“The second installment in this series which centers around three brothers who bonded in foster care environment is a beautiful story about two people with pasts that have impacted their ability to love and have a meaningful relationship.
Dell is the town's sexy veterinarian who has all the women trying to find something wrong with their pets just to spend a little time with him. He has hidden feelings for his overqualified receptionist, Jade, who has slight OCD tendencies.
I loved the relationship dance between Dell and Jade. Their interaction with one another was funny, witty, and sexy. I often found myself anxiously awaiting for the next scene with just the two of them. They were perfect for each other neither wanting to give more than the other. Both hiding behind the fact that Jade would be leaving soon. It was fun watching Dell having the tables turn on him when Jade doesn't respond to him in the way he is used to women responding. He has to pursue Jade delicately, softly, gently, like he would a wounded animal. Jade suffered a traumatic event in her life that caused her to run from the life she lived. She hides behind organization and spreadsheets to keep it together. When Dell and Jade finally come together it was electrifying.
Jill Shalvis weaves a wonderful story with believable characters. She incorporates past characters, Dell's two brothers and sister in law, into the story in such a way that it fleshes out the h/h . You don't have to read the first book in order to enjoy this one. They can each be read independently.
I was emotionally engaged in this story from beginning to end. I love Jill Shalvis' storytelling and she definitely did not disappoint with this second installment. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book with--dare I say---Adam? He is definitely the most reserved and tightly contained of the three brothers.