Double Shot of Jill Shalvis

 Publication Date: October 1st, 2010
Grand Central Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 4 out 5 Stars
SUMMARY
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.

Suddenly unemployed and homeless, Maddie Moore’s only chance at a new lease on life is a decrepit inn left to her and her sisters by her dead mother. Lucky Harbor seems like the perfect place to start over: A home, her family, new friends. If only she could her sisters on board just as easily. But they’re both set on selling the inn – their mother’s only legacy. Maddie “mouse” Moore has never really been good at convincing anyone to do her bidding so she’ll have to work extra hard at making sure her sisters are listening. The fact that she’s the middle sister and the pacifier between her bickering older and younger sisters makes it harder, especially if her days are to be filled with keeping the peace between them.

The inn needed a lot of work and Maddie soon realized that she could use a personality overhaul herself. One thing’s for sure, she’ll grab at any chance to discover the town who held so much memories for a mother she barely knew. If that includes a sexy contractor, mayor, and over-all good guy Jax Cullen, then she’ll suffer through it armed with a yarn and a hook, minus the potato chips.

This series is just the perfect choice for my June Addiction Reads; fast reads, well-evolved love stories, and fantastic cast to boot. Jill Shalvis’ characterizations of the sisters was so diverse and just freaking adorable. I loved their clashing personalities and the sweetest, kindest way they have each other’s backs even though they hardly knew each other well. It’s funny how familial loyalties take away the estrangement they should’ve felt due to the fact that they didn’t grow up in the same household. It’s like the love they have for each other is ingrained that no distance or time could lessen the fierceness of how they feel.

The small town of Lucky Harbor is a character in itself; Jill Shalvis perfectly captured the quaint little town with her words. It was easy to imagine walking with the characters, smelling the same sea air – it just felt like I was there.

The little quotes at the beginning of each chapter had me thinking at the simplistic beauty of life as the author wrote it. They’re funny and real and more often, I found myself going, “huh…” in agreement with the quote and laughing my a$$ off at the same time.

“Don’t take life seriously. After all, none of us are getting out alive anyway.”

“Men are like roses. You have to watch out for pricks.”

“If you’re always saving for a rainy day, you’re never going to get out of the house.”

Jax Cullen is, in a word, dreamy – with a take charge personality that is the perfect guy to get Mouse of her hidey hole. I pretty much love every thing about this book; even the residents of Lucky Harbor who brought enough quirks and idiosyncrasies that made the small town living adorably funny.

VERDICT: Simply irresistible – two words that can best described this book. If you’re having a craving for funny, sweet, romantic reads, then get your hands on this series, stat!

Publication Date: April 1st, 2011
Grand Central Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Two Men Are One Too Many . . .


Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.

But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can’t control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she’s lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.

Tara Daniels used to have it all; riches and celebrity status from having a Nascar driver for a husband, a home and the satisfying knowledge that she’s her husband’s support system. Until it was no longer. Recently divorced and in need of a fresh start, she ends up in Lucky Harbor with her sisters on an upstart B & B business. For the first time in ever, Tara was no longer required to play a role. Then a man from her past comes strolling back in her life, bringing with him painful memories of the precious gift she’d had to give up.

Regardless of what Ford Walker represents, Tara couldn’t fight the mutual attractions they have for each other. Complications arise when her ex-husband shows up in Lucky Harbor, determined to win her back.

What’s this? A love triangle? Say it ain’t so!

Don’t fret. It wasn’t. Thank God! Have I mentioned how much I love this series? Well, if I haven’t, let me reiterate: I really, really, really love this series. The author has this innate ability to write the most well-rounded characters – flaws and all. They’re quirky, adorable and funny.

This book is about Tara and Ford. They shared a past that added a layer to the romance, which in turn made this book that much more engrossing. When they first saw each other in the first book, there was a palpable tension that was obvious from the get go. At the end of Simply Irrisistible, I already found out what the secret was, so it wasn’t so shocking when their past caught up with them in this book.

The ex-husband was there and wasn’t. He sort of played a factor in the love triangle and at the same time, not really. Tara was pretty much set on who she wanted so no surprise there either. It doesn’t matter, I think the ex gave Ford a run for his money for a tiny,  miniscule second anyway, which again, added to the addicting readability of this book.

TARA DANIEL’S Quotes on Life:

“You’ve grown up if you have learned to laugh…at yourself.”

“Remember you’re unique. And so is everyone else.”

“It’s impossible to be both smart and in love.”

“Remember, a closed mouth can’t attract a foot.”

VERDICT: It’s official. I’m a self-diagnosed Jill Shalvis addict!