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The Teasers Review: Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis

Rumor Has It CoverTitle: Rumor Has It (Animal Magnetism #4)
Author: Jill Shalvis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars

Book description:

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…

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Amanda rates it: 4 out of 5

Rumor Has It is one of those books that makes me upset.  Really upset.  Why?  Because I really enjoyed this story and I’m mad that this is the first book by Jill Shalvis I’ve read.  Why didn’t you tell me about her before?! *gives evil eye*

Here’s the deal, Rumor Has It is a wonderfully sweet, sexy, romantic story that made me laugh.  Kate has quite the socially eclectic family.  Her younger sister Ashley is a typical teenaged terror, her eight year old brother, Tommy, is hygienically challenged and dresses up as superheroes everyday, and her forgetful father is a recovering addict.  Kate basically runs the family, responding to every call and text as if her life depends on it.  She takes care of others and I suspect others take that for granted.

One day she runs into the grey eyed soldier who she has had a crush on since since she was young: Griffin Reid.  He’s just come back from one of the ‘Stans with an injury to attend his sister’s wedding to his best friend.  He’s always a soldier and frankly always sexy.  Griffin desperately tries to adhere to his sister’s demand and not get involved with her best friend, Kate, but he falters with every step.  The more he tries to avoid liking her, the more he does.  Griffin also struggles with his relationship of his rancher father, Donald Reid.  There’s tension there, folks.

What made me love the story?  The cast of characters.  Obviously, Kate and Griffin are at the top of my list.  From Kate’s nervous rambling of science facts when she’s nervous (do you know the relationship between you earlobes and your nipples?) to Griffin’s straightforward attitude.  He loves the things about Kate others may want to change.  *AWWWW!*

Although I haven’t read the other books in the Animal Magnetism series, it was not necessary to enjoy this novel.  I do have the feeling that if I had, I would have enjoyed it even more.  There appear to be relationships referenced that may have made me smile more had I known their back story.  I guess the only thing left for me to do now is read the rest! 😀

Elizabeth rates it: 4 out of 5

This is a super cute story that has a great foundation and plot! Griffin and Kate have great chemistry but also have a believable lifestyle that makes it all fit in just the right way.  Usually in a book you have the main characters and a few details from their past mixed with a small cast of supportive characters but in this story, it’s so much more than that.  Kate and Griffin each have multiple layers and getting to see more of their “lives” and family makes them relatable and more realistic.  They don’t come from perfect backgrounds, they don’t have the perfect lives, but they aren’t so broken you can’t place yourself in their shoes.  They just feel real. They fit so well together that I had a few goofy grins on my face while devouring the words and that is a huge indicator of a book/author I will definitely read again.

Kate is a school teacher that every parent wishes they had for their own child.  She’s loving, caring, passionate, and makes any and all sacrifices for the benefit of those she cares for and unfortunately she’s the one who pays the price.  Between her quirky family issues and her internal need to make sure everyone is happy, some of her goals and dreams have taken a ride to the back burner along with her love life.  I think we can all relate to that at some point!  What she’s not prepared for is Griffin to come barging back into her life and stir up feelings and thoughts that she had filed away with her personal needs.  What made me just adore Kate was her lack of a verbal filter when she’s within 10 feet of Griffin and her random spouts of scientific facts (which had me thinking and possibly verifying the nipple one). *gasp* O.O

Griffin is…well, lets just say that I was sold on this book at the mere mention of a soldier.  It’s basically my weakness and I will read just about anything with a military man.  Broken, injured, or just ornery as hell, I don’t care.  I’m sold and I’m sold with that disclosure only.  All I can say is Griffin did not disappoint! He was sweet, caring, alpha, cocky, and definitely easy on the eyes.  There were only two things I wanted from him that I didn’t get…the clink of those sexy dog tags and more of a back story into his military life.  Other than that, he was perfect!

What also sets this story apart from other cookie-cutter romance books is the setting in which it takes place.  The entire story is set in Sunshine, Idaho (which I’ve never been anywhere near) and it was a well built backdrop.  Not too much detail but enough to make you want to find this cute and quaint little town so you can go have some coffee at the local diner.

I’ve always had Jill Shalvis on my TBR and now I’m just wondering why it’s taken me this long to get to her. Nice and easy read with plenty of tension and spice! Would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves the HEAs but needs some realistic scenarios to set it apart from the rest! 🙂

Tiffany rates it: 3.5 out of 5

This was an adorable read! 🙂 I absolutely loved Kate’s personality! She’s a smart and amusing character that makes you laugh out loud with her random facts and funny traits. (I especially adored the fact that she and her best friend could call each other at any moment and the other would bring over ice-cream! haha LOVE!)

I’m a HUGE fan of dual points of view in the books I read and I appreciated it more with this story. Griffin has a mysterious personality and being back on home turf can be challenging for a soldier, and the chapters in his perspective gave me a better look inside who he truly is and his true feelings for Kate. And let me tell you……

He’s one heck of a male! 😉 *swoon*

I also could not get enough of each of their families. Each one had their own role in Kate and Griffin’s love story, and I wouldn’t mind (at all) reading more from them! 🙂 I have to say that my favorite secondary character was probably Kate’s male best friend. I won’t tell you more because you’ll have to meet him when you get this book! 😉 Hope you enjoy this great read!

Jill ShalvisAbout Jill Shalvis:

I grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now I live in Kansas with my husband, daughter, and our nine cuckoo clocks. My life’s been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing’s always been a major part my world, and I’m so happy to finally share some of my stories with other romance lovers.

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