Thursday 18 October 2012

Romance Week:: Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis

Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
Pages: 400

It was a bit cheesy and predictable. It didn't feel believable--in parts.It was like their every thought was about sex and the plot took a back seat. Mallory and Ty both did things I felt were out of character for them and left me with a WHAT?! feeling. 

BUT...It is cute. I really like Mallory and Ty. I like them together. I like the story and I like the town of Lucky Harbor. I want to spend more time there. If you are looking for a good contemporary romance, this is it!

"Mallory dropped her head to the steering wheel. "Look, I'm mad at you, okay? This isn't about me. I know my painful memories are relative. My life is good. I'm lucky. This isn't about how poor little Mallory has had it so hard. I'm not falling apart or anything."
He stroked a hand down her back. "Of course you're not. You're just holding the steering wheel up with your head for a minute, that's all."

At Last by Jill Shalvis
Pages: 352

I read this in a quickie! Amy and Matt felt very real. Their situations were plausible and there was much more going on than the lust factor. There was a plot! Hallelujah! I'm really into the town of Lucky Harbor and it is a character in itself. The setting is picturesque and I loved that this chapter took place in the woods/mountains. I'm a camping kind of girl and I loved that Matt was a Forest Ranger. Um, hot!

There were moments that took my breathe away and I found myself wanting to spend more time in the woods with Matt. I love when you feel connected to more than just the main characters and I certainly felt that here. I enjoyed it so much!

"He turned her ninety degrees. "To get back to the ranger station and your car, you want to go southwest," he said.

Right. She knew that, and she stalked off in the correct direction.

"Watch out for bears," Matt called after her.

Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
Pages: 384

Forever and a Day is my favorite Lucky Harbor novel to date! There is something so real about it. Grace and Josh are more relate-able to any of the other Lucky Harbor characters I've read. They are busy. They are imperfect. They are just trying to make it through each day. Isn't that like most of us. 
I felt a connection with Grace. She's just moving at the beat of her own drum. Picking up odd jobs left and right to make ends meat. When an opportunity came up to help Dr. Scott, she took it. He needed help and she needed money. She is well qualified to do much more, but she likes filling her days with the unknown. I really like this about her.
Dr. Josh Scott is one of the most real Lucky Harbor men. He is very busy. Working long hours and trying to take care of his son and handicapped sister. He makes a lot of mistakes, but that is why I love him. He's just so real! 
Lucky Harbor is the true character here. This place is picturesque and welcoming. There is so much to like, even if you are city folk. I'd like to find my own Lucky Harbor someday and get settled. 
The romance aspect is nice. It isn't too hot to handle, but it isn't for young adults either. There is just enough to get you hot under your collar! 
I've really enjoyed the Lucky Harbor series and I'm going to have to go back to the beginning and read the first 3. I'm a new fan of Jill Shalvis and I can't wait to read more of her work!!

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