Source: purchased (e-book).
Genre: contemporary romance.
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. (Goodreads)
My rating: 3.5/5.
This is a very nice contemporary romance. I don’t have much experience reading in this subgenre (I mostly read historical romances – and some contemporary erotica, though I haven’t read that in a while now), but I found it to be sweet, smart and sexy.
I liked both protagonists. Jax, the guy Maddie falls for, is really very hot and I enjoyed reading about him. He’s also a bit of a bad boy, a biker, but I liked that he has more going on under the surface than just the typical bad-boyish stuff.
Maddie has a troubled past (that ex of hers was a true asshole and I’m a little miffed that the author didn’t see fit for him to be put in jail or something similarly unpleasant) and has to learn to trust people again. I liked the dynamic relationship she has with her two half-sisters – the three-sister setup assures plenty of sequels to come (there are 12 books in the series so far, I think). I feel like there aren’t enough true female friendships in romance novels, but maybe I’ve been reading in the wrong subgenre.
Sure, the story has a typical romantic plot, but then I don’t read romance in order to be surprised by the outcome, if you know what I mean. This is one of those feel-good reads, perfect for curling up on a free evening, and you’ll probably read it in one sitting if you’re at all like me. Since I started writing this review (it’s been sitting in my “drafts” section for a while), I’ve read other titles in this series, and while I enjoyed them very much, I won’t review them all here. It’s the kind of writing that is so very, very comforting in its repetitiveness.
Have you read anything by Jill Shalvis?
Do you have any other favourite contemporary romance writers? I’d love to hear some recommendations!