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Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

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

Simply Irresistible by Jill ShalvisSimply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #1
Narrator: Celeste Ciulla
Published by Recorded Books on 08-24-11
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Source: Audible Romance Package
Audio | Goodreads
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Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.

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.

 

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 there was long pauses between sentences and not for drama effect. I’m not sure if it was the narrator’s choice or a production thing.

In any case, I grabbed Simply Irresistible knowing I would be entertained because Shalvis has never failed me before. The same voice is there. The small town, sweet (and sometimes hot) romance is there. The likable characters are there too.

If you’re looking for a romance with heart and a touch of the holiday spirit pick up a copy of Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis.

 

 

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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Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

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

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

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The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley

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Posted September 10, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Posted July 15, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

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On A Clear Winter Night by Elizabeth Hunter

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Posted June 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted June 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted May 20, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

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