The first—and most obvious—reason to love Jill Shalvis's Animal Magnetism series is simple: puppies! As a dog lover, and a Doggy Mom to two Great Pyrenees, I loved Gertie, the big, lovable St. Bernard that appears throughout the series (not to mention all the other dogs, too).
That being said, “puppies” was the very obvious answer, and honestly not the thread woven throughout the entire series that stood out to me. Instead, it was a thread of service.
Now, I realize that might sound odd. I mean, Shalvis writes fun contemporary romance, right? Right. But there is a definite thread of service throughout every single one of the “Animal Magnetism” books, and it manifests itself in different ways, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious.
In Animal Magnetism (Book 1) Shalvis gives us Lilah and Brady, who in so many ways epitomize “service:” Lilah runs a kennel and animal rescue and Brady’s a former soldier who’s seen tours of duty in the Middle East and Afghanistan. While one could certainly argue that serving one’s country and facing bullet fire is more important than rescuing dogs and cats, both forms of service are important in their own right and I loved that Shalvis gave each of them equal weight and importance.