Please be aware that Christmas in Lucky Harbor is a reissue of the previously published Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing with two short novellas included.
After her life falls apart in Hollywood, Maddie has traveled to Lucky Harbor eager to begin a new life with her sisters at the Inn they have inherited from their mother. In Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis, Maddie is desperately seeking a relationship with the two half-sisters she has only met a handful of times, Tara and Chloe. But when the Inn doesn’t live up to her expectations and all her sisters want are to sell it and move on, Maddie starts to wonder if the name “Lucky Harbor” isn’t a misnomer. To add confusion to an already complex situation, Maddie finds herself attracted to Jax, the contractor hired to update the Inn.
Jax is drawn to the insecure yet charming Maddie but can tell that her past relationships hurt her. Can Jax convince Maddie that his intentions are serious and that she should give them a chance?!
I struggled with Simply Irristible, while I found the three sisters hilarious and the residents of Lucky Harbor entertaining, I felt like Maddie and Jax jumped into bed together too quickly. Given Maddie’s past relationship and everything she went through in it (I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to give anything away) I felt like she would have been a bit more hesitant to jump into bed with a new guy that quickly. Despite struggling with Maddie’s story in the beginning, the relationship between the three sisters was entertaining and I had to keep reading to find out how they all ended up.
Tara left Lucky Harbor when she was a teen intending to never return but she can’t ignore the legacy her mother left her and her two half-sisters, nor can she ignore her three sisters. In The Sweetest Thing, Tara returns to Lucky Harbor only intending to stay a short period of time, but when Maddie convinces them to give the Inn a shot, Tara finds herself staying in the one town she vowed never to return to. As if returning wasn’t hard enough, Tara’s ex-husband Logan has followed her to Lucky Harbor, vowing to win her back and local Olympic medal winner Ford is pursuing her as well.
With the locals commenting regularly on the town facebook page as to who is the current male favorite and Tara’s concerns about Chloe’s behavior, Tara is feeling in over her head. When her past comes back to visit, Tara must deal with things she thought long behind her and decide who is going to win her heart.
I loved The Sweetest Thing! Tara’s situation (again, I’m not going to go into too much detail because of spoilers) is heartbreaking, going from a wealthy fast-paced life to having to work at a greasy spoon to help get the Inn up and running, Tara’s journey, both to forgive herself and the others in her life was touching and made The Sweetest Thing a page turner that I didn’t want to put down. This was my first time reading anything by Jill Shalvis and I loved Lucky Harbor, the residents were hilarious (I mean really, polls on facebook?!) and I immediately purchased Chloe’s story because I had to know what happened to her in Head Over Heels.
Shalvis does a fabulous job of drawing the reader into the world of Lucky Harbor and getting you to care about all the residents of the town. Her ability to create warm, charming and eccentric secondary characters makes the Lucky Harbor series a delight to read and has me adding the rest of the series to my to-be-read pile.
Christmas in Lucky Harbor includes two bonus short stories, Kissing Santa Clause and Under the Mistletoe. Both short stories are connected The Sweetest Thing but I won’t go into detail because it would give away too much of the story and I want you to be able enjoy the journey without knowing the end. They are both fun quick reads and great additions to the series.
You can read an excerpt here.
Lucky Harbor Reading Order:
Under the Mistletoe Novella
It’s In His Kiss (August 2014)
He’s So Fine (September 2014)
One in a Million (October 2014)
Title: Christmas in Lucky Harbor
Author: Jill Shalvis
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 800
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 2013
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.