Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mini Me: Strong and Sexy by Jill Shalvis


In a family of serious over-achievers, Shayne Mahoney has always been the laid-back, easy-going rebel. But running Sky High Air-a charter airline catering to the rich and famous-is a dream come true, in-flight specials included. Like kissing his client’s beautiful, brainy daughter in a coat closet. But before Shayne can say “Fasten Your Seatbelts,” Dani claims to witness a murder, gets stalked in her own apartment, and as added bonus, gets them both shot at by a mystery sniper. Normally Shayne would be running from the obviously crazy woman, and yet he finds himself trying to help her, leaving him to doubt his own sanity…

There’s a reason Dani never attends her mother’s high society parties. The fake people, the shallow conversation…and the fact that she doesn’t fit in. She’s a zoologist, not a starlet, and happy about it, even if she wishes men like ruggedly handsome Shayne Mahoney would spare her a second glance. Of course, dodging bullets isn’t exactly what she’d call the perfect follow-up to their heated kiss, but Shayne makes it clear she can depend on him. All she has to do is hold on tight to his delicious hard body until the ride is over…

I loved this book! I was really worried that this was going to be the 'woman appears crazy, no one believes her and instead the cops decide to arrest her' type of novel. Not only does that seem completely unrealistic to me whenever I find it, it just makes the romance that harder to believe because I'm always scratching my head about how the hero could be so dumb.

Luckily here, while there may be some initial 'huh' moments, Shayne realizes that Dani isn't really crazy and someone is actually out to get her. We get some very sweet interactions between the two because of it, which made their relationship even more fun to read about. Shayne might be a ladies man but he definitely has his own insecurities and hangups that made it difficult for him to trust his feelings for Dani. Dani's emotional issues, mostly stemming from how her mother and siblings viewed her lifestyle choices as 'insane', don't help matters. Both have work to do to make the relationship they unexpectedly find themselves in succeed - but as it happens without a lot of the soap opera drama I enjoyed the whole thing and can't wait to pick up the next in this series.