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review 2018-04-02 23:18
It's In His Kiss (Lucky Harbor #10) by Jill Shalvis
It's in His Kiss - Jill Shalvis

This was my first time reading both a Shalvis book and one from the Lucky Harbor series. I liked it well enough to read more from this series and from Shalvis. It's a small town contemporary romance with a smart, capable heroine (Becca) and protective, caring to a fault at times hero (Sam). Sam came off as a omega - some moments he was more beta, some moments he was a bit alpha. The reveal of Becca's story includes rape, so warning - what I really liked is that she worked through her traumatic experience via a therapist and not the hero's magical penis. Becca does still have PTSD as well as some other mental health conditions stemming from a prior job, but she handles herself well and when she needs help she reaches out to the people close to her. 



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review 2016-08-05 02:20
It Had to Be You
It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor, #7) - Jill Shalvis

So this one was fun. I liked that Ali was from the "wrong side of the tracks." I liked that her mom and sister were portrayed as loving (but ditsy). Luke had a case that blew up in San Fran. He came back to Lucky Harbor for a break. Luke and Ali's first meeting was hilarious - and different. I enjoyed the mystery aspect too. Now, will Ted have something bad happen to him in a future book I wonder?

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review 2016-05-28 14:00
Thoughts: Lucky in Love
Lucky in Love - Jill Shalvis

Lucky in Love

by Jill Shalvis
Book 4 of Lucky Harbor

My TBR List -- May Winner!
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Jill Shalvis has always been a hit or miss with me when it comes to her books, although I will admit that there was a mediocre semi-hit at least two years ago. Lucky in Love is an enjoyable romance with the same humor and wit that embodies a Jill Shalvis contemporary romance. However, I can’t say that I was a hundred percent in like with this book even though it was fun to read from beginning until the end.

Certainly, there were a few things here and there that didn’t really sit well with me, least of all some of the annoying antics of certain characters.

Nonetheless, I’d give Lucky in Love an average rating, anyway.

The Story:
Mallory Quinn has always been the Good Girl of Lucky Harbor and everyone knows this. She’s the stable rock keeping her crazy family from falling apart. She’s the girl next door who’s willing to keep an eye on your home when you’re away. She gives her all, with passion and spirit, to helping people all around her.

But deep down, Mallory is tired of trying to live up to everyone’s expectations, especially her own.

With a little help from her new found friends, Amy and Grace, she is encouraged to “take a walk on the wild side”. And who best to do that with than sexy and hot Mysterious Cute Guy--a man who settled in Lucky Harbor temporarily to nurse some physical wounds?

Ty Garrison has lived his life for adrenaline and action and can’t see himself settling with anyone, anywhere--least of all in the small town of Lucky Harbor where everyone knows everyone’s business. He’s ready to go back to his job as a contract warrior, ready to jump back into the fray of action.

But his plans change when he meets Mallory the Good Girl. And while he’s showing Mallory how to play like a bad girl, Mallory might be showing him a thing or two about life as well.

My Thoughts:
It’s a cute little romance, when you think about it. And it’s not like I don’t like how the romance continues to develop. But underneath all that wit and banter and steamy sex, there’s a very thinly veiled “meant to be” factor that doesn’t escape my notice. On top of that, the whole “Good Girl” vs. “Bad Girl” ordeal is a little dated anyway--the terms are relative, after all.

And I can’t seem to help but notice that for all the “backbone” and “meanness” everyone claims Mallory has developed, she STILL felt like a pushover to me. It was frustrating in some ways, but in other ways was actually quite realistic. Nobody goes from being the meek kitten to a bold bitch overnight. And even if Mallory lets her inner snark out to play every so often, that doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s gotten to be a mean person. It just means that she DOES have a personality underneath all that Nurse Nightingale persona, after all. And this isn’t a bad thing, if only Mallory could be a little more consistent with it.

I don’t have much to say about Ty, because he’s no different than most of the broody, alpha, commitment-phobic main male heroes in every other romance book. He’s a good man despite his bad boy reputation… and that’s really all there is to him.

Final Thoughts:
I was a huge fan of the first three Lucky Harbor books. Maddie, Tara, and Chloe made a wonderful set of dysfunctional half-sisters learning to get along with each other, and finding themselves along the way.

I’m not entirely sure I can say the same of this new trio of friends, self-named The Chocoholics. While they embody the same kind of snark and wit that typical Jill Shalvis characters tend to have, their friendship seems strained and not as… well, not as fun as that of the three half-sisters from the first three books. And I was even quite frustrated with the three of them for some time.

