Then Came You

Jill Shalvis
Then Came You
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Penguin Group
Release Date
July 2014
Book 5 of Animal Magnetism
Contemporary Romance, Medical Romance

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rumor Has It and the Lucky Harbor series comes the story of a woman whose world is turned upside down by one night's torrid fling...

Veterinary intern Emily can't believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of the Los Angeles clinic she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.

Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn't just a laid-back doctor, but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans...

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jul 09, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
106 people found the following review helpful
I kept hearing such great things about the Animal Magnetism and the Lucky Harbor series, I just knew I had to try a Jill Shalvis title. THEN CAME YOU delivers on so many fronts, it's hard to describe them all. The first that come to mind are: great chemistry, humor and even an interesting secondary character plot highlighting the crazy world of sibling interrelationships. Jill Shalvis, you've just gained a new fan! Now, if only I could find a vet like Wyatt!

Although this is book 5 in the Animal Magnetism series, it is not necessary to have read the prior books to enjoy this one, as each focuses on the love life of a different couple. I did, however, get the sense that some of the characters had been introduced in prior installments and, therefore, if you plan to read the entire series (and after reading this one, I know I want to!), there is some benefit to reading the books in chronological order.

Imagine Emily Steven's surprise, when the first day in her veterinary internship in Sunshine, Idaho, she finds out that her boss is the man with whom she had her one and only one-night stand. She had met him while attending a veterinary conference in Reno, Nevada and, throwing away her normally scripted life, had had the most passionate night of her life assuming that she would never have to see him again. This is just the topper on her already bad luck of drawing this internship. Living in the rural town of Sunshine for a year has no room in her life plan.

She had had it all figured out. She was going to land the internship in Beverly Hills, CA (the one-year internship being a requirement of her vet school scholarship), make tons of money, and marry John (her college study partner, who for the record, she had never actually dated). But then her mother's multiple sclerosis flared up right before she left for school and, given her divided attention, the other scholarship recipient got her first choice.

Dr. Wyatt Stone is the "McDreamy" of all vets. He has a way with words that causes his patients and women to do what he asks them to do and can always diffuse any tense situation with just the sweet sounds of his voice. All the women in Sunshine are crazy about him, and there is no end of ladies who are willing to stop by the clinic to drop off a casserole for him in the hopes of catching his attention.

In light of Emily's plans, Wyatt does his best to act in a professional manner. But no matter how hard they try to ignore each other, their attraction is undeniable. Finally, Emily capitulates and begs him for one more night. But as she has made it clear that he is not in her long-term plan, Wyatt is unwilling to open up to Emily, much to her chagrin. Physically, they seem unable to stay away from one another. Even if, at the same time, they seem unwilling to let go of past demons to open up to one another. With such "preexisting conditions", can there possibly be a HEA in the future for Emily and Wyatt?

Further complicating, and adding great humor to, this story, are Wyatt's and Emily's sisters. Each is perfectly capable of tormenting them, while at the same time willing to go to great ends to protect them. There is even a touch of suspense and danger when injured dogs start unexplainably showing up near Emily's home, providing the perfect opportunity for Wyatt to show off his protective alpha side.

I loved the attention to character development. So often, the romance is rushed and feels forced. While this book contains plenty of hot steamy scenes--well before a true emotional love connection evolves--I loved how Ms. Shalvis took her time developing the ties between the characters. I also enjoyed how Ms. Shalvis used the interrelationships between siblings to slowly reveal each character's background and to force Wyatt and Emily to question their plans and coping mechanisms, eventually fostering growth.

THEN CAME YOU has two meaningful messages. Sometimes we have to push aside outdated plans to make room for true happiness, and you should never pass up an opportunity to speak up for what you want when true love hangs in the balance. If these messages appeal to you, and you have a sweet spot for animals, strong heroines and alpha heroes, then I highly recommend THEN CAME YOU!
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