THEN CAME YOU by Jill Shalvis
Book #5 in the Animal Magnetism series.
Available now from Tantor Audio.
From the Publisher:
Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of in a Los Angeles clinic like she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.
Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans.
From the AudioGals review:
“Karen White’s fitting narration brings more life to the story than my reading did – and she’s really a pro at the animal dialog, with a mouthy parrot and a cantankerous cat having a fair amount of dialogue*. Her voices for all the human characters are also excellent, down to the cowboy/rancher drawl and all the various personalities in the story.”
From the Ramblings From This Chick review:
“THEN CAME YOU is vintage Shalvis and another great addition to the Animal Magnetism series. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable, feel-good read with plenty of heat and witty banter that feels like coming home—but Karen White’s narration elevates it to the next level of enjoyment. Ms. White narrates two of my favourite contemporary authors’ series—Julie James’s FBI/US Attorney and Jill’s Animal Magnetism—so I’m a big fan, but she does an excellent job every time. She has a great range of tones and timbre so her male characters have deeper voices that are masculine without being caricatural and can be easily distinguished from each another. She voices Wyatt with a great combination of smoothness and rasp that perfectly complements his laid-back-with-a-core-of-steel-and-a-touch-of-alpha essence and that really brings the delightful banter and scorching sexytimes to life. Emily’s somewhat breathy voice took me a little bit to get into, but it really worked once I got to know her character better—especially in the hilariously embarrassing, throw-herself-at-Wyatt scenes. As with the male voices, Ms. White does a great job giving the various female characters voices that are distinctive and well suited to the characters without being annoying. One of Ms. White’s greatest strengths as an audiobook narrator is her neutral ‘narrator’ voice: in typical audiobook fashion, it’s slower and more enunciative than regular speech, but it’s not so overdone as to be jarring and is infused with the same liveliness and emotion as the dialogue. Another highlight of Ms. White’s Animal Magnetism narrations is her take on the many animals that populate the pages: she gives each the same consideration and treatment as the human characters rather than having them be an afterthought, which is important since the animals play such a crucial role in the series. Even after several books, I still crack up every time Peanut the parrot says “Boner!” in that perfect tone. Karen White is one of my auto-buy narrators, and I hope the Shalvis-White partnership continues for future instalments of this series!”
From the Geeky Bloggers Book Blog review:
“It is not a secret that I am a fan of Karen White’s narration skills. She does an excellent job with this series. Her pacing, nuances, and character adaptation skills are stellar! I highly recommend this series on audio.”
From the review at That’s What I’m Talking About:
“Listening again at 1.5x speed, I throughly enjoyed Karen White’s performance. She instills strong personality into each character, giving everyone his or her own voice. Additionally, she masters the emotional state of each character, providing an enriching listening experience.
Overall, I completely enjoyed listening to Still the One. I find that this series seems to get better and better with each story. I especially loved that the book went a little beyond the “HFN moment” and let the reader see the couple together for a bit. While the Darcy and AJ’s romance is standalone, I feel that the reader should at least start with the prior book, Then Came You, to get a good feel for both Darcy and AJ’s background and connections to Wyatt. All-in-all, a fantastic listen!”
My recording experience:
As always in this series by Jill Shalvis, I loved recording the intelligent and fun banter between the hero & heroine AND the animal voices – not sure if I had a bigger challenge with the parrot or the cat this time, both of whom are hilariously obnoxious. Shalvis delivers as well with a combo of super-heated attraction between main characters Wyatt and Emily, held in check (sometimes) by believable obstacles to the HEA. But what took me by surprise was the emotional commitment both these characters had to their careers as veterinarians and how moving I found some of the challenges they faced. I have to say that I had not thought about how vets have to face death way more often that most people doctors do, and how wearing that can be on the soul, and Shalvis wove this aspect into the relationship and story beautifully. And made me appreciated my pets’ vets all the more!
Listen to a sample here: