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Simply Irresistible

(Lucky Harbor #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  33,006 ratings  ·  1,995 reviews
Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother—a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

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Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Forever
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Debbie I noticed that no one answered...did you determine whether the series has to be read in order or not? I was thinking about starting with #4 myself.

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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Carol [Goodreads Addict] by: Kelly
Lucky Harbor Series by Jill Shalvis ...:

Simply Irresistible is book one in the wonderful Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. I’ve read several books by Ms. Shalvis from her other series and a later one in this series. But because a dear friend gave me the first two books in this series for Christmas, I finally get to see where it all began. This book was simply delightful, from start to finish. I can’t say enough how much I loved it.

knitting needles and yarn:

Maddie Moore needs to start over. She has gotten out of a destructive relationship in Los Angeles but
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time reading reviews. Just skip them and go buy this book. Just do it. But if you just can’t help yourself, if you simply must read a review, I’ll give you a little something more.

Simply Irresistible is the first book in the Lucky Harbor series and such a great story. I'm sitting here with this silly grin on my face because it's been a long time since I've read a book, any book, that had me smiling, giggling, sighing and fanning myself as much as this on
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a sexy, humorous, and makes you happy Contemporary Romance
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Zosia
5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

(I decided to repeat this straight up top, instead of waiting till near the end of my review. LOL)

Zosia, Thanks for your review of this, which made me want to read it!

After the amazing yet emotionally intense and tumultuous experience of The Bronze Horseman Trilogy, I needed a light and humorous yet-still-touch-me-emotionally kind of
Stacia (the 2010 club)
(I didn't mean to take over a week to finally review this. Blame the holidays.)

It's the mother sister of all "what exactly does he see in her?" stories.

One of these days, I'm going to find a book where the hero just straight-up admits that he found the heroine "sexy as hell." I can buy that. I can buy insta-lust. What I can't buy is the hero being intrigued for no apparent reason.


Does this even make sense to any
Review posted on: Swept Away By Romance

4 to 4 1/2 stars

I loved this book! Loved it!

Simply Irresistible is my first experience reading a Jill Shalvis book and it certainly won't be my last! I'm still baffled by how long it's take me to read one of her books.

Simply Irresistible is a sweet, flirty, feel good romance overflowing with wonderful characters, humor, romance, and a swoonalicious hero that deserves to be called a hero.

Oh, how I love Jax! He's everything I admire in a hero! The heroine,
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4.5 "Hot tool belt" Stars!

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As always when I finish a book I have the same struggle: what to read next. I saw this series, and I know it is quite known by my GR friends, so I decided to start reading it! I am so glad I did!!

Simply Irresistible is the first installment of the Lucky Harbor series written by Jill Shalvis. This novel introduces three sisters who have the same mother (Maddie, Tara and Chloe) and how now they have inherited a 'resort' in a little village in Washington. This is the s
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

In one day Maddie dumped her boyfriend and got fired from her job. When news arrives that her recently deceased mother has left an inn to Maddie and her two half-sisters she can’t imagine better timing for starting over. Unfortunately when she makes it to the Lucky Harbor Inn in Lucky Harbor, Washington she discovers her sisters do not share Maddie’s interest in running the inn, but want to sell and get back to their own lives
4 Irresistible Stars.

Maddie broke up with her boyfriend and lost her job in a short amount of time. So without anything tying her to LA, she goes to Lucky Harbor to meet with her sisters and try to re-open the Inn their mother left them when she died.
That’s when she meets Jax, the sexy contractor she hired to fix the Inn and things got well, heated.
And as they say, never mix pleasures with business…


I’ve never read anything from Jill Shalvis before, but I can definitely say that I will rea
Holy tool belt! What a wonderful read. My eyes were glazed and I had a stupid grin on my face the whole time reading this book. A very HOT Jax Cullen would do that to you. Then again so will Ford or Sawyer.

Maddie the Mouse kinda reminds me a bit of Sandra Bullock in 'While You Were Sleeping'. She was all klutzy, shy and awkward but in a cute way of course. Maddie, Tara and Chloe together were a lethal combination, they just cracked me up.

