Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

This is the third book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. Like the first two it was really cute but the ending felt rushed. Shalvis has already established, at this point, there will be a series of books about the people in Lucky Harbor. Why then does she feel the need to finish Chloe and Sawyer’s story at the epilogue? Why not have it included into the next installment like she did with Maddie and Jax? That would have helped build continuity and validated the true nature of the characters in this novel. Two people who have the free spirit nature do not seem like they would be the ones to just jump into something so quickly. It just seemed rushed to me at the end and I don’t think it needed to be.

I am taking  break from this series, not because of what I was just ranting about, because I want to read something else. I will come back to this series after I read a couple of other books which have found themselves on the To Be Read list.

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?

A Novel
Book Three
Grand Central
November 22, 2011
ISBN 978-0446571630

The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis

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.

A Novel
Book Two
Grand Central
April 1, 2011
ISBN 978-0446571623

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Simply Irresistible is  a cute start to the series. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the Lucky Harbor Series. 

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.

A Novel
Book One
Grand Central
October 1, 2010
ISBN 978-0446571616