Christmas in Lucky Harbor: Simply Irresistible/The Sweetest Thing

Christmas in Lucky Harbor: Simply Irresistible/The Sweetest Thing

by Jill Shalvis

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Overview

Love awaits you in Lucky Harbor . . .

Simply Irresistible
After losing her boyfriend and her job, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim her inheritance-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. She sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if she can give the inn the makeover it needs. Enter Jax, a tall, handsome contractor who knows exactly what Maddie needs...

The Sweetest Thing
Helping her sister set up the family inn is just the thing to make Tara forget her ex-husband and focus on her new life. Until she meets a sexy, green-eyed sailor determined to keep her hot, bothered, and in his bed. When her ex reappears, Tara must confront her past and decide what she really wants.

If the sisters are lucky, they might just find that everything their hearts desire is right here in Lucky Harbor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455502523
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: Lucky Harbor Series
Pages: 704
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

You can learn more at:
JillShalvis.com
Twitter @jillshalvis
Facebook.com/jillshalvis

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Christmas in Lucky Harbor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed By~April Review Copy Provided By~Net Galley I dare you to not fall in complete love with these characters, not to find yourself absorbed within their lives and not to burst out in laughter several times throughout reading Christmas in Lucky Harbor! I truly do – and if you do manage these feats, I want to know, lol! First off, Christmas in Lucky Harbor is the combination of Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing, the first two novels in the Lucky Harbor series. The series focuses on three sisters who are brought together after the death of a mother, Phoebe, someone that they never really truly knew. As a last ditch effort to solidify her family, Phoebe leaves a rundown inn to her daughters, Maddie, Tara and Chloe. None of the girls are truly close nor have they experienced true “family” in the modern sense of the word. However when they are tossed together to deal with their inheritance, that all changes. Toss in a couple yummy, gorgeous, intelligent and stubborn men and you have yourself a guaranteed not-to-be-missed book! The first story, Simply Irresistible centers on Maddie, known in Lucky Harbor as “The Mouse”, while Tara is the “The Steel Magnolia and Chloe the “The Wild Child”. Maddie has lost everything she has known – her job, a not-so-healthy relationship and her home. For her, the Inn seems like a new beginning, something that she can truly call her own. However, she must convince Tara and Chloe, who want nothing more than to do a quick fix, sell the place and get out of Lucky Harbor ASAP, that she can run the place herself and to give it and her a shot. From the moment she enters Lucky Harbor, she finds herself in knee deep klutziness with Jax. After nearly killing him and then toppling his bike shortly after, she wants nothing more than to dig a hole and hide from this man. However, Jax will have none of that. The chemistry that steams off the two of these characters is hot and rolls from the pages. I absolutely loved how their relationship was one of those “love/hate” deals where they are constantly arguing and picking fights, but those times are to simply mask the heat that they feel for one another; which, of course, only adds to the fire and intensity. Within Simply Irresistible, there are two main stories and relationship developments taking place: that between the sisters and that between Maddie and Jax. Both sets are written in such an excellent way and weave together to perfection. I loved getting to know all of these characters: Maddie, Tara and Chloe are so amazingly unique and different. The progression of their relationship throughout both Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing is excellent and amazingly enjoyable to watch. Now, the relationship development between Maddie and Jax is combustible, fun, light-hearted, yet nowhere near shallow. Their bond grows in strength as the story moves along (oh, yes, and may I mention that once you read this, you will never think of a tool belt the same way again?!). With the character of Maddie, Jill Shalvis creates someone who is meek and a bit fearful of life and what it holds and turns those characteristics around and allows Maddie to go from being the “Mouse” to someone who is incredibly strong, brave and finding peace within her life. I absolutely loved this. Now, on to The Sweetest Thing. This is Tara, “The Steel Magnolia’s” story. Tara is incredibly hard headed, stu
ShereadsALOT More than 1 year ago
