Review: Rumor Has It by Jill ShalvisRumor Has It by Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism #4
Published by berkley on November 5, 2013
Genres: Contemp Romance
Pages: 281
Format: Paperback
Source: Advance Reader Copy, Courtesy review copy

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…

Kate Evans takes care of everyone in her life. She may not live at home, but every morning before work, she runs to her father’s house, gets her teenage sister and 8 year old brother ready for school, she even takes care of her ex, who is also her boss and best friend.

But the big question is, when will Kate take care of herself?

Her other best friend, Holly, is getting married and Kate is in the wedding. She is blind-sided when Holly’s brother Griffin shows up because he made no bones about the fact that he wanted out of Sunshine, Idaho and he never looked back.

But Griffin isn’t the same punk-ass kid who hated the small-town life. He’s just left the military, and is recovering from an IED explosion. He’s back for Holly’s wedding, but that’s it. He has no desire to stay in Podunk-ville, Idaho at all. Until he sees Kate again.

He knows he makes her nervous because she spouts random scientific facts every time he’s nearby. He also knows she’s had a crush on him since they were in school together, and he knows he can do nothing about it.

But no one told Kate. She seems to throw herself at him at every opportunity (which is hysterical!)

Kate is an endearing, sweet, and geeky heroine who anyone can identify with. I swear if you swap the scientific facts for endless babble, you’d have me. LOL

Kate and Griffin have a sweet and sexy romance that seems to be going along really well until the end. Something happens that no one could see coming, and while Kate seems to move on pretty quickly, Grif bails. To him, everything has changed, and not for the better.

With a fun and self-deprecating sense of humor, this book was an easy read with likeable characters. The cast of side characters was well-drawn and I want to read about them! Anyone who enjoys small-town romance or ex-military heroes will love Rumor Has It.

 ***ARC courtesy of Berkley Contemporary Romance

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