Double Shot of Jill Shalvis II

Publication Date: December 1st, 2011
Grand Central Publishing (Forever)
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Breaking rules and breaking hearts

Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn’t ready to settle into a quiet life running their family’s newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble–and trouble with love-draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who’d like nothing better than to tame her wild ways.

Suddenly Chloe can’t take a misstep without the sheriff hot on her heels. His rugged swagger and his enigmatic smile are enough to make a girl beg to be handcuffed. For the first time, instead of avoiding the law, Chloe dreams of surrender. Can this rebel find a way to keep the peace with the straitlaced sheriff? Or will Chloe’s colorful past keep her from a love that lasts . . . and the safe haven she truly wants in a town called Lucky Harbor?

Chloe’s reputation as a chronic wanderer, adventure junkie belies the frailties of being ashtmatic for most of her life. But that hasn’t stopped her from living to the fullest. She also has a penchant for poking at a stoic sheriff until she gets the reaction that she wants. Well, it doesn’t take long until Sheriff Sawyer gives her the attention that she seeks. These polar opposites will learn that love is not always about explosions; it’s understanding and compromises and finding out what or who they couldn’t live without.

Chloe is my favorite out of the three sisters. She’s spunky, funny and she doesn’t let her chronic ashtma dictates the way she lives. Sex is a bit complicated for someone like her but that doesn’t stop her from having Sawyer some. I was very interested in how she’ll grow into the story; she was a bit immature in the first two books but I’m so glad she’s become so much more.

Sawyer and Chloe couldn’t have been more opposites than if a die-hard Republican married a strict Democrat. But these two worked. I loved every differing personality clashes these two had in the book. Sawyer loved and hated the wildness in her but fighting what he felt for Chloe was a futile endeavour. Chloe hated putting down roots anywhere but along the way, she learned that she couldn’t really live without the people of Lucky Harbor, most of all, Sawyer.  These two also have the biggest of hearts; they’re both generous with their time to help the others in need and the love they have for pretty much everyone – even those who didn’t want them.

CHLOE TRAEGER’S Quotes on Life.

“A guilty conscience needs no accuser.”

“Smile. It’s the second best thing you can do with your lips.”

“Multi-tasking means screwing up several things at once.”

“Sex is like air; it’s not important unless you aren’t getting any.”

VERDICT: Once again, Jill Shalvis delivered a toe-curling romance with unforgettable, loveable characters. It’s fun, sexy and believe it or not, it made me shed a tear or two. If I haven’t convinced you yet, then I don’t know how else I could do to get you to buy these books. JUST. READ. IT.

Publication Date: May 22nd, 2012
Grand Central Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING:  4 out of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she’s expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she’d like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he’s only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he’s gone…

For the first time in his life, Ty can’t bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn’t — including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all…anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor.

Well, that was predictably awesome. I can’t say enough how much I’m thoroughly enjoying this series. It was a good mix of love and comedy relief, all the while teaching about life. This is the beginning of a series of novels about Lucky Harbor’s residents; sort of a segue way from the story of the sisters. This is about Mallory, Amy and Grace – accidental best friends whose friendships started when they were sequestered in the diner due to a severe storm. One night of sharing a decadent chocolate cake and they dubbed themselves, Chocoholics. These three are your typical girls; looking for love, solving life’s riddles with a serving of chocolates on the side.

Mallory Quinn is looking for some spice in her life; excitement, if you will, or a walk on the dark side. Who better to take her there but Ty Garrison, dubbed Mysterious Cute Guy by the residents of Lucky Harbor. No one knows anything about MCG but it doesn’t really matter to Mallory. All she wants is a one-time connection with him – hopefully one that will last an entire night. But when they eventually do the deed, neither one of them would admit to wanting more than one time. They want seconds…and thirds…and fourths…and you get the picture. From the very start, Ty was very upfront to Mallory about not having any future in Lucky Harbor; so why then couldn’t he find the balls to walk away even if he’d been cleared to go back to his high-octane, highly dangerous job?

This instalment to Lucky Harbor series could probably be considered as a companion. The sisters’ stories are over so I guess the next ones will be about Lucky Harbor’s citizens. This is about Mallory, a nurse who’s pretty much lived her life being a good person to everyone. She tries to save anyone who needed saving because she needed to appease the guilt of losing her sister Karen who over dosed on drugs while pregnant with her child. She blames herself, so she’s always on the look-out for signs on a person who’s on the verge of falling into an abyss of helplessness.

Ty Garrison has guilt in common with Mallory. While she carried a guilt for her dead sister, he carried four demons representing the four members of his team who perished in a plane crash in which he was the lone survivor. I love the dynamics of their relationship; they tip-toed around each other’s baggages. They were also very adept at pretending. In the meantime, they knew their ‘arrangement’ wasn’t going to end up  very well. Mallory was very accepting of the fact that Ty wasn’t going to stick around and I love that she doesn’t dwell on what could’ve beens. Aside from placing her sister’s death all on her shoulders, she’s very good at picking up the pieces of her life. She’s very strong even if sometimes she has a hard time expressing herself.

As usual, the town of Lucky Harbor is an entity that continuously make this series so phenomenally good. If I haven’t mentioned it, the Facebook page of the town run by the geriatric, Lucille kills me everytime. It’s like PAGE SIX of New York; it’s where you get the juiciest gossips about the townspeople.

VERDICT: Whatever. Read it. That is all. 🙂