Review: Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1)
Title: Simply Irresistible
Author:  Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Format: ebook
ISBN: 044657161X
Genre: Romance
Release date: October 1st 2010
Number of pages: 311

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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.

My Thoughts:

I love a little town romance and this one was spoken highly off. For months now I’ve seen around the blogosphere people talking how good Jill Shalvis books are. Last year for Christmas challenge I read an anthology that has a novella for this series and it was really good.

 

This is a great story with very emotional parts and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Lucky Harbor. Maddie made everything more alive. Her emotions were really high and it’s Christmas time in town. Everyone wants to find love and be with family.

 

Maddie is starting over and after her mother left an inn to her she decided to try and make things right. Her mother lived like an hippie and never raised her, so she grew up with her father and started working in his area, but when things go wrong Lucky Harbor is her fresh start.

 

Her sisters didn’t want to stay in this little town, but all of them has scars from the past and really miss a family  time. But love also happens for Maddie in this book. Jax is perfect, even thought he thinks otherwise.

 

I really loved this story and how much Jax helped her with past and the inn. He’s a great catch and so romantic. I loved how their relationship evolved in the book and he was a great part of her changing. Loved this romance and recommend to anyone who likes starting over stories with lots of tears.

 

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Books in this Series:

#1 – Simply irresistible

#2 – The Sweetest Thing

#2.5 – Small Town Christmas

#3 – Head Over Heels

#4 – Lucky in Love

#5 – At Last

#6 – Forever and a Day

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“If I looked like him,” Tara said. “I’d want to have sex with myself. All the time.”

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Review: Desperate Deeds by Dee Davis

imageTitle: Desperate Deeds
Author: Dee Davis
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: A-Tac #3
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Suspense
Release date: August 2nd 2010
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 400
Rating:
 
 
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Book Blurb:

As the demolitions expert for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Tyler Hanson has two great loves: literature and explosives. She lives by the motto "Duty First" and doesn’t have time for personal attachments . . . until a steamy one-night stand turns into a professional partnership.

BURNED BY BETRAYAL

When Tyler meets Owen Wakefield, a handsome British operative, she seduces him with no intention of ever seeing him again. But then the sexy Brit is brought into A-Tac, and despite Tyler’s efforts to keep her distance, she finds herself falling for him. Trusting him.

Owen seems too good to be true – and he is. He’s hiding his true motives and identity, and no matter how he feels about Tyler, he can’t keep her secrets. One of A-Tac’s members has turned traitor and helped terrorists to hijack a shipment of nuclear weapons. As witnesses start dying and evidence starts disappearing, Owen and Tyler must race to find the mole – and prevent a final, cataclysmic act of destruction.

My Thoughts:

I loved the first two in this series and it’s amazing how much the characters grew in this one, the most action paced so far and everyday had a different attack usually targeting Tyler.
 
I started this series and I’m also following the characters as they show in each book, because they are a team, and in most missions they stay together. Tyler was constant on the previous books, because she is an expert in bombs. She a dangerous women and we get to see a softer side of her in this book, not only for the romance but also because her family was attacked and she was the scape goat.
 
Owen was not what I expected, but he grew on me as the book progressed. I was waiting for Tyler to have a stiff guy as the romance target, but boy I was wrong and the author completely changed my point of view and put an armed and dangerous guy to help and guide Tyler through this mission.
 
I loved as always and I see the author giving the characters more life in each book.

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Review: Deep Disclosure by Dee Davis

imageTitle: Deep Disclosure
Author: Dee Davis
Format Read: 
e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher
Series: A-Tac #4
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Suspense
Release date: September 1st 2011
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 368
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After spending years in prison under deep cover, black ops agent Tucker Flynn joins A-Tac, an elite CIA unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college. Nothing can shake him-except a vulnerable young woman marked for death.

DUAL DECEPTION

When Tucker is assigned to protect-and secretly investigate-Alexis Markham, he expects a routine mission. But this mysterious beauty has a past even darker than his: her father created a horrifying new biochemical weapon-and was murdered to keep it secret.

Alexis has spent the last decade racing to stay one step ahead of the shadowy operatives who will stop at nothing to possess her father’s formula. She can trust no one, not even her handsome new bodyguard. But the heat that flares between them is impossible to resist. Will giving in to passion bring her the safety she’s always craved, or will her love for Tucker draw him into a killer’s sights?

