Series: Lucky Harbor
Author: Jill Shalvis
Page Count: 311
Published: Forever, 2010
Since I was so behind my reviews, I’ve already read the first three books of this series, and now I think it’s safe to say, ‘Hello, new favourite series’. This was the first time I’ve read anything by Jill Shalvis, but it sure won’t be the last. In fact, I’m already queued for the fourth book and on from the library. As a girl from the big city, the almost estranged neighboring and tiring traffic is all I’ve known and one would think the stories told in a small town would be a bit boring for me. Well, that one would be wrong, not to mention would be missing one good and fun series. And since we’re on the topic of small towns, anyone up for a road trip? Destination: Lucky Harbor. I’m arranging a van, so any of you girls out there wanting to snag one of those delicious town boys, come on board! Although, since with, what, seven books already in the series, are there any eligible single Lucky Harbor gorgeous left for us? I hope so.
The first book in the series, as is usual with every series-first book, sets out the general plot, introduces the characters, while telling the story of Maddie, the shy and abused young woman, and Jax, the ex-lawyer who now enjoys life itself instead of playing for big money.
It’s almost always the case for me, I like the first book of a series, but it’s still a bit slow paced than the upcoming ones. And that is probably because it has a responsibility towards its siblings, it’s supposed to set the ground for the rest of them and ease us into their world. And that’s why I’ll always have a certain respect for first books, and if written well enough, like this one, they can engage you in their story and make you want to come back for more. And this big brother does his duty well.
The series starts off with three estranged sisters, each from a different father, coming together after their mother’s death, in a battered inn that was left to them. They’re all different from each other, in both looks and personalities. We have Maddie, the heroine of this book, the shy ‘mouse’ as they call her, then there’s Chloe the wild chil-no clarification needed- and lastly there’s Tara the Southern belle.
I liked Maddie, and I felt a lot for her. Abuse in a romance story is always a hard one tell, even though it’s not the focus of it all. We start off with the abuse having already be done for, but still it made me wanna get into the book, find her ex and let him taste a little bit of his own medicine. It really pisses me off, and it’s hard to make a reader connect with a character who’s been abused because normal rules don’t apply here. I might be snapped at, people can raise their voices at me, or even we could throw things around and still flinching might not be my first reaction. But for someone who’s suffered in another’s hand physically, all those things mean something different, and more. You need to be more gentle and understanding, and give them the space they need. It takes a special kind of person to make all this happen and Jax was one. They fit perfectly together. Jax was the right choice for Maddie, he was understanding and patient, and a little bit sexy which always a plus. Okay, fine, a lot sexy.
This was a nice story, a good first-book, and I’m sure it’s enough to tempt people for more. And they should, too, because it gets better and better. So will my hodgepodge, once I put four spoonfuls of this into it.
Lıcky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis:
- Simply Iresistible*
- The Sweetest Thing*
- Head Over Heels
- Lucky In Love
- At Last
- Forever And a Day
- It Had to Be You
- Always On My Mind
- Once in A Lifetime
*These two can also be found as one book, and the title is Christmas in Lucky Harbor.