Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis


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Audiobook review: Animal Attraction

Author: Jill Shalvis
Narrator: Karen White
Audio Speed: 1.25x
Series: Animal Magnetism #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased

Animal Attraction AudioAnimal Attraction is the second story in Jill Shavis’s enjoyable Animal Magnetism series. Set in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, the series focuses on the veterinary practice owned by Dell and Adam Connelly. Dell had a rough childhood, going from foster home to foster home, and to this day, hides himself behind humor and one-night stands. Yet from the moment his big-city receptionist blew into his life 18 months ago, Dell finds he cannot stop thinking about her. Meanwhile, Jade ran from her Chicago life all those months ago, finding refuge in Sunshine. Promising her family she’d return, Jade isn’t sure she can afford to indulge in her feelings for Dell.

I really enjoyed my second visit to Sunshine, Idaho. Jade and Dell make for a perfect pair. Both are working through past issues and trying to come to terms with growing feelings that they’d rather ignore. Becoming good friends during her stay, the pair realize time is running out and neither wants to say goodbye. Jade’s leaving was a constant weight hanging over the pair, and it was probably brought up one too many times; however I like how the author worked it into the story and around the problem it posed.

While Dell’s past is generally known by the reader, Jade’s is not. As her history is slowly revealed to the reader, it could have easily turned into a contrived, stereotypical storyline. Yet, the author doesn’t take the easy path, instead creating a more interesting and well-developed storyline. I enjoyed how Jade and Dell work through their issues together (mostly). Although, for two very intelligent and in-tune individuals, they got pretty stupid with each other there for a while.

The narration by Karen White was enjoyable and easy to listen to. I enjoyed her voices, especially Jade’s. Her performance of the males were more spot on this time around, and I liked that she altered her vocalizations enough to give each character his or her own unique sounds. My only complaint comes with previous heroine, Lilah, who seemed to grow a bit stupid and shallow at times, and her voice was equally annoying during those moments.

Overall, I really enjoyed Animal Attraction. Although both characters are introduced in the first book, Animal Attraction could easily be enjoyed as a standalone story.

My Rating: A- Enjoyed it a lot
Narration: B+ Liked it a lot


  • I have the first book in this series on audio. I’ve yet to try it. I’ve actually never tried Jill Shalvis. I do like Karen White a lot. I wonder if she made Lilah’s voice annoy when she was being stupid on purpose.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Well… Voices also changed in the third book, so ??? But I do like Karen White. It’s just she doesn’t keep the same voices for characters as much from book to book. It’s more like she has her primary female and male voice that she uses for each h/h pairing. Get what I mean?

      • She hasn’t done that on the vampire series that I’m listening to. The only voice that has really changed is a girl that has aged from a 4 year old to a 20 year old. I can’t remember if she changed the voices for the Sin Brothers series. Been too long.

  • Omg kitty!!!

    • You should try this series. Lots of animals!

  • Oh yay! I enjoyed the two of them together. She did a good job with Jade. Glad to see you had a good time with them!

    • Yes! I really enjoyed Jade and Dell together. The book was so enjoyable to listen to. This series makes me LOL sometimes too.

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