Simply Irresistible This was the first book I¿ve read by Jill Shalvis. It definitely will not be the last. This book is great. I love the quirkiness of the Traeger sisters. They each have their own very different personalities, which in the end really works for them. I, like Maddie, fell hard for the sexy contractor, Jax. Unfortunately, unlike Maddie, he¿s not mine to keep. I think this is a story about finding yourself, realizing what you¿re made of, and discovering where you fit in. This book has romance, HOT romance!!! And a deep dark secret that keeps you wondering what's going on. No worries, the secret will be revealed before the end of the book. The Sweetest Thing The second book of Jill Shalvis¿ Lucky Harbor Series continues where the first one ended. This second book focuses on older sister Tara Daniels, The Steel Magnolia. Once you understand Tara and her life, I think the description ¿Steel Magnolia¿ is a little harsh. She¿s a magnolia, because she¿s from the south and she¿s ¿steel¿, because she tries to protect herself the best way she knows how. Which is by not really showing what she¿s thinking or feeling. Tara had one magical summer, when she was seventeen. That summer will continue to live with her for the rest of her life. In some aspect, it will haunt her. If you read the first book, then you know that Tara can be what seems to be a cold person. Especially to one bar owner, named Ford Walker. I¿m not the type of reviewer who likes to tell you what happens in the book. I think it kinda of spoils it for the reader. I will say that Tara and Ford end up having a pleasant surprise that neither of them expected. This book also introduces you to Logan Perrish, the sexy Nascar driver ex-husband. You can find more of his story in ¿Small Town Christmas¿. I can¿t wait to read the next book in the Lucky Harbor series. Trust me, neither can you.
Badass_Book_Reviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first swaree into Jill Shalvis, and I can honestly say that I will be taking a look at her back list. She is an author that has been on my TBR list for a long time, but never seemed to get around to her books, Something else would grab me, and then something else, and so on, so when I saw this available on NetGalley, I immediately snapped it up!Simply Irresistible, is Maddie and Jax's story. and I am giving it Three Stars.Why Three and not Four? Simple. I personally have issues with lying, and lying by omission, and the storyline surrounding Jax and Maddie was rife with omissions. However, I did enjoy the couple, and the sisters and friends. All the side characters are fascinating and compelling to read. I especially liked the small tidbits we receive about Tara and Ford having a past. You can also see some sparks between Chloe and Sawyer.I think it would be completely awesome to own and run and Bed and Breakfast, and I admire Maddie for her determination to do so.Simply Irresistible has some spousal abuse memories, and if you have a problem reading about things like that, I just want you to be aware. It's peripheral, and in the past, but it's there nonetheless. Maddie is working on herself, and getting stronger.Jax and Maddie together, were great. When they weren't keeping the distance, and lying by omission. I also liked seeing them in the next novel...**********************The Sweetest Thing 4 StarsThe Sweetest Thing features Tara the Stubbornly Selfish and Ford the Easy-Going-let-her-get-away.I wanted to know more about their pasts together when I read Simply Irresistible, and learned they had a past :PIt was a heartbreaking kind of past, let me tell you. But I had issues with them both. Not so much from when they were seventeen, because, really, at seventeen, you are young -- and mistakes are made and more readily acceptable. But NOW, 17 years later, they really needed to sit down, and talk. They didn't. I really wanted them to open up more to each other. They slipped back into lust and love quick enough, but I really wanted some deeper emotional showings. When Mia shows up, I admit, I teared up and my heart broke for Tara when Mia was friendly with Ford, and not so much with her.The Sweetest Thing is a rekindled love story, and does have a love triangle. Sort of. You see, along with way, Tara had gotten married, and subsequently--divorced--two years ago. But Logan wants her back. So the book is about Logan vs. Ford. Of course, my vote goes to the dirty talking, sailor, Ford. I really liked Ford--in the bedroom. Hot Damn the man is smokin hot! {I liked him as a person too, just wish he opened up more, or faster, or something!}I loved the town antics, it was pretty funny to see, or rather, hear about the polls on Facebook. The entire town is involved in who Tara will choose :POne thing that felt thrown in there, was the drama between Mia and Carlos, it felt too much like a paradox, and I was irritated a bit. I found it not necessary to the story per say, but was just used to cause both Ford and Tara to reflect on THEIR past selves.At any rate, Christmas at Lucky Harbor, was a fast, enjoyable read, and good overall Contemporary Romance.One of the things that I liked, was that it felt REAL. These people, make real life mistakes. I appreciate that in my Contemporary Romance
