Thinking Lucky Harbor is just a temporary pit stop in her newly uprooted life; Becca is pleasantly surprised at how soon she is taken with the town an...moreThinking Lucky Harbor is just a temporary pit stop in her newly uprooted life; Becca is pleasantly surprised at how soon she is taken with the town and its people. She finds herself taking in the sights, mainly of the Sexy Grumpy Surfer, as she has named him, and supplementing her income with a job, or two.
Sexy Grumpy Surfer, aka as Sam, knows Becca has her secrets, but he can’t stop thinking about her and the chemistry they conduct. Sam has rules about mixing business with pleasure and he tries to follow his own rule, only to succumb – happily.
It’s no secret that Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite writers and that this series has held me a willing captive since day one… so when I received this new book I giggled as I opened it and grinned like an idiot while I read it. I wish I could find another word to describe the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I read a story and love it this much, but I can’t. I loved it. I loved them, I love the town and by Goddess I love Jill Shalvis for writing stories that DO make me feel and warm and fuzzy - content and happy and positively aching for the next one.
If I was a poet I would write an Ode to Jill – but I’m not, so I won’t… but it’s the thought that counts anyways, right? So Jill, I thought about it.
If you don’t love Becca and Sam you need to rush to the ER and demand a heart transplant ASAP! Yours has gone defective! They are practically perfect in every way. I love their friendship, their passion; I loved them separately and as a couple. I love their friends and the stories they have coming, you can tell they are going to be good ones – especially Olivia’s!
Lucky Harbor is a series you need to visit. Every story is worth the read – every book a keeper.
Cherise Everhard, July 2014 This book was given to me by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
First of all I love this series and this author, I always feel like I have to say that before I give a not so favorable review. 3 stars aren’t bad, bu...moreFirst of all I love this series and this author, I always feel like I have to say that before I give a not so favorable review. 3 stars aren’t bad, but it’s not that great, either.
Larissa has been the personal assistant and masseuse to hunky ex-football star, Jack. Recently relocated to Fool’s Gold with Jack’s business and partners, Larissa has embraced Fool’s Gold and its people. She and Jack have an interesting dynamic. Not only are they co-workers, they are charitable partners and best friends. They depend on each other for so much. They balance.
That is until Larissa’s mom comes to town and tells Jack that Larissa is in love with him. Suddenly these two are looking at each other in whole different light. Could Larissa’s mom be right? And what could that do to their already perfect relationship?
Since the beginning of this threesome of books, I have been eager for this story. I liked the glimpses of Jack and Larissa I have read previously and their story had real promise. Unfortunately the closer they got to their romance, the less they seemed like who they were. Their characters morphed into something I didn’t really recognize. They both had their hang ups with the past but it got old real quick and the level of hurt and cruelty that was dished out, by multiple characters, to each other was ridiculous.
Basically what started off strong and had me excited took a detour and changed the way I felt about their story. Sure you get your happy ending, no surprise there, but it’s the conflict between Jack and Larissa, Jack and his ex and co-workers, that took this 5 star story down to a 3. Luckily the conflict was short-lived. Had I not had such high hopes, this may not have bothered me so much. Still a good story, just could have been better.
Cherise Everhard, July 2014 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine program(less)
Living in the small town of Plum Orchard, working as a phone sex operator and fending off the moral patrol on a daily basis wouldn’t seem like an idea...moreLiving in the small town of Plum Orchard, working as a phone sex operator and fending off the moral patrol on a daily basis wouldn’t seem like an ideal situation. But Marybell Lyman has had one hell of a life – and no one knows the depths of her secrets, not even the women she considers her best friends/family, her fellow “call girls.” For the past 4 years she has hidden behind what she calls her shield – a colorful spiky Mohawk hairdo and enough Goth makeup and clothing to put Marilyn Manson to shame. She has a heart of gold – but most people stay far away, except Tag Hawthorne. He seems to have made it his life’s mission to get to know the untouchable Marybell. And he is the one person in the town she needs to keep hidden from.
When I first started this book I was pleasantly surprised by the steamy sexual situations and witty banter. I was intrigued by Marybell’s mask and past and found myself wanting to know more. I even had decided to order the first books in the series so I could get to know the other side characters better and the back story more. The more I learned the more curious I was to know how it all started. I was convinced this was going to be a 5 star rating and I wanted more!
But then somewhere along the way, I began to lose the enthusiasm and excitement. As Marybell and Tag got closer, the feel of the book changed. Things got a little cheesy and dramatic and then the momentum of the book slowed and suddenly I was more focused on just getting through this one, no longer interested in reading anymore. By the end of the book I was happy with the result, but not elated or blown away. It was a good book and although it wasn’t as great as it started, I still enjoyed it. Am I interested in reading anymore in the series? Maybe, but I’m not in the hurry that I once was in.
Overall it was good.
