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Christmas in Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis
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Jan 04, 12

Read in December, 2011

Christmas in Lucky Harbor is my first Jill Shalvis book. Actually, it's two books in one, the first being Simply Irresistible.

Maddie Moore, middle daughter of free-spirited and now deceased Phoebe Traeger, has just lost her job and her boyfriend. Having nowhere else to go, she descends on Lucky Harbor and the dilapidated inn bequeathed to her and her half sisters by Phoebe. It was Phoebe's wish to reunite the sisters, even though they're practically strangers.

Maddie, known as "the Mouse" is in dire financial straits, but something about the inn calls to her and she's determined to restore it and run it as her mother would have wished. All this goes contrary to her sisters' ideas-sell it and get out. Maddie, however, persuades them to give it a trial.

Enter ex-lawyer Jax Cullen, now a contractor and part-time bartender, also the man Maddie literally ran down on her entry into Lucky Harbor. While Maddie has no interest in beginning a new romantic relationship, drop-dead gorgeous Jax turns her on to the point of distraction. Can she maintain her cool enough to get the inn running and at the same time become friends with her sisters? It's a tall order, but Maddie's determined not to remain the Mouse, and jax is determined to help her out-any way he can.

I loved the town of Lucky Harbor and its quirky inhabitants. The interaction, snappy dialogue between Maddie and Jax, and between Maddie and her sisters, was enchanting. The sexual attraction was hot and nonstop and made for a page-turning read.

The Sweetest Thing is book two and Tara's story.

Tara Daniels is the oldest sibling, the serious one. She appears to have her act together, but a return to Lucky Harbor where she spent her seventeenth year, mostly in the arms of Ford Walker, is more of a challenge than she's prepared to handle. Their history is one Tara would like to forget, but when easy-going Ford turns up the charm, all she can remember is how he was the only man to completely fill her life, which makes her all the more determined to get her life back on track without the distraction of one sexy sailor.

Tara and Ford both have issues, and their romance takes a bumpy ride as they work out what each of them wants. Meanwhile, there's plenty of top-notch sex and enough innuendos to make you wonder if these characters think about anything but blatant sex 24/7.

If you love modern, uninhibited women and hot, hot sex, this may be the book for you. I enjoyed the story, certainly loved seeing how Maddie, Tara and younger sister Chloe grew closer as a family, but I found myself skipping pages of sexual description to get to the plot.

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