Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: The Sweetest Thing - 2nd in the Lucky Harbor series
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Current/Washington State
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual with a couple brief flashes of Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Jill's Website/Blog: jillshalvis.com
Tara has returned to Lucky Harbor, Washington. Along with her two sisters, she has inherited property which they are attempting to renovate. Maddie is definitely the organized one taking care of the business end of things; that is when she isnít "in the attic" with her boyfriend. Chloe is fun-loving and absolutely the creative one. Tara provides organization and cooking flair. She is a master with post-it notes and designing plans. Her personal life isnít that easy.
Long ago in Lucky Harbor, Tara lost her heart to Ford. They had an intense love at the age of 17 which resulted in a child, who they gave up for adoption. Following that time, their relationship ended, each of them going along their own path. This inheritance has brought her back to Lucky Harbor, and back to Ford.
Along the path, however, her ex-husband shows up, claiming that he misses her and is determined to win her back. Ford creates intense emotions within her. Her sisters decide that the inn should become a bed and breakfast with her as the master chef; however, these days, all she does is burn everything she touches. Members of the town have even decided to complicate her life by setting up a poll voting on which man Tara will choose.
As if this isnít all enough, Tara suddenly has to deal with some even deeper secrets. Could things get any more tumultuous?
Jill Shalvis has created an original, entertaining, witty piece that has more depth than you might think. I have to admit that when I read the first few pages I thought to myself, "not sure this one will hold my attention." Boy was I wrong.
The secondary characters created a wonderful playground the hero and heroine to play in but always remembered their place. The scene set was dynamic and easily created in the readerís mind. I kept thinking the Alpha male should go after his mate a bit more but he quickly overcame that stereo-typical thought. I also found that I could relate quite well to Tara and determination.
The Sweetest Thing definitely earns its title but provides so much more. It does touch your heart with some sweet moments; however, it goes further. It will make you chuckle quietly as you try not to wake your husband in the dead of night (since you couldnít stop reading). Tara and Ford make your toes curl with the sensuous heat they bring to the page. There are some other emotions brought up as well, butÖwell, Iíll leave those alone because I donít want to have to put a spoiler alert on this review.
Letís just close with this thought Ė I enjoyed visiting Lucky Harbor Inn and am really looking forward to trying ĎGood Morning Sunshine Casserole.í
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