Then again, who am I to judge how most friends interact with each other.

Also, for some reason, a lot of the other Lucky Harbor residents got on my nerves as well. I’m not sure why, but what seemed to have been written in as supposedly funny background character antics just felt annoying to me. Maybe it’s just me.

Nevertheless, Lucky in Love was still a fun and enjoyable book, and I hope I enjoy the next one a little bit more.



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text 2016-05-14 11:00
My TBR List -- May Winner!
My TBR List is a monthly meme hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading.
The basic gist of this activity is to have others help decide on which book out of three I'm selecting from my TBR pile I should read for the month via votes.  The posts will be published on the first two Saturdays (voting and winning book announcement, respectively), and the winning book review will be posted on the last Saturday of the month.
Click on the above links for more information.

See Other My TBR List Winning Book Announcements for May 2016
(link coming soon)


So according to the masses, the book I will be reading for My TBRL this month is:


Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis won with 5 votes out of 12!


Last week, the books I had everyone vote on were:
Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood -- Book 7 of Buchanan-Renard series
The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin -- Book 2 of Tang Dynasty series
Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis -- Book 4 of Lucky Harbor series

Counted votes ended up being a pretty close one by the end.  Fire and Ice got 3 votes and The Dragon and the Pearl came out with 4 votes.  I haven't been putting a personal vote in lately, but if I had voted, I probably would have voted for Lucky in Love anyway, so I'm quite happy it won.

Although I'm fairly in want of reading the other two books as well.  I guess they'll have to wait a little longer.  My reading schedule is a little booked this week and the next, for the first time since the beginning of the year.

Again, thank you to everyone for voting!



Coming up next for the My TBR List:


  • 5/27/2016:  Review of the winning book, Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
  • 6/4/2016:  June's My TBR List Voting
Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/05/my-tbr-list-may-winner.html
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My TBR List -- May 2016 Voting

My TBR List is a monthly meme hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading.

The basic gist of this activity is to have others help decide on which book out of three I'm selecting from my TBR pile I should read for the month via votes.  Posts for voting, the winning book, and the final book review will go up on Saturdays.

Click on the above links for more information.

Join This Month's My TBR List -- May 2016



In a similar theme to last month, I would like to continue working on series I've started reading over the past couple of years and this year.  This is the Let's Work On That Series edition #1, and it is basically a choice from three books in ongoing series that I'm still in the process of reading.  In an ideal world, I would sit and keep reading these series, book after book, until I reach the very last one available.  Then I would sit in anticipation until the next book in said ongoing series gets published.


These are also all books that I currently own on my shelf, so it's another win-win situation wherein I will be able to continue whittling down the books I own on my shelves.




Thanks to everyone for stopping by and voting!



The Books

(Book covers link to their Goodreads book page.)


Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood

-- Book 7 of Buchanan-Renard-MacKenna series


Sophie Rose is a crime reporter at a major Chicago newspaper and the daughter of Bobby Rose, a charming gentleman and big-time thief.  When asked to write an exposé about her notorious father, Sophie quits and goes to work at a small newspaper, covering local personalities such as William Harrington, the 5K runner whose trademark is red socks.  Those socks--with Sophie's business card tucked inside--are practically all that's found after Harrington is killed near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, seemingly in a brutal polar bear attack.


Sophie heads north to investigate, but danger follows in her wake.  After one attempt on her life, she's assigned brash but sexy Jack MacAlister as a bodyguard.  But Sophie and Jack will soon be fighting more than their growing passion for each other.  Powerful forces will stop at nothing to prevent the exposure of the sinister conspiracy Sophie and Jack are about to uncover.



The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin

-- Book 2 of Tang Dynasty series


Former Emperor's consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty; the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone--until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away....

Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics. The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the web. He must uncover her mystery without falling under her spell--yet her innocence calls out to him. How cruel if she, of all women, can entrance the man behind the legend....



Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis

-- Book 4 of Lucky Harbor series


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 would 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.



Let's Vote!

**For BookLikes members reading this in the BookLikes dashboard view:  Click here to generate the voting box on another page if you would like to vote.  I don't know why the voting box doesn't show, though it appears in blog view just fine.

**For everyone else voting via BookLikes blog view or at the Book Abyss's Blogspot home:  You may ignore the above tangent.  The voting box shows just fine.

Again, thank you for stopping by and voting!



Previous My TBR List months at Ani's Book Abyss can be found at the Bookish Memes page.

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/05/my-tbr-list-may-2016-voting.html
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