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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Book Review and ARC Giveaway: Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis

Ms. Shalvis delivers romance with charming characters, fun humor and real life emotions.
Lucky in Love (A Lucky Harbor Novel)
by Jill Shalvis 
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145550372X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455503728
Available in ebook and soon in Audio.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: May 22, 2012 | Series: A Lucky Harbor Novel (Book 4)
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.

Mallory has always been the “good girl.”  Even more so since she was 16 and her 18 year old sister went off track and died of an overdose. Mallory sees failure to save as her fault as she continues to try to save everyone around her.  Her “chocoholic”  friends, Amy and Grace, encourage Mallory to break out and take a walk on the wild side. They begin with a list of Mr. Wrongs and end up with a prime candidate in the“mysterious cute guy” as identified on the town’s facebook page.

Ty Garrison is a former Seal, private sector, dangerous missions guy. Of course no one in town knows that background except for the Doctor who is monitoring his recovery from the injuries that have Ty out of action. The town folks see him as mysterious and a seriously fine auto mechanic.

Mallory wheedles a date out of Ty while he is suffering a concussion from a storm. Mallory is in charge of the hospital auction designed to raise money for a community clinic that she is set on getting funding and approval for. She figures Ty has stood her up until he shows up and realizes he is late for a date he didn’t remember. That’s okay... he is willing to help out as long as Mallory is willing to accept it’s a one night deal with “no regrets.”  Mallory agrees but they soon find that a one night fling isn’t enough for either of them.

Mallory knows she shouldn’t fall for the guy who is just waiting to leave town. Ty doesn’t want to hurt her but he can’t seem to pull himself away, even when he finally gets cleared to return to work. By then Ty is invested in Mallory and the town. But that isn’t his thing...he needs to get back to the adrenaline of his dangerous job. Or is that where he really belongs now that Mallory has broken through his shell and shown him changes that could be?

These two are really great characters. Everyone in town, including her mom, her bosses and the angry, elderly, sour biddy (albeit secretly), loves Mallory. They are all concerned about her feelings and “relationship” with the “mysterious cute guy.” And of course there are few secrets in a town like Lucky Harbor.  Ty is actually a very nice guy hiding in a “bad boy” persona. It is part of his sexy, mysterious aura.

The romance plot isn't exactly new but it is delivered with charm, lots of humor and plenty of anticipation waiting to discover when and how the couple will get together. The cheerful writing flows quickly and I loved the chocolate quotes at the beginning of each chapter. This is a warm, fun start to a new trilogy by Ms. Shalvis and can easily be read as a standalone if you have not read the first trilogy. I admit that I was a bit disappointed that the earlier characters were only mere mentions as I would have liked to see more of them. It seems to me if you want a charming, fun and sexy (but not graphic) read you can’t go wrong with a Lucky Harbor Novel.
Some fine, fun quotes to ponder:
    Somehow in spite of himself and his reclusiveness, he'd managed to find celebrity status in this crazy-ass, one-horse town, and even worse, there was Mallory, wanting him to take her for a walk on the wild side. Page 89.
    At some point, when he'd been busy resenting like hell this slow-paced, sleepy little town and everyone in it, something had happened.
    He'd made ties, strings on the heart he wasn't even sure he had. Page 261.

Thank you to Forever Romance at Hachette for providing this book for fun reading and review.
This is set in Washington State for my Where Are You Reading Challenge. I will also add it to my ARC challenge list.

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1. Tell me what you like about romances set it small towns. This is required for entry.

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* This contest will close 10 PM (Central) on June 1, 2012.
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  1. I think being from a small town myself I can relate more to the characters. I love that everybody knows eachother.

    I follow on GFC and on Twitter (@Melanie_Vautour)



  2. I like romances set in a small town because I feel like they are more personal.

  3. I'm a facebook fan :)
    Katie Smith

  4. Thank you for the contest. Love Jill's books.
    Am a gfc follower.

  5. Stupid me forgot to answer question - I love small town romance stories becuase they make me feel warm and fuzzy - everyone looks out for each other.

  6. I'm a GFC Follower.

    I like romance books that are placed in small towns because it usually makes it more intimate. I also like that there is usually a lot of funny scenes that involve the closeness of the community.


  7. I like small-town romances because they seem more intimate than those in big cities. People in big cities are usually too self-involved or busy getting ahead in their careers to take the time that they do in small towns.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  8. I am a GFC follower

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  9. I love the small town romance because it's always so fun to watch all of the busy bodies stick their noses in the main character's business. There's always something so warm and welcoming in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, and they usually look out for each other.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC/Linky follower (Barbara E.) and Goodreads friend.

  10. I grew up in a large city where people make a point of not getting to know each other. I love reading about the dynamics of a small town because even with everyone minding each other's business it seems like a wonderful kind of place to live.

    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

  11. I love small town romance because of the intimacy and closeness of the residents,. Everyone has your back and will rally round when there is a problem. GFC follower for awhile.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  12. I like the close knit circles that are created.
    gfc follower

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  13. I love smalle-town romances because it seems like everyone knows everyone. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  14. I like romances in small towns because the community is closer and usually the couple grew up together as friends and the community is trying to help them be together.

  15. 1. I grew up in a small town so those stories always appeal to me. They give it a more friendly heartwarming feel for some reason.

    2. I follow via twitter,GFC,Linky,facebook,goodreads


  16. I love small town romances, I live in a small town so it is neat to get to read about them too. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  17. OH, this book sounds so good! I'd love to read it and win a copy. I love small-town books because there are usually plenty of interesting side-characters that keep the story lively. I follow on GFC as Amy S. and am an email subscriber. Thanks!

  18. I like the small town romances because there always seems to be quirky fun characters in them

    follower on gfc
    msboatgal at

  19. I like the stories and focus on families.

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  20. romances set it small towns?
    the pace..
    description of activities and relational connectedness so diff from urban settings.. great question!

    and , yes, a fllwr in ea way avlble!

  21. I like a small town romance just because there are always characters who end up knowing another character with their own unique storyline to unravel!

    Twitter follower: @lilboxism

  22. I like small town romances because of the unique bonds and history that the residents share. Holidays and life events are celebrated by all.

    GFC follower and email subscriber
    castings at mindspring dot com


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