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review 2019-01-30 17:05
The Good Luck Sister (Wildstone #1.5) by Jill Shalvis
The Good Luck Sister - Jill Shalvis

Date Published: May 1, 2018

Format: E-book

Source: NOOK

Date Read: January 26-27, 2019

Winter COYER/24 in 48 Read-a-thon

 

Blurb

This summer, romance blooms again in Wildstone!

After a difficult few years, Tilly Adams is ready for life to start going right. Though she has a case of first day nerves teaching art at the local community college, she knows it isn’t anything a few snuggles from her rescue puppy won’t cure. Until she sees Dylan Scott again, her one time bff and first love sitting in the front row.

Dylan knows he should’ve left well enough alone, but when he sees Tilly living her dream, he can’t help but make contact. Ten years ago, he left Wildstone and everything in it behind, including Tilly. He had his reasons, but now he wants her back in his life, anyway he can get her.

When Tilly agrees to design the logo for Dylan’s new helicopter touring company, it’s business only…until she finds herself falling into his arms once again. Can she possibly open her heart back up to the only man who’s ever broken it? But soon they’re both realizing the truth -- love always deserves a second chance.

 

 

Review

A great read because I really liked the heroine, which is rare for me reading contemporary romance. Shalvis really worked the second chance trope with flashbacks to the past but also clearly showed when she moved to the present tense in each chapter. I loved the quotes from the heroine's diary. There was humor but it wasn't slap stick and the angst came from the flashbacks, making the story seem very balanced. I want to read the other books in the series. Highly recommend!

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review 2019-01-24 06:14
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Playing for Keeps - Jill Shalvis

This book is #7, in the Heartbreaker Bay series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this great series in order.

 

Caleb has a lot going for him.  Successful, charming, keeps his promises, etc.  So when he co-owns a loving animal with someone who has a hard time trusting him, he is shocked.  Sadie has been involved in a sort of hate-you thing with him and now he is trying to bring it to an end.  He needs her to understand him on a new level.

 

Sadie cannot believe it when she realizes that Caleb has been honest with her.  He means what he says too?  How can a girl hold off from starting the feels?  She and Lollipop will just have to work at it.  Right?  Well ok, she will just work at it.

 

This was such a fun and sexy book!  Right from the very beginning I was laughing and devouring each page as fast as I could.  Always a fan of this series, this new title was a great installment.  Very much worth the read.  I highly recommend it!!  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Edelweiss and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-01-22 02:37
Review: Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis
Playing for Keeps - Jill Shalvis

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

Sparks fly when opposites attract in Playing for Keeps. Jill Shalvis’s seventh Heartbreaker Bay novel has all the humor, heart, and endearing characters you’d expect to find in her books. And when you add in a scene-stealing rescue dog, it’s easy to see why Sadie and Caleb’s book charmed the heck out of me.

Sadie grabbed my heart from the very first page and didn’t let go. She’s a wonderful tattoo artist, she’s strong, independent, and deeply vulnerable. She has a family that doesn’t understand her, and she has scars both physical and emotional that she keeps hidden. Sadie isn’t a perfect heroine – she’s been hurt badly in the past and it’s hard for her to trust, to risk her heart and open up to someone, and that causes her to make mistakes more than once with Caleb. But Caleb has the patience and heart to get through to Sadie. He’s pretty much the perfect hero; he’s got a huge heart, a brilliant mind, and is loyal and protective to the max without ever being pushy. Basically, Caleb is the ultimate book boyfriend. He and Sadie have been dancing around one another for over a year, but each has been holding back. When they co-rescue a dog and decide to co-parent the utterly adorable Lollipop, the barriers start to come down. I loved seeing Caleb and Sadie’s full characters slowly revealed and I’ll leave it to readers to discover what lies beneath the sass and the suits. Their love story is sensual, emotional, and not always easy, but every bump in the road is worth it in the end.

It wouldn’t be a Heartbreaker Bay story without family and friends playing strong supporting roles and I loved both seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones in this story. The bonds of friendship and family are almost as important to Playing for Keeps as the romance and I just adored the quirky cast of characters. So while I finished Caleb and Sadie’s story a well-satisfied reader, their book definitely left me wanting more Heartbreaker Bay stories (Ivy’s in particular).


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2019/01/review-playing-for-keeps-by-jill-shalvis.html
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review 2019-01-22 02:34
Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis
Playing for Keeps - Jill Shalvis
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I loved this book! This is the seventh book in the Heartbreaker Bay series but it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Fans of the series will enjoy checking in with some much-loved characters. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series so I was pretty eager to read this newest installment and it did not disappoint. Once I started reading this book, I didn't want to put it down and felt swept away by the story.

Caleb and Sadie are the focus of this book along with their little dog, Lollipop. The book opens with Caleb and Sadie finding a stray dog in the rain. They both are ready to accept responsibility for the dog and end up deciding to share custody of the pup. Of course, this means that the pair will be seeing a lot of each other as they pass the dog back and forth.

Caleb and Sadie are both great characters. Sadie's past was rather heartbreaking and her relationship with her family wasn't great. I think that learning about her past really gave the reader a lot of insight into her personality. She is very independent and refused to ask anyone for help. Caleb is rich and highly intelligent. He is also a very hard worker and quite generous. He is very close to his family but has spent a lot of his life being protected by them.

I loved watching this pair fall in love. I think that they had great chemistry with each other and I enjoyed all of their interactions. Caleb wants to take care of Sadie when he sees that she needs things but that didn't mean that he thought she wasn't capable. I liked that they both had to give and take a bit and when they were upset they talked about it.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was a heartwarming romance with fantastic characters and an adorable dog. I can't wait to read more from Jill Shalvis!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Tasty Book PR via Book Funnel.

Initial Thoughts
I thought that Sadie and Caleb were great together. They had a lot of chemistry and seemed to be exactly what the other needed. Lollipop was adorable and I liked how she helped to bring them together. They were both scared at times and their families were not a big help. It was great to see them work together to make a relationship work. I do wonder who the next book will be about....maybe Ivy?

 

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review 2019-01-15 19:52
Playing for keeps, Jill Shalvis
Playing for Keeps - Jill Shalvis

I enjoyed this romance. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review this. I've given it a 4.7* rating. This is not for the under 18 readers because of sexual content and dirty language. One of the nice things was the rescued dog. Lots of fun things because of that. Two broken people are drawn to each other and acceptance of their ways.There is a lot of forgiving and healing in this story not just for them but family also. Felt like a roller coaster ride.

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