TITLE: Simply Irresistible (A Lucky Harbor Novel)
AUTHOR/EDITOR: Jill Shalvis
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 326 pages
PUBLISHED: Forever, 2010
HOW'D I GET IT: Received from Forever for Review
FROM GOODREADS: 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.
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.
MY TAKE: I was really, really NOT ready for this book to be over. This was such a fun read! The fun starts right off the bat when Maddie almost runs super-hot Jax off the coast highway and over a cliff. So begins her new life in Lucky Harbor!
Maddie considered herself a mouse. She had let people walk all over her for her entire life. When she finally stands up for herself against an abusive boyfriend and gets fired in the process, she decides to head north to claim her birthright. I loved watching this character grow and learn about herself and her estranged sisters. The fact that Maddie is an extreme klutz makes her even more endearing.
Jax is a major stud muffin. He is a man of many talents and occupations. He is a lawyer, builder, financier, AND the mayor of Lucky Harbor all rolled into one gorgeous package. He is hooked by Maddie from the very beginning and does everything he can to break down her myriad of defenses. Their relationship is super steamy and full of humor.
I want to move to Lucky Harbor now. The description of the scenery and the supporting characters have me hooked. People such as Maddie's sisters Tara and Chloe as well as Jax's buddies Ford and Sawyer would be great to have as friends and neighbors.
This is a great first book in Jill Shalvis' new Lucky Harbor series. I can't wait for "The Sweetest Thing" to come out in April 2011! It'll be the story of Maddie's older sister Tara and Jax's childhood friend, Ford. Major sparks will fly. The anticipation is already getting to me!
MY RATING: 4.5/5
WHERE TO BUY IT: Amazon, IndieBound, Powell's Books, The Book Depository
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