'There are many things I don't understand, but here is one thing that I know. There is no such thing as the correct diagnosis. There are only symptoms, and catchphrases for various collections of symptoms. Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Bipolar I, Bipolar II, major depression, psychotic depression, obsessive compulsive, and on, and on. The labels mean nothing, because no two cases are ever exactly alike. Everyone presents differently, and responds to meds differently and no prognosis can truly be predicted. We are, however, creatures of containment. We want all things in life packed into boxes that we can label. But just because we have the ability to label it, doesn't mean we really know what's in the box. It's kind of like religion. It gives us comfort to believe we have defined something that is, by its very nature, indefinable.
As to whether or not we've gotten it right, well, it's all a matter of faith.'
Animal 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-