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Review: At Last by Jill Shalvis.

Posted September 19, 2017 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: At Last by Jill Shalvis.Reviewer: Holly
At Last (Lucky Harbor, #5) by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #5, The Chocoholics #2
Also in this series: Simply Irresistible, Forever and a Day, Once in a Lifetime, It's In His Kiss, He's So Fine, One in a Million, Merry Christmas, Baby
Published by Forever
Publication Date: June 26th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 314
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HER LOVE HAS COME ALONG . . . Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she's tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob.

A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn't let anyone get too close. But something about the feisty beauty caught his eye the moment he first saw her in the diner. After a hot night under a starry sky, Matt can't deny their attraction-or the fact that for the first time in a long time, he feels the stirrings of something more. Now it's up to Matt to help Amy see that, no matter what is in their past, together they can build a future in Lucky Harbor.

At Last by Jill Shalvis is book 5 in the Lucky Harbor series, but book 2 in the Chocoholics series, which follows three friends who live in the town of Lucky Harbor. These books stand alone well. I don’t believe you need to read the previous four books before reading this one.

I really like these Chocoholics books. I was a bit nervous about Amy. She came off as stubborn and closed off in the last book. And she was, but Shalvis made it work. I ended up really liking Amy. She was tough, but she had a soft underbelly which made her relatable.

I expected to like Matt based on the previous book and I did. I did find his guilt complex a bit over-the-top. Still, he was a stand-up guy and the perfect match for Amy.

I found this one to be darker than some of her others. There was still that trademark Shalvis humor, but the overall tone was darker than some of her others. It worked well with both Amy and Matt’s past history.

Shalvis never disappoints.

4.0 out of 5


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Review: It’s In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Posted September 11, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Rowena’s review of It’s In His Kiss (Lucky Harbor #10) by Jill Shalvis.

ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca’s heart?

This is book number 11 in the Lucky Harbor series but the first book of the last trio of books in the entire series.  That makes me sad because this is one of the very few series that I have actually stuck with and been faithful to throughout the entire thing.  This isn’t a series that I ever considered breaking up with because I adored each book.  Some more than others but there wasn’t a decline in the writing or in the fun that was Lucky Harbor and what appealed to me in Book 1 still appeals to me in Book 10 and I’m sad that we’re not going to get any more Lucky Habor goodness.

This book follows Sam Brody and Becca Thorpe.  Sam is part owner of Lucky Harbor Charters, a company that specializes in, well, a lot of things. He builds boats, his partners take clients out for deep sea fishing, diving, tours, whatever they’re willing to pay for, they make sure it happens.  Sam is the details guy. He’s the one that takes care of their finances and he’s the guy that takes care of the business. It’s not his favorite thing to do but he keeps money in the bank for all of them and it’s just what he’s always done.

Becca is new to town and she’s got a secret that she doesn’t want to divulge. She’s a musician who doesn’t play in public anymore and Sam Brody is intrigued by the new to town cutie pie who is the biggest peeping tom, ever. Sam and Becca get close over the course of the book and seeing the two of them was adorable. Shalvis really writes these romances with the right amount of humor and steam.

Sam and Becca were both great characters. I really enjoyed getting to know Becca, seeing her walls come down and just seeing how capable she was working for Sam, Cole and Tanner. She came into her own in this book and it was wonderful seeing her come out of her shell. Sam was the perfect guy for her. He complimented her so well and he was one hot stud muffin to boot!

If you’re looking for a fun contemporary romance novel with wonderfully colorful characters than you should definitely give this one a go. It hit all of the right notes with me and made me so very anxious for the next book, Cole and Olivia. Woot!

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from Grand Central Publishing. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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Release Day Giveaway: It’s In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Posted August 26, 2014 by Holly in Giveaways | 13 Comments

To celebrate the release of It’s In His Kiss, the latest in Jill ShalvisLucky Harbor series, TODAY ONLY we’re giving away 5 copies! To enter use the rafflecopter widget below. Be sure to check out Tracy’s review and an excerpt.It's in His Kiss

ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca’s heart?

This is one of my favorite Lucky Harbor books today. Sam was amazing and so was Becca. You definitely want to read this book.

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Review: Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

Posted July 21, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Once in a Lifetime by Jill ShalvisReviewer: Holly
Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #9
Also in this series: Simply Irresistible, Forever and a Day, It's In His Kiss, He's So Fine, One in a Million, Merry Christmas, Baby, At Last (Lucky Harbor, #5)
Published by Forever, Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: February 18th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 294
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four-stars

SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done . . .

