Author: Jill Shalvis

The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis

Posted November 18, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 0 Comments

The Sweetest Thing by Jill ShalvisThe Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #2
Narrator: Celeste Ciulla
Published by Recorded Books on February 15, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hours and 4 minutes
Source: Audible Romance Package
Audio | Goodreads
four-stars
three-flames

Two Men Are One Too Many . . .

Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.

But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can't control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she's lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Tara as the heroine in The Sweetest Thing. She was over the top stereotype for a Southern (I’m really picky when it comes to southern characters since I’m a southern myself) in Simply Irresistible but the “Steel Magnolia” shtick was toned down. (I don’t think Steel Magnolia when the person is from Texas. Georgia maybe.)

The Sweetest Thing is a great second chance romance between Tara and Ford who were teenage sweethearts the summer she visited her mom in Lucky Harbor. I thought there was going to be a secret baby theme, but that was not the case. Ford and Tara’s story was fun, sexy and sweet.

The issue I had with Simply Irresistible with the long pauses in narration must have been a production thing because they were not present this time around. I think Celeste Ciulla delivered a great performance for The Sweetest Thing. I wasn’t crazy about her voice for Chloe, the youngest sister so I’m kind of glad her book, Head Over Heelswhich is next in the series has a different narrator. Here’s hoping she does a good job.

I can’t wait to read/listen to more books in the series.

 

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.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
three-half-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

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Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis

Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis

Posted November 12, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

Sean and Lotti where friends in high school and have one night together before she and her family moved away. About ten years later then run into each other while Sean is playing best man and wedding planner to his brother Finn and the rest of the gang in the Heartbreaker series. Cute novella about a wedding gone wrong and second chance romance between high school friends. Holiday Wishes was a quick and fun read. The only issue I had with Holiday Wishes was it too short. I was really enjoying it and then it was over, but I’m sure we will see more of Sean and Lotti in up coming stories.


Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Posted November 10, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

  I’ve read or listen to most of Shalvis current books and been meaning visit her backlist. Lucky Harbor series is a long one, but I’ve been told that it’s set up in threes. I figured I could tack it in behind other series by reading three at a time. My library has all the books, some in ebook and others in audio, but then I saw a few of the titles offered through the new Audible Romance program. I also decided to try the title on audio because I’ve never listened to Celeste Ciulla narration work.  She reminded me of one of favorite narrators, Marguerite Gavin. For the most part I enjoyed the narration, but there was a lot of “dead air”. By that I mean […]


Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

Posted November 9, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

read it, track it is a way for me to track books for my reading challenges and the reviews will be super short. There’s no doubt I’m going to be entertained by a Jill Shalvis title. Chasing Christmas Eve is a great addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series. The mishaps Colbie has as a writer are so funny and I wonder if Mrs. Shalvis has experienced any of them herself. Chasing Christmas Eve is a fun and fast listen. Karen White does a nice job with the characters and the feelings. About Karen White Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to […]


Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Posted June 21, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

  A tale of two romances that warms the heart Seeing  Lost and Found Sisters being labeled as chick-lit/women’s fiction (I hate both labels, seriously WTF does those even mean?!) by other reviewers had me scratching my head. Then I thought about the biggest difference between Lost and Found Sisters and other Shalvis titles I’ve read. The romance between the heroine and hero is not front and center. Don’t get me wrong, the romance it totally there, but the romance that develops between the two sisters is the main focus. Romance between sisters?! Yes the heroine falls in love with two people. One is a romantic love and the other is a love she develops for her new-found sister after loosing her other sister two years […]


Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Posted April 22, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

Read it, track reviews are a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.            Accidentally on Purpose is the 3rd full length novel in Shalvis’ Hearbreaker Bay series and we met the couple earlier in the series. Elle and Archer is THAT COUPLE in the series that you knew was going to end up together, but you had to wait for their story while getting peeks into them as secondary characters. Archer and Elle have a past where he saved her life one night. Ever since she has hoped that he would see her as the woman she grew up to be and not the teenager he saved. Archer does not think he’s good enough […]


Release Day Review: Accidentally On Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Release Day Review: Accidentally On Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Posted January 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

    This Heartbreaker Bay series has been consistently good, if not too realistic in some aspects. Jill Shalvis is an auto-buy author since I enjoy everything she writes. I looked forward to the story of Archer and Elle. Their tension had built through the last two books as a side aspect. We reviewed those two books,  Sweet Little Lies and The Trouble with Mistletoe, plus the novella,  One Snowy Night. Accidentally On Purpose is Elle and Archer focused. Two changes throw things into gear. First, Elle decides to admit to herself Archer will never want her and she begins to date. Second, their past comes roaring back into the present in the form of Elle’s sister and the situations which caused them to meet. It […]


One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Posted November 18, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

  I would have loved One Snowy Night more if it was a full-length novel. I really like Max and Rory. I wish they had a longer story. But over all One Snowy Night was a sweet, fun and sexy read to get me in the holiday mood. So far the couples in the Heartbreaker series has had rocky histories with each other and Rory and Max are no different. These two went to high school together where he was the popular jock and she was the quiet wallflower. Neither knew the other has feelings for each other back then, but the sexual tension between them now is hard to overlook. If Max and Rory can get over something from their past, then it will […]