My Thoughts:

This book was the reason that first started to read this series. I requested this one on NetGalley and when I finished the first chapter I realized that it was #4 on a series, so a put him back on the TBR pile and went in search for the others.
 
I love the suspense in this series and the spies that also teach on the university is unique, so far that reason alone I decided to give this a chance and I not disappointed.
 
This is Tucker book and we first me him on Dangerous Desires, while he was being saved and brought back for the death. Now he’s helping A-Tac and following Alexis because retirement is boring.
 
I liked Alexis and especially liked the plot for this book. Is full of secrets and the government is the middle, there are mercenaries, chemistry products, lies, all put together in a very orchestrated way.
 
But I didn’t like the principal characters together, for me they just don’t mix well. Plus we finally discovered who is selling A-Tac secrets and tried to kill several members. Not how I had thought.

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Review: Dangerous Desires by Dee Davis

imageTitle: Dangerous Desires
Author: Dee Davis
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: A-Tac #2
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: July 1st 2010
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 384
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Book Blurb:

As the extractions expert for A-Tac, an elite CIA black ops unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college, Drake Flynn knows how to survive behind enemy lines. But he’s about to meet one adversary he can’t subdue . . . or resist.

A RACE FOR SURVIVAL

Stranded in the Colombian jungle after a mission goes bad, Drake has only one objective: evade the mercenaries hot on his trail and deliver “the package” to U.S. officials. But “the package” has a mind of her own, and she has no intention of trading one set of captors for another. Madeline Reynard is beautiful, headstrong, and hell-bent on escape after years as a crime lord’s pawn. She’ll risk everything for freedom, even if it means deceiving the dark, handsome soldier who now holds her life in his hands.

Drake has been burned too many times to let a woman manipulate him, especially a secretive one like Madeline. Even so, they cannot deny the attraction between them. Now as enemy forces close in, Drake and Madeline must trust each other with their lives—or face certain death.

My Thoughts:

I love special ops kinda book and this series was a great one. Because they actually have a double life since all agents are professors in a university. Different, right? But the book is still about a lot of action and there’s also some romance and each agent get their HEA with some “special” lady.
 
This book is for Drake and he’s one of the most alpha characters that I’ve met so far. So it was kinda fun to watch him fall for Madeline simply because he thought she was a bad person. There’s also a more complicated book them the rest since the story doesn’t end when he gets her to a safe place and they actually have to save another person but for this Drake has to believe in Madeline and she kinda is not the best person to put your trust on.
 
There’s also a spy in the group since book one it continues to try stop them to actually finish the mission. And it’s hard for them to investigate this because they are all friends and one of them is selling their secrets and they could all die for this.
 
I liked the chemistry between Drake and Madeline. He thinks she’s a nothing more than a prostitute when in reality she was being black mailed and he gets really surprise when the truth came up. She was trying to save her sister and ended up in the middle of a drug cartel, so the only way out is with Drake help.
 
They decides to scape through the jungle after some plans fall apart and she is more than just a pretty girl. Drake makes this book be really good and the plot was great. There were some changes along the way that I wasn’t expecting, but the story ended up with more than just a happy ending for those two.

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Review: Heartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane Graves

imageTitle: Heartstrings and Diamond Rings
Author: Jane Graves
Format Read: 
e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher
Series: none
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: October 1st 2011
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 400
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Book Blurb:

HE’S THE MAN OF HER DREAMS . . .
In a world full of frogs, Alison Carter is determined to find her prince. Maybe her dating past is more Titanic than Love Boat, but she’s seen enough happy marriages to know that true love is possible. No matter what, she won’t give up on happily-ever-after. If she can’t find Mr. Right, she’ll simply hire someone who can.
SHE JUST DOESN’T KNOW IT YET
When Brandon Scott inherits a successful matchmaking business, he thinks his prayers have been answered. Set up a few lonely ladies, collect the fee, how hard can it be? No one needs to know he’s not really a professional matchmaker-especially not his first client, the beautiful, spirited Alison. Soon he’s falling for her-and her dreams of kids and carpools. But Alison is getting close to figuring out his secret, and if she learns he’s deceived her too, she’ll walk right out the door, taking Brandon’s heart with her.

My Thoughts:

These was such a sweet and fun read! My first Jane Graves book and I loved her writing and those two perfect characters.

