Friday, December 16, 2011

The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis

Tara and Ford's book

The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbor book 2)

by Jill Shalvis

Book Blurb:
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.

The Sweetest Thing is book 2 of the Lucky Harbor series. It could be read as a stand alone but why would you? You'd be missing out on Simply Irresistible and that would be a shame. 

The Sweetest Thing is really a double entendre because the book itself was the sweetest thing. My favourite type of contemporary romance is when the protagonists have a history that began years earlier. What a treat this book was for me because Tara and Ford's passion started way back when they were only seventeen years old. Unfortunately that passion resulted in an unwanted pregnancy, an adoption and then the ultimate end of their young love. 

Tara is the Steel Magnolia of the three sisters. She is quite bossy and takes a bit longer to warm up to.  The reader has to look past the hardened outside to see the warm lady inside. She is protective of her sisters, works two jobs to keep them all afloat and maxed out her credit cards to get the B&B up to par. Her sisters easily see past the stubborn barrier and so does Ford. 

I finished The Sweetest Thing a few days ago and I am still pinning for Ford. He is funny and oh so sexy. Think about this for a moment. How many hunky heroes have you read that pulled off funny AND sexy? Not many, right? Ford is a gold metal Olympic Sailor and he has the Olympic body to go with that prize.  

Tara had divorced two years earlier from her sexy NASCAR driving husband. Guess who shows up in Lucky Harbor claiming he still loves her and misses her? What a fun love triangle The Sweetest Thing ended up being.  The little competitions the men conjured up to out do each other made my cheeks hurt from smiling. All the shenanigans kept the residences of Lucky Harbor glued to Facebook lurking for constant updates. 

Even though The Sweetest Thing is brimming with fun loving goodness, there are still plenty emotions filled with forgiveness and understanding. Once again Jill Shalvis wrote a perfect balance of happiness and affection all mixed together with a long overdue reprieve. So much more than just a romance story. 

Teasers: Abs contest, apple tree battle, sailing, adoption closure, recipe card quotes for life

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