Simply put, I loved this book. Heading out to Tara's stor
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4 Cute Stars

I honestly came to love this series from the first book but I really can't review all these books... Okay I can but I'm kind of bored. So I'll just pick some of my favorite Phoebe-isms for this review. makes people wonder what you're up to.

Experience is something you get… after you need it.

Learn from the mistakes of others you won't have time to make them all yourself.

Obeying the rules might be smart, but it's not as nearly as much fun.
Lisa Kay
Washington State Pacific Coastline
★★★★½ Wonderful book and just what I needed right now after reading about the murder of -- not one -- but two beloved characters in another series. Ms. Shalvis has long been a favorite author, and she knocks it out of the ball park with this one, a story of three sisters who inherit an inn. With plenty of humor and hilarity; frustration, fights, fears, and tears; secrets and sizzling sex.

But, it is not all that chick-lit-ish. It’s a romance! Both Maggie and
Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of small town romances
*Buddy read with Brit! You can read her review here.*

I generally tend to love small town romances, but I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters in Simply Irresistible and that mostly ruined my enjoyment of the story.

Maddie is, simply put, a doormat. She regained some of her inner strength by the end, but throughout the story, I didn't really develop any feelings for her. I didn't like her, didn't hate her, she was just there. The only thing we have in common is our love for chips.

S.M. West
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to S.M. by: Alice
4 Simply Beautiful STARS

This one was a true gem!! I asked for a really sweet, feel good read and this is exactly what I got - Thank you, Alice!

And I also discovered another author to fangirl over and another series (groan – but I love it) to devour.

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Jax Cullen and Mandy Moore were great, fun loving characters and the secondary characters were just as appealing. Their story is adorable, romantic and very funny (I couldn't stop myself from laughing in public while reading this)!

The dia
♡Karlyn P♡
I'd rate it 4.5. I'll be reading the next for sure. I didn't fully buy the relationship conflict that came near the end, but the rest of it was funny, hot, and had such likable characters. I'm a sucker for small town romances too. Jax was serious hero candy, and I liked Maddie quite a bit!

The series is based on three half sisters inheriting a run down inn on the coast of Washington. They don't really know each other well, so we see some fun bonding moments. When Jax and Maddie meet it sizzles
Blacky *Romance Addict*
This was my first Jill Shavis novel, and I really liked it :)

If you're in the mood for something light, romantic and funny, this is your book :)

The story - This is the first in the series, so we have introductions to all the characters, male and female. There are three sisters who inherited the Lucky Harbour Inn. They're estranged and want nothing to do with the place, all except Maddie. She's had some rough time in her past, an abusive ex, and a difficult job she got fired from. She wants to s
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I had higher hopes for these books. I've been debating what to write for reviews for the three I've read so far, and honestly, I think I can probably use the same review for each one. Because here's the story in a nutshell:

Girl inherits dilapidated inn, is reunited with her two half-sisters, meets a guy, can't control her raging hormones, has copious amounts of sex with said guy, resists a relationship because she's an infuriatingly simple-minded moron with the emotional maturity of a toilet bru
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
When it comes to Simply Irresistible, there are only three things you need to know.

1.) Jax Cullen.
2.) He does not look like this:
3.) He looks like this:

Hmm...still here? You're not running to find a copy of this book yet? Well, in that case...Take 2!