Brandon used to work flipping spaces and since the economy is downhill, he is officially unemployed and discover his grandmother died and left him with her matchmaking company, a very successful dating company with a person’s fee of $1500. So when Brandon discovers this, is like all will be better and he can start over by following on her footsteps and collecting $30000 to restart his flipping career.

On the other side we get introduced to Alison, a girl who only pick the wrong guys, even one turned guy, so when her 30 birthday is coming closer, she decides to pay someone else to pick her dates. It can’t be worse than her. And that’s how she met Brandon.

He’s actually quite good at matchmaking but just can’t find the right guy for Alison, and she trust him. It was really fun watching her dates, but even better to see them fall in love. A good HEA.

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Review: Small Town Christmas by Jill Shalvis, Hope Ramsay and Katie Lane

Format Read: e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher

Series: -|-
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Romance > Contemporary Romance
Release date:  November 1st 2011
Formats Available: e-Book, kindle, nook
Number of pages: 136

Purchase information: Jill Shalvis Website, Hope Ramsay Website, Katie Lane Website, Goodreads, nook

Book Blurb:

Three heartwarming holiday stories
to prove that love is the greatest gift of all

Kissing Santa Claus
NASCAR driver Logan Perrish returns to Lucky Harbor, Washington, with love in his heart and a ring in his pocket. But can Sandy Jansen forget the past and give him a second chance? Or will Logan be spending another Christmas alone?

I’ll Be Home for Christmas
After ignoring the advice of Miz Miriam Randall, local matchmaker, Annie Roberts expects another hum drum holiday in Last Chance, South Carolina. But when a stray cat arrives in the arms of Army sergeant Matt Jasper, a calico named Holly just may be the best matchmaker of all.

O Little Town of Bramble
All Ethan Miller wants for Christmas is to celebrate in Bramble, Texas, with family and friends. But when his childhood neighbor, Samantha Henderson, comes home for the holiday, Ethan realizes that the girl-next-door could be the girl of his dreams.

My Thoughts:

Kissing Santa Claus by Jill Shalvis
I haven’t read any books from Jill Shalvis so this short story was a very welcome good start. I have all her books and will try to read them during this winter, because I think her stories are made for a cold day with a hot cocoa, snuggled on the couch. Some romances are definily made for lazy days and from this read I diecovered that Jill books are the perfect fit for a fun and romantic reads.

This story is set during the christmas and is very sweet. Lucky Harbor sounds like a place where everyone knows each other life. Sandy Jansen is the town clerk and she had a fling for about a week five months earlier with NASCAR race Logan Perrish, but she never forgot him and the fellings he’s brought to her heart.

I loved how Logan decided to follow his heart and try by any means to get Sandy in his life permanetely, and Sandy is such a nice girl to she get her fellings get the best of her and they struggle a little but Logan is determineded, so very nice to follow how they find a way to stay together.
I’ll be home for Christmas by Hope Ramsay
Matt Jasper has left the army and now is trying to deliver a last guy from his best friend in the army to the grandmother, but things are not so easy and start to have a hard time finding her. And now is where the story really picks up. Matt tries to find the grandmother and deliver the present, and his last source is the town church, where he finds a stray cat, and a very beatiful woman.

Annie Roberts is fighting her fellings on this christmas. Her mother died few months before and she’s trying to change her life and start new, after so many years taking care of her mother. So when this lost soldier enters the church, she decides to help him and the cat.

Another story set on a little town during Christmas eve, but this didn’t get the same apeal as the first, I don’t know if it the fact that they suddenly became in love with each other or the end. It leaft me hangin’. I was expecting at least some kiss from the characters, I didn’t feal the love or even the passion. I couldn’t really connect with this story.
O Little Town of Bramble by Katie Lane
Third and last story on this anthology is set on Bramble, Texas. Sweet and handsome farmer Ethan, has never been good with women, but Sam is his best friend and they’ve been apart for years since she’s gonne to college.

Sam returns to town for a few christmas days and Ethan knows this is his last chance to charm Sam and make her stay for good.

This was a short and fun story and I quite enjoy, the city is all crazy about christmas and the nativity scene has made them a little crazy. Sam and Ethan is sweet and very romantic love, loved the wway the author made them be together to resolve their problems. I could really feal inside this crazy little town.

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Challenges:

The BLI Holiday Reading ChallengeThe Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge