Review: Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis

Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism #4
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Pages: 281
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 4 Stars
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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 has 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…

Elizabeth's Thoughts
Kate Evans has had a crush on her best friend’s older brother since she was 10. Even 18 years later, Griffin Reid still flusters her! Every time she’s around him all she can seem to do is babble on about scientific facts like, “There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar,” and my personal favorite, “The Trojans built protective walls around their city. Like Condoms. That’s where the name Trojan comes from.”

I absolutely love Kate’s character. She is hardworking, honest, puts everyone else’s needs before her own, and always sees the good in everyone. Kate is a nurturer and loves taking care of her family. She is on the verge of starting a dream of hers, but is plagued by the guilt of leaving her family alone. Her dream has a deadline and if Kate doesn’t make a decision soon, she could miss the opportunity of a lifetime.

It absolutely broke my heart to see Kate taking care of her family, which has been falling apart ever since her mother’s death. Her father is debilitated from horrible guilt and in recovery from addiction to pain killers. Her sister is a teenager in dire need of guidance and a younger brother who hates baths and loves pretending to be super heroes.

Grif is a womanizer who thinks that he has taken advantage of Kate with their one night of passion. He realizes that Kate has come to terms with it and is somewhat lackadaisical about the entire situation. Instead of being relieved, Grif is oddly troubled by her response.

I love damaged heroes and Grif is certainly one of them. Although his military career has left visible scars, his tumultuous relationship with his father and his mixed feelings about what to do after his military service really humanized his character. As a military man, he needs to portray strength, but inside, Grif is in turmoil and the only calm in his life is a beautiful, stubborn school teacher who should be off limits, but captures his attention…and eventually his heart.

This is my first Jill Shalvis book and I really enjoyed it! The plot was strong and captivating and the characters were well-developed and relatable. A great contemporary read.

I was gifted a paperback ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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