Book Review: Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
Author: Jill Shalvis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Won Paperback in Facebook contest
Published: May 22, 2012 by Forever
Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she’s expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she’d like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he’s only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he’s gone . . .
For the first time in his life, Ty can’t bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn’t, including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all . . . anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor.
Lucky in Love is the fourth book in the Lucky Harbor series. It can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel, as I haven’t read the first three before reading this. After a chance encounter that brings three women together, we find an interesting trio of ladies in Mallory, Amy and Grace in a small town near Seattle where there’s no such thing as keeping a secret. One gal is making her way through on a journey, one works in the cafe, and the other is a nurse that can’t help but help others. They become fast friends and after demolishing a decadent chocolate cake in the aftermath of a storm, they decide to call themselves the chocoholics. I enjoyed the way each chapter begins with a quote about chocolate and love.
Mallory is a compassionate, funny and resilient good girl at heart with a sarcastic mean streak that no one knows about. She wants to let herself be a bad girl but tragedy that struck her family years ago has forced her to feel like she has to take care of everyone. Mallory is a well-developed and extremely relatable and likable character. She’s a born leader and her compassion to help others is almost a compulsion; she can’t not help others. It’s a good trait to have for a nurse, but not the best when it comes to letting go and letting loose in her personal life. Mallory has dated around and found that Mr. Right keeps turning out to be Mr. Wrong. When her path crosses with the hunky Mysterious Cute Guy, he’s got Mr. Wrong written all over him. Is Mallory finally going to take her friends’ advice and allow herself to do something for herself for a change? Ty thinks Mallory deserves better, with someone that can offer her what she deserves, but he can’t help but want her. I would classify this novel as a steamy romance, but it was not trashy or vulgar. If you like your romance to stop at the bedroom door, this is not the book for you. If you like a little action between the sheets to accompany a well-developed romantic story, then snatch this one up right now.
Lucky in Love is a novel about taking a risk and finding out what truly makes you happy and doing everything you can to make that a reality. Sometimes what you want changes based on the people that come into your life. You can only resist and fight your feelings for so long before you must recognize that things have changed. It’s what you do with the realization that determines your destiny and ultimately, your own happiness. Sometimes the one thing you’ve tried to avoid, is exactly what you need.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
About the Author – Jill Shalvis
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.
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