RtB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by AprilReview copy provided by NetGalleyI dare you to not fall in complete love with these characters, not to find yourself absorbed within their lives and not to burst out in laughter several times throughout reading Christmas in Lucky Harbor! I truly do ¿ and if you do manage these feats, I want to know, lol!First off, Christmas in Lucky Harbor is the combination of Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing, the first two novels in the Lucky Harbor series. The series focuses on three sisters who are brought together after the death of a mother, Phoebe, someone that they never really truly knew. As a last ditch effort to solidify her family, Phoebe leaves a rundown inn to her daughters, Maddie, Tara and Chloe. None of the girls are truly close nor have they experienced true ¿family¿ in the modern sense of the word. However when they are tossed together to deal with their inheritance, that all changes. Toss in a couple yummy, gorgeous, intelligent and stubborn men and you have yourself a guaranteed not-to-be-missed book!The first story, Simply Irresistible centers on Maddie, known in Lucky Harbor as ¿The Mouse¿, while Tara is the ¿The Steel Magnolia and Chloe the ¿The Wild Child¿. Maddie has lost everything she has known ¿ her job, a not-so-healthy relationship and her home. For her, the Inn seems like a new beginning, something that she can truly call her own. However, she must convince Tara and Chloe, who want nothing more than to do a quick fix, sell the place and get out of Lucky Harbor ASAP, that she can run the place herself and to give it and her a shot.From the moment she enters Lucky Harbor, she finds herself in knee deep klutziness with Jax. After nearly killing him and then toppling his bike shortly after, she wants nothing more than to dig a hole and hide from this man. However, Jax will have none of that. The chemistry that steams off the two of these characters is hot and rolls from the pages. I absolutely loved how their relationship was one of those ¿love/hate¿ deals where they are constantly arguing and picking fights, but those times are to simply mask the heat that they feel for one another; which, of course, only adds to the fire and intensity. Within Simply Irresistible, there are two main stories and relationship developments taking place: that between the sisters and that between Maddie and Jax. Both sets are written in such an excellent way and weave together to perfection. I loved getting to know all of these characters: Maddie, Tara and Chloe are so amazingly unique and different. The progression of their relationship throughout both Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing is excellent and amazingly enjoyable to watch. Now, the relationship development between Maddie and Jax is combustible, fun, light-hearted, yet nowhere near shallow. Their bond grows in strength as the story moves along (oh, yes, and may I mention that once you read this, you will never think of a tool belt the same way again?!).With the character of Maddie, Jill Shalvis creates someone who is meek and a bit fearful of life and what it holds and turns those characteristics around and allows Maddie to go from being the ¿Mouse¿ to someone who is incredibly strong, brave and finding peace within her life. I absolutely loved this. Now, on to The Sweetest Thing. This is Tara, ¿The Steel Magnolia¿s¿ story. Tara is incredibly hard headed, stubborn and puts herself in the forefront of leadership. However, beneath this tough-as-nails exterior is a woman who is unsure, carries guilt and a bit on the lonely side. Though her sisters both think that she has the perfect life, she surprises them with the truth, including her divorce from a NASCAR hottie. While in Lucky Harbor the past six months, Tara makes some wonderful and fairly startling discoveries about herself. She learns that she is so much more than she ever felt herself to be. When hot and hard-bodied Ford presses himself within Tara¿s life, s
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed all the Lucky Harbor books and this is the perfect start since it's book one and 2.
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BABWI More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much I kept reading the entire series.
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kwheeler1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this series and would recommend it to everyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great deal!! 2 books in 1
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Wonderfully written and engaging! Wonderful beginning to new series.
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I really enjoyed this book. It had great characters and an interesting story line. Will read this author again...
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