Thursday, June 20, 2013 books

The Sweetest Thing
by Jill Shalvis

You might want to read Simply Irresistible first
Otherwise this review might contain spoilers

First sentences:
Muffin?” Tara asked as she walked along the long line of people waiting on the pier to enter Lucky Harbor's summer festival. “Have a free Life's-a-Peach Muffin?”

Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.
But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she
can't control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she's lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.

source: Goodreads

My opinion:
The Sweetest Thing is book 2 in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis and focuses in the story of Tara, the oldest of the three sisters running the new B&B in town.

After her marriage failed and her mother Phoebe died Tara came to Lucky Harbor to sell the family inn as quickly as possible but over the course of Simply Irresistible (Book 1-read my review here) Tara, Maddie and Chloe all fell in love with the inn and decided to keep it. They turned it into a B&B after Maddie and Chloe decided that they can't look at Tara working two jobs any longer.
When Tara was a teenager she spent her holidays with Phoebe in Lucky Harbor and something happened during one of those holidays that made her run as far away from the town as possible and to never come back. But now she is here and has to face her past and the guy she ran from.

Tara is a strong, independent woman who is trying to find herself after a bad divorce and has difficulties doing just that in a town where she is regularly reminded of a dark secret she's been carrying around with her for the last 17 years. Tara's the reasonable of the sisters but she can also be read quite clearly, like whenever she's stressed she turns to baking.

Her one weakness is Ford, the owner of the local bar, sailing champion and part of Tara's big secret she tried so hard to forget. But now with her staying in town and Ford being a beloved member of Lucky Harbor drama inevitable.

The Sweetest Thing is a highly entertaining and funny book with great characters and a story that made me fly through it in a day because I just wasn't able to put it down. Jill Shalvis' earned a place on my auto-buy list and I am looking forward to the next books in the series.

The books in the Lucky Harbor 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.

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