Tuesday, May 14, 2013

...in books

Simply Irresistible
by Jill Shalvis

First sentences:
Maddie drove the narrow, curvy highway with her past still nipping at her heels at fourteen hundred miles.

Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother - a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.
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.
source: Goodreads

My opinion:
I discovered Jill Shalvis’ books by coincidence last year and instantly fell in love with them. I read the first three books in the Lucky Harbor series and bought the first six but I failed to write a review for them after reading. Epic Fail!

So, I decided to pick Simply Irresistible up again, reread it and finally write a review because I really love this series.

Simply Irresistible is the first book in Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series and introduces us to the three estranged sisters, Tara, Maddie and Chloe and the inhabitants of Lucky Harbor – all of them, especially the hot guys. Why are they all living in a small seaside town in Washington and can’t be found here?

The three sisters, even though they are as different as possible, are such a lovely bunch and after some differences about how to deal with the inn, they become a really good team. Each and every one of the characters introduced in this book is nice and lovely and someone I would love to know in real life.

Simply Irresistible starts when Maddie, Tara and Chloe arrive in Lucky Harbor to take inventory on an inn they inherited from their mother. Maddie wants to renovate it and make it into a flourishing business because her life is upside down at the moment and she can’t think of anything better than to start fresh. Tara, also known as the Steel-Magnolia, just wants to get out of this town as soon as possible and Chloe is a free spirit and cannot think of anything worse than being in one place for long.

Entering Jax, a really super hot carpenter/town lawyer/major/bar co-owner, who not only helps renovating the inn but also helps Maddie find herself.

Simply Irresistible is a wonderfully written, entertaining book that I had difficulties putting down and if you are not against reading slightly steamy scenes you will like it.

The books in the Lucky Harbour series are:
  • Simply Irresistible
  • The Sweetest Thing
  • Head Over Heels
  • Lucky In Love
  • At Last
  • Forever And A Day
  • Under The Mistletoe
  • It Had To Be You
  • Always On My Mind (expected publication: September, 2013)
  • Once Upon A Time (expected publication: February, 2014)
For more information about Jill Shalvis visit her Homepage, her Blog and her Facebook and Twitter page.


  1. I have most of the books in this series, but I'm really scared of them... haha. I hear this one in particular is filled with many sexytimes and a lot of bad language. I've always had a hard time with both. Do you have an opinion on this?

    1. I really like this series but I neither have problems with sexytimes or bad language. I must say that yes, there is a lot of hotness in this book but also a sweet storyline, lovely characters and such a hot main male character *yum*