Rumor Has It Audiobook by Jill Shalvis (REVIEW)

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Reviews | 32 comments

Review of: Rumor Has It Audiobook

Reviewed by:
On May 7, 2015
Last modified:May 7, 2015


Rumor Has It Audiobook

By: Jill Shalvis

Narrated by: KAREN WHITE

Published by: Tantor Audio 11/05/2013

Rumor Has it Audiobook


Animal Magnetism Series #4

9 hrs an 17 mins

Genre: Contemporary Romance logo

2015 Audie Nominee

Armchair Audies 2015

Narrator Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to be included in Audiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she’s also an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year winner for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Rumor Has It Audiobook Sample

Rumor Has it Audiobook

Rumor Has it is the fourth entry in the successful series, Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis.
This audiobook was one of the five finalists for The Best Romance Audiobook of 2013, and I have no idea why I kept putting it on the back burner.

I don’t make a habit of jumping in a series out of order; I was a little worried that I would miss something from the previews books. I needed not to worry, within a few minutes I found myself really enjoying this light-hearted, cute, heartwarming and totally fun story.

Forced back to his hometown by an injury acquired while in service, special Ops Griffin Reid never expected to find his sister’s best friend all grown up and turned into a sexy and charismatic woman. And even less, find himself attracted to the slightly nerdy teacher.

Kate Evans can hardly believe that her childhood crush is back in town, and even less, that such of crush still is as alive as ever. She’s not about to miss this chance to see her crush realized even if is only for one night. The girl is determined to take what she wants and live on the edge for a little.

I loved the protagonists! I loved Kate! She’s strong, sweet, sassy when she needs to be and has a heart of gold that makes you root for her happy ending.

Griffin was the perfect hero by his imperfections. A bit tortured by past experiences he needs mending past his physical injuries, and seeing him helping Kate become stronger made him endear to me.

These two made swoon chemistry. The back and forward banter between them is a lot of fun and captured my heart in the process.

From the secondary characters that I want to know more about, to the well-developed and perfectly paced romance, Rumor Has it was a winner for me, and a super entertaining listen.


It’s not hard to see why Karen White keeps getting all these nominations. She’s excellent at bringing the mood of the novel to life; from a suspenseful scene to a happy, playful scenario, Karen White puts you there.

She’s lets the text dictate the tone of the story, and it would seem obvious, but I know some narrators that don’t do that. Her pace and timing are always on target. Her voice variations are smooth and never jarring. Her performances are skillfully edited; she sounds like she recorded the book in one sitting.

Another one of her strong suits and my favorite it’s the authenticity of her male voices; this is so important in a romance novel, probably more so than any other genre.

And lastly, she sounds like she’s enjoying the book by being 100% into the story, that helps transport the listener to the setting.

For all this, this was another wonderful performance by Karen White. It is now a matter a taste, and how well her voice plays with your ears.

Reviewed by:

Lupdilup signature

  • 4.5
    editor rating
Loupe Duffy
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an Audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown away.
Loupe Duffy

Latest posts by Loupe Duffy (see all)


  1. Ok I know you won’t believe this but I haven’t read Jill yet, yes I live under a rock LOL 🙂
    Thanks for the great review!!

    • I understand Debbie, I have so many popular authors on my to read list too. I hope to eventually get to all of them, and hopefully be pleasantly surprised like I did with Rumor Has it 🙂

  2. One day I’ll really have to try a book by this author. I keep hearing great things about her and I know I need to!!!! Soon!

    • I hope you enjoy them too Melliane, this was a fun little listen and I’m looking forward to listening to more of her books.

    • I remember, and that was the reason this came into my radar, I have no idea why it took me so long to pick it up. I really enjoyed it.

  3. Sounds like I would enjoy Griffin & Kate too! Great review 🙂

    • Yes Lily, you will have a lot fun with them 🙂

  4. Yay!! I love this series 🙂 I’ve not read this one yet though. I managed to read the start of the series and then the recent ones. lol So glad you enjoyed it!

    • I did, this is my first book in the series, no I want to go back to the beginning, that’s always a sign of a good series.
      Thank you Anna.

  5. That good, eh? Can this be read as stand-alone? I have a smattering of her books but I don’t have one complete series. Can any of her books be read as standalone?

    • Just wanted to chime in that Jill does a good job of making these work as stand-a-lones. The commonality is the small town that they live in, and many of the main characters work at or are connected to the local Animal Hospital – but these two aren’t even connected that way so I don’t think you’d miss any setup from previous books.
      And so glad you liked it, Loupe! I just finished the first in a new series by Jill that takes place in a small ski town in Colorado with a very sexy firefighter as the first hero. Love love her writing!

      • I really did! The book made a fan of Ms. Shalvis out of me. I’ll keep my eyes open for that sexy firefighter 🙂
        Wonderful performance Karen.

    • Like Karen said, this worked fine as stand along, but now I want to go back to beginning, so I if your new to the series I recommend either way, although I know that no matter what you always miss a little something when going out order. I’ll be going back to the previous books, so why not do them in order.

  6. This sounds like a good one. 🙂

    • It was! I’m sorry I didn’t pick it up sooner. It was fun and heartwarming, good entertainment all around.

  7. I haven’t started this series yet, but good to know that I could jump in with this one. The nerdy teacher/damaged hero thing sounds good.

    • It was a lot fun Sophia. I hope you enjoy it as much as did if you get to it 🙂

  8. This book sounds right up my alley, and so many have recommended this series to me. I also have not listened to anything by Karen White. I’ll have to give this one a go! Lovely review, Loupe.

    • I wish I’d picked it up earlier. I really think you’ll enjoy it Grace 🙂

    • Me too! I don’t know why it took me so long to start too, but thanks to Armchair Audies I finally listened and they were right 🙂

  9. I keep hearing great things about this series and even have book one in paperback (which I won’t ever read, because whenever I do attempt this series I will go with audio because I love Karen White). The only thing that is holding me back is that I’m just not that into Contemporary Romances. Maybe I’ll break down and try it soon. I keep hearing such great things.

    • You know what I’ll say, audio is the way to go! This are fun listens that tug at your heartstrings in good and fun way 🙂

  10. I have so many of this author’s books, yet haven’t read a single one. I grab them when they’re cheap. lol. I should probably just dive into one so they’re not so neglected. 😀

    • I was the same with book Christy, I had it for a long time! And despite all the good recommendations it took me forever to get to it. It’s never too late though 🙂

  11. I have book one and two of this series and so love the sound of it..and animals yeah melt my heart 🙂

    • I think you’ll love this series Kimba 🙂 right up alley with a great narrator 🙂

  12. I love Jill Shalvis! Her romances are always well done, with a real story and good characters moving everything forward.
    Great review, Loupe!

    • Thank you Lexxie! This made a fan out me, I’ll picking up more of her books soon. Perfect for when we are in the mood for a sweet romance 🙂

  13. The story and the portrayal of characters sound good. I’ve heard positive things about this author, but I haven’t tried her books yet. Adding it, thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. It took me forever to pick thin one up, and it was a pleasant surprise,, I hope it’s the same for you 🙂


  1. Audiobook News & Reviews: 05/07 - […] Listens reviews Rumor Has It, by Jill Shalvis, narrated by Karen […]
  2. RUMOR HAS IT by Jill Shalvis plus GIVEAWAY! - […] From the Hot Listens Review: […]
  3. 2015 Romance Nominees and Reviews - […] Hot Listen’s Full Review […]

Leave a Reply to Loupe Duffy Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.