Sunday, May 20, 2012

Contemporary Review: Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis

LUCKY IN LOVE by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #4
Format: Paperback
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 386 pages
Publisher: Forever (May 22,2012)

Sometimes it's good to be bad...
Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she’s expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she’d like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he’s only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he’s gone…

For the first time in his life, Ty can’t bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn't including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all…anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor.
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Welcome to Lucky Harbor where your life is made public on Facebook by a little old blue-haired lady named Lucille.

Good girl Mallory Quinn has always been the model citizen always taking care of others before herself. She's held her crazy family together since the death of her sister Karen. She's pretty much married to her job and hasn't really had time for a relationship. During a freak snow storm she ends up trapped at the diner where her friend Amy works and they are joined by out of towner Grace. Forming a camaraderie over chocolate cake, the girls start talking about what they will do if they make it alive after the storm, their love lives and focus on Mallory's. Amy suggests they make a list of Mr. Wrong's for her and so Mallory humors Amy by saying if Mr. Wrong crosses her path, she'll have a go.

Enter Mr. Totally Wrong, Ty Garrison. He's been the Mysterious Cute Guy who took up residence in Lucky Harbor six months ago. He's there recuperating and waiting to get cleared so he can go back to his adrenaline rush of a job. Getting knocked out during a snow storm, he ends up at the diner where Amy, Grace and Mallory are currently making a pact should they come out alive after the storm. Coerced by outspoken Amy to say yes to be Mallory's date to the auction to raise funds for the hospital and clinic Mallory wants to open.

Mallory feels like she's been stood up but Ty has no memory of agreeing to be her date. When she finally does see him for the first time, cleaned up of his injury and in a suit, she's a goner. The man is Sex on A Stick. There's just so many things wrong with wanting him but hey, she did say that she would walk on a wild side for a bit. Mysterious Cute Guy definitely is a perfect candidate for the wild side of life.

Between steamy sex in a storeroom after their first meeting in which both finally learn each other's names and Ty and Mallory coming back for more, sparks and a whole lot of clothes go flying. Soon, the nosy townsfolk of Lucky Harbor are gossiping about Good With His Hands Guy (Ty and Mallory were snapped in a very hot embrace which may or may not have included Ty's hand on her ass) and Good Girl Gone Wild Mallory. The whole sex with each other thing should have only happened once, okay, maybe twice. But each smoldering look, each sizzling touch sends them into a lustful frenzy. Both agree that it's just a casual thing since Ty is leaving once he gets cleared to go back to his job. Oh poor Sexy Ty and Wanton Mallory, don't you know that your hearts will soon get involved?

Mallory is dreading the day that Ty will finally leave her and Ty can't seem to figure out how this woman has him thinking second thoughts about leaving Lucky Harbor to go back to his job. The death of Ty's team and the death of Karen, Mallory's sister hangs heavy between them. Each of their tragedies acts as an emotional buffer but it may take them longer to realize that they're meant for each other. Like chocolate and fabulous friends.

The questions becomes, will Good Girl Mallory finally show the town of Lucky Harbor that there's a grown woman who can make her own decisions hiding in there somewhere thanks to Good With His Hands Mysterious Cute Guy, or will Ty and Mallory allow ghosts from their past tear them apart?

Favorite Quote:
She was like a drug. The most addicting kind, and he had a problem—he was pretty sure that she was developing feelings for him. He had no idea what to do with that, or with is own feelings, which were definitely getting in his way. This whole "no emotional attachment" thing had gone straight to shit. Because Mallory Quinn was emotionally attached to every person she ever met, and she had a way of making that contagious. He craved contact with her in a way that he wasn't experienced with.
Overall: Oy! Why has it taken me this long to read a book by Jill Shalvis? No, don't answer that. Lucky in Love was the perfect blend of a sweet, heartwarming, laugh out loud read with a dash of heartache, a whole lot of smoking, sizzling, thigh clenching sexytimes, served on a plate of unputdownable. In the words of Master Pastry Chef Ron Ben-Israel, "Jill Shalvis, you, are a sweet genius." Well, okay. I added the Jill Shalvis part. The little quotes at the beginning of each chapter reminded me of the quotes found on the wrapper of a piece of Dove chocolate and let me tell you, this book made me crave it. Let yourself indulge in this little place called Lucky Harbor and it will wiggle it's way into your heart. Perfectly imperfect couples and crazy meddling townsfolk included. I rushed out today to buy the first three Lucky Harbor books if that's any indication as to how much I loved this book. Well done Ms. Shalvis, well done.

***review copy provided by publisher***

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