Review: Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who'd rejected her when she'd needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can't refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers. A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he's already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he's not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they'd ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What's the real thing? And where does it go from here?

Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who’d rejected her when she’d needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can’t refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.
A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he’s already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he’s not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they’d ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What’s the real thing? And where does it go from here?

Still the One by Jill Shalvis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always enjoy a Jill Shalvis book as I know I am going to get a heartwarming story full of humor. This is the 6th book in the Animal Attraction series and while it did have animals – even those we’ve come to love from previous books – the main story revolved around physical therapy.

Darcy Stone was in a horrible accident that left her in a wheel chair. But due to a vigilant physical therapist, A.J. Colton she is now walking again. One of the things I liked about how the author chose to write Darcy was – she wasn’t ashamed of her scars on the outside – she accepted and faced her disability but it was the scars that were on the inside left over from her childhood that were really debilitating her.

A.J has always had a thing for Darcy but she not only was his patient she is his best friends little sister and there are just some lines you don’t cross. When Darcy kisses him after an intense therapy session his rejection causes her to treat him with disdain even while at work as she is his part time admin.

One of Darcy’s side jobs is rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers. The problem with this is the sellers want a lot of money for the dogs they no longer consider of value and Darcy struggles coming up with the funds for each save. When A.J. comes to her with a proposal to give her money to attend a meeting with him to get a grant from a wealthy businessman to aid in helping patients whose insurance runs out she takes it even though she cant stand to be around him.

As you can imagine the attraction that these two have buried for each other doesn’t take long to explode while they are forced to be so close to each other. Its also during this time we find out that Darcy isn’t the only one holding onto some deep scars from the past.

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