Monday, December 14, 2015

Review: Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Series: Lucky Harbor Book #1
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 311
Rating:  4 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Small Town Romance
Publisher: Forever

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

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.

Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career—if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes—and mouth—are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

People, I'm in love. I'm on the Jill Shalvis train and I'm glad she has like five billion books out there. This made me remember what I like about Contemporary romance. And small town romance.

Maddie is a clumsy heroine which normally I don't like, but she worked. It provided humor and/or tension, but wasn't too much. I really liked her journey of self-discovery and believing in herslef. This is a pretty common thing for small town romance, but again, Ms. Shalvis did it well.

And I really liked Maddie's relationship with her sisters. First, I'm a big fan of sequel bait and this provided some. It was kind of a different sibling relationship, but the dynamics were still great. And, it's a fairly positive sisters relationship which is always great.

Jax was a gret hero. He's very supportive of Maddie and is a reallly great guy. He's nice to everyone which just shows what kind of person he is. I do wish he got a little more development. His relationship wiht his father could have been futher explored. THe story works without it, but I think this would've made it even stronger.

The romance between Jax and Maddie was super cute. I was on board from the beginning and so many of their interactions were adorable. There was a little bit of lying to each other, but it wasn't too annoying and Ms. Shalvis did a fairly good job of justifying their actions.

I would've liked an epilogue, but I'm sure they will show up as a cute couple in the future books. That's what makes these types of series so great.

Thanks for reading!

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