Monday, 22 June 2015

Review: Lucky in Love - Jill Shalvis

Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis, published by Headline Eternal on 2nd April 2015 

Goodreads synopsis:
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.

'Lucky in Love' is the fourth book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis.  I am really enjoying this series and it's perfect for when I want to indulge the side of me that loves a good romance novel.

Local girl Mallory Quinn is the one that always looks after everyone else.  Her family and her patients at the hospital consume all of her time, until a mysterious hot new guy arrives in town and makes her go weak at the knees.  The mysterious hot new guy aka Ty Garrison, is just stopping through as he recovers from his own mental and physical demons.  That is until Mallory comes into his life and makes Lucky Harbor look like the perfect stopping place.

Sparks flew off the page whenever Mallory and Ty got together.  Jill Shalvis can certainly write hot and sexy but I also like the way that she portrays genuine warmth, love and mutual respect between her characters.  I always believe that her couples will stand the test of time.  By the end of her stories you know that they are in it for the long haul. 

I really enjoyed seeing Mallory grow in confidence throughout the book.  She has always tried to please everyone else and do what they think she should do, so it was nice to see her finally taking control of her own life.  Although I had to adjust to a whole new set of characters at the beginning of the book, I quite quickly became absorbed in their lives and was rooting for them to overcome their own personal obstacles. 

I'm so looking forward to reading Mallory's friends stories next in 'At Last' and 'Forever and a Day'.  Both Amy and Grace are introduced at the start and appear throughout as fellow cake and chocolate lovers.  There is definitely something going on between Amy and local park ranger Matt so I can't wait to see if this blossoms into love!

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