He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #11
Also in this series: Simply Irresistible, Forever and a Day, Once in a Lifetime, It's In His Kiss, One in a Million, Merry Christmas, Baby
Publication Date: February 11th 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.
Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?
Olivia has been living in Lucky Harbor for about a year and she loves it. She has a store and loves filling it with beautiful things. She was once a child star but after her show was cancelled, and she went a little nutty, she decided to change her name and make a new life for herself out of the limelight. She would prefer that no one know that she was once Sharlyn Peterson but unfortunately that doesn’t happen.
One morning she’s out walking when she sees someone fall in the water at the harbor. She immediately jumps in to save them even though she doesn’t swim all that well. The person ends up being boat captain, Cole Donovan, and he certainly doesn’t need saving. Cole ends up trying to save Olivia from hypothermia and the pair get a little cozy in the boat while trying to warm up. Olivia tries her bet stay away from Cole as she doesn’t need any complications in her life but she keeps running into him. Cole finds himself wanting to be near Olivia and makes a point of seeking her out.
Olivia has issues from her past. Her real family isn’t something to brag about but the people who she considered family, the people she worked with on the set, all abandoned her once her show ended. She felt betrayed and knows that even if she gets something going with Cole he’ll walk away. Despite those thoughts Olivia finds herself falling for Cole in a big way. The problem is that he’s an incredibly honest guy and Olivia’s been lying to him about who she is from the start. When he finds out can he forgive her and move past it all?
Another great story from Jill Shalvis! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Lucky Harbor is one of my favorite series! The individual characters as well as the couples they make are so realistic and readable that I can’t seem to get enough of them.
In this story I never really saw Olivia and Cole getting together. Olivia had too many issues with family and people leaving her that I thought she would never open her heart to Cole. Cole had some issues as well, with his fiancé falling in love with his best friend, etc. He had trust issues, to say the least. When Olivia wasn’t coming out with the whole truth and nothing but the truth I saw the relationship slowly crumbling. I knew that Cole was going to take issue with her lying and of course, he did. The way that Shalvis had him working through it all surprised and thrilled me. She took his self-discovery in a direction I never would have thought of, but really enjoyed. Olivia finally came to terms with her past as well and that was something I wasn’t sure she could fully do.
The couples in Lucky Harbor all seem to help each other grow and that’s something I love reading. On top of that Shalvis gave us wonderful humor in this story that had me smiling throughout.
Overall, a fine addition to the series. I can’t seem to get enough of LH and can’t wait for the next book.
Rating: 4 out of 5
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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