Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor books are my go-to series when I'm in the mood for a generous helping of romance. 'Second Chance Summer' is the first titlJill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor books are my go-to series when I'm in the mood for a generous helping of romance. 'Second Chance Summer' is the first title in her new Cedar Ridge series which didn't let me down. It gave me lashings of romance, as well as hot sparks flying around left, right and centre. Well it does feature firemen. Yes, that's right firemen!
What I love about Jill's books, is the way that she creates a whole community of wonderful characters who you instantly care about and want to see more of. This time, it's the Kincaid family who live and work on Cedar Ridge and are determined to make a success of their family business at all costs. Although Aidan is one of the main characters, I also really loved his older brother Gray and his domineering and feisty wife Penny, as well as his younger siblings Hudson and Kenna. My favourite thing about them all is that you know they are always watching each other's backs. Although they joke and fight with one another, there is no doubt in your mind that they will stand together through thick and thin.
When Aidan hears that local girl Lily Danville is back in town after a ten year absence, his heart can't help skipping a beat. Lily was the girl that got away and now that she is back, he won't let her escape so easily next time. However, Aidan and Lily are both carrying their own burdens of guilt and until they can leave the past behind, they won't be able to move on with their futures together.
I absolutely adored the setting for the story too. Cedar Ridge sounds picturesque with it's beautiful mountains and hiking trails. First, I wanted to live at the beach and now I'm thinking that the mountains sound right up my alley!
This was a super read which swept me away on a tide of romance. I'm most definitely eager to read the second book in the series now which will be centred around Hudson. ...more
This is the 6th book in the Lucky Harbor series. I am falling more in love with this series with every new instalment that I read. I looked forward alThis is the 6th book in the Lucky Harbor series. I am falling more in love with this series with every new instalment that I read. I looked forward all day to getting home from work so that I could pick this up and catch up with all the Lucky Harbor ladies and their handsome guys.
Grace and Dr Josh in this one weren't even my favourite couple (although don't get me wrong, I still really liked them) but what I did love about this book so much was the circumstances that were set up to bring the two of them together. Josh's five year old son Toby is so cute (little kids always melt my heart), as is his new dog Tank. I loved seeing Grace become more and more like a mother to him, without her even really realising it. She has a very open heart and a lot of love to share, not only with Josh but his family too.
Grace and Josh both have to deal with the responsibilities placed on them and in Grace's case, the fear of not living up to the expectations of her perfect parents. It was nice to see them both learning to do some things for themselves, rather than always trying to please the people around them. The similarities and differences they share make them the perfect couple.
Fans of the series will love 'Forever and a Day' and if you haven't yet discovered any of these books yet, then you could still pick this one up and read it as a stand-alone. A heart-warming, romantic and brilliantly written story to pull at all your emotions. Romance fans out there, this one is for you! ...more
'Lucky in Love' is the fourth book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. I am really enjoying this series and it's perfect for when I want to in'Lucky in Love' is the fourth book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. I am really enjoying this series and it's perfect for when I want to indulge the side of me that loves a good romance novel.
Local girl Mallory Quinn is the one that always looks after everyone else. Her family and her patients at the hospital consume all of her time, until a mysterious hot new guy arrives in town and makes her go weak at the knees. The mysterious hot new guy aka Ty Garrison, is just stopping through as he recovers from his own mental and physical demons. That is until Mallory comes into his life and makes Lucky Harbor look like the perfect stopping place.
Sparks flew off the page whenever Mallory and Ty got together. Jill Shalvis can certainly write hot and sexy but I also like the way that she portrays genuine warmth, love and mutual respect between her characters. I always believe that her couples will stand the test of time. By the end of her stories you know that they are in it for the long haul.
I really enjoyed seeing Mallory grow in confidence throughout the book. She has always tried to please everyone else and do what they think she should do, so it was nice to see her finally taking control of her own life. Although I had to adjust to a whole new set of characters at the beginning of the book, I quite quickly became absorbed in their lives and was rooting for them to overcome their own personal obstacles.
I'm so looking forward to reading Mallory's friends stories next in 'At Last' and 'Forever and a Day'. Both Amy and Grace are introduced at the start and appear throughout as fellow cake and chocolate lovers. There is definitely something going on between Amy and local park ranger Matt so I can't wait to see if this blossoms into love! ...more
This is the first book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis and the first one by this author that I've read. Her writing reminded me of Lisa KleThis is the first book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis and the first one by this author that I've read. Her writing reminded me of Lisa Kleypass and I will definitely be seeking out more of her back catalogue of titles.
'Simply Irresistible' is about three sisters that are left a small beach side inn by their late mother in the town of Lucky Harbor. The story centres around the middle sister, Maddie, who after losing her job and ditching her boyfriend, desperately wants to make the inn her new home. When she meets gorgeous local guy Jax, she has another very good reason to want to stay.
Maddie is a great character. She has let herself be walked over in her life but she is determined to become more assertive and stand up for herself. She is incredible likeable and I loved her slightly up and down sibling relationship with her half-sisters Tara and Chloe. They all have extremely different personalities but their strengths and weaknesses complement each other. As they begin to bond, you have no doubt that they would do anything to support one another.
Sexy Jax is enough to turn anyone's head! He and Maddie together make a great couple. I loved the way he had to work to win over her trust and her heart. Particularly knowing the way she had been hurt in the past. There are some steamy moments between them but on the whole it is more about the wooing and the romance.
Lucky Harbor is like my dream coastal town. It is exactly the sort of place that I would like to live in. By the sea, simple and uncomplicated and where everyone in the small community looks out for each other.
A sweet, sexy and romantic read, this is the perfect book to settle down with on a warm summer's night. I'm going to be picking up the second in the series 'The Sweetest Thing' about the oldest sister Tara immediately and then I will be searching out all of Jill Shalvis's other books too. A delightful read! ...more