Simply Irresistible, I have to admit, is a resistible piece of work...if you don't open its cover, that is. Once you begin reading this romance novel, you'll be hard-pressed to put it down. From the beginning itself, it's difficult not to become
Elizabeth (Liz)
As I often say, I'm not a writer or professional reviewer, but I know what I like. This series is light and easy to read. It's very enjoyable for me. This first book is a great start to the series and sets up the cast of characters very well. I love when a story takes place in a town like the one Jill Shalvis has created for this series. It's a town I can connect with and picture easily in my mind. It's a place I'd love to be able to visit. The characters are the same way. Great book! ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this. What a sweet story. Looking forward to more from this series.
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
Oh man, if you're looking for a book that will definitely be tugging your heartstrings, look no further. Simply Irresistable is that book! With an irresistable and sexy hero name Jax and a clumsy, soft-spoken, and adorable heroine... I totally fell in love with this book and its characters. The book simply captured me from the very first page and I was dying to see the ending result of Jax and Maddie's relationship. Let's just say that the ending was definitely what I was looking for! *wink* For ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Simply Irresistible is the first in the Lucky Harbor series. Maddie who has recently lost her job and dumped her abusive boyfriend makes her way to Lucky Harbor where her flighty mother(she wasn't closed with her and was raised by her father) and her two-half sisters have inherited a resort. Maddie is looking for a change(she no longer wants to be the mouse) and wants a closer relationship with her sisters.
The resort isn't in that great a shape, but Maddie convinces her sisters to give it a shot
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
An excellent 5 stars!

I came across this series a couple of months back, and bought the first few in the series in one go.

Then they sat on my kindle for the next couple of months and I nearly forgot about them!

Why!! I loved this book.

This book just made me happy! There is no other way to describe it. Happy happy happy! I do not think a book has ever made me feel so warm and fuzzy before!

I think I was smiling or sighing (like aww) throughout this entire book!

The characters are great, the relations
Nicole P
All the feels. That is what this book did to me. Made me feel it all. It was sweet and gentle. Difficult and easy. I fell right in love with the hero, Jax. Bless his heart. He was strong and kind and all kinds of wonderful. The heroine Maddie was resilient and clumsy but bursting with love and trust. The two of them together made me sigh and appreciate the art of falling in love. The sisters were as different as night and day and that made their relationships unique and heartwarming. I'm hooked ...more
Lyndy Ann ♫
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
My first visit to Lucky Harbor and I am looking forward to get to know the residents.

Maddie moves to Lucky Harbor to start a new life, meet her two sisters and run the Inn their mother left them.

On the way there she nearly runs a hot biker off the road enter Jax Cullen HOT, SEXY and he has the BIGGEST HEART.

A heart warming story I love Maddie & Jax together.

I will definitely be reading the rest of the Lucky Harbor series.
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When I read a great book, it's almost as if I become incoherent. I lose the ability to adequately express to you how good it was in an articulate manner because what I really want to do is jump up and down clapping my hands in glee. Not helpful, but the excitement should translate. I LOVED this book. More accurate, I LOVED the hero Jax. He shoots up to probably third in my top ten. Which I'm still developing btw, so if any of you out there have heroes you want me to add, send them my way!!!

Now I will admit that I had never read any of Jill Shalvis’ books before and it was just luck that I happened to stumble upon Jill Shalvis’ “Lucky Harbor” series, with the first book in the series being called “Simply Irresistible!” This book was truly one of a kind when it comes to contemporary romance and I had enjoyed it every second of the way!

Maddie Moore’s life was less than perfect since she had lost her job and her boyfriend all at once after having a particularly horrible day. So, when
This is the first book in a new Trilogy by Shalvis about three sisters who inherit a seaside resort from their free-spirited mother. This is my 3rd book by Jill Shalvis and so far the best for me. This book grabbed me from the first page and I fell in love with Lucky Harbor and it's characters. Maddie and her two half sisters have not spent much time together, but now they are meeting in Lucky Harbor, Washington to claim the inheritance left by their mother. The Resort is in need of repairs and ...more
Oh wow, this was just what I had been looking for: A sweet-sexy-fun read. If I had known I would have liked this book so much I would have read it much sooner. I'm excited to see I have found a new fav author to read. I just realized as well that I have already read another series from her, although I didn't know both had been written by her till some days ago. I'm talking about the Wilder series, which I loved as well.

This book was witty and funny, one of those you just can't put down once you
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't know what it was exactly that didn't impress me. I liked Jax enough, the small town romances seem to work with me. Well...for the most part. I found this to lag, though. There were several times I skimmed and skipped, the plot not holding my attention. Maddie got on my nerves as well. I completely understood her hesitation, but she annoyed me and never really won me over.
I'm not sure if I'm invested enough to learn Tara's story, though the hints dropped were intriguing. Maybe being the
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