And He’s Also Handy! He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

Posted October 20, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

And He’s Also Handy! He’s So Fine by Jill ShalvisHe's So Fine by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #11
Published by Grand Central Publishing on September 30, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

Quick summary
Cole Donovan is a dream and everyone seems to adore him. He’s a good friend and is the consummate handyman, always equipped with whatever tools needed to fix something on the spot. But, he’s just running in place after having been dumped by his girlfriend two years ago. That is until Olivia Bentley comes to his rescue, even though he didn’t believe he needed saving.

The big issue
Olivia’s keeping a whopper of a secret and she’s developing a relationship with a man who believes in complete honesty. Cole’s an open book and she’s struggling with when or whether to fess up. Either way, given her history, she believes he’ll walk away no matter what.

What works
Cole is just wonderful. He seems perfect…great sense of humor, handy, gorgeous and finely built…but he’s got a little tarnish in him. He loves his family and hangs in there with Olivia even when she blocks him time and again. Their romance smokes and his relationship with his partners is another bonus. The dialogue is pithy and the banter clever. My only quibble was with Olivia’s failure to come clean far earlier than she did. Cole gave her plenty of openings and it was a bit frustrating.

The bottom line
Cole may just be my favorite in this series. It’s a fun, sexy story with a tragic heroine who recreates herself nicely with a man who’s worthy of her trust. I just wish that conflict wasn’t protracted and more time was devoted to Cole’s issues. No matter, though, as I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It’s always a treat to return to Lucky Harbor.

About Jill Shalvis

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.

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