Cherise Everhard, June 2014 I received this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.(less)
Judy Gardner has been trying to ignore the chemistry that has been bubbling between her and Rick since they met. She has just graduated college and is...moreJudy Gardner has been trying to ignore the chemistry that has been bubbling between her and Rick since they met. She has just graduated college and is afraid acting on that attraction will derail her career goals.
Rick refuses to give up on Judy, he’s been patient so far, and he can wait a little while longer. When she moves into her Movie star brother’s house it only increases their interaction and attraction. When she is attacked, he refuses to leave her side. He’s done playing!
My Goddess, who isn’t in love with Rick? I have been charmed by his dimples since he first appeared in this series and his book only added to his charm and my love. Why must fictional characters be so delicious? Damn you authors for making it impossible for mortal men to compare!!
Rick is Yummy with a capital Y! He and Judy create enough heat to burn the reader’s hands! LOVE THEM! Everything about this book was great, the characters, the mystery, the sex, by Goddess, the sex. In my previous life I would have devoured this book in an afternoon. But now that I am a working girl I have found that it’s frowned upon to read while punched in!
I love this author, this series and this book! Who will be next? Meg? Whoever it is, the book, like this one and those before it, will be fantastic. Can’t wait.
Cherise Everhard, May 2014 I won this book from the author in an online contest; I was not under any obligation to write a review.(less)
Angel is scarred on the inside and out. Living in Fool’s Gold has been good for him. It reminds him of the kind of town he grew up in and he wants to...moreAngel is scarred on the inside and out. Living in Fool’s Gold has been good for him. It reminds him of the kind of town he grew up in and he wants to get more involved with the community. When he sets his sights on Taryn the chemistry is palpable. Taryn has a past not even her ex-husband knows about. She has trust issues because of her past and is pretty sure she isn’t capable of love.
It’s no secret that I love this town and the folks that live there. This series has stolen me away from my family time and time again. This book was equally as wonderful. Angel and Taryn have heat and humor and their story was hard to set down. Both of them have relationship issues for very different reasons and I found myself tearing up over and over again.
I can’t wait to read the next books in this series, I met a lady and little girl in this book that I hope has her chance at a happily ever after soon.
Cherise Everhard, May 2014 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program(less)
I don’t know what it is about these books that scare me. I always find myself putting off reading them like I am NOT going to enjoy them. It must be t...moreI don’t know what it is about these books that scare me. I always find myself putting off reading them like I am NOT going to enjoy them. It must be the heavier than normal subject matters. I was hesitant with the first two, yet ended up loving them, and still hesitated with this one… and loved it.
Nina has been living on Blackberry Island her entire life. Once she had big plans to leave the island, go to medical school and become a doctor, but family obligations kept her home. Now she is a nurse, still living at home with her mother and her mother’s partner. She starts dating one man from her past when her first love comes back.
Averil is the younger sister of Nina and seems to not know how to make up her own mind. Living with a husband who adores her she can’t understand why she feels discontent. She heads home to Blackberry Island to find herself.
Reading the dynamics of this family it was easy to compare my own family here and there. Everyone has a Nina and an Averil in their life. Everyone knows the adult who is perpetually stuck in Teenage Town, choosing to live recklessly without plan. I saw a lot of myself in Nina - the control freak constantly running around trying to prevent disasters where she can, and mop up after the ones that happened anyway.
I am always impressed with the character depth and detail in her books. This was another wonderful read and a great addition to the series. I enjoyed watching the 4 woman live in the same households and figure out there place and positions in the family. They all changed and grew a little bit from the experience and it made for a very enjoyable read.
Jenna has her share of secrets. As a teenager she was no stranger to reckless living, she was the town bad girl, until an unexpected pregnancy had her...moreJenna has her share of secrets. As a teenager she was no stranger to reckless living, she was the town bad girl, until an unexpected pregnancy had her changing her ways. She’s 24 now with a 5 year old son, and although her and her two sisters are closer than ever, she is still keeping secrets.
Matt has secrets of his own, and the biggest one is what is holding him back from acting on the mutual attraction he and Jenna have been feeling for months now. When they finally come together, it seems they can’t stop falling for one another.
As the two of them get closer, we learn a bit more about what has kept us interested in these two characters over the past two books. I know I was dying to get my hands on this book; Jenna has been an intriguing character from day one. Her sorted past combined with her wonderful mothering and loving heart has kept me wanting to know more about her.
I flew through this book. I found myself making that “I will read one more chapter and then…” deal with myself, repeatedly. And I think I reneged 99% of the time. I had to find out what happened next.
Matt was super sexy… loved the dirty talk, that was hot, but he was also adorably romantic. Their romance had everything. There is one scene when Jenna is supposed to be studying that I found particularly clever and fun.
When their pasts and secrets are uncovered things get ugly, but the entire journey was enjoyable. I’ve really enjoyed this series and I am sad to see the end of the Sorentino sisters, they were fabulously entertaining.
Cherise Everhard, April 2014 I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review