Tag: Lucky Harbor Series

Guest Review: Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis

Posted December 11, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill ShalvisReviewer: Tracy
Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #12.5
Also in this series: Simply Irresistible, 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, At Last (Lucky Harbor, #5)
Publisher: Forever Yours
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
Format: eARC
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

 

Wild child Chloe Thompson can’t believe how much things have changed. She still can’t get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to thinking about impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.

Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen.

It’s been 5 years since Chloe and Sawyer fell in love and got married. Now she’s 8 1/2 months pregnant and Sawyer if off on yet another DEA assignment.  The pair haven’t exactly been speaking to each other and when they do they argue about his jobs with the DEA.  She also has been sniping at Sawyer a lot because of pregnancy hormones.  The fact is she’s scared out of her mind to be a parent and she feels guilty that she’s put Sawyer in position of parenthood when he doesn’t really want to be there. Now Sawyer has gone off on yet another DEA job and Chloe is determined to get to the town Christmas party, even though everyone she knows tries to keep her home to rest.  Life has a way of throwing curve balls, however, and soon Chloe discovers that A) she’ll be getting an early Christmas present and B) Sawyer won’t stop loving her – ever.

This was a short but very sweet story about Chloe and Sawyer who we read about in Head Over Heels.  It was a kind of day-in-the-life type story and showed us that everyone has their ups and downs but that they never stop loving each other – no matter what.  There’s nothing that Chloe and Sawyer can’t get through – even if they lose their way for a while.

If you love the Lucky Harbor series you won’t want to miss this short addition.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Guest Review: One in a Million by Jill Shalvis

Posted December 2, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 4 Comments

Guest Review: One in a Million by Jill ShalvisReviewer: Tracy
One in a Million by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #12
Also in this series: Simply Irresistible, Under the Mistletoe (Lucky Harbor, #6.5), Forever and a Day, Once in a Lifetime, It's In His Kiss, He's So Fine, Merry Christmas, Baby, At Last (Lucky Harbor, #5)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 11th 2015
Format: eARC
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four-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles, to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love.

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past - and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she - and his son - deserve.

 

Tracy’s review of One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis

Callie sells romance and the big wedding dream by running an online wedding site and being a wedding planner. The problem is is that she doesn’t really believe in any of the stuff she sells. She was left at the altar years earlier and now she doesn’t believe in love – or at least that’s what she tells herself.

Tanner is a man who has never been in love. He got a girl pregnant when they were just 17 years old and ended up marrying her. Not having any way to provide for his wife and son he joined the Navy but soon received divorce papers from his wife. After years of visiting his son and asking for custody his ex-wife now agrees to the custody but practically dumps their son, Troy off with Tanner and heads off to have fun with her boyfriend. While Tanner doesn’t like how it’s done he loves having his son around him and tries to get to know the sullen boy of 15. When he meets Callie he’s immediately taken with how she calms him and he loves being around her. He also enjoys Callie and Troy interact together.

Callie and Tanner start a bit of a habit of sitting together at the local bakery in the mornings but one day she doesn’t show up as she feels that she’s getting to attached to him – but who shows up at her door? Tanner, bearing gifts of coffee and donuts. The pair seem to have a great time together but Callie keeps telling him that even though they sleep together it doesn’t change anything – they’re just still friends. The problem is that both Callie and Tanner want it to change but neither come out and say it. This leads to hurt feelings and misunderstandings. Once they recognize the truth they’re then ready to do something about it.

I have to say that I really loved both Tanner and Callie in this story. Callie was quirky but levelheaded and Tanner was a bit more out there at times with his adrenaline rushes but also pretty down to earth. Between the two of them they really made just about the perfect couple. I loved how comfortable they felt with each other almost immediately – although Callie did have her moments at first with her klutziness. lol

The story also included a large portion that was focused on Tanner, Callie and Troy, Tanner’s son. Seeing Tanner trying to get Troy to talk to him and trust him; Callie putting Troy to work babysitting her grandmother, Lucille, and seeing his reaction to her – they were all just smile producing moments. I loved almost every part of Troy’s character in the book and thought he was a wonderful addition.

Of course we had to deal with Lucille in this book as Callie is her granddaughter but while she’s still her stubborn old self she was relatively mild in this one. I’ve always thought she was pretty hilarious and she was no different in this story.

Overall this was a great romance and love story that also had a wonderful family element to it. I can’t say it enough – I love this series and I hope it doesn’t end any time soon!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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

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Review: One in a Million by Jill Shalvis

Posted October 16, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Rowena’s review of One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis.

As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It’s that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she’s sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he’s still paying for his own mistakes? It’s hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there’s something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

Well guys, this is the end of the road for the Lucky Harbor books and I think that Jill Shalvis ended the series on a high note. This book made me laugh, it made me sigh and it made me a little sad because I adore this series and am always looking forward to new books in this series coming out so now that I have devoured this book, there won’t be anymore books for me to look forward to. 🙁

But back to this book….it was great. Another great addition to an already stellar series.  Tanner and Callie were great characters and their romance had me grinning like a schoolgirl with a silly crush.  This was a fast read for me (come to think of it, all of Shalvis’ books are fast reads for me) and it took me no time at all to fall into the story and right back in with the folks of Lucky Harbor. I love how Shalvis always includes the folks of Lucky Harbor, characters that we’ve come to know and love throughout the series always come back in every book and I just love it. I love seeing that the characters from the first few books came back in this book and played little roles in the story.  It was good to see Sawyer and Chloe, it’s always good to see Lance and Jack.  Shalvis really shines in writing these small town romances because even though there were 12 books in this series, each book stood out differently for me and this book was no different.

