Lilah Young has always been taking care of lost animals. She is co-owner of a boarding kennel in Sunshine, Idaho, and it's her job to take abandoned animals and find them a loving permanent home. Lilah has bigger dreams for her life though; she loves her job, but is determined to finish her veterinarian degree by taking online courses at night. Life seems pretty simple and very ordinary until the day she accidentally rear-ended the truck of a sexy stranger.
Brady Miller is an ex-military helicopter pilot that has come to Sunshine for a month to assist his former foster brothers in rebuilding a Bell 47 helicopter to utilize as part of their veterinarian clinic. Brady spent most of his life growing up in foster homes so he has never developed any true attachments to people and never seems to stay in one place for very long. When his foster brothers, Adam and Dell, called for his expertise in making their new helicopter flight-ready, Brady jumped at the chance to catch up with the only people he has ever seen as family.
When Lilah crashes into Brady’s truck with a car full of animals, Brady is instantly smitten with this beautiful animal whisperer. Lilah understands that Brady is only meant to be in Sunshine for a month and decides to take a chance by agreeing to share a romantic fling with the sexy pilot. Brady has never met a woman quite like Lilah and the feelings between the two become more intense than either one of them expected. Will they be able to separate when Brady has to leave or will their feelings make it too difficult to say goodbye.
This was a novel that I didn’t want to see come to a conclusion. The characters involved made this book so special and it had just the right amount of romance and humor that had me wanting more. Lilah was a delightful character that had a huge heart and wanted more out of the simple life that she was leading. She had come to accept that the people and animals that had entered her life weren’t meant to stay with her for very long. This was heartbreaking to watch her develop attachments to these animals that she instantly loved, but had to let go when she found them a loving home and this carried on to her romantic relationships as well. So when Brady came to town, she made the conscious decision to break free from her comfortable life and give in to her sexual desires. There would be no strings attached and no expectations of commitment from this romantic fling with Brady. The only difficulty was that Lilah couldn’t change the person that she was and falling in love with Brady was inevitable. She was willing to let Brady leave her side without a fight and predicted that he would take a piece of her heart with him.
Brady was a great romantic lead in this story. He grew up being tossed around from foster home to foster home until he settled with Adam and Dell. This was the closest thing that he had to a true family and because of these strong emotional ties, he couldn’t decline their invitation to rebuild their newly acquired helicopter. Meeting Lilah and becoming romantically involved with her was just what he needed. She was a perfect match for him and he finally could see the meaning of true happiness and establish the permanent home that he was so desperately craving.
I’m hoping that I can read more about Lilah and Brady in future Jill Shalvis novels. Adam and Dell deserve to have a story of their own and find their happy ending.
Co-owner of the town's only kennel, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life. Pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire.
It's Brady's nature to resist being tied down, but there's something about Lilah and her menagerie that keeps him coming back for more.