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Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor Book 1) Kindle Edition
Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.
The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
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- ASIN : B003YFIVK4
- Publisher : Forever (October 1, 2010)
- Publication date : October 1, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 886 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,341 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yay or Nay? Well I liked the first book in the Lucky Harbor series but I didn’t love it. So a little of both.
Why? The setup was great and I loved Jax. He was a tall glass of Hubba, Hubba with a side of Take me I’m yours! The small town vibe was clearly present from start to finish and even came with the town gossip in the form of the brassy Lucille whom I just adored. She didn’t do anything in half measures and she told things like they were. Then there were Jax’s friends, Ford and Sawyer who make sure to make Jax’s life miserable when they can. There was plenty to laugh at when those three were together. Maddie was okay. She was nicknamed “The Mouse” and boy did she live up to that name for most of the book. Sometimes her mousy attitude got to me though but it was actually when she and her two half sisters, Tara and Chloe were in the same scene together that was kind of a turn off.
See, these three didn’t really know each other and had such different personalities that they clashed, especially Tara who was the oldest, and Chloe who was the youngest and “The Wild One” of the three. Now I’m all for conflicts between characters because it can be crucial to the characters’ growth but dang the bickering between Tara and Chloe was exhausting and just a plain turn off. All their arguing didn’t serve a purpose in my opinion other than to tire me out and make me skip ahead to when they weren’t arguing but given that the story revolves around the three sisters learning to be a family there was quite a bit of page skipping involved.
Click It or Skip It: Despite the constant quarreling between Maddie’s sisters I enjoyed Simply Irresistible. I liked the town of Lucky Harbor for the most part and my favorite supporting character was definitely Lucille. She’s a hoot!
Then Maddie meets a man she never intends to be attracted to when she's now sworn off men, but oh does she ever! And it turns out that the man she almost ran off the road is a master contractor whom she hires via voice mail. Soon they are trading kisses in between his work on the floors and windows and other places in the inn.
But the secrets Jax harbors prevent him from allowing Maddie to get too close and then a fire occurs that the sisters barely escape. Jax makes a decision that could send Maddie racing back to LA and away from him and what he wants with her. Will she? Will her sisters agree that this is the best solution to the burned inn and cottage?
I had heard of the Lucky Harbor books before but it wasn’t until I saw one of them in a used bookstore and on sale to boot that I bought one. It was the 3rd book in the series but since they’re not that reliant on each other, I read that one first. In one sitting. I LOVED IT. So I went back and got the first. =) Lucky for you, I’ll review them in order, haha.
Maddie Moore is at a low point in her life when she drives into Lucky Harbor. She’s lost her job and her jackass boyfriend and now she doesn’t know what to do or where to go. Her mother that had been mostly absent from her life has passed away recently and has left an inn behind to her and her two half sisters, Tara and Chloe. That’s the reason she finds herself rolling into this small coastal town — and nearly running over a hot handsome man on a motorcycle. But she isn’t there for a relationship, in fact, no more men for her, EVER, she’s told herself. No matter how attractive. She instead tries to pour herself into fixing up the run-down inn to be a viable place to use instead of just selling it off like her sisters want to do.
The relationship between the sisters was one of my favorite parts!! Each of them are so very different. They’ve grown up apart from each other, with their respective dads and neither Tara nor Chloe want to be in this town longer than they have to. But Maddie wants to try and see if they could fix up the inn and make it a home. They bicker and grate on each others nerves but gradually they learn to love each other. And I love THEM. I love seeing amazing sister relationships in books! So, Maddie convinces them to give the inn a shot. By a hilarious series of events, the hottie she almost ran over turns out to be the guy she hires over the phone to help them with renovations. Jax Cullen. (Sidenote: he is the very opposite of sparkly vampires so let’s ignore that last name…)
Jax can rock a tool belt like none other and is just insanely attractive and amazing and swoony and thoughtful, protective, funny and perfect. Oh what, I’m rambling now? Jax will do that to you! He tries to woo Maddie, but having been burned badly in her last relationship, she’s understandably wary.
But I mean, seriously, not only does he rock a tool belt, he’s co-owner of a bar with his best friend and also the mayor. Okay, yeah, he’s a little TOO perfect but it all kind of works for him. And he totally worked for me. Read this and tell me you won’t go weak in the knees. *waves kindle wildy around*
Besides the insanely awesome romance that Jill Shalvis can write, I really enjoyed seeing the sisters come together and become friends. The town of Lucky Harbor is also just adorable, along with all its residents. I really want to live there because it’s just too cute! The atmosphere of the town combined with the depth of the relationships between the sisters made this a great book but the romance with JAX CULLEN bumps it up into swoony awesome amazingness. Jax pouring a drink. Jax chopping wood. Jax slinging a tool belt around. Jax kissing. These are all the things you could be a part of if you read this!
This is really a book you can just sit back and relax with. A fun romance that is just irresistible. Yeah, I went there and made that pun. Don’t judge, sometimes I think I’m punny.
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Maddie Moore needs to start over, she's just gotten out of a rotten and abusive relationship in Los Angeles and lost her job. Raised by her father, she barely knew her mother and spent little time with her two half-sisters (wild child Chole and steel magnolia Tara), but an opportunity arises for her to have a new beginning. Maddie's mother passed away and left Maddie one third of an inn in the small town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. For Maddie this is a chance for a new beginning, a place where she can find her voice, but first she has to persuade her sisters that bringing the inn back to life and trying to run it is the way to go, instead of selling.