One in a Million follows Tanner Riggs and Callie Sharpe as they make that journey toward their happy ending.  Their journey was filled with laughter, sadness and a whole lot of romance.

Tanner Riggs was the big football star in high school who didn’t take the college scholarship he got but instead enlisted in the Navy to support his high school sweetheart and the baby he put in her.  He also married the same high school sweetheart and then was served divorce not too long afterward. Being in the Navy and then working for the oil rigs took Tanner away from home a lot so he missed a lot of quality time with his son, Troy but now that Troy is a teenager, he no longer wants to spend any kind of quality time with his Dad. On top of being a father, Tanner is part owner of Lucky Harbor Charters and he runs the fishing and boating and scuba diving trips that their clients order.  His partners Sam Brody and Cole Donovan are both in relationships and Tanner is not.  But when he starts having breakfasts with Callie Sharpe, things start to look up for Tanner.  His life changes, anyway.

Callie Sharpe used to have the biggest crush on Tanner Riggs but she never made it onto his radar. But when she comes back into her hometown of Lucky Harbor and Tanner Riggs himself befriends her, she’s thrown for a loop.  She’s got a good life.  She owns her own wedding planning business. She has a good relationship with her grandmother and she’s making great friends in her neighbors Becca and Olivia. And she’s got good eye candy to oogle every day, living so close to Lucky Harbor Charters.  What more could she possible want?

Tanner Riggs, of course.

Seeing the two of these characters come together was great fun. Jill Shalvis did a wonderful job of making me connect with both Tanner and Callie and she had me cheering these two on from the very beginning. I love that her characters are such normal people. She could be telling us stories of people that I know in real life and I love that. I love that both Tanner and Callie are dealing with real life issues.  Tanner is trying to build a bond with his young son and Callie is trying to take care of her grandmother and build a life for herself.  They both don’t have any clues on how to go about doing that but you see the two of them grow as the stor progresses and you become invested.

I really enjoyed this book and I can’t say enough good things about it. I’m sad that this series is going away but I will definitely be re-reading the heck out of these books over the years. I definitely recommend this book.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

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


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Review: He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

Posted October 6, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Rowena’s review of He’s So Fine (Lucky Harbor #11) by Jill Shalvis.

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?

He’s So Fine is the eleventh book in the Lucky Harbor series and the second to the last book in the series (sad face). It follows Cole Donovan as he tries to woo Olivia Bentley. But Olivia is un-wooable. She’s got walls planted firmly in the dirt with a no breach sign on it. She’s not a people person and she doesn’t like to be social but when she’s out for her early morning walk and sees Cole in trouble, she jumps right in (literally) to save him.  Only, he didn’t need her help and she was more hindrance than anything else but I’ve got to say, their “cute meet” was probably my favorite of the entire series. And there are 11 books with lots of cute meets.

So anyway, this book was great.  Jill Shalvis really delivers fantastic contemporary romances. Her characters are always likable though far from perfect and the story is always easy to fall into. I always come away from her books with a huge smile on my face because I’m content. I’m glad that the book went the way that it did and that it ended the way that it did. There’s always that satisfaction that I get from reading a Shalvis book, which is why I’m always coming back for more.

Cole is the mechanic of the company. He’s the Mr. Fix It and he fixes everything.  He wears cargo shorts and pants all the time and his pockets are always full of something handy. He just walks around town and fixes whatever needs fixing, a kind of McGyver if you will. He’s not much of a ladies man even though the ladies wish he was. He’s never really shown any interest in any specific woman until Olivia jumps in the water to try to save him. He takes notice of Olivia. A lot of notice and for the first time in two years, he’s interested in someone that is not his ex.

Olivia owns the antique shop in town and is hiding a huge secret.  A secret that she doesn’t want to get out which is the main reason she doesn’t let anyone get too close but living in Lucky Harbor is changing that for her. Her world has already opened up a little with Becca, her neighbor. Becca and Olivia have become friends and when Callie moves into the last apartment in their warehouse, Olivia’s world opens up a little more so with Cole coming around trying to widen the gap in her wall, Olivia tries to protect herself but how can you protect yourself from someone you don’t want to push away?

The dynamic between Cole and Olivia was fun to read about. Cole was great with Olivia and with his family and also with Sam and Tanner.  He wasn’t perfect, he got mad at them when they did stupid things and he tended to go off and pout for a while but that didn’t bother me because I liked him so much. It was easy to forgive him because he was so likable.

There were times when both Cole and Olivia were boneheads and a swift kick to the ass was needed but that didn’t ruin anything for me because I was rooting for them. I wasn’t expecting Cole’s story to be so colorful and hurtful but I thought it rounded his character out just that much more.  Same with Olivia. Their stories were huge and complicated but it made the story so much more enjoyable so I adored it.

I definitely recommend this book. It’s a great book in a fabulous series and finishing this book is making it so much harder to let go of this small town that I’ve come to love the hell out of. This is another winner for me. Kudos to Jill Shalvis on a job well done.

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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Launch Day Blitz – Review + a Giveaway: He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

Posted September 30, 2014 by Tracy in Giveaways, Promotions, Reviews | 2 Comments

Launch Day Blitz – Review + a Giveaway: He’s So Fine by Jill ShalvisReviewer: Tracy
He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #11
Also in this series: Simply Irresistible, Under the Mistletoe (Lucky Harbor, #6.5), Forever and a Day, Once in a Lifetime, It's In His Kiss, One in a Million, Merry Christmas, Baby, At Last (Lucky Harbor, #5)

Publication Date: February 11th 2015
Format: eARC
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

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

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Jill Shalvis author photo_longer lengthJill’s Bio:

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.

You can learn more about Jill at:
JillShalvis.com
Twitter @jillshalvis
Facebook.com/jillshalvis 

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