Series: Lucky Harbor #1, #2
Author: Jill Shalvis
Page Count: 684
Published: Forever, 2011
This was the 2-books-for-1 edition but since I’ve already read the first book, I jumped right to the second story. Ever since their first encounter I’ve been looking forward to know what the deal was with Tara the Southern belle, and Ford the laid back sailor.
I have to admit, I haven’t been a big fan of Tara. I don’t know what it was, but she kinda rubbed me the wrong way ever since she appeared. Maybe it was because she was opposed to the idea of the inn so wholeheartedly and insisted and insisted of selling and leaving, and then insisted some more. She seemed a bit controlling and prim for my tastes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, in fact, I enjoy when the prim hero/heroine is taken down a notch, they make fun stories. But somehow I didn’t feel the connection with Tara. And that was a shame, because I very much loved Ford. However, as the story progressed, and we got more insight into their personalities and their past, I warmed up to her. I still won’t say she’s my favorite female lead in the series, but at least while reading I found a way to connect with her. Plus, it was fun to do her accent in my head, even though I wasn’t very good at it. I should get points for the effort though.
Ford, on the other hand, was that sweet-yes I said sweet!-, laid back, careless, funny guy that you wouldn’t mind one of your own. He had an aura that said he could pull off the tough act but he was still very sweet. He was pretty funny too. Needless to say I really really liked him. He was so very understanding towards Tara, and I think the fact that they had a past made their whole relationship more sympathetic for me, especially considering I had a slight empathy problem with Tara.
The progress of their relationship was a nice pace too, I was glad that it wasn’t rushed. Perhaps the fact that there wasn’t an action involved in the story made more room for the emotions to grow more steadily. It was nice to read two people not committing so readily and quickly, the romance was more believable this way.
A second-in-series that made me come back for more. How can I not, when the next story features a man in uniform? And let me add my four spoonfuls of this into my hodgepodge before I get distracted by that fact.
Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis:
- Simply Irresistible*
- 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.