Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #1
Also in this series: Under the Mistletoe (Lucky Harbor, #6.5), Forever and a Day, Once in a Lifetime, It's In His Kiss, He's So Fine, One in a Million, Merry Christmas, Baby, At Last (Lucky Harbor, #5)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: October 1st 2010
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Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not 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.
I liked a lot about this book. Maddie, the main character, was flawed but lovable. She’s always been known as “The Mouse”. The one who gets taken advantage of and pushed around. She’s tired of that. She decides this move Lucky Harbor is just what she needs to start over. She’s going to become a new Maddie. A stronger Maddie. Watching her become stronger and begin to stand up for herself was wonderful. It did bother me that she didn’t always deal with her past, though. Instead she shoved it aside and said she didn’t want to talk/think about it.
Jax was an outstanding hero (which isn’t surprising since Shalvis heroes usually are). He’s sexy, loving and capable. He might have a few dark spots leftover from his past, but he doesn’t let them rule his life. I liked that he was so supportive of Maddie. He really stood up for her and did his best to help her regain her self-confidence.
I’m still on the fence about Maddie’s sisters. Tara grew on me a little bit as the story progressed, but I never really warmed up to Chloe. They both seem self absorbed and bitchy to the extreme, but I’m willing to reserve judgment until after I read their books.
4 out of 5
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