Genre: Contemporary Romance

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

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Posted November 11, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

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

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

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Posted October 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 9 Comments

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Posted October 18, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

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