Book Review | Simply Irresistible

Title: Simply Irresistible (A Lucky Harbor Novel)

Author: Jill Shalvis

My Review:

Newly without a job and a boyfriend, Maddie Moore slips away from her fast-paced life in L.A. and hits the road for Lucky Harbor, Washington to check out the old inn her deceased mother has left to her and her two half-sisters Tara and Chloe. Though the inn isn’t much to look at, Maddie immediately sees its potential as well as a chance to start over and put her disappointing past behind her. Luck in love just might be on her side as well when she meets handsome jack-of-all-trades Jax Cullen.

Fixing up the inn proves to be a huge challenge for Maddie because both Tara and Chloe want to return to their lives. Maddie just might get the break she is looking for when Tara takes a job at the Eat Me Café and Chloe sticks around. Now the only thing standing in Maddie’s way of getting exactly what she wants is Maddie herself. Can Maddie open her heart once again to love, or will secrets and regrets destroy all hope?

I keep saying that I’m not much for romance novels, yet I keep reading and reviewing them. Something about Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis really appealed to me and I wanted to take my chances on it. I love novels with themes revolving around sisters (mostly because I’ve never had one and I’m totally jealous of those that have sisters) and starting over. Maddie has had a tough time of it and Jax Cullen is exactly the remedy she needs. I liked him instantly from his first encounter with Maddie. Soon after their juicy kisses on the pier, they became the talk of the town, making for some pretty humorous scenes thereafter.

There wasn’t a lot of sexual tension in this book; Maddie had Jax’s heart right from the beginning. If Simply Irresistible were made into a movie, I know exactly who could play him: Brian Austin Green (basically, he almost already playing Jax in Desperate Housewives). The sex scenes are plentiful, and they sizzle. I found myself blushing and having to skip over choice passages. This is a really fun fluff read for a cozy night in front of the fire with a cup of hot cocoa or warm tea.

Want more Lucky Harbor books? Stay tuned for The Sweetest Thing available in April 2011, featuring Maddie’s hot-tempered older sister, Tara.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


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