Big thanks to the folks at Headline at BookBridgr for sending me a copy of the first novel in Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series, Simply Irresistible.
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (sonot her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.
Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.
The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
After consecutively reading a ton of dystopian and crime novels, I decided I needed a break from fast paced whodunnit action and indulge in the one mystery that even Sherlock Holmes would have trouble solving. Love.
I’ve never read anything by Jill Shalvis, but I’ve discovered that she is known for writing romantic series and Lucky Harbor in itself has around seven books in total. Just how many lonely singletons and hot brooding lads are there in this small village? Get me to Lucky Harbor stat!
Despite venturing out of my YA romance reading comfort zone, I surprisingly enjoyed Simply Irresistible. Shalvis’ novel is like a romcom heaven; packed full of witty comedy, a vast array of likable characters and smooches by the sea.
It was definitely more steamy than expected. Shalvis wasn’t shy in making Maddie and Jax’s horizontal tango capers as vivid as possible. But while it did make for sometimes blush inducing, awkward reading, there was certainly more chemistry between Jax and Maddie than Christian and Ana. Sorry to Fifty Shades stans!
I warmed to Lucky Harbor and its residents. While I’m city girl at heart, I would love to spend a summer in this coastal Washington town. Especially if all the guys are as swoon-worthy as Jax Cullen. However, I have just one query, how many suggestive items of clothing do these girls own?
I’m extremely excited to read the second book in the series which follows Maddie’s ‘Steel Magnolia’ sister, Tara and as much as I can deduce from the plot summary it seems that more love is the air! What are they putting in the water down at Lucky Harbor?