The hero of the book is Jax Cullen, he used to be a high powered and cut-throat lawyer in Seattle, but found himself slowly losing his soul to the job and so after a tragic event he decides to walk away from a world/job that meant wealth and prestige but that he was losing himself. And so Jax moved back to his home town of Lucky Harbor and began to enjoy life again. After 5 years back in his home town, Jax is starting to feel like himself but he has been hesitant to start any sort of relationship with a woman - that is until he bumps into Maddie and she very quickly gets under his skin.
Maddie was funny, clutzy, sweet and endearing - even when Jax felt he should stay away he just couldn't. The chemistry between the two sizzled off the page and had me smiling.
I was so in the mood for a book like this last night and early this morning, a book I know I'll re-read, as overall it was a delightful read.
Neither of them is looking for love, but isn’t that just the best time to find it? Maddie comes to town because she’s been left a property to share with her sisters who she barely knows, her life at home has completely fallen apart no thanks to her abusive ex-boyfriend and she needs a fresh start.
Jax is the contractor who comes on board to help her but is so much more than that, his friendship is a crutch, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s hot as hell. The sparks between these two are visible from space and as much as she wants to fight it Maddie knows there’s something special about Jax.
Jill Shalvis has put plenty of laughs in this book, it’s a truly heartfelt book about family and self-discovery, and of course finding true love. I came out of this feeling like this was possibly my favourite Jill Shalvis book to date. I loved everything about this one, the difficult topics and how they were tackled, the way Maddie and Jax clicked and tackled their issues, the sisters as a unit and individually.
I’m really looking forward to reading more of the Lucky Harbor books.
Maddie isn’t having the best week. As if losing her job and breaking up with an abusive ex wasn’t bad enough – she’s now on her way to Lucky Harbor, a sleepy, coastal town to meet her estranged sisters Chloe and Tara to figure out what to do with the ramshackle old inn her mother left the threesome in her will. Oh and she almost ran over the hottest guy in town – Jax Cullen. So yeah…not the best week. As Maddie throws herself into renovating the inn despite bickering sisters and the attentions of a swoonalicious lawyer turned contractor, she discovers that sometimes happiness blossoms exactly where you weren’t looking for it.
Sometimes a girl just wants a cute, steamy fun romance to remind her that life isn’t all bad and SIMPLY IRRESISTABLE was just the tonic for me. Jill Shalvis has a style of writing that makes her books the equivalent of drinking a yummy hot chocolate curled up in front of a roaring fire. They just make you feel warm and gooey inside and you can’t help but close the book feeling light and happy.
I loved Maddie’s character and outlook on life. Despite being dealt some rough cards, she has the ability to see positivity and magic where others see hopelessness and her determination to reconnect with her sisters and honour her mother’s last wishes was admirable and sweet. The relationship between the three sisters was definitely the highlight for me, being the youngest of three, I could recognise a lot of the roles sisters tend to play when they are together and that unique and special dynamic only they can have with each other. Their personalities and differences definitely shone in this book and I’m so eager to continue with this series and read Tara and Chloe’s books!
Despite the cute and light theme of the book, Shalvis doesn’t shy away from heavier, emotional issues which was great and really added a depth I wouldn’t have thought would be present in a book like this.
The description of the town itself was another highlight and really makes me ache to find a real-life Lucky Harbor. It has a very Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls feel to the place, with warm characters who know everything about everybody, small businesses that support each other and a real community.
Of course we can’t forget the romance. Shalvis knows how to write heroes worthy of all the swoons and Jax was no exception. I loved how caring and sweet he was while being the Alpha male without the added arrogance. His connection with Maddie was wonderful and I loved their moments together, both steamy and hilarious.
It’s interesting considering I complain about insta-love a lot, how romance-centric books like this where the characters fall for each other within days/weeks don’t bother me. Does anyone else feel like this?
I think I’ve waxed lyrical enough about how much I adored this book and cannot wait to read more of this series!
Utterly romantic with warm, likeable characters and a great storyline,
SIMPLY IRRESISTABLE was a hit!
So this book is basically as cheesy and cliché as any other romance novel I've ever read but I have to say I really loved it. There was something so honest and lovely about Maddie, I could really find myself liking her a lot. I loved her growing relationship with her sisters and seeing them bond and become closer to each other throughout the story was really nice to read.
And Jax. Oh..my..god. Can he be my new book boyfriend please? Or more like manfriend because Jax ladies and gentlemen, is all man. He was clever, strong, fit, kind, generous and understanding. Literally perfect. Like PERFECT! And that should annoy me because it's so unrealistic but I couldn't help but fall in love with Jax at the same time as Maddie. There was so many great chemistry-laden scenes between Maddie and Jax that left me feeling a bit breathless. The sex scenes were feisty in a classy way and oh so spicy.
There were definite annoying parts where Maddie and Jax seemed to circle each other around the same problems and repeat their arguments. While Maddie's past was definitely worth her feelings about men, I felt like it was repeated enough to start being irritating which I didn't like feeling about such an issue. I don't think the very dramatic fire scene had to happen either. It felt a bit unnecessary.
Overall I loved the story, the romance and the introduction to the town and its people. I'll definitely be continuing with this series.