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

For those of you who haven’t read a Lucky Harbor book before, they’re split into trilogies. Though this is listed as the 9th book, it’s actually the third in a series about friends Jack, Luke and Ben (It Had to Be You, Always on My Mind, Once in a Lifetime). So don’t let the number of books intimidate you.

Aubrey was a troubled teen and one of the mean-girls in high school. She’s spent a lot of years making mistakes, but when she comes home to Lucky Harbor to re-open her late-aunt’s bookstore, she determines to right past wrongs and make amends for her behavior. In a small-town with a long memory, this isn’t easy. Especially when it comes to one Ben McDaniel, the man she wronged more than any others – even if he doesn’t realize it.

Ben has spent the past five years working in dangerous places, looking to escape the loss of his beloved wife. He’s back home now, trying to decide what he wants to do with his life. When Aubrey’s uncle asks him to help her renovate her bookstore, he agrees just to have something to do.

The two are extremely attracted to each other, but neither is willing to put their hearts on the line. They agree to act on their attraction as long as neither looks for any kind of relationship. Too bad for Aubrey, since Ben’s overprotective nature and ability to read her like no one else really tugs at her heart. She knows better to get attached, even without his warnings. Since she knows as soon as she works up the courage to tell him how she wronged him, he’ll walk away and never look back.

I often feel like a broken record when talking about Shalvis. Her books are comfort reads for me. They’re easy to fall into and blend the perfect amount of humor, romance and emotion.  Once in a Lifetime is another classic Shalvis read. Aubrey’s struggle to make amends for her past sins and her father’s neglect, while trying to earn the trust of the town, mend her broken relationship with her sister and create a friendship with some of the women in town really tugged at my heartstrings. I teared-up several times at the way her family and the town treated her. Her insecurities really made my heart ache.

Ben was really good for Aubrey’s self-esteem. He recognized her hurt and did his best to take her out of her head. His anger at her struggle was sweet. He was fighting demons of his own and trying to rebuild his life in town, but he made time for her. As with all Shalvis heroes, he was brooding and alpha, but sweet and caring. I don’t know how she always manages to write the perfect alpha-man for the heroine, but she pulled it off again.

I love the town of Lucky Harbor, but the constant making-out by past characters bugged me. I don’t like all the matchmaking, either. I get that all the happily married/together couples want everyone else to be the same, but it was kind of ridiculous. On the other hand, I loved the friendships between the men and women. They were really there for each other, and not just while pushing the relationship angle.

Overall this is a a well-rounded story. Fun characters and an emotionally compelling story made this hard to put down.

4.25 out of 5

This book is available from Forever. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

four-stars


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Exclusive Excerpt (+ Giveaway): Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

Posted February 3, 2014 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 22 Comments

In two weeks Jill Shalvis will release the next installment in her Lucky Harbor series, Once in a Lifetime. Today we have an exclusive excerpt to share and a giveaway.
Once Upon a Lifetime

SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben – even though he has absolutely no idea what she’s done . . . dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he’s back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she’s not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

Read the excerpt: 

He crossed the street and hit the pier. Far below, the waves smashed against the pylons and rocks. Everything was

closed, but strings of white lights had the entire length of the pier glowing into the dark night. He stilled to listen and heard the soft click, click, click of heels. Gotcha, he thought, and followed.

He didn’t catch up with her until the very end of the pier. She’d sunk to a bench, pulled her legs up, and had her arms wrapped around her knees. Facing away from him, she was looking out into the inky night.

When he sat next to her, she jumped a little and then glared at him. “I swear I’m going to buy you a bell for your neck.”

He didn’t smile. Couldn’t, because her face was wet, and her mascara was smeared slightly beneath her eyes. The sight made his heart stop. “You’re crying.”

“No, I’m not.”

“Aubrey—”

“Damn it, I told you sometimes I get something in my eyes.” She swiped angrily at her face.

Sighing, he slid a little closer and put an arm around her.

She resisted, but he simply held on, and then suddenly she sagged against him. “You really piss me off,” she murmured, and turning to him, buried her face in his chest.

He wrapped both arms around her and pressed his head to hers. “I know.”

**Giveaway**We’re giving away 5 copies (digital or print, winner’s choice) of any of the previous Lucky Harbor books. Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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jill-shalvis-2012-fullshotNew York Times and USA Today bestseller Jill Shalvis is the award winning author of over four dozen romance novels, including her sexy contemporary and award winning Lucky Harbor series (FOREVER AND A DAY was one of Amazon’s Top Romances for 2012). She won a Rita for SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE and is a 3-time National Readers Choice winner as well. Make sure to click on the blog button above for her daily blog where she recounts her Misplaced City Girl adventures.

 

 

Once in a Lifetime will be available February 18, 2014 from Forever. You can pre-order it from here or here in e-format.


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