Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler.
Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going…
All I Want is to read a hundred more books just like this one. There was nothing extraordinary about it, other than the fact that it made me fall in love….with Zoe, with Parker, with wild kitten hijinks and a fat dog named Oreo. It made me fall in love with love, which is what I want a romance novel to do.
Zoe Stone first meets Parker James when she greets him at her door with a kiss. Mistakenly thinking he’s her blind date, at the urging of her sister Zoe decides to be spontaneous – which totally backfires on her when she realizes Parker is her new roommate, not a date. While her brother Wyatt vouches for Parker being a good guy, her radar is sending up all kinds of warning bells and whistles that this guy is going to be no good for her. Having been burned before, she instantly puts her guard up against the too sexy, too good-looking, too mysterious guy shacking up down the hall from her.
The last thing Parker James needs on his forced vacation is a distraction like Zoe. His beautiful, sexy new landlord caught his attention the minute he laid eyes on her (and she laid her lips on his). He is in Idaho unofficially following a lead on a case that he’s not even supposed to be working. His boss strictly prohibited him from showing up anywhere near Idaho, but losing a fellow agent and being seriously injured himself have made this a personal mission for Parker. Staying in Sunshine and having access to a pilot for hire – Zoe – allow him easy access to the area under surveillance.
Despite her misgivings and his no personal involvement policy, it doesn’t take long for things to heat up between Parker and Zoe. The last thing she wants is to get involved with another handsome guy with secrets. The last guy she trusted stole not only her heart but a boat load of money from her. No matter how irresistible he is, Zoe is adamant that getting on with her personal life will not happen with Parker. The last thing Parker can focus on is a relationship. He doesn’t do relationships. His job is his life, and that job takes him all over the country, often for weeks or months at a time. Not to mention the fact that the last case he worked brought danger to his family’s doorstep. He has no desire to put anyone else at risk.
There were a million reasons why Zoe and Parker shouldn’t happen. Love has its own agenda, though, and they could really only go along for the ride. To Parker, Zoe is an adorable, contradictory mess. She is a talented pilot who practically raised her siblings, and yet she can’t bake a batch of cookies. She’s beautiful and sassy and so vulnerable and he wants nothing more than to keep her safe – and sated.
Parker is everything Zoe wants: smart, sexy, fun, funny, protective, good with kids and animals, and everything about him turns her on. Everything except the fact that he’s only temporary.
Jill Shalvis has a way of writing stories that draw you in with characters that are so real you swear you want to know them in real life. Her books are filled with humor and heat, with people that make you laugh out loud, and heroes that make you melt. Parker and Zoe were no exception. I absolutely loved them together and couldn’t read this book fast enough.
I give All I Want by Jill Shalvis 4.5 stars!