Thursday, January 15, 2015

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: HE'S SO FINE by Jill Shalvis

HE'S SO FINE by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #11
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 30, 2014)
Format: ebook via Netgalley

For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

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He's So Fine is standard contemporary fare. Hero and heroine both harbor secrets and misunderstandings, but come together with a fiery passion; only to have those secrets come to light and the misunderstandings turn on their head, causing heartache and sorrow for both characters. Then some growing up happens, and all is resolved neatly and pleasantly.

If you're looking for a comfortable, predictable, open door romance set in a small town, this is it. Enjoy yourself!

If you're looking for something a little different, something that stands out and sticks with you after the book is over ... this isn't the book you're looking for. Move along.

I gave this book three hearts because it is written well, is more believable than not, and is filled with some pretty terrific secondary characters. If Olivia's mother and sister could have been less stereotypical "bad guys," I would have enjoyed it more. If Cole hadn't acted with eye-rolling predictability when the big secret comes out, I'd have liked it better. The way in which they "met" was too foolish to be believed. And finally I am So. Stinking, Tired. of the "if you learn my secret you'll leave me" trope. Enough already. Put on your big girl undies and be honest from the beginning.

I did enjoy most of Olivia's inner monologues. Those had me laughing a few times.

Favorite quote:
"There was something about him, as if just Cole being Cole somehow reached her deep inside and ... lit up her dark places.”

Reviews for other books in series:
Lucky In Love #4
At Last #5
Under the Mistletoe #6.5
It Had To Be You #7
Always On My Mind #8
Once In A Lifetime #9
It's In His Kiss #10
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