Book Review: Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Still the One is the sixth book in the Animal Magnetism series by Jill Shalvis. like most of Shalvis's small town romances it can stand fine on its own, but having read some of the previous books will give readers a better sense of the town and additional background story for all of the characters.  

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. Meanwhile, A.J. admits (at least to himself) that Darcy is irresistible. However, he's already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he does not want to make the same mistake twice. 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?

Still the One is exactly what I have come to expect from Shalvis. A small town, contemporary romance with wounded characters and a side of humor. Darcy had a wake up call when her car crashed and she was severely injured. she has made huge strides in her life and dedicated her free time, and all of her money, to rescuing potential service dogs and matching them with those that need one and cannot afford one. Her main weakness is for A.J., the guys that has been by her side for recovery but rejected her when she was vulnerable and looking for more. A.J. has a definite weak spot for Darcy, but still bares the scars from a past relationship and is not ready to take a chance. I liked how the two came to terms with the own issues, and helped each other through the rough patches. Another good, solid story from Shalvis.

Still the One is a solid, quick read that had me turning the pages well past bedtime. It still does not reach favorite status for me, since Shalvis has so many great books, but it was still entertaining and had me caring about the characters like they were my own family and friends.

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