill Shalvis

Slick: Hi Jill and welcome back to Guilty Pleasures, it’s always a thrill to have you here with us!

Jill: Thanks for having me back!

Slick: Just in case our readers don’t stalk follow you on social media like I do, tell us what it was like to finish a very popular long series like Lucky Harbor. I mean as a reader, I know I mourned losing that town and its residents so as the writer, how did it affect you?

Jill: I felt unexpectedly sad!  I thought I’d be excited to move on but the opposite happened.   I had to mourn the series.  Which I did with lots of cookies.  🙂

Slick: Still The One is book six in the Animal Magnetism series and each book seems to get a little better, a little funnier and a little sexier. How hard is it to maintain that level of writing greatness?

Jill: Ha.  You’re sweet.  I think I’m just getting more and more comfortable writing, to be honest.  I love it.  Can’t imagine doing anything else…

Slick: I’m very excited about your new Cedar Ridge series starting in June, can you share with our readers what they can expect out of this series and how it differs from the other series you’ve written?

Jill: It’ll be the usual Shalvis in the way of the funny and the sexy.  Or so I hope.  But I think there’s more emotion here, and a little more angst.

Slick: What is your favorite part of each day?

Jill: Well in the morning, it’s getting to write. And in the evening, it’s being done writing.  I’m a bit of contradiction.  🙂

Slick: Lastly, I know readers love to connect with you and you are very good at keeping in touch with your fans. So please share with our readers where they can find you on the web and if you plan on doing any personal appearances in the near future. I know last year’s accident and surgery prevented you from attending a lot of things in person but I for one am very glad I got to meet you at the book signing in Dallas last year, it was a highlight of my year.

Jill: I’ll be getting to Dallas again for RT in May.  And then BEA in NY in late May, early June.  And then back to NY for July’s RWA conference.  And I hope to get to the signing at Nora’s Bookstore in July in Boonsboro, MD as well!  Please come out and see me!

Slick: Thank you again for being with us today. Thank you for your blog that never ceases to make me laugh and for continuing to write books I love to read! Oh and for our readers, I didn’t forget to ask Jill her Guilty Pleasure, I can tell you it is cookies! Jill loves cookies!

Jill: Again, honored to be here, love your site!  XOXO!

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Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who’d rejected her when she’d needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can’t refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.

A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he’s already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he’s not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they’d ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What’s the real thing? And where does it go from here?

Review copy provided for an honest review

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I actually discovered Jill Shalvis on Facebook. Her posts crack me up, and I realized awhile back I hadn’t read her books. I’m huge animal lover so I went for the Animal Magnetism books first. I’ve enjoyed everyone of them, and I’m sure you will as well. Still the One tells the story of Darcy Stone, crazy baby sister to lovable Wyatt from book 5 and his closest friend AJ Colten.

While falling for your brother’s best friend may be a tried and true troupe, it sure didn’t feel like a worn out story. Darcy and AJ come across as oil and water on many occasions because they are so different. Despite their differences they genuinely care deeply for one another right from the start of the story. I loved Darcy in the previous installment and her quirky nature and difficult personality are sometimes felt as abrasive by the other characters. It’s easy to see it would take a patient and strong hero to win her over. But the truth of it is, she just wasn’t ready for a relationship before now. Her personal struggles are just now feeling like she’s ahead of the pain, on a path she’s where she’s happy and doing things with her life she’s passionate about.

A.J. has felt strong feelings for Darcy but has successfully suppressed those feelings because he felt neither of them was ready to make something of them. He’s a wonderfully calm and assertive guy. He stands his ground and it works amazingly well on Darcy’s determined independent persona. The hard part is convincing her she needs him in her life, and encouraging her to become emotionally anchored to him and Sunshine.

Can’t go wrong with a Jill Shalvis feel good romance!

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