Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tour Stop: Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis ~ Review, Author Q&A and Giveaway

Title: Rumor Has It
Author: Jill Shalvis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013

He’ll help unleash the new woman in her…

Special Ops soldier Griffin Reid doesn’t exactly have happy memories of growing up in Sunshine, Idaho. He’s only come back to recover from a war injury, and while he refuses to admit he’s in a weakened state, he finds comfort in the last person he’d expect.

Kate Evans teaches fourth grade science in Sunshine, the place she’s always called home. Dreaming of graduate school and a happily-ever-after, she’s desperate to break out of the monotony of Sunshine. Luckily, a certain sexy man has just come back into her life.

To Griffin, Kate as always been his little sister’s friend, but now he’s finding her to be so much more. As both attempt to forge their paths, they must decide if their passionate connection can turn into something lasting…

This has to be one of the sweetest most laugh out loud books I've read this year. Hilariously funny with just the right amount of heat makes Rumor Has It a must read!

Kate is such a lovable heroine. She is sweet and goofy but most of all she is loyal to her wonderfully mixed up family. Loyal to the point of missing out on what she wants most to ensure their happiness.

Griffin has returned home from the military when an injury he sustained ends his career. I have to say that Griff is one of my favorite heroes to date. He is sexy, sweet, caring and soo funny. The man knows how to talk to a woman in and out of the bedroom too I might add. (Whew *fanning myself*)

She has had a crush on him since childhood. He can't take his mind or his eyes off of her. When they get together the sparks start flying but is that all they have or is it more?

"Kate, Kiss me."


"Kiss me, dammit."

She gave him a smile that stopped his heart. "Sorry. I heard you the first time. I just like hearing you say it."

I loved every single "naked yoga" minute of this one and I give it 5 Stars!! ~Christy


Q&A with New York Times Bestselling Author, Jill Shalvis

We’d like to give Jill Shalvis a warm welcome to our blog today! Jill is the bestselling author of over four dozen romance novels, including her upcoming sexy contemporary romance RUMOR HAS IT, book four in the Animal Magnetism series set in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho. Jill is known for stories that are sexy, fun and full of heart. The 4-time Rita nominee and 3-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe. Visit her website at for a complete book list and daily blog.

Q:  Can you tell our readers a little bit about the Animal Magnetism (Sunshine, Idaho) series, and where your inspiration came from?  

A:  I’ve always wanted to write a series where I could incorporate cute animals.  Cute animals and sexy heroes together, who can resist that.  So I came up with a series about a set of wildly alpha brothers running an animal center in Sunshine, Idaho at the base of the Bitteroot Mountains.  

Q:  What is your favorite thing about writing this series? The sexy men, the heroines, or the animals?

A:  All of the above, but okay, let me admit the truth – the combination of hot guys and adorable animals is pretty much irresistible for me.

Q:  What do you think makes romance readers and the romance community so strong?

A:  I think what makes the romance community so strong is that romance readers are awesome.  They’re loyal and dedicated and always so willing to help support our community by talking about the books and making it okay to read whatever you want, may that be straight contemporary, romantic suspense, erotica, whatever.  I love that.  As far as having a strong presence, that is an accidental cause of working alone most of the days out of the year.  Reaching out to romance readers and writers via social media is just a really great way to not always be alone.  

Q:  Are contemporaries your favorite genre to read as well as to write? If so, can you give our readers some of your favorite recommendations?  

A:  Yes, though I love to read everything, across all genres.  Heck, I’m happy reading the back of a cereal box.  But as for my recommendations in the contemporary genre, you can’t go wrong with Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins, Carly Phillips, Susan Mallery, Lori Foster, Rachel Gibson…

Q:  Do you think reading romance makes us expect more from our own romantic partners? What effect do you think romance has on those that read it?

A:  We’re writing fiction.  Not nonfiction.  But made up stories, fantasies really.  I’m not writing “How To Have A Hot Romance.”  Or “How To Train Your Significant Other Into Being A Perfect Mate.”  I’m writing a fictional tale.  I think our readers are sharp, and are well aware and capable of knowing the difference between a pat Happily Ever After and real life.  If I can provide someone with a fantasy, a little escape from her reality, then I am considering it a job well done.  

Q:  You write so many wonderful contemporaries, how do you keep each novel fresh and exciting?

A:  Keeping it fresh is a constant battle, and I struggle with that daily.  I just love writing, and this genre, and work hard to do the job so I can keep doing it and pleasing readers.  Also, I find that stalking neighbors and friends, and being extremely nosy about their personal lives and conflicts is very helpful.  

Q:  What’s your advice for a first-time pet owner?

1. Read up on your pet, on the specific breed.  
2. Be patient.  
3. Be patient.  
4. Be patient.    
5. Oh, and if there’s training issues?  Chances are it’s you, so revisit #1.

Q:  The interactions shared between you and Alpha Man always entertain; what is a recent “He Said, She Said” between you and Alpha Man that we may not have heard yet?
What are you eating?
Him (mouth full):
It smells like Oreos.
Are you … eating Oreos? I thought we were out of cookies!!
There’s only four left.
I need two.
I’ll give you one.
No! You can’t eat just one cookie!!! There’s a rule!!!
Show me the book where this rule lives.
I’LL WRITE YOU THE $%#!#$!@ book, give me a second cookie and no one gets hurt!
Is it possible that you need something to go with that cookie?
I was thinking Midol…

Q:  Your friendship with Kristan Higgins and your friendly battle for “Man Wars” has become infamous.  Why do you two connect so well?

A: I think our chemistry translates well because it’s genuine.  You can’t fake a real friendship.   We connect on lots of levels, such as competing for readers (kiddin!), and because we’re both raising aliens—er, teenagers.

Q:  What’s next for Jill Shalvis?

A:  If you read RUMOR HAS IT, you may notice a new vet is working at Belle Haven. Dr. Wyatt Stone.  He and his two sisters, Darcy and Zoe,  are each going to get their own story next year.

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  1. My favorite was Instant Attraction. I think because it was my first Jill Shalvis book that I read and it got me hooked! ;)

  2. All of the books in the Wilder series. Those boys are delicious!

  3. haven't read yet but the covers are beautiful

  4. Haven't read any of this nice lady's books, but Rumor Has It sounds interesting, to say the least!

  5. Her books are on my to read list, which is HUGH!

  6. Haven't read yet, but they're on my tbr lists!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Lucky in Love. It was wonderful. So glad to be getting more from her.

  8. The Sweetest Thing if I have to pick just one.

  9. I have several on my TBR and Kindle, but haven't read them as of yet. I don't seem to read fast enough for all that I want to read. LOL!

  10. I have several on my Kindle but I loved "Hero For Hire"

  11. I really liked the write up here on this site about this book. I would love to read it!

  12. I'm sorry to say I have not read any yet !

  13. Ashamed to say that I haven't read any of Jill Shalvis' books yet, but I'll fix that problem soon. Thank you for the giveaway.

  14. Thanks for the giveaway. I just love all her Lucky Harbor books...:D

  15. All of her Lucky Harbor Books, and I really want Rumor Has It, I want it so badly!!!

  16. Her Perfect Stranger. Thanks for the giveaway!