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Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2010
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I had heard of the Lucky Harbor books before but it wasn’t until I saw one of them in a used bookstore and on sale to boot that I bought one. It was the 3rd book in the series but since they’re not that reliant on each other, I read that one first. In one sitting. I LOVED IT. So I went back and got the first. =) Lucky for you, I’ll review them in order, haha.
Maddie Moore is at a low point in her life when she drives into Lucky Harbor. She’s lost her job and her jackass boyfriend and now she doesn’t know what to do or where to go. Her mother that had been mostly absent from her life has passed away recently and has left an inn behind to her and her two half sisters, Tara and Chloe. That’s the reason she finds herself rolling into this small coastal town — and nearly running over a hot handsome man on a motorcycle. But she isn’t there for a relationship, in fact, no more men for her, EVER, she’s told herself. No matter how attractive. She instead tries to pour herself into fixing up the run-down inn to be a viable place to use instead of just selling it off like her sisters want to do.
The relationship between the sisters was one of my favorite parts!! Each of them are so very different. They’ve grown up apart from each other, with their respective dads and neither Tara nor Chloe want to be in this town longer than they have to. But Maddie wants to try and see if they could fix up the inn and make it a home. They bicker and grate on each others nerves but gradually they learn to love each other. And I love THEM. I love seeing amazing sister relationships in books! So, Maddie convinces them to give the inn a shot. By a hilarious series of events, the hottie she almost ran over turns out to be the guy she hires over the phone to help them with renovations. Jax Cullen. (Sidenote: he is the very opposite of sparkly vampires so let’s ignore that last name…)
Jax can rock a tool belt like none other and is just insanely attractive and amazing and swoony and thoughtful, protective, funny and perfect. Oh what, I’m rambling now? Jax will do that to you! He tries to woo Maddie, but having been burned badly in her last relationship, she’s understandably wary.
But I mean, seriously, not only does he rock a tool belt, he’s co-owner of a bar with his best friend and also the mayor. Okay, yeah, he’s a little TOO perfect but it all kind of works for him. And he totally worked for me. Read this and tell me you won’t go weak in the knees. *waves kindle wildy around*
Besides the insanely awesome romance that Jill Shalvis can write, I really enjoyed seeing the sisters come together and become friends. The town of Lucky Harbor is also just adorable, along with all its residents. I really want to live there because it’s just too cute! The atmosphere of the town combined with the depth of the relationships between the sisters made this a great book but the romance with JAX CULLEN bumps it up into swoony awesome amazingness. Jax pouring a drink. Jax chopping wood. Jax slinging a tool belt around. Jax kissing. These are all the things you could be a part of if you read this!
This is really a book you can just sit back and relax with. A fun romance that is just irresistible. Yeah, I went there and made that pun. Don’t judge, sometimes I think I’m punny.
I'm always on the lookout for a good contemporary romance series & I struck gold with this one. I knew I had to check it out when Kristen Ashley mentioned it on facebook yesterday. What Kristen Ashley says do...you do! ...AND I am so glad I did!
I had a permanent smile plastered on my face the whole time I read this sweet little story. I definitely laughed MANY times...boy, did I laugh! The story follows Maddie as she renovates the inn that her hippie mother left to her and her three sisters.
"A glass of wine is always the solution. Even if you aren't sure of the problem." <--MY MOTTO
None of the sisters were very close to their mom. Maddie least of all. Their mom was very free spirited and never had a grip on what it took to be a good mother to the girls. She was absent for most of Maddie's life. It comes as a surprise to all of the girls when they realize that their mom, Phoebe, wanted them to come together to run the inn. She leaves for them words of advice in a recipe box...
"Don't take life too seriously. After all, none of us are getting out alive anyway."
"Never sweat the small stuff. And remember, it's all small stuff."
Maddie wants to stay and run the inn, but the other two sisters seemed completely focused on getting the hell out of town. Maddie has to pull off getting the inn refinanced and renovated by Christmas or the sisters are going to sell. She's determined to abandon her mouse like personality and pull out all the stops to make it happen!
The LAST thing Maddie planned on finding when coming to Lucky Harbor was love... Jax and her have intense chemistry, but Maddie has sworn off men. SWORN...and for good reason. Can Jax break down her walls?
Read...READ...read to find out! I'm moving on to book two which is Tara's story..
Secondary Characters: 5/10
Overall a cute story. For the most part, it kept me interested and I thought it was fairly good. A bit formulaic and predictable but, honestly, what romances aren't? I immediately loved this book at first but, toward the middle, it lost it's momentum and entered into the Land of Blah. Not to the point I wanted to DNF but I certainly spent less time reading it. I knew it would pick back up and it kind of did in the last 10%. Most of the love scenes could have been omitted since they didn't add anything or show character growth. Plus, after Maddie and Jax's first time, almost all of the tension was gone. Boo~
I didn't really care for the sisters at first, but in the end they were okay. I look forward to seeing what's in store for Tara in book 2. I was pretty indifferent about the inn and Maddie and Jax. The rest of the town and it's people were glossed over. I was expecting more on that front since the series is titled 'Lucky Harbor' after all. Anyway, as I've said, I'll try book 2 in the series and see if that one works better for me. *fingers crossed* This one reminded me of a sparkler burning fast and bright at the start, then dying out quickly
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And then the next Nice